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Vic Mizzy: Even His Name Sounded Like Funny Music

I'm on a train heading to Brooklyn, where I was born, and where I learned of the death of another Brooklyn boy: Vic Mizzy.

Mizzy, 93, wrote a lot of music, but his clever themes to The Addams Family and Green Acres are the two that are forever fused in my memory. He not only wrote the Addams Family theme, but also played the harpsichord and overdubbed his voice when the production company refused to pay for singers.

The Green Acres theme is the one that always sounded like his name to me. Maybe it was that buzzy harmonica with the fuzzy guitar, or maybe fuzzy and buzzy made think of Mizzy. That's why I'll never forget his name and his music.

What are your favorite TV show themes, and why do you love them?