Lost in Space (1965-1968)
Music links us to both the past and the future. Although the theme music for the opening and closing credits for the television series Lost in Space was written by John Williams, who was amusingly listed in the credits as “Johnny Williams,” much of the music heard in the first season was not composed by Williams, but by an already established composer, Bernard Hermann. Rather than use new music, the studio sought to repurpose a score that producers felt had the right sound. For the pilot and much of Season 1, they simply reused Bernard Herrmann’s eerie score from the classic sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951. (See related post here).
Besides John Williams, whose work on subsequent Lost in Space seasons helped launch his composing career, other notable composers for Lost in Space included Alexander Courage (composer of Star Trek fame), who contributed six scores to the series.