If you grew up in the 90s and had the chance to stay up past 10 at night, then you probably remember many of these popular television themes. Sometimes the only way to get to sleep was to saturate yourself with some good television, and of course with every endearing program comes a really good song to get you in the mood to watch it.
Now this list will only include themes for late night programs, so don’t expect any of your favorite Nickelodeon or Fox Kids themes, Nick ‘at Nite excluded. Are these themes the best? That would be up to you to decide. So sit back, relax, grab yourself some popcorn and get ready to warp back to 1995.
Before Jackass sent real people to do dumb things on MTV, Beavis and Butthead were animated idiots on MTV and they had a lot of cool music videos to go along with it. When this theme opened up the show you knew you were in for stupidity and cheap laughs.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
This is one of the coolest and most underrated shows in the world. It was like these guys could make fun of anything. It could have been an alien space ship destroying a city or a couple of guys talking about girls, whatever they saw they’d rip apart and it was good.
For a show that was supposedly all about nothing, Seinfeld’s theme song was definitely something.
For a show set decades before the 90s, it was seemingly everywhere during that decade. This program would air at any time and any day. I could be sitting on the carpet watching this with a two knob television in my room late into 1:30 AM on a Saturday, or watching it on the cable network that ran it on a Tuesday afternoon following class. It didn’t matter. There was always time for Mash.
Red Dwarf was one of the most unique television shows of its time. While many other programs were trying to capture people with drama and suspense, Red Dwarf borrowed from popular sci-fi action and horror tropes to create a ridiculous comedy that shall be known throughout the ages.
Tales From The Crypt Who could forget the bone chilling introduction? One of the most memorable opening sequences ever, TFTC began by taking us into haunted mansion and down into the depths where the Crypt Keeper waited to tell his horrible tales.
Unsolved Mysteries Unsolved Mysteries was about as real as it would ever get for an easily terrified 7-year-old version of me. Because the segments were based on actual events it had an extra appeal, and the theme is GOAT.
X – Files As if these Unsolved Mysteries and Tales From The Crypt weren’t enough to indoctrinate an entire decade of children into a state of constant panic, here is one that taught us all the truth is most definitely out there.
Being a criminal in Texas must have sucked. ‘Nuff said.
There is hope beyond the frontier; Captain Jean – Luc Picard will show us the way. Sleep easy, ensign.