Continuing on my series of posts about the brilliant array of music film employs to enhance our viewing experience I decided that for this post I should shift my focus slightly to the themes in TV shows. Like I’ve said for music in film, the theme for a TV show is vital. It helps with the shows identity so once you hear a particular theme the show associated with it instantly comes to mind, but most of all it assists in setting the mood of the show and putting you in the appropriate mindset to watch the show. Here is a list of some of my favourite TV themes:
1. Twin Peaks theme by Angelo Badalamenti
The theme from my all time favourite show is simply put a piece of magic, dreamy, peaceful, welcoming and hopeful. But the theme like the town itself has an inviting facade which conceals darkness underneath.
2. The Sopranos theme by Alabama 3
With great lyrics which complement the characters in the show and every time you watch this theme you’ll be wishing you could be taking a trip to New Jersey and try the food in Pizzaland…
3. The Wire themes by Tom Waits (original version)
The themes of The Wire are always a interesting topic of conversation among fans, each fan having his/her own preference with a particular season’s theme. My perference is actually for season 1. But to they are all great (me being diplomatic).
4. Mad Men theme by RJD2
Cool, symbolic and ominous. Mad Men’s theme always reminds me of the fantastic opening sequence in Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can.
5. Friends theme by The Rembrants
The quintessential sitcom with one of the most iconic, memorable TV show openings of all time with its 90s upbeat message about love and friendship. It’s hard not to love or clap.
6. Six Feet Under theme by Thomas Newman
I love the contrast this theme creates, it presents the viewer with a series of images of death and at the same time gives us an upbeat piece of music.
7. American Horror theme by James s levine
This is a chilling theme, it creeps out every fiber of your being not just with its music but with its horrific images.
8. X-Files by theme Mark Snow
This theme unlocks your imagination with its mysterious and eerie tone, this theme would make anyone a believer in extraterrestrial life.
9. Dexter by theme Rolfe kent
This themes repetitious element plays well with the morning routine and manages to present a typical morning routine with a violent, murderous and bloody tone.
10. Game of Thrones theme by Ramin Djawadi
I’m in love with the land of Westeros, love the books, love the show and love the theme.