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TV Diary quiz: Mike Post TV theme songs

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 02:09 am
I've really been enjoying watching 1980s reruns weeknights on the Encore Classic Channel, Comcast Channel 156, especially "Magnum, P.I." at 7 p.m. and "The A-Team" at 7:50 p.m. The shows have no commercials, and I get to experience escapism at its best.  One thing the shows have in common is their theme songs, both written by Mike Post. Here is a quiz about TV theme songs Post either wrote or helped write with partner co-composer Pete Carpenter.

1. Post received his second Grammy for this 1975 Top 10 hit and TV theme song that also featured a different answering machine message from a popular private eye. Hint: The private eye's father was named Rocky.

2. Another Top 10 hit from 1981 focused on a police station headed up by Capt. Frank Furillo.

3. This 1981 No. 2 hit focused on a teacher who owned a suit with special powers.

4. Post wrote the theme to this 1984-86 series in which three Vietnam veterans (Cody, Nick and Murray) decide to open a private eye agency in King Harbor in southern California.

5. Post received another Grammy for this 1988 TV theme song about a Los Angeles law firm.

6. One of his first theme songs was this 1973 detective series starring Tony Musante.

7. This TV theme song was written for motorcycle officers like Frank Poncherello and Jon Baker. 

8. This TV theme song belongs to one of the longest running police/court dramas that followed stories adapted from real life. The first half focused on the crime, and the second half focused on the court proceeding.

Answers: 1. "The Rockford Files." 2. "Hill Street Blues." 3. "The Greatest American Hero." 4. "Riptide." 5. "L.A. Law." 6. "Toma." 7. "CHiPs." 8. "Law & Order."



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