Name That Tune – TV Themes

James / January 22nd, 2013


  • Tim Harrod

    January 22, 2013 at 12:34 am

    You guys don’t know Cosmos? That’s the show that made Carl Sagan famous. Science fact made as thrilling as science fiction. All 13 episodes free on YouTube; here’s Ep. 1:

    • January 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      GAAAAAAA! They don’t know Cosmos. Everyone here, James, and Mike have to stop what they are doing and watch that old ass shit. Changed the way I looked at the world, God, and science. Great series. WATCH IT! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Blake Hunter

      January 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Honestly I didn’t know have of these shows to begin with.

    • Kenshiroh

      January 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Seth MacFarlane plans to bring this show back with Neil deGrasse Tyson as the host.

    • LJNGameDesigner

      January 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Mike, I love you Big Guy, but there’s something seriously wrong when you can get “Alf” instantly but have zero clue about “Cosmos”. I can only implore you as others here have done or anyone who has never seen that show to watch it now.

  • StreetDreamer83

    January 22, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I can attest to the Dr. Who thing. Everyone does indeed talk about it but I’ve never seen a second of the show.

    • Mr Xbox

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Same here. All my friends are drooling over it but I just have no interest. Honestly, I lump it in with MLP. I’m just never going to watch it no matter how many people do

      • scott baxter

        January 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        I grew up in the Philly area, and Dr. Who was most definitely on WHYY PBS. They started with Tom Baker and John Pertwee seasons which used to air at 6pm (?) every weeknight for a few years, and they also showed 2 hour blocks of episodes every Saturday afternoon, To Baker, then Peter Davidson.

      • LJNGameDesigner

        January 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        How do you know you have no interest in something when you haven’t watched it?

    • Kenshiroh

      January 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      I’ve only seen a few episodes of Dr. Who on PBS in the 90s. I’ve read that, even if you wanted to, you CAN’T watch all the episodes of Dr. Who because some of the early episodes have been lost.

      • LJNGameDesigner

        January 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        The BBC, in their infinite wisdom, decided to destroy many of their programs back in the late 60s to mid 70s to save on archiving costs. Then the home video boom came and they discovered old programs had a purpose and a profit. Many Doctor Who episodes were presumed lost but every once and awhile one will turn up in a collector’s hands or a film vault in a far away land. 2 presumed lost forever episodes were found just last year, for a total of 41 found that were thought gone forever. 106 B&W half hour-ish episodes from the 60s are now lost, though all audio tracks from the stories survived due to off air recordings of fans at the time of airings.

      • July 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

        I’m just glad the BBC didn’t wipe the Blake’s 7 tapes (a show just as excellent as Doctor Who).

  • Snejku

    January 22, 2013 at 1:18 am

    What the hell Mike?! You don’t know of Airwolf? That show was awesome! Maybe you weren’t too much into 80s action shows as you didn’t quite seem to know McGuyver either.

    • Cermo

      January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      In all fairness, I recognized Airwolf but it sounded weird… like some funkdified version. Mike’s reaction made it pretty clear he’d never watched it though. I’d recommend anyone at least watch the pilot… awesome and cheese factors both off the charts.

      • Kdogprime

        January 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        Airwolf was probably one of the best vehicle-based action shows of all time. It’s right up there with Nightrider. I’m really surprised Mike didn’t know that one at all. It ran for four seasons. Not to mention TJ Hooker. That show was the Shat.

  • MrCredibility

    January 22, 2013 at 1:43 am

    I love the videos of you and Mike hanging out gaming or breaking out stuff like this. You guys seem like a lot of fun! Also for some reason that Alf impression got me, friggin’ Alf, I forgot how ridiculous that show was.

  • January 22, 2013 at 1:45 am

    To James and Mike
    It’s was a big surprise for me to find out that you don’t know anything about Dr. Who hehe
    Like you said its a big hit in the UK but its well known today because of the new chapters, I want to recomend you to look that series because I think youre going to like it very much!
    I know that exist like 30 seasons and 11 different “Doctors” but if you watch just the last 3 (2005/2013), you’re going to like the show, in the begining it was just for kids but with the years it has become in a good Sci-Fi program.
    Well I hope you guys give the good doctor a oportunity to like you haha
    Regards from Mexico City

    • Blue Wizard

      January 22, 2013 at 3:50 am

      I definitely agree with this. If you guys start watching from the 2005 season, you’ll be able to follow the series and pick it up without a problem. Seriously, check it out.
      Doctor Who was nonexistent here in the 80s, but during a trip to europe I saw it dubbed and syndicated in different countries.

    • January 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      James would have a problem picking up on the old show anyway. They are still missing a number of serials.

  • culwin

    January 22, 2013 at 1:47 am

    I knew all these.
    I am not proud of this.

  • superfrogxyz

    January 22, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Really waiting for a Led Zeppelin Name That Tune. James’ shirt is just teasin me over here.

  • Nick Browning

    January 22, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Name That Tune – Queen, Please It Would Perfect

  • mbtthew

    January 22, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Guys, Seriously. Watch Cosmos.

    Don’t watch Doctor Who until after the AVGN movie comes out though ๐Ÿ˜›

  • mbtthew

    January 22, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Watch Doctor Who from 2005 onwards, that’s what everyone is watching!

  • JimmyDash32

    January 22, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Mike got the ones I could get before I could. But I know a lot of useless trivia myself. Specially 80’s and 90’s tv, music, movies, and games. These name that Tune stuff is awesome to watch can’t wait for more specially video game related or movie themes.

  • xdeathknightx

    January 22, 2013 at 6:58 am

    You shouldn’t be too daunted by Dr. Who. I pretty much had the same problem until I started watching the version that started in 2005. While they have some nods to what happened in earlier Dr. Who you can watch it really well without having ever seen a single episode of what came before it. It is pretty self contained in that aspect. They don’t demand that you know all about earlier Dr. Who before you start it.

    And it is a pretty cool sci fi show.

  • January 22, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I bust out laughing at how fast Mike got Golden Girls haha.

  • Phoenix1255

    January 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    It would be awesome if they did theme for cartoon shows. (Hint Hint)

  • Lukas Sprehn

    January 22, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Yay, a Name That Tune which is actually more entertaining! Not that the ones before this one wasn’t, but it just became kind of boring. I liked the few first ones, plus the Elvis one, but this one is really good, since I love themes ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Lukas Sprehn

    January 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Oh, and you should also, both, do TV, movie and video game music! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Lukas Sprehn

    January 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I know Cosmos, but mostly because a friend of mine, who likes the show, got piss-drunk and told me about it and how it was almost like the meaning of life. I think he was joking…

  • Lukas Sprehn

    January 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    You don’t know about Doctor Who?! You need to check it out man! A marathon, just something! ๐Ÿ˜€ It had its moments with awesome monsters and special effects, not always though. Sometimes it was kind of cheesy. But you gotta love the Doctor man, in any shape or played by any actor, though some was defintiely better. It’s a fun concept, it’s full of adventures, monsters, aliens, real science, made-up science, horror, love etc. It’s sort of a tuned down Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but as a serial, I guess…

    – Lukas

  • Lukas Sprehn

    January 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I was freaking yelling MOONLIGHT to the screen. Man, I wish there was a way of deleting comments so you could merge them into one, because this feels like I’m spamming, I know. Sorry man… Maybe we could have a system where we click delete, list a reason and when get it deleted by you guys or some other moderator?

  • professorvoltron

    January 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    As for the “Dr. Who”, I remember watching the old OLD show on PBS in the early to late 1980s. That show has been going since the 1960s. However, the new show only has some things in common with the old show. The new show has only been going since 2005 or so. It is easy to pick up. There is a companion series called “Torchwood” as well.

  • TehJedicake

    January 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Holy shit that is so weird, I JUST watched the twilight zone episode with Brent Spiner (it also has John de Lancie in the episode)

  • Czab

    January 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    You don’t have to watch all 30 seasons of Doctor Who. Just watch seasons 1-4 of the 2005 series, because that’s a great show! Though the producer changed after the 4th season and I don’t like it as much anymore.
    P.S Mike what the fuck!? Everyone knows the MacGyver theme song!

    • LJNGameDesigner

      January 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      I would say ignore seasons 1-4 of the new series and pick up at season 5 with the newest Doctor and the producer is fantastic and is also the guy also behind the new Sherlock show.

  • fanboyfilms

    January 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Well I grew up in the US in the ’80s and I saw a ton of Doctor Who. They used to run it on PBS. I’m not sure how we came across it. I think it was pretty niche in the US but popular in the UK. But I had no problem understanding the new series when it came out. You could probably pull the most relevant (top 10) from the old series on Netflix or something and then catch on to the new show. Or don’t watch the old show at all. You don’t need to watch all 27 seasons or whatever.

  • January 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Smoke some weed. Watch some Cosmos. Change your life.

  • 16mmshrine

    January 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Baa Baa Black Sheep would probably have rang more bells if the list you read off of referred to it by it’s more commonly known name it went under during syndication, Black Sheep Squadron.

    It ran from 1976-78 and was about a WW2 squadron. It was originally an NBC show but I think the last time I recall it in syndication was on History Channel and TV Land in the early 2000s.

    Hope that clarifies anything, Cheers.

  • None Of

    January 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    @ 10mins doesn’t it look like that Mike has a little birdy on his right shoulder with the beak pointing at the AVGN?!?!

  • Riknight36

    January 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    ODB sampled the TJ Hooker theme for his song “I Can’t Wait.”

  • January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!

  • January 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I think that you should see doctor who I bet that you guys would love the monster costumes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • January 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I have to say, after hearing about Dr. Who forever, I finally started watching it (the new one, not the old series going back to the 60s or whatever) and it’s actually pretty good. Maybe not as good as all the hype, but still good.

  • January 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    To really make this fun, do cartoon themes. I did that with a friend with and it’s funny how much you remember, even the obscure ones, from your childhood. Stuff like David the Gnome or Gullah Gullah Island and I not only knew the name but remembered the lyrics.

  • Paul Frantz Jr.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I too thought it’d be a really daunting task to catch up with Doctor Who, but it’s really not that bad. Since the original format for Doctor Who was serial episodes, each story is broken down into 4 or 5 episodes. Every single one of them is about 24 minutes a piece (at least judging by the first Doctor) making each season seem extremely long. But if you watch them regularly you get caught up pretty fast. Also, keep in mind that the newest set runs like every other show. Also the first seasons, starring Christopher Eccleston, is meant to catch you up pretty fast, and makes very few allusions to the previous series’.

  • Brian Reed

    January 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I have enjoyed you guys for almost two years, but Name that Tune is getting old. Please come up with something new!

    Baa-Baa-Black Sheep was a 70s show staring Robert Conrad. It was a WWII South Pacific show. Based on the life of a real air commander who took the worst airmen and turned them into a fighting unit. It was used as the basis for The Dirty Dozen, but not credited. I used to watch it instead of doing homework. (Bet if I watched it now, I would puke!)

  • Doogrisa

    January 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I suck. I guessed five right.

  • January 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Doogie Howser M.D!

  • Reid

    January 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I’m finally a commenter! James and Mike, I love your works. They are great. I also have a request. Can you possibly do another Name that Tune but with Van Halen songs?

  • Dore

    January 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I have this EXACT same CD, and I got about 70% of them.

    I grew up with the Tom Baker Dr. Who, and have seen a lot of the show, but the newer ones I just can’t get into.

    Greatest American Hero! FUCK YEAH!

  • encey

    January 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Name that VGM YES — please do it!! Brilliant idea!

    You guys rock!

  • Initial D

    January 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Does this really need to be 2 GB? I’m all for high quality, but 2 GB is a little excessive.

  • January 23, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Can’t believe I got Moonlighting, I’m in the UK! Got very few others though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • paul Smith

    January 23, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I think its funny,When people on the boards get mad when James or Mike don’t know a show or one of the Themes,I didn’t know half of these shows esp Cosmos,Never heard of it til now.Why do people get so bent out of Shape just because people don’t know a show that you like?

    • LJNGameDesigner

      January 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Go watch “Cosmos”, then come back. You’ll understand then.

  • January 23, 2013 at 2:07 am

    BOOOOO at using Full House as your thumbnail to this vid and not actually doing Full House. This was my favorite NtT so far, though

  • candytooth

    January 23, 2013 at 2:14 am

    video game music plz!!!!

  • jessejace

    January 23, 2013 at 3:22 am

    They showed Dr. Who on public television in the US in the early 80s. But when I was a kid I found it incredibly dull.

    • LJNGameDesigner

      January 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      They showed Dr. Who on public television in the US in the early 80s. But when I was a kid I found it incredibly brilliant.

  • Spottedfeather

    January 23, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Does anyone else think it’s weird that they put a thumbnail of Full House on this video when the theme isn’t mentioned ?

  • Shabbyjazz

    January 23, 2013 at 4:04 am

    The first one was easy come on guys! Cosmos is not only the iconic music by Vangelis, it is the iconic show of legendary Carl Sagan! Anywho, nice video as usual.

  • dwaterfield360

    January 23, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Yall need to check out the band POWERGLOVE! Video games/ saturday morning cartoon and heavy metal.

  • January 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I don’t know how many people recommended Doctor Who only on this tread (Im guessing to many already) But I think you guys would enjoy the classic era of Doctor Who. Based on your videos you like low budget cheesy sci-fi and DW is the crown jewel of it. you should not start the series with its first season though,cause its really slow. But if you find this mash up interesting it might worth a watch. Greetings from Hungary

  • Doctor Tyrannosarus Rex

    January 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Actually, for Doctor Who, there isn’t that much to catch up on. There was a very long break before the reboot in 2005, and it was again sorta half-way rebooted 2011, where everything before it is still cannon, but never mentioned. When you hear people talking about Doctor Who, they’re only talking about the 2005 show, with seven I believe seasons so far.

    On top of that, it’s all episodic, and they always give you enough exposition at the beginning of each season. I’d recommend just watching an episode or two of the most recent season and judging if it’s worth your time. Or maybe the most recent Christmas special!

  • January 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Wait, these tracks came from Mike’s CD? Hmm…

  • Lawrence Chamberlain

    January 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I recommend this site for the Video Game music

    Also, the track that plays when you open the site is now your song ๐Ÿ˜› I think I got a Castlevania track.

  • Spottedfeather

    January 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Mike, what cd are these songs from ?

  • cam fla

    January 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    do name that tune to alice cooper if you have any of his music most people remember him for poison and schools out but if you look deep into his music you will find things like roses on white lace. look that one up it awesome. also great video as usual

  • GG

    January 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

    They revived Doctor Who 2005. You could just start from there. You don’t have to know what happened before to enjoy the show. And it is a very good one indeed.

  • itscmillertime

    January 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I’m a little disappointed. The thumbnail shows “full house”. I was expecting more shows from the 90s and not the 80s

  • anderswhk

    January 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Mike, how can you not know Airwolf! I remember comming home from school, then Airwolf would be one, followed by Magnum P.I. and T.J Hooker.

    Its a really cheese 80s show about a secret attack helicopter hidden in a cave in some mountains that goes on missions etc. Only ran for a couple of seasons, and had a cold war era theme to it.

  • rayhs1984

    January 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Play the damn song. The .5 seconds thing was so f-ing annoying.

    • ABC

      January 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

      I agree. I bet if they played the song longer, I’d get more.

      • January 27, 2013 at 9:31 pm

        it would be too easy if the clips played longer.

  • Kenshiroh

    January 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Speaking of ALF, an AVGN episode about both the Commodore 64 and Sega Master System ALF games would be awesome. (I think the SMS one has been in the AVGN credits before.)

  • FrancisHatesYou

    January 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I was expecting to hear shows like Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Home Improvement ๐Ÿ™

  • kiddynamite

    January 26, 2013 at 2:03 am

    These name that tune videos leave a lot to be desired to be honest. Letting the tunes play for a half a second is lame. While it is impressive you can guess it on so little, it gets boring after the third or fourth song. Let it play out a little so the audience can guess along with you guys. JMHO

  • ABC

    January 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I got Monday Night Football, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazard, and Airwolf. LOL

  • juujuuuujj

    January 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Oh geez, watch Cosmos!

  • January 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I can’t believe the boys couldn’t get Cosmos. ๐Ÿ™

  • January 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Oh James, you don’t really have to watch EVERY episode of the classic Doctor Who to understand and enjoy the (revived) series.
    Just start with 2005’s “first” season and you’re gonna figure it out!
    Most enemies, like e.g. the Daleks, the Master and the Cybermen:
    They come back ALL THE TIME!

  • Glaeken

    January 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Doctor Who is not that daunting. They rebooted the series in 2005 and it’s incredibly easy to follow, even easier to enjoy. If you treat it like a mysterious and alienating thing, you’ll be missing out. I hadn’t seen a Doctor Who episode properly aside from some VHS tapes of 70’s episodes years ago, but I am fully caught up on Who after starting at the 2005 show two years ago. It’s a wonderful show that’s worth your time if you like sci-fi.

  • Ace

    January 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

    How in the name of shit did Mike guess “Fish” with one note? I know of no other comparable achievement in human history…

  • ejp022791

    January 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Dukes of Hazzard is one of the only ones I got, lol. Surprised Mike didn’t know it.

  • February 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hey guys, love these videos, this is the kind of thing i would like to do with my friends just to show off my knowledge of stuff that won’t get me anywhere, but is impressive nonetheless.

  • February 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    ahaha Monday Night Football

  • February 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Inspector Spacetime > Doctor Who

  • Hank Foreman

    March 21, 2013 at 12:06 am

    James, if you don’t know where to start on classic Doctor Who, here are a couple classic Doctor Who stories I personally recommend for you & Mike to start, one from each Doctor (despite 106 missing episodes from the 60s):
    1. An Unearthly Child (Hartnell)
    2. Tomb of the Cybermen (Troughton)
    3. Spearhead from Space or The Three Doctors (Pertwee)
    4. Pyramids of Mars (Tom Baker) Note: This serial was partially inspired by the 1959 Hammer classic, The Mummy!
    5. The Caves of Androzani (Davison)
    6. Vengeance on Varos (Colin Baker)
    7. Remembrance of the Daleks ( McCoy)
    There’s also the 1996 TV Movie starring Paul McGann is the 8th Doctor, but (unless you plan on listening to a crap-ton of audio dramas) I would skip this one since it’s not a good jumping point to the series. But if all else fails, there’s always the current series. Allons-y!

  • April 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Doctor Who is actually a pretty damn good show. It may take awhile to get into it but me I love it.

  • Spottedfeather

    June 6, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Could you post this up on youtube ?

  • June 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    u guys would luv dr who it’s like star trek but with better acting just start with the reboot if you don’t feel like watching the older ones its the best

  • philliesfan136

    June 28, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Mike’s reaction @ 2:45 lmao

  • brent wilson

    September 9, 2013 at 2:12 am

    what is the name of the compact disc

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    September 9, 2013 at 2:14 am


  • Zachary Mangels

    April 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Well, you were seven when Doctor Who went off air, James.

  • Ben Gomez

    March 2, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    You guys should do like KISS, Jimi Hendrix, Led-Zeppelin, Zztop, and more (yes im a kid).

  • June 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Hey, James and Mike. You should watch Doctor Who sometime. You should.

  • meinerHeld

    June 29, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Ugh you are pissing me off making me feel like such a loser. I was born around the same time as you guys and I should’ve gotten a ton of those…but for the air-recorded audio. I couldn’t hear. I’m going to have to play this with a friend now.

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