23. Barney Miller
Aired: January 23, 1975 – May 20, 1982 (ABC)
Theme Song: Jack Elliott & Allyn Ferguson "Theme from Barney Miller"
The killer Barney Miller bass line is the type of groove that beat-diggers spend years searching the ends of the earth for, and there it was on prime time television. There seems to be some confusion as to who came up with the fantastic opening, but apparently it was studio musician Chuck Berghofer who improvised it during a jam session. It's nothing short of awesome—word to Abe Vigoda.