Gilligans Island

Gilligan’s Island Original Theme

While on the lookout for more lost pilots, I stumbled onto this opening from the original Gilligan’s Island pilot (unfortunately, the full episode is much harder to find). The song is completely different from the one we’re all familiar with, and it has a different set of characters (2 secretaries and a high school teacher instead of the professor, movie star, and random woman off the street (Mary-Anne)). The Howells, Gilligan, and the Skipper are all the same though.

Broken Badges

Broken Badges was a Stephen J. Cannell (co-creator) police drama that aired on CBS from November 24, 1990 to December 22, 1990 and then ran again June 1991. The show was about three “reject” police offers, J.J ‘Bullet’ Tingreedes, who was addicted to danger, Stanley ‘Whipusall’ Jones, who was a violent man with a Napoleon complex, and Toby Baker, a kleptomanic. They were all put on psych leave and instead of giving up they join forces together to fight crime with former New Orleans cop Beau Jack Bowman and police psychiatrist Priscilla Mather.

I watched this show and enjoyed it and I am convinced that if it had come out in the mid to early 1980s, it would have caught on and had a couple of seasons. Sadly by the 1990s TV tastes has changed and people could not open their hearts to the semi-silly premise of a show that was supposed to be a drama. If your a fan or would like to give the show a try you should check out the bargain priced Prime Time Crime: The Stephen J. Cannell Collection.

Hill Street Blues Opening Credits

The beginning of the Hill Street Blue opening credits always reminded me of Adam-12 intro. You get the VO of the police dispatcher listing occuring crimes, but instead of the driving forceful music that you expect from a police show (and what you got from the Adam-12 intro), you get his mellow tune that completely messes with my expectations.

The theme tune was written by Mike Post and features Larry Carlton on guitar. The song was popular enough that it reached #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 music chart. Post is a prolific tv tunesmith composing well know music for shows like as Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, LA Law, Quantum Leap and site favorite Magnum, P.I.