Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music

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Primetime Emmy Award for Main Title Theme Music
Awarded for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held by Sean Callery,
Marvel's Jessica Jones (2016)
Official website

This is a list of the winning and nominated programs of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.[1]

In the following list, the first titles listed in gold are the winners; those not in gold are nominees, which are listed in alphabetical order. The years given are those in which the ceremonies took place:

Winners and nominations[edit]


Year Program Nominee(s) Network
1988[2] Beauty and the Beast Lee Holdridge CBS
Great Performances John Corigliano PBS
The Law and Harry McGraw Richard Markowitz CBS
thirtysomething Stewart Levin and W. G. Snuffy Walden ABC
1989[3] Knightwatch Stanley Clarke
Men James Newton Howard
Paradise Jerrold Immel CBS
Tattingers Jonathan Tunick NBC
Unsub Mike Post


Year Program Nominee(s) Network
1990[4] Carol and Company Dan Foliart and Howard Pearl NBC
FM Patrick Williams
The Simpsons Danny Elfman Fox
The Young Riders John Debney ABC
Twin Peaks Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch
1991[5] ABC World of Discovery Lee Holdridge
Against the Law Thomas Newman Fox
Dream On Michael Skloff HBO
Hull High Stanley Clarke, Maureen Crowe, Lawrence Edwards, Peggy Holmes, Kenny Ortega, Charles Spellman, and David Weiss NBC
Singer and Sons Ray Colcord
1992[6] Brooklyn Bridge Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and Marvin Hamlisch CBS
I'll Fly Away W. G. Snuffy Walden NBC
Major Dad Steve Dorff CBS
Silk Stalkings Mike Post USA
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Laurence Rosenthal ABC
1993[7] Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dennis McCarthy Syndicated
Bob Lee Holdridge CBS
Bodies of Evidence Christopher Klatman
Covington Cross Carl Davis ABC
Love and War Jonathan Tunick CBS
Picket Fences Stewart Levin
1994[8] seaQuest DSV John Debney NBC
Frasier Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee NBC
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Jay Gruska ABC
NYPD Blue Mike Post
The X-Files Mark Snow Fox
1995[9] Star Trek: Voyager Jerry Goldsmith UPN
Chicago Hope Mark Isham CBS
ER James Newton Howard NBC
Friends Michael Skloff and Allee Willis
My So-Called Life W. G. Snuffy Walden ABC
1996[10] Murder One Mike Post ABC
Central Park West Tim Truman CBS
Chicago Hope Mark Isham
JAG Bruce Broughton NBC
Nowhere Man Mark Snow UPN
1997[11] EZ Streets Mark Isham CBS
Crisis Center Danny Lux NBC
Dark Skies Michael Hoenig
Early Edition W. G. Snuffy Walden CBS
The Cape John Debney Syndicated
1998[12] Fame L.A. Robbie Buchanan, Maribeth Derry, Richard Barton Lewis, and Tom Snow Syndicated
Four Corners Christopher Klatman CBS
Earth: Final Conflict Micky Erbe and Maribeth Solomon Syndicated
Nothing Sacred Mark Isham ABC
Sessions at West 54th Mitchell Froom PBS
1999[13] Trinity Martin Davich NBC
Profiler Danny Lux NBC
The PJs George Clinton, Quincy Jones III, La Rita Norman, and Marie Norman Fox
V.I.P. Frankie Blue Syndicated
Viva Variety Robert Ben Garant and Glen Roven Comedy Central


Year Program Nominee(s) Network
2000[14] The West Wing W. G. Snuffy Walden NBC
Falcone Jay Gruska CBS
Jack London's Call of the Wild Hal Foxton Beckett Animal Planet
Jack of All Trades Joseph LoDuca Syndicated
The Pretender Velton Ray Bunch and Mark Leggett NBC
2001[15] Gideon's Crossing James Newton Howard ABC
Big Apple Marc Bonilla CBS
Soul Food Kenneth Edmonds and Al Green Showtime
Survivor Russ Landau CBS
Thoroughbred Michael Josephs Animal Planet
2002[16] Six Feet Under Thomas Newman HBO
A Day in Their Lives Mark Leggett History Channel
First Monday Bruce Broughton CBS
Justice League Lolita Ritmanis Cartoon Network
Wolf Lake David Schwartz CBS
2003[17] Monk Jeff Beal USA
Boomtown Philip Giffin NBC
Everwood Blake Neely The WB
Miracles W. G. Snuffy Walden and Joseph Williams ABC
Penn and Teller: Bullshit! Gary Stockdale Showtime
2004[18] Monk Randy Newman USA
Deadwood David Schwartz HBO
Monster House Daniel Mackenzie Discovery Channel
Nip/Tuck Jeffrey Cain, Cedric Lemoyne, and Gregory Slay FX
Two and a Half Men Lee Aronsohn, Grant Geissman, and Chuck Lorre CBS
2005[19] Desperate Housewives Danny Elfman ABC
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends James Venable Cartoon Network
Huff W. G. Snuffy Walden Showtime
Justice League Unlimited Michael McCuistion Cartoon Network
Stargate Atlantis Joel Goldsmith Sci Fi
2006[20] Masters of Horror Edward Shearmur Showtime
Get Ed Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner Toon Disney
Over There Chris Gerolmo FX
Prison Break Ramin Djawadi Fox
Rome Jeff Beal HBO
2007[21] The Tudors Trevor Morris Showtime
30 Rock Jeff Richmond NBC
Dexter Rolfe Kent Showtime
Hu$tle Simon Rogers AMC
On the Lot Mark Williams and Jeff Lippencott Fox
2008[22] Pirate Master Russ Landau CBS
Canterbury's Law Tree Adams Fox
Kid Nation Jeff Lippencott and Mark Williams CBS
Phineas and Ferb Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Michael Hirano Culross, Carl Hill Williams, and Michael Walker Disney Channel
Saving Grace Eric "Everlast" Schrody TNT
2009[23] Great Performances John Williams PBS
The Mole David Michael Frank ABC
Sons of Anarchy Bob Thiele, Dave Kushner, Curtis Stigers, and Kurt Sutter FX
Story Makers Bill Sherman AMC
United States of Tara Tim DeLaughter Showtime


Year Program Nominee(s) Network
Nurse Jackie Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin Showtime
Human Target Bear McCreary Fox
Justified Jason Keaton and Oscar Owens FX
Legend of the Seeker[note 1][25] Joseph LoDuca Syndicated
Warehouse 13 Edward Rogers Syfy
The Borgias Trevor Morris Showtime
Any Human Heart Dan Jones PBS
Camelot Jeff Danna and Mychael Danna Starz
Episodes Mark Thomas Showtime
The Kennedys Sean Callery ReelzChannel
Mildred Pierce Carter Burwell HBO
Page Eight Paul Englishby PBS
Great Expectations Martin Phipps PBS
Hell on Wheels Gustavo Santaolalla AMC
Homeland Sean Callery Showtime
Touch Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin Fox
Da Vinci's Demons Bear McCreary Starz
The Americans Nathan Barr FX
Copper Brian Keane BBC America
Elementary Sean Callery CBS
Hemlock Grove Nathan Barr Netflix
House of Cards Jeff Beal
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Alan Silvestri Fox
Black Sails Bear McCreary Starz
Magic City Daniele Luppi
Sleepy Hollow Brian Tyler and Robert Lydecker Fox
The Spoils of Babylon Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau IFC
Transparent Dustin O'Halloran Amazon
The Dovekeepers Jeff Beal CBS
Marco Polo Daniele Luppi Netflix
Penny Dreadful Abel Korzeniowski Showtime
Texas Rising Bruce Broughton and John Debney History
Tyrant Jeff Danna and Mychael Danna FX
Marvel's Jessica Jones Sean Callery Netflix
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger The CW
Narcos Rodrigo Amarante Netflix
The Night Manager Victor Reyes AMC
Sense8 Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer Netflix
The Whispers Robert Duncan ABC

Individuals with multiple nominations[edit]


  1. ^ In 2010, Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones were nominated for the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. After learning the same theme music had been submitted for the show the previous year, the theme was ruled ineligible and sixth place finisher Joseph LoDuca received the nomination.


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