Last year, you may remember that I did a pair of posts listing my “Top 20 TV Theme Songs from Genre Series” (parts 1 and 2). Most of them had a sci-fi or superhero/spy bent to them, but there were a few from shows about cops and private detectives, too. And that’s what I want to focus on in this post and the next. Specifically, I noticed that a lot of great TV series that centered on police and/or P.I.’s came out in the 1970s, and a lot of them had great theme songs, too. (Well, assuming you dig the ’70s groove!)
Of course, the downside to limiting myself to those that debuted in the ’70s means that several other worthies that actually debuted in the ’60s — e.g., Ironside (1967-1975), Mannix (1967-1975), The Mod Squad (1968-1973), It Takes a Thief (1968-1970) — aren’t included. (Maybe another time.) Still, there’s plenty of great stuff here to remind you of or introduce you to, and I hope you enjoy checking out these themes (and maybe the shows themselves) as much as I did. Pretty cool seeing famous, now-older (or dead) stars from their younger days, too!
1) Dan August (1970-1971)
2) The Persuaders! (1971-1972)
3) The NBC Mystery Movie (i.e., rotating stars Columbo, McCloud, McMillan & Wife, etc.) (1971-1977)
4) The Rookies (1972-1976)
5) The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1977)
6) Banacek (1972-1974)
7) Barnaby Jones (1973-1980)
8) Kojak (1973-1978)
9) The Magician (1973-1974)
10) Shaft (1973-1974)
— extended intro, w/ music beginning about 30 seconds in and singing by Isaac Hayes (and the ladies) about 3 minutes in
Far out! I’ll see you cats next week!