18 Childhood TV Shows With Cracking Theme Tunes

We all know kids’ TV is pretty shit nowadays. But it’s not the saccharine-sweet plots and ‘morals’ that they’re trying to instil: it’s the theme tunes too. Here’s a list of the 18 TV shows from the 80’s/90’s with impossibly good theme tunes.
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We all know kids’ TV is pretty shit nowadays. But it’s not the saccharine-sweet plots and ‘morals’ that they’re trying to instil: it’s the theme tunes too. Here’s a list of the 18 TV shows from the 80’s/90’s with impossibly good theme tunes.

1.The Raccoons

The Racoons disproved the theory that a theme tune doesn't have to have anything to do with the show it’s intro-ing: there’s nothing about this sexy new wave missive that screams talking vermin.

Oh, by the way, Cyril Sneer was an aardvark.

2.Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors: the outro

You can just imagine Jayce and the rest of the Lightning League rolling down the windows of their pimped-out trucks as they go to battle a giant cabbage with their floating fish.

The intro was pretty cool too.

3. Round the Twist

‘Booiinnngggg’. Impossibly awesome intro AND the show taught a generation of children the meaning of the word ‘dunny’.

4. James The Cat

I couldn’t think of a more accurate intro for a cartoon about a louche homosexual cat who likes gardening

5. Inspector Gadget

A cyborg detective, a young girl sacking off school to spend time with a dog and her ‘uncle’, an evil villain with a cat – what wasn’t there to love about this series?

Go-go Gadget fact: voice artist Frank Welker came up with the voice for Dr. Claw while trying to do a Barry White impression. He used the same voice for the Cave of Wonders in Aladdin. His other voice-over credits include Scooby Doo, Megatron, Uni from Dungeons and Dragons and Eeyore.

6. Poddington peas

You can imagine the day the writers of this ditty had in the studio trying to come up with various pea puns. Though they missed a trick with Crap-pea.

7. Cities of Gold

Children of the Sun/See your time has just begun/Searching for your ways/Through adventures everyday/Every day and night/With the condor in flight/With all your friends in tow/We search for the Cities of Gold

Oh man, just read those lyrics. Cities of Gold is single-handedly responsible for every sex fantasy I’ve ever had involving a man called Esteban.

And who DIDN’T almost hospitalise themselves as kids by trying to hold their breath in sympathy during the scene where they swim through an underwater cavern?

8. Pugwall’s Summer

This series was memorable for two things: the kick-ass theme tune and the way you spat your tea at the screen the first time you heard Jenny called a ‘spunk’.

9. Duck Tales

When you look back, there was an incredible amount of mothers who didn’t mind their kids hanging out with dubious ‘rich uncles’ back in the 90’s.

Extra credit: Only the world’s six richest men could afford to do Scrooge McDuck’s money swim. To try this at home you’d need $2.10billion.

10. Trap Door

Don't you open that trapdoor/You're a fool if you dare.... /Stay away from that trapdoor/ 'Cos there's something down there....

What? What’s down there? I want to see… Let me see! Maybe we’ll find out why blue monster Berk inexplicably spoke with a Cornish accent…

Fun fact: The bloke who wrote the theme tune also wrote the Shakin’ Stevens hit Merry Christmas Everyone.

11. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Even though we say tomar-toes and they say tomay-toes there’s something undeniably catchy about Dr. Putrid T. Gangreen’s failed fruit-based attempts to take over the world.

Fun fact: Dr. Putrid T. Gangreen was angry because his mum christened him Putrid T. Gangreen. Had he been called David, like his dad wanted, he would have owned a pet shop.

12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Tea Nage. Muu Tant. Nin Jar. Tur Tearls.

Tea Nage. Muu Tant. Nin Jar. Tur Tearls.

Tea Nage. Muu Tant. Nin Jar. Tur Tearls.

Heroes in a halfshell – TURTLE POWER.

The world is divided into two types of people: those who call them Hero vs those who call them Ninja turtles.

Incidentally, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had the poorest disguises in carton history. If anything, they identified them.

“Which turtle attacked you?”

“I don’t know… he didn’t have his mask on… “

13. Captain Planet

It was the sheer pretentiousness of the opening lines Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planetthat did it for me.

Also, can someone tell Mat-Ti that ‘Heart’ isn’t an element, and that’s why they placated him with a monkey.


“It is the 31st Century.”

31st century? Check. Already awesome.

“Ulysses killed the giant Cyclops when he rescued the children.…”

When he wha…? WOAH this dude is badass. And he needs a theme tune to convey that. Can we get something with pounding bass, robot voices and his name shouted repeatedly?


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15. Thunder Cats

The Thunder Cats soundtrack was the only thing better than that funny feeling Cheetara gave you in your shorts.

16. Rugrats

A theme tune so awesome it was sampled and remixed by rappers in Take Me There. And if rappers are renowned for anything, it’s their great taste and delicious sense of irony.

Pub trivia: If the Rugrats had aged naturally Tommy would be 22, Phil & Lil 23, Chucky 23 and that little minx Angelica would be 24.

17. Rude dog and the dweebs

Your enjoyment of this TV show depended entirely on your ability to suspend your belief in reality: even if we accept a green-toothed dog could drive a 1959 pink Cadillac, why would the city employ such an inept dog catcher? The dogs ran an autoshop with a massive sign saying ‘Rude Dog’ and with a PICTURE OF HIS FACE ON IT.

And surely dogs who could fix cars would be of greater use to society than a man who clearly couldn’t find his dick with two hands and a map.

18. Dogtanian

A healthy shot of nepotism put this as my number one… Stuck for what to buy my ex boyfriend for his birthday, I paid a man to do this… Watch the video, you won’t be disappointed.

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