The 10 Best Television Theme Songs for the Ages

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Editor’s Note: This list was originally published in 2011. With great TV theme songs coming out left in right like Patrick Carney’s Bojack Horseman theme, the auto-tuned Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt masterpiece or True Detective Season 2’s use of Leonard Cohen’s “Nevermind”, it’s really a golden era for TV theme songs.

It’s Fall, and Fall is somewhat synonymous with television. New series are starting up for the first time, old beloved series are picking right back up where they left off, and some series that have over-stayed their welcome are still sticking around to push us even further over the edge. In any case, every show has a theme song, and here are some of our all time faves:
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Top Ten Thursday: The Best TV Shows of 2014

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2014 was quite a year in television. New shows are always flashy and fun, but a lot of veteran programs kept their luster. I will say that a lot of the new dramas disappointed, leaving room for a lot of half-hour comedies to shine, which looks to continue as a trend for 2015.

10. Nathan For You
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Nathan Fielder cemented himself as a comic force with season 2 of Nathan For You. Behind a different lead, there is little chance the premise of the show could have held up, but the character Fielder plays makes it happen.
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Top Ten Thursday: Top Ten TV Shows of 2013

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By all accounts, we are in the midst of a golden age in television.  In past years we have done a top 5 list for best television shows, when we could have easily done a top ten list.  This year, we are doing a top ten list when we could have easily done a top 20 list.  Just look at some of the shows that didn’t make the cut like Brooklyn Nine Nine, New Girl, Justified, Parks and Rec, Black Mirror, and Suits.  All quality television.  There is simply too much good TV; it is impossible to watch it all.  With all that being said, we did our best to give a well balanced list of the best TV shows of 2013.  Let us know what we missed, and as always enjoy the list.

10.  Veep

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Veep built on an uneven first season with a superb second season, proving ensemble comedy, rather than a single-star vehicle, is the way to go, Veep further developed its deep roster of characters.  Among others, it is great to see Matt Walsh finally get a chance to shine as a go to supporting character.
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Weak List Wednesday: Top 5 Television Programs of 2012

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2012 was a great year in television.  Unfortunately, that means the shows we are used to being great stayed great for the most part, without much new blood being thrown into the mix.  In fact, only one new show cracked our eight selections below (the top 5 plus each of our “just missed”).  New shows like The Newsroom on HBO, and NBC’s big-budget post-apocalyptic program Revolution were summarily awful (not that I expected too much out of Revolution, but come on, JJ Abrams has to have another hit in him at some point).  ABC’s Last Resort showed quite a bit of promise, with an intriguing premise and solid cast, but no one cared enough to tune in, so it already got the axe.  And the new sitcoms, my god the new sitcoms.  They were all awful.  So, back to the established shows to scratch our TV itch.  Enjoy, and as always, let us know what we missed, forgot, or even if you agree.

5.  Parks & Recreation

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Leslie Knope & Co. just keep the train rolling during the fourth and fifth seasons, after really hitting hitting its stride during season three.  The ensemble cast, anchored by Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe has now been a cohesive unit for three seasons, making every interplay between the characters all the funnier.  Hopefully, people keep watching at a high enough level to keep this rare network gem on the air.
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Top Ten Thursday: Television Theme Songs for the Ages

It’s Fall, and Fall is somewhat synonymous with television. New series are starting up for the first time, old beloved series are picking right back up where they left off, and some series that have over-stayed their welcome are still sticking around to push us even further over the edge. In any case, every show has a theme song, and here are some of our all time faves:
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