Sunday, August 18, 2019

Terrific Television Program Scores

In the past few weeks I've posted a few times about favourite motion picture film scores. Good, and not so good, movies can be enhanced further by an appropriate music track.

How about television programs? How could I let that one go?

Television programs of all sorts have fine theme tunes, but a few have had terrifically appropriate background scores. Consistently so.

Some of the best come from classic television shows. Dramatic television series' tend to capture this market. This is even more the case for fantasy/SF shows, with the type's inherent variety and tableau of stories calling out for special scoring.

Two prime picks:

The Twilight Zone (1959 - 1964)
Star Trek (1966 - 1969)

There must be recent examples....

1 comment:

Simon St. Laurent said...

I recommend, highly, the book Music for Prime Time: A History of American Television Themes and Scoring (Jon Burlingame, 2023).