It’s easy to speak disparagingly about Australian television programming, with many proclaiming our idiot box to be particularly idiotic. Yet, throughout the decades following the introduction of this lounge room staple, there have been countless television shows that have captured the hearts of the nation. With them come theme songs so poignant or instantly recognisable that they’ve etched themselves into our collective muscle memory to this day. Just the tinkle of a few piano keys can take us right back to the thick of the plot from another time.
From Barry Crocker crooning about the Ramsay Street of old to a horn section heralding the beginning of the nightly news, this playlist contains some of the best Australian TV show theme songs for an aural trip down memory lane.