TV theme songs are often the first impression viewers get of a promising show. You never get a second chance to make a first impression (that's why my parents still refer to me as "Mr. Poopy Pants.") That's why it's so important that shows have a great opening, which has led to some absolutely stunning theme songs. On this, the 36th anniversary of The Greatest American Hero (and its corresponding theme song's) debut, we decided to rank the 30 best sci-fi tv show themes.
First, some ground rules:
- No shows primarily aimed at kids were allowed (otherwise every single entry in the list would be this mind-blowing theme song)
- Only the audio was considered (not the video portion of the intro).
- Original compositions only! Star Trek: TNG's theme was taken from the movie, and SG-1 was an amalgam of previous themes, so they weren't eligible for this list.
- To judge these, they were played through a TV, just like millions of viewers experienced them each week. So, people at work using headphones to duck your boss, your mileage may vary.
That said, let's take a look at the songs that, despite being on the air only once a week, manage to lodge themselves firmly in the collective mind of geeks everywhere.