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The Top 15 Greatest Retro Sci-Fi TV Themes

by | 22nd, May 2014

2-25-2013 12-01-22 PM

 

THE mission: To identify the top 15 science fiction television program themes from eons past. It’s a region of space many Internet listers have gone before… but those were just training exercises. This expedition is for real. Let the countdown begin.

 

1. UFO

 


Goes well with martinis, miniskirts and go-go boots. Truthfully, anything that conjures up memories of those purple haired Moon Maidens is going to be top of the list.

 

 

2. Star Trek (original series)

 


How could the Star Trek intro not be in the list? No matter what you think of the show, you’ll have to agree this intro captures the thrill of exploration about as good as can be done. We may spend our days in a cubicle behind a desk, but when this intro plays, the dashing and adventurous Magellan lurking deep inside all of us gets bestirred.

 

 

3. Dr. Who

 


The Tom Baker intro will always be my favorite. Nostalgia aside, for my money, the sound of this track captures the “sci-fi feel” (if there is such a thing) better than any other, and the making of it is an amazing story . Only Star Trek trumps it due to Kirk’s brilliant prose.

 

 

4. The Twilight Zone

 


Is there an intro to any show, science fiction or otherwise, more iconic than this? “Doo dee doo doo, doo dee doo doo” has become a part of our lexicon.

 

 

5. The Tomorrow People

 


Similar to the Dr. Who theme, it has that spine-tingling, creepy vibe, yet is unmistakably science-fiction in sound.

 

 

6. The Six Million Dollar Man

 

 

“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better…stronger…faster.”

Gives me goose bumps to this day.

 

 

7. The Outer Limits

 

 

“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.”

Anyone who remembers those ominous words intoned across the airwaves can testify that this belongs on the list.

 

 

8. Lost in Space

 


There were a few versions, but the “countdown version” is the best.

 

 

9. Space: 1999

 


You can’t go wrong when you combine the distinctively Seventies “waka waka” with a Gerry Anderson groove.
However, when it comes to raw Seventies sci-fi vibe, nothing comes close to the next on the list…

 

 

10. Star Maidens

 


For all-around 70s sci-fi awesomeness, the ultimate is, without question, Star Maidens. It would be higher on this list, but the intro is just a boring narration. However, the funktastic closing credits and incidental music was

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