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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: September 8, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Tvt
  • ASIN: B00006JKCX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Love Lucy
2. Dragnet
3. The Honeymooners
4. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
5. Leave It To Beaver
6. Peter Gunn
7. 77 Sunset Strip
8. Maverick
9. The Flintstones
10. The Andy Griffith Show
11. The Dick Van Dyke Show
12. The Addams Family
13. Gilligan's Island
14. Batman
15. The Monkees
16. Bewitched
17. Mission: Impossible
18. Hawaii Five-O
19. The Brady Bunch
20. Sesame Street
See all 50 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Full Title - TV Guide - 50 All-Time Favorite TV Themes. To commemorate TV Guide's 50th anniversary, Tee Toons and TV Guide present a year-by-year celebration of the greatest television themes from 1953-2002. This definitive compilation covers everything from 'I Love Lucy' to 'Friends'. The CD includes a comprehensive fact-filled bonus booklet featuring the 50 original full color TV Guide covers. TVT Records. 2002.

Customer Reviews

I was expecting the original TV Theme music on this CD - it was not.
Wayne L. Shepard
I would recommend this product to anyone whos looking for a high quality, nostalgic bit of history...
John Hemberger
Many of these songs are replicated (horribly) with outdated keyboards and synthisizers.
Larry Lee Moniz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Larry Lee Moniz on November 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is nothing more than a re-release of many of the same badly remade TV themes from the mid-eighties albums entitled "Tee Vee Toons Presents..." series by TVT Records.

Many of these songs are replicated (horribly) with outdated keyboards and synthisizers. I find it sad that TV Guide would slap it's name on such a horrible compilation album such as this. For some unknown reason, companies that put together TV theme compilations think lovers of TV music won't care that they've included cheap remakes of there favorite theme songs!

If you can't get the original version, than don't put it on the album!

Another pet peeve, is that often times (like in here) they put the lesser popular version of the theme in as well. Example: They have the first season version of the Mary Tyler Moore theme "Love Is All Around". The arrangement and lyrics were different in this version than in the entire rest of the series. It's not the popular version.

People who put these together are not usually fans of TV themes and usually don't know what they are doing. Oh yeah, don't mix the long record version (usually not enough like the original to be recognizable) with the shorter TV versions!

I've said my peace!

Larry Lee Moniz

Hayward, California
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Phillip B. Tursky on July 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Contrary to a previous review, many of these themes are remakes.
Just to name a few I Love Lucy, Dragnet, The Honeymooners, Alfred Hitchcock,Bewitched. But there are several that are original, such as Flinstones, Adams Family, Gilligans Island, Monkees, Brady Bunch, Six Feet under, and a few more. So this comp is touch and go. I have been collecting themes for 35 years, and I have never found a comp with ALL ORIGINAL THEMES.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sabbboy on December 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
tv guides 50 greatest themes is a nice package, what with its 50 card set included(i'm referring to the limited box edition) but to me fails in its failure to deliver what it advertises. alot of the early and mid period themes are NOT the original themes used on the tv shows and that is annoying to me. anyone over 35 who has ever seen the particular show the theme is for knows in 2 notes it is a modern rerecording. i don't care if the original themes sound quality isn't perfect, that original is what brings the memory back to the show. i'd like to know the reason these rerecorded "fake " themes are included here and secondly, why is this not stated anywhere here that many of these are not the original songs. i remember buying tvt's(the producer)tv theme albums in 1985 and having had the same letdown then as i do now. seventeen years later, steve gottlieb, the cd's producer, still can't find the original theme songs. if they can't get the rights, don't put them in here. how ridiculous is it to have someone other than batman & robin begin that theme. in my opinion , a full third to a half of the first 25 themes are not original , including i love lucy, dragnet, the andy griffith show, gilligan's island, batman, bewitched, hawaii five-o, mash, mission impossible and the honeymooners. i think tv guide should have monitored this a little better and only let tvt put in original themes. NOT RECOMMENDED.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P. Valenti on December 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you are like me, (40-ish) then you can mark the cycles of your life by popular music and the medium through which it was distributed to you, i.e. records, 8-track, cassette tapes, CDs, radio and TV. We associate past emotions, events, most powerfully with visual and aural memories that can instantly tranport us back to the moment they ocurred. Most of us probably have either saved our favorite LPs (and even the old record player) or upgraded our record collection to CDs. The other medium that we associate important memories with is of course T.V. Who can forget the Beatles' first appearance on Ed Sullivan. Or Rob Petrie tripping over the Ottoman in his living room? Or the knight on a white horse proclaiming that Ajax detergent is truly stronger than dirt.
Well, now you can finds CDs, tapes, and DVDs that can help you relive almost all of these moments (unfortunately, I know of know video collection of classic TV commercials available to the public for purchase). But let's face it; most of us don't have the time, money or inclination to actually sit through a whole episode of My Three Sons, Gilligan's Island or Green Acres. Most of Classic TV is best remembered in sound bytes anyway; the stories were really not that good.
Fortunately, this collection of the theme songs from the classic (e.g. Lucy), post-classic (e.g. Taxi), modern (e.g. L.A. Law), and post-modern (e.g. Friends) TV era is a high-impact dose guaranteed to stimulate the nostalgia center of your brain. From the opening rumba of I Love Lucy, to the tinkling lounge piano of Cheers, you get most of the TV Themes that defined what we watched.
The collection does have some curious choices though. In an attempt to balance all the eras, some arguably famous themes have been omitted (e.g.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom on October 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The cover of this collection of classic TV themes makes it look like it's a winner, but when you see the track listing and listen to the compilation overall, it's very disappointing.

The collection has gathered popular TV theme songs but there are so many that you do want that are not here: Facts of Life, Different Strokes, Maude...a lot of the kitschy songs are omitted, preventing this from becoming a true guilty pleasure. Stick with the Television Themes series. Much better!
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