The dont make them like this any more; forget all your softsynths, attention-seeking percussion & pretend orchestras! These themes feel like a great little funky jazz trio playing in some smoky bar with just bass, drums & electric piano….
Taxi: Bob James wrote the theme music for Taxi throughout its entire run, including the main theme, “Angela”, which was written for a sequence in episode 3 of the first season. The producers liked the slower, more melancholy tune better than the original, more up-tempo original opening theme chosen, which was the title cut of James’s 1978 album, Touchdown, on which “Angela” also appears… via wikipedia
Barney Miller: music by Jack Elliott & Jeff Stein although that classic bassline was played by studio musician Jim Hughart… via the comprehensive Jazz on the Screen, PDF here