Five On Friday - TV TIME!

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, September 23, 2011

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Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

Last week, after my CSNY post, a friend wrote and said..."What about TV Themes".

I was thinking about it all week. I watch a loot of TV. I tend to use it to 'leave the day behind', though there are some shows I have been fanatical about over the years.

Anyway, I decided to revert to my childhood...the 1960's. Some great TV came out of that decade and some incredible Themes that have become part of our culture.

I bet you can sing along to most of these..the words ingraved in the recesses of your brain.

The Addams Family: Theme by Vic Mizzy 
Based on the original Goth cartoons by Charles Addams that ran for decades in the New Yorker magazine, The Addams Family television sitcom portrayed a monster family whose moribund physical appearances were counteracted by each family member's exuberance for passion and adventure.
First Telecast: September 18, 1964
Last Telecast: September 2, 1966
Original Network: ABC
Number of Seasons: 2
Number of Episodes: 64

The Andy Griffith Show: Theme "The Fishing Hole" by Earle Hagen
Since its network debut in 1960, The Andy Griffith Show has been a viewer favorite thanks to its folksy, nostalgic charm and memorable cast, both of which shine in this set featuring the series' debut season. It originally spun off from an episode of Make Room for Daddy.
First Telecast: October 3, 1960
Last Telecast: September 16, 1968
Original Network: CBS
Number of Seasons: 8
Number of Episodes: 249

Green Acres - Theme:No writer, sung by Eddie Alpert and Zza Zza Gabor
New York lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas longs for a simpler way of life. So he buys a farm, sight unseen, and moves there to live off the land, much to the chagrin of his socialite wife, Lisa. The collision of small-town life and Lisa's sophisticated ways - she insists on wearing full-length gowns and ostentatious jewelry, even on the farm - provide much of the humor in the show. First Telecast: September 15, 1965
Last Telecast: September 7, 1971
Original Network: CBS
Number of Seasons: 6
Number of Episodes: 170

Beverly Hillbillies - Theme: "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" by Paul Henning
The story of poor Ozark mountaineer Jed Clampett and his kin, striking it rich with oil and headin' for Beverly Hills, California. Join the feistiest Granny of them all, wise Uncle Jed, his critter-loving daughter Elly May and love-crazy Cousin Jethro in their unrefined, legendary quest for an idyllic West Coast existence. First Telecast: September 26, 1962
Last Telecast: September 7, 1971
Original Network: CBS
Number of Seasons: 9
Number of Episodes: 274

Mr. Ed - Theme: Jay Livingston
Mister Ed belonged to Wilbur Post played by Alan Young, a young architect who had decided to move out of the city to get a little closer to nature. The rambling country home he and his wife decided upon came complete with a barn that doubled as Wilbur's office and a very talkative palomino named Ed. Problem was Ed didn't care to talk to just anyone, in fact he would only talk to Wilbur (the first human he'd ever met worth talking to).

First Telecast: January 5, 1961
Last Telecast: February 6, 1966
Original Network: CBS
Number of Seasons: 6
Number of Episodes: 143

Actually did not realize until I put this list together that CBS had been the original network for 4 of the 5 shows. Pretty impressive I say!



6 Of Your Sparks

  1. "The Rockford Files" had great theme music. So did "Dallas" and "Barney Miller" was great too.

    I love TV theme music.

    - Jay

  2. JAY: Almost did Barney Miller...

  3. Mike Golch Says:
  4. a great list of theme music.

  5. Unknown Says:
  6. When I was kid I could never figure out what "a bubblin' crude" was!

  7. Travis Cody Says:
  8. I hadn't realized that Addams Family only ran for 2 seasons.

  9. Dianne Says:
  10. I love the Green Acres song!! Actually I love all 5 of your picks

    Hope you had a nice weekend


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