We used to be spoilt for choice as far as television theme music was concerned as pretty much every programme had a good theme tune before the era of on demand and binge watching cut out the need for programme makers to bother with theme songs. Some shows even had two themes, one for the beginning of the programme and another for the end. Some long running shows had different theme music throughout their lives or different versions of the same theme song were used.
TV also had some great in-show, instrumental music too and these were often quite separate from their main theme songs, or were adaptions of their main theme song.
So, what is your favourite TV theme song(s), or your favourite versions of theme songs? And what is your favourite instrumental or other music played in the programme(s)?
Link to a TV themes site.
To start things off, how about a classic 1980s power tune from a popular American police show written by John Parker. The theme song features a great drum beat, blasting horns and synthesiser music throughout. (bring back the 80s, well the music and tv, some things can be left in the past!):