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The Theme from M*A*S*H and 5 Other Iconic TV Theme Songs from the 1970s [AUDIO]


It was on this date in 1983 that 'M*A*S*H' ended its 11 season run. With such an indelible theme song, we wanted to take a look at the best TV theme songs of all time.


Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)



The song was an instrumental when played over the credits of M*A*S*H but, in fact, the song has lyrics including the refrain: suicide is painless it brings on many changes.



The Lonely Man



'The Lonely Man' is the theme song to close each episode of 'The Icredible Hulk.' As Bill Bixby walks a lonely road towards a cure this song is his constant, sorrowful companion.



Welcome Back



Could you imagine a future Rock-And-Roll Hall-of-Famer penning the theme song to '2 Broke Girls' or 'Whitney'? That's exactly what happened when Lovin' Spoonful front-man John Sebastian wrote and performed this theme song for 'Welcome Back, Kotter.' In fact, the title of the show was changed to match the song Sebastian wrote.



Those Were the Days



No slick and glittery 70s instrumental theme songs for 'All in the Family.' The theme song to this Normal Lear masterpiece was famously performed by lead actor Carroll O'Conner and the delightfully off-key co-star Jean Stapleton.



WKRP in Cincinnati Main Theme



Similar to several other theme songs on our list, the WKRP in Cincinnati theme became a charting hit. The song, a longer version than what opened the show each week, was released in 1979 and charted twice in both 1981 and 1982.



The Muppet Show Theme



Not that the Muppet Show ever truly went away, but a whole new generation can appreciate this iconic theme song after it was featured on the soundtrack to the recent Muppet Movie. That version was by OK Go. The original, like all things good and Muppet, came from the mind of Jim Henson.


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