TVLine’s ongoing review of TV’s all-time greatest theme songs has reached its end — at least as far as live-action series are concerned, this week serving up a bite of Fiona Apple, some Regina Spektor, a little Bear McCreary and other tunes from 2010 to the present.
Based on U.S. series’ premiere dates, we are continuing our series with a look at the years 2010 through, well, now — July of 2020 — in which original and/or clever lyrics fall further by the wayside, in favor of time-saving yet effective instrumentals. As such, that makes the theme songs that do bother with lyrics stand out as especially special, as is the case with The Affair, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and whatever Crazy Ex-Girlfriend served up in any given season.
Meanwhile, as one final reminder for you fans of animated fare: There will eventually be a special “best of” list that is bound to please your brain (…brain, brain, brain). And hey, someday we may even round up the most memorable soap opera theme songs, if we can ever decide on our favorite All My Children opening.
Review our selection of live-action U.S. TV theme songs from the years 2010 to 2020 and vote for the very best/most effective ones in the Comments. (Or, click this link and vote!)