I love television. Always have. Always will.
In that spirit, here are thirteen of my favorite TV theme songs of all time, in no particular order. Feel free to sing along -- I am, dontcha know.
1. The Dick Van Dyke Show
My favorite show probably of all time. Period. I still want to be Sally Rogers.
2. Gilligan’s Island
My guiltiest pleasure. C’mon -- admit it. You know all the words to the theme song just like I do.
3. The Addams Family
Will’s favorite on this list, thanks to it being part of a current M&Ms commercial.
4. The Jeffersons
A must-request for me at any piano bar singalong place I go to. Trivia: the theme is sung by J’anet DuBois, better known as Willona from “Good Times.”
5. Sanford and Son
Maybe the greatest sitcom theme ever. Written and performed by the inimitable Quincy Jones.
6. The Rockford Files
A bad-ass theme for a bad-ass show. And add James Garner to the “damn, he’s hot list.” Whoa.
7. The Flintstones
A classic from my childhood. I’ll still stop and watch this damn thing if I catch it while channel surfing.
8. The Lucy Show
A staple of after-school TV watching. Adore this almost as much as “I Love Lucy”, thanks to Gale Gordon’s performance as Mr. Mooney.
9. The Monkees
True confession: I was in love with Peter. Y’all can have Davy.
10. Ellery Queen
My favorite drama as a kid. This show had waaaay too short a telly run -- smart and engaging and who doesn’t love a show set in ‘40s NYC. Someone PLEASE put this on DVD. Now.
11. Hawaii Five O
It doesn’t get much better than this. Am doing the hula hip shake as we speak.
12. Green Acres
My favorite of the crazy surreal CBS sitcoms of the late ‘60s. It still holds up well -- and who can resist Eva Gabor. Seriously.
13. Mad Men
In honor of all its Emmy nominations today. Best show, along with “30 Rock” on television right now, as far as I’m concerned. The new season starts July 27th on AMC. Mark your calendars.