Theme

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The Adventures in Odyssey theme has had several variants. It was originally, and is still, composed by John Campbell. The 88th edition of the official podcast, released in early 2010, contained an interview with John Campbell about the theme. This podcast can be heard below, or here.

Radio series themes

Normal episode "intros" contain the following themes.

No. Years Active Audio Description
1 1987 - 1988 This is theme for Odyssey USA, the original title of the series. It features Whit tinkering with a new invention that does not work.
1988 This is a generic theme, lacking Whit's monologue. It was used in just a few episodes before the series was renamed to Adventures in Odyssey.
1988 - 1990

Adapted from the original Odyssey USA theme, this is the first Adventures in Odyssey theme. The second clip is a much shortened version of the theme. It was often used on albums in place of (or in addition to) Chris's opening-wrap.
1990 - 1991

A slight remix of the original Adventures in Odyssey theme, lengthened and with added instruments. This theme features Whit tinkering with a new invention, but this time the invention works. There are several shortened versions of this theme, the second clip being one of them.
2 1992 - 1998 Based on the video series theme, but edited for the introduction by Whit (and later other characters) and some clips of the episode. It was first used in #179: “You Gotta Be Wise”.
3 1998 - 2003 This theme was first used in #406: “Malachi's Message, Part 1”.
4 2003 - 2008

This theme was introduced in #501: “Inside the Studio”. There is also a shorter 30 second theme originally used in #510: “For the Fun of It”, often, but not always, used after a opening scene.
5 2010 - Present The current theme made its debut in #655: “The Inspiration Station, Part 1”, the first episode of Album #51: Take it From the Top and the 2010 Season.

Video series themes

Original video series

This is the theme used in the opening sequences of the original Odyssey video series. It is also used in the Hindi language video adaptations of the audio series.

New video series

This theme was used in the opening sequences of the new video series, starting with The Last Days of Eugene Meltsner in 2000.

Other themes

Family Portraits

Each episode in Family Portraits, the 1987 pilot series to Adventures in Odyssey, featured this theme along with an introduction by Mike Trout.

Summer theme

This theme is used in summer re-airs. In 2009 it was used during the Washington family secret word contest. It was also used at the end of four episodes during Chris' wrap-ups (#499: “Exit”, #595: “A Time for Action, Part 2”, #613: “The Top Floor, Part 3” and #701: “Unbecoming Jay”).

Christmas theme

This theme was first heard in the video Electric Christmas, and was later used at the opening of #557: “A Lamb's Tale” with a short monologue by Whit. It was also used during the wrap-ups of several Christmas episodes (#386: “It's a Pokenberry Christmas, Part 2”, #557: “A Lamb's Tale”, #581: “A Christmas Conundrum”, and #582: “Silent Night”).

Aventuras en Odisea

The theme for Aventuras en Odisea, the Spanish language adaption of Odyssey, is patterned after the original Odyssey theme.

See also