Readers Poll: The Best Television Theme Songs

Selections include tracks from 'Cheers,' 'Friends' and 'Sanford and Son'

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3. M*A*S*H - 'Suicide Is Painless'

If the lyrics to "Suicide Is Painless" from the movie M*A*S*H ever sounded a little juvenile, that's because they were written by Robert Altman's son Mike Altman when he was just 14 years old. Composer Johnny Mandel wrote the music, which is all you heard when the song was used as the theme to the M*A*S*H television show. 

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