There's no denying it - when fantasy or sci-fi hits the small screen there's something definitely more epic than your garden variety TV show. One of the reasons for this is the theme song - that little minute or so of intro that grabs you by the collar and screams into your face, "You see this?! This is the only thing you need to watch EVER!" Here are my top five fantasy/sci-fi TV show theme songs/tunes. Pop in a comment if you think there's something even better that I've missed out on too.
It's a Joss Whedon show, so it's going to have 'kick ass' written all over it by default. The heavy rock/cello combo was created by Darling Violetta, and it's got a suitable darkness to the more mature Angel.
4. True Blood
I'm not that big a fan of True Blood, but I adore the intro music. It reminds me of a less disturbing Rob Zombie (sort of a dark hillbilly hibe) that fits in well with the show's setting. This little ditty was made by Jace Everett.
3. Doctor Who
The theme music for Doctor Who has barely changed in the 40 years it's been running, which is a damn good example of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". This is the latest incarnation of the theme, composed by Murray Gold and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
This was at the top of the list until the very end, pipped to the post by the grand winner. The Ballard of Serenity was composed by Whedon himself and is full of the Western feel that permeates the show. The final version of the theme was performed by Sonny Rhodes.
What else could it be? A newcomer, yes, but Ramin Djawadi's theme for Game of Thrones sets the tone for the srawling and epic landscape of Westeros, as well as the large scale of the story itself.
Bonus: Red Dwarf outro
Possibly winning the award for 'most inappropriate song for a sci-fi TV show, the end credits song for Red Dwarf is wonderfully absurd. A perfect reflection of the show itself.