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Best musical score/soundtrack on a TV show?

Tie: Dexter/Hannibal

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Many greats mentioned. I'll add a few that i like.

  • Twin Peaks. Legendary S1! The whole show is right down the alley for many people on this site as the series is a bit out there, and in addition it most likely has followers who can be called a cult. Anyway, Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch did an awesome job. Series has an instrumental for the opening, but the Julee Cruise version is even better.
  • True Detective. I prefer S1, but S2 is also great.
  • True Blood. I lost interest in this show after a few seasons, but it was great in the start. When Maryann Forrester makes, and serves, Hunter Souffle In season 2. They eat, fuck and beat on each other. That shit is sick! Just sick! I think she was the most scary of them all. Forget all the other creatures, That Maryann Forrester was scary!
vsh76 Level 5 May 17, 2018

Love these! True Blood was great for the first season. Then it got worse and worse and omg I can't believe I'm still watching this shit but it's like a train wreck and I can't look away!!

@Remi Agreed. (I personally noped out when the witches got on and it was like a menopausal version of The Craft.) But the question was about soundtracks, not the actual show...


Have to vote for Game of Thrones, Westworld, Sopranos. I'm going out on a limb and say that HBO series do pretty well in this area


Here’s my own tie: Game of Thrones and Westworld. Both by Ramin Djawadi.

Love his stuff! Did you know he's touring and doing Game of Thrones concerts? I went to one last year and it was so awesome! I'm going again this year to the one in Seattle.


Doctor Who. The new series, that is.

Ooooooooohhhhh, yeah. You're right, that is up there.

I like the Tom Baker Dr. Who.

Im old enough to remember the original 60s series. That soundtrack was phenomenal especially as it was pre-Moog synthesizer or any of our electronic gadgets, just tape machines.

As far as far as that goes, plug in any 60's Irwin Allen show score.


I can't believe no one has brought up the Atheist Anthem yet...the theme song for The Big Bang Theory!

Yogisan Level 5 May 17, 2018

....and I don't mean "Soft Kitty". 😅


Peaky Blinders!

BookDeath Level 7 May 17, 2018

Totally not what I expected, but I like it!


Westworld is making me very happy right now


Kids in the hall- theme song

4EvanSake Level 6 May 17, 2018

Music is subjective so I won't say it is the best but it is my favorite. Samurai Champloo OST. These guys did a great cover of one of the songs.

What was this to? It sounds great but was this a music bed for a series, or a one-off intro?

@Connolly42 It is the outro from an anime called Samurai Champloo. The show is a great piece of art in every aspect. Everyone I've introduced to the show has fallen in love with it. (even the ones who scoffed at watching an anime) You should check it out sometime. It is only 26 episodes. Here is the original version of the song.

@Connolly42 It is also notable that the artist (Nujabes) is to lofi hip-hip as Jimi Hendrix is to Rock.

@TheInterlooper I remember Samurai Champloo when it first came out, Mugenlooper. Really good anime.

@SpikeTalon #MeToo May 20th will be the 14th anniversary of its premiere.


I give big props to Fox's Peter Pan & the Pirates, for a low budget morning cartoon it had a score that would've suited Erroll Flynn's best performance.


Supernatural -- hard-driving classic, for the most part. "Back in Black", "Hell's Bells", "Rock of Ages", etc.

Ringo6 Level 4 May 17, 2018

Yes! I love the music on Supernatural!

(And does second season American Horror Story count for making that light little ditty horrifying?)


Peeky Blinders

ThorR Level 5 May 17, 2018

I loved the intro song for the first True Detective series. It was Far From Any Road by The Handsome Family. Shudder!


brentan Level 4 May 17, 2018

Uh....... How about Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.


You misspelled True Blood/WKRP in Cincinnati.

With bonus points to True Blood for having the most perfect opening credit sequence ever.

Honorable mention to Dear White People for consistently awesome music.


Love love love this piece from Game of Thrones

Remi Level 6 May 18, 2018

Game of Thrones and Westworld!

Remi Level 6 May 18, 2018

Kicking it Old School Style:

And how could I forget this?


Anything with a song written by hiroyuki sawano. In fact there's a term named after him called the sawano drop it's the part of the song where it goes from soft and almost melodic to 11 and your face melts off.

Belrieve Level 4 May 17, 2018

I enjoyed the live performances on HBO's Treme. Also, I don't know when the trend started (The Sopranos?), but I like how series use different songs that play over closing credits on weekly episodes. Does that only happen on cable shows? Haven't watched a network show in ages. I've gotten in the habit of having my Shazzam app at the ready to learn what I'm hearing if it strikes my fancy.


The Americans
Hawaii Five O(original)
Big Love


I always liked the music used in Sopranos and their "theme" song is still part of my play list......

Suffolkian Level 5 May 17, 2018

Dr who, sopranos, 6 feet under, Stargate sg1, Star trek Voyager, Oz

A lot of good ones.

Kbdank71 Level 6 May 17, 2018

Miami Vice and The Mod Squad.

Paragon69 Level 6 May 17, 2018

It has to be Black Beauty from the 70s or 80s. The accompanying imagery is beautiful too. Unfortunately the show itself was mind numbingly boring garbage.

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