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S02E08: You’re In the Army Now (Part 1)

4/15/2017
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This episode, packed with 34 opening and closing theme tunes, will focus on the theme music of seven representative military sitcoms from the 1950s up to the present, some of them well-known, some of them forgotten. Here are the series and theme tunes included in this episode: YOU'LL NEVER GET RICH/THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW/SERGEANT BILCO (1955-1959) 1955-1959 syndicated reruns opening and closing titles Music composed by John Strauss; opening voice-over by Phil Silvers BONUS THEMES: CAR 54,...

Duration:01:08:12

TURBO TUNE #1: CPO SHARKEY

4/6/2017
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To commemorate the extraordinary life and career of comedian Don Rickles, who died today at age 90, I'm posting this TUBE TUNES TURBO TUNE episode about the TV series for which he'll probably be best remembered: CPO SHARKEY, which ran on NBC from 1976 to 1978. The theme music for CPO SHARKEY was composed by Peter Matz, a veteran of THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW. I hope you enjoy this brief look at (and listen to) the theme music of a very funny show with a very funny man.

Duration:00:07:22

S02E07: Please ‘B’ Mine

3/28/2017
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This episode, packed with 46 opening and closing theme tunes, will focus on the theme music to seven series, each from a different decade from the 1950s up to the present, and all of them with titles beginning with the letter B. Here are the series and theme tunes included in this episode: BLONDIE (1957) 1957 opening and closing titles Music composed by Leon Klatzkin; opening screeching by Arthur Lake BONUS THEMES: THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 1952-1958 opening titles Music composed by Leon...

Duration:01:22:38

S02E06: The A’s Have It

3/19/2017
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Brought to you by the letter A, this episode will focus on the theme music to seven series, each from a different decade from the 1950s up to the present, and all of them with titles beginning with A. Here are the series included in this episode: THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (1952-1954) [1952-1953 opening titles] [1953-1954 opening titles] ADAM-12 (1968-1975) [1968-1969 opening titles] [1969-1970 opening titles] -Commercial Break- ALL IN THE FAMILY (1971-1979) [January 1971-September 1971...

Duration:00:55:34

S02E05: The Earle Hagen Themeography

1/30/2017
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In this episode, I briefly explore 20 classic television series from the 1950s through the 1980s with memorable theme music composed and/or co-composed by prolific theme tune writer Earle Hagen. Here are the series included in this episode: MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY/THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW (1953-1964) [1956-1964 opening main titles: an arrangement of "Londonderry Air," a.k.a. "Danny Boy"] [1956-1964 syndicated reruns opening and closing main titles: an arrangement of "Londonderry Air," a.k.a....

Duration:01:24:31

S02E04: Best of the Millennium

1/21/2017
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In this episode I present eight Emmy-winning theme tunes (along with lots of trivia) from seven selected series that aired during the New Millennium (between 1999 and the present). Here are the shows and theme music featured: THE WEST WING (1999-2006) [1999-2000 opening and closing main titles] [2000-2006 opening and closing main titles] Winner of Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2000 for composer W.G. Snuffy Walden MONK (2002-2009) [2002-2003 opening main...

Duration:00:45:54

S02E03: Games People Play (Part 1)

1/16/2017
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In this episode I present series synopses and theme music of five of the most popular game shows to air on American daytime and prime time television, starting with the few venerable game shows that are still running today. Here are the five shows (and 26 themes) I'm featuring: THE PRICE IS RIGHT (1956-1965; 1972-present) [1956-1961 Weekly Nighttime opening & closing themes] [1961-1964 Weekly Nighttime opening & closing themes] [1972-present Weekday Daytime opening & closing themes] LET'S...

Duration:01:08:45

S02E02: Cable Hits (Part 1) – HBO

12/9/2016
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In this extra-length episode, I briefly explore 22 of the most popular and well-known series that aired as original programming on Home Box Office, or HBO as it is now known. I explore their stories, their stars, and their impact on both the pay and free TV landscape. And of course I present information about each series' theme music and theme music composers. Here are the series included in this episode: NOT NECESSARILY THE NEWS (1983-1990) [1983-85 opening theme] [1985-90 opening theme]...

Duration:01:37:14

S02E01: Go West, Old Man – Adult Westerns of the 1950s (Part 2)

11/4/2016
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In this episode, a sequel to "S01E01: Go West, Old Man - Adult Westerns of the 1950s (Part 1)", I explore ten more adult-oriented western dramas from the 1950s. I'll explore their stories, their stars, their impact on the western genre, and of course their theme tunes, some of them very familiar. And if your favorite adult western of the 1950s was not included in either episode, don't despair, partner; there will be a Part 3 episode in the future. Here are the series included in this...

Duration:01:03:03

S01E09: Out of This World – Science Fiction Themes (Part 1)

4/26/2016
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In this episode, I explore some iconic theme music from science fiction series set (as a whole or in part) within the outer reaches of space. I'll leave other supernatural shows such as THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE X-FILES and even LOST to a future episode of TUBE TUNES. In this episode I'll be looking at six well-known TV space dramas, one representative series from each decade from the 1950s to the 2000s; I'll explore their stories, their stars, their impact on the science fiction canon, and...

Duration:00:21:43

S01E08: The Mike Post Legacy

3/29/2016
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In this double-length episode, I explore the long and prolific career of TV theme composer extraordinaire, Mike Post. His influence on TV theme music cannot be underestimated, beginning with his collaboration with his longtime partner Pete Carpenter (1973-1986), and then on up to his stellar solo career as a theme composer thereafter. This surveys covers all 51 of the shows in which Mike Post composed or co-composed the theme music, including the following series: GRIFF (1973-74) [opening...

Duration:00:41:16

S01E07: Cathode Ray Memories

3/20/2016
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In this regular-length episode, I wax nostalgic about my earliest and most influential television memories, and how what I watched impacted my sense of humor, my appreciation of drama and music, my love of animals, and my general outlook on life. Of course the theme music for the shows I discuss are included, many of them presented in stereo, as well as a brief synopses of the shows. This survey includes the following themes: THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1959-1964) [episode 1-31 opening] [episode...

Duration:00:13:39

S01E06: Prime Time ‘Toons

2/28/2016
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In this double-length episode packed with theme music, many of them presented in stereo, the broadcast histories, stars and (of course) the TV theme music of 40 animated broadcast network series from 1960 to the present are explored. Here is the layout for this extended episode: FEATURED SERIES #1: THE FLINTSTONES (1960-1966) [season 1-2 opening] [season 1-2 closing] [season 3-6 opening] [season 3-6 closing] -Commercial Break- LIGHTNING ROUND #1: THE BUGS BUNNY SHOW (1960-1961) [season 1...

Duration:00:39:19

S01E05: Who Loves Ya, Baby? Detectives of the 1970s (Part 1)

1/24/2016
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In this double-length episode packed with theme music, many of them presented in stereo, the broadcast histories, stars and (of course) the TV theme music of 10 iconic police and private-eye detective dramas that aired most of their respective episodes during the 1970s are explored. This survey includes the following themes: IRONSIDE (1967-1975) [season 1 opening] MANNIX (1967-1975) [season 2 opening] [closing] THE MOD SQUAD (1968-1973) [opening] [closing] HAWAII FIVE-O (1968-1980) [season...

Duration:00:41:14

S01E04: From CHECKMATE to Spielberg – The TV Theme Music of John Williams

1/3/2016
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In this episode (my most popular episode to date), presented in stereo for the first time, the TV theme music of award-winning film composer John Williams is explored. Mr. Williams is best known as the musical composer for nearly 100 movies, notably those of director Steven Spielberg, for whom he has composed every movie except for two ("The Color Purple" and "Bridge of Spies"). His prolific musical legacy includes the well-known scores to "Jaws," all seven "Star Wars" movies, all four...

Duration:00:18:54

S01E03: A Wacky Week in 1965 (Part 2)

12/13/2015
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S01E02 and S01E03 of TUBE TUNES together explore the histories and theme music of eleven kooky sitcoms that aired in a typical week 50 years ago (December 1965). Episode 2 covers six of the sitcoms, and Episode 3 covers another five. Included in both episodes are the iconic theme tunes of each show, brief biographies of the theme composers and lyricists for each series, a rundown of the stars, synopses and broadcast histories of each show, and trivia about all of them. The series explored...

Duration:01:15:55

S01E02: A Wacky Week in 1965 (Part 1)

12/13/2015
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S01E02 and S01E03 of TUBE TUNES together explore the histories and theme music of eleven kooky sitcoms that aired in a typical week 50 years ago (December 1965). Episode 2 covers six of the sitcoms, and Episode 3 covers another five. Included in both episodes are the iconic theme tunes of each show, brief biographies of the theme composers and lyricists for each series, a rundown of the stars, synopses and broadcast histories of each show, and trivia about all of them. The series explored...

Duration:01:01:46

S01E01: Go West, Old Man – Adult Westerns of the 1950s (Part 1)

11/29/2015
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This episode of TUBE TUNES explores the rise of the adult westerns in the 1950s by focusing on ten of them (Part 2 will cover another ten or so in a later episode). Included are the iconic theme tunes of each show, brief biographies of the theme composers and lyricists for each series, a rundown of the stars, synopses and broadcast histories of each show, and trivia about all of them. The series explored in this episode: GUNSMOKE, THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF WYATT EARP, CHEYENNE, HAVE GUN -...

Duration:01:11:49

S01E00: Introduction

11/29/2015
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TUBE TUNES is the first podcast that takes an in-depth look at the history of American television through the theme music that began and ended most every series from TV’s earliest days in the late 1940s through to the present day. Biographies of the composers, lyricists and performers are included in each bi-weekly episode. Also featured are brief biographies of the series’ stars, a look at the series’ broadcast history, a synopsis of each show, and fun facts about all of them. And full...

Duration:00:07:20