'The Streets of San Francisco' had a great theme


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/13/the-streets-of-san-francisco.html


#2

I like the version with the announcer. The same person (Hank Simms) did a lot of those shows–and also did the voice-over for the opening of “Police Squad!”


#3

Yes. Yes it did. The show itself, while not standing the test of time, still resonates as good television. Plus it cracks me up to see an exuberant, youthful Michael Douglas.


#4

There was some awesome music in old television shows.

…and even some video games that were presented like an awesome '70s cop show. :slight_smile:


#5

“A Trout in the Milk”??


#6

One of the best TV Themes ever.
And the whole narration of the guest star names and episode title are pure Quinn Martin wonderfulness.


#7

Yeah, I didn’t know either.

The meaning is that although you did not see the dairy farmer do it, he most probably dipped the milk pail in the stream to water down the product. It’s not direct evidence but a very strong circumstantial case.

It is attributed as follows: "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. ‘ (Henry David Thoreau)

Source: https://www.quora.com/What-does-the-phrase-a-trout-in-the-milk-mean


#8

Vic Tayback as Officer Hassejian


#9

We always used to laugh that their car tires squealed no matter what speed they were driving. Thanks to the limitless choices in modern media, my kids can watch whatever they want whenever they want. It’s kind of sad that they never have to settle for shows like Streets of San Francisco for want of something better.


#10

Are you sure you’re not thinking of Hank Pym?


#11

And Hank Pym lives in San Francisco.

There are no coincidences.


#12

My reaction after hearing this for the first time in many years was: That needs a club remix. One Google search later (it’s not great, but it’ll do): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmwxfr_thomas-mester-the-streets-of-san-francisco-theme-remix_music


#13

So very groovy.

One correction, though: my beloved NYC is the city that always smells like pee. San Francisco always smells like poo, thanks to the derelicts and crustpunks who use its streets as a gargantuan chamber pot.


#14

Thanks, interesting!

(also, streams sure must’ve had a hell of a lot of trout in them back in Henry David’s day)


#15

Yup. A great theme, performed by a great band, and they could throw a kickass Thoreau reference when they wanted to.


#16

Another Pat Williams masterpiece! Check out this composer’s fascinating career: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002305/


#17

Not just the theme was great. Ah, so many great series in the 70’s… if you were a TV kid in those times, you could call yourself both lucky and unlucky.

Here: another great theme:


#18

Oh, hell yes.

Know what else is great?

The White Shadow theme.


#19

The Professionals had a great theme too.


#20

Shit, I didn’t know that the CEO of Kabletown was a baller.