Monday, November 27, 2006

Mystery TV Themes: BONES

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

BONES

Inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs (a thriller novelist in her own right), forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) teams up with FBI Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to solve a series of unsolved crimes by identifying the long-dead bodies of missing persons by their bone structure. The series airs on FOX.

Watch Bones on MySpace.
Official FOX site for Bones.
Episode guide and show info at TV.com.

Season One Titles


Season Two Titles


More themes:
THE ROCKFORD FILES
ALIAS
NBC MYSTERY MOVIE (Columbo)
GET SMART
KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Mystery TV Themes: THE ROCKFORD FILES

Spotlighting the great opening themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

THE ROCKFORD FILES
Hailed by Thrilling Detective as "the best private eye series to ever grace the television screen, and arguably one of the greatest private eyes of all time," The Rockford Files (1974-1980) starred James Garner as private investigator Jim Rockford, who preferred to talk, rather than slug, his way out of a tight spot.

The breezy, whimsical theme to this classic series was a Top 10 hit co-written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter. The duo first partnered in the late 1960s, and began working for producer Stephen J. Cannell when they wrote the theme to his cop show Toma in 1973. Their big breakthrough, the theme to The Rockford Files, won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement in 1975. Post, of course, has since been awarded four more Grammys, and created many singable themes, from Hill Street Blues to Greatest American Hero (a No. 1 hit) and Newsradio.

Watch episodes of THE ROCKFORD FILES free online at Hulu


Watch episodes free online at Netflix

Theme, episode guide and show info at fan site The Rockford Files Homepage.
More about Mike Post and about The Rockford Files at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.




More themes:
ALIAS
NBC MYSTERY MOVIE
GET SMART
KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER
DRAGNET

Monday, November 20, 2006

Mystery TV Themes: ALIAS

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

Alias - The Complete Collection (Seasons 1-5 + Rambaldi artifact box)ALIAS
(2001-2004 arrangement)
(2004-2006 arrangement)
The minimalist but energizing theme to the "spy-fi" series Alias (2001-2006) was written by series creator J. J. Abrams. The show starred Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a CIA agent caught up in counter-espionage (and, apparently, counter-counter-espionage), wearing colorful disguises while working undercover assignments all over the world. Abrams' other TV credits include Felicity, Lost, What About Brian, and Six Degrees. He directed the recent Mission: Impossible III and is currently developing a reboot of the Star Trek film franchise.

Alias opening theme courtesy Mark Little's MyThemes.TV.
Complete Alias now on DVD.
Episode guide and show info at the fan site Alias-TV.com.



More themes:
Mystery TV Themes: NBC MYSTERY MOVIE
Mystery TV Themes: GET SMART
Mystery TV Themes: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER
Mystery TV Themes: DRAGNET
Mystery TV Themes: MONK

Monday, November 13, 2006

Mystery TV Themes: NBC MYSTERY MOVIE

Spotlighting the great opening themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

THE NBC MYSTERY MOVIE
While The NBC Mystery Movie was not the first series to employ the "wheel" format, rotating several different series in the same slot, it is certainly one of the best-remembered. The haunting theme music was composed by Henry Mancini (1924-1994), Academy Award-winning American composer, conductor and arranger. His film work ranged from The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Touch of Evil to the Pink Panther films. He was nominated for an amazing 72 Grammys (winning 20), and nominated for 18 Oscars (winning four). He won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for two Emmys.

The NBC Mystery Movie aired 1971-1977, anchored by three main series: The most popular of these, the multiple Emmy-winning Columbo, featured Peter Falk as the disarming yet brilliant LAPD homicide detective. McCloud starred Dennis Weaver as a modern-day western Marshal transplanted from New Mexico to the streets of New York City. McMillan and Wife starred Rock Hudson and Susan St. James as a San Francisco Police Commissioner and his wife.

In subsequent seasons, the wheel grew to include other sleuths to varying success, including Hec Ramsey, starring Richard Boone as a turn-of-the-century Western crime fighter, and Quincy, M.E., starring Jack Klugman as a Los Angeles medical examiner. Quincy, in fact, spun off in early 1977 as a regular weekly series, to have a successful run of its own on NBC.

Even after the cancellation of The NBC Mystery Movie, Falk resumed the role of Columbo several more times over the following 25 years.


OPENING MAIN TITLES


Listen to the Mystery Movie Theme at TV Theme Tunes Online
NBC Mystery Movie profile at Museum of Broadcast Communications
All sorts of Columbo info at The Ultimate Lieutenant Columbo Site

Watch episodes free online at Netflix:
COLUMBO (Seasons 1-7)
MCCLOUD (Seasons 1-7)
MCMILLAN AND WIFE (Seasons 1-6)
QUINCY (Seasons 1-8)




More themes:
Mystery TV Themes: GET SMART
Mystery TV Themes: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER
Mystery TV Themes: DRAGNET
Mystery TV Themes: MONK
Mystery TV Themes: IT TAKES A THIEF

Monday, November 6, 2006

Mystery TV Themes: GET SMART

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

GET SMART
This classic spy sitcom (1965-70) starred Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, and Barbara Feldon as Agent 99. It is hard to find much information about arranger, songwriter and conductor Irving Szathmary, whose memorable theme to Get Smart adroitly captured the flavor and tone of the popular spy parody. The brother of comedian and actor Bill Dana (who actually appeared in a few episodes of Get Smart), the Composers and Lyricists Database says Szathmary's specialty was called "symphonic swing," and he created instrumental arrangements in the 1940s for Muzak.

Get Smart opening theme courtesy Mark Little's MyThemes.TV.
Complete Get Smart now on DVD at Amazon.
Episode guide and show info at the fan site The Get Smart Page.

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OPENING TITLES


More themes:
Mystery TV Themes: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER
Mystery TV Themes: DRAGNET
Mystery TV Themes: MONK
Mystery TV Themes: IT TAKES A THIEF
Mystery TV Themes: SWAT

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