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2013-01-12 07:37:36 AM  
I would add the title sequence for Hell on Wheels. There's just something about that opening with the fire and the Dobro and everything that works perfectly with the themes of the show.
 
2013-01-12 08:41:01 AM  
Whar is Sanford and Son, whar?!!

/I know I know, mainly the theme song is badass//still my favorite
 
2013-01-12 09:01:11 AM  
I know people kind of universally hate it, but I love the opening sequence to Homeland.
 
2013-01-12 09:04:38 AM  
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2013-01-12 09:07:02 AM  

vartian: I know people kind of universally hate it, but I love the opening sequence to Homeland.


F*ck, I knew I missed something before. F*ck.  F*ck!  whattdafuhkaryadoin?F*CK.  I F*********CK but--whisperf*ck.  Analfinger? Kid wifatrumpet-F*CK.
 
2013-01-12 09:09:56 AM  

thamike: vartian: I know people kind of universally hate it, but I love the opening sequence to Homeland.

F*ck, I knew I missed something before. F*ck.  F*ck!  whattdafuhkaryadoin?F*CK.  I F*********CK but--whisperf*ck.  Analfinger? Kid wifatrumpet-F*CK.


I love this: Link
 
2013-01-12 09:37:23 AM  
The Zenith/Nadir of TV show intros has to be a tie between Perfect Strangers and Mr. Belvedere.
 
2013-01-12 09:55:52 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The Zenith/Nadir of TV show intros has to be a tie between Perfect Strangers and Mr. Belvedere.


No better than The Facts of life or Family Ties.  What was the name of that show about Kristy McNichol possibly having a dick and being Atreu?  That had a good credits sequence.

But none of them beats the Incredible Hulk, which ruled in the opening and closing credits.  Also, Hill Street blues and Moonlighting.

And what about the Greatest American Hero?
 
2013-01-12 10:12:03 AM  
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This.  Great song, High-energy intro that included the first girl of my dreams...
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2013-01-12 10:19:49 AM  

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This.  Great song, High-energy intro that included the first girl of my dreams...
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Reminds me--Miami Vice Theme is great when played on a piano with an airport lounge attitude.
 
2013-01-12 10:59:28 AM  
Oh my god, they mentioned marsh-wiggles. I had almost blocked that out. Puddleglum was the Jar-Jar Binks of Narnia.
 
2013-01-12 11:02:31 AM  
The Prisoner?
 
2013-01-12 11:04:01 AM  
Lost Girl disappointingly absent.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-01-12 11:05:55 AM  
List fails without "SportsCenter".
 
2013-01-12 11:14:06 AM  
No Six Feet Under of Battlestar Galactica? Shame, shame.
 
2013-01-12 11:14:42 AM  
i151.photobucket.com

If opening sequences are measured according to how memorable they are... then again, that might also include the Brady Bunch and the Flintstones.
 
2013-01-12 11:15:44 AM  
Shows 25 years old, no matter how great their title scenes, aren't exactly what I would consider modern.
 
2013-01-12 11:18:35 AM  
In any case, this is my top vote:

www.sitcomsonline.com

Nothing was more iconic for my childhood... or early adult years. Or hell, whenever.
 
2013-01-12 11:22:13 AM  

thamike: But none of them beats the Incredible Hulk, which ruled in the opening and closing credits.


"The Lonely Man" is such a perfect theme song for The Hulk.

For modern openings, I've really gotten to like the ones for Fringe. Not only is it a solid opening, but it's great that it's used to setup the actual episode as far as what universe you're in. And the 1980's intro kicked ass.
 
2013-01-12 11:28:52 AM  
1) the first season of The Wire had an awesome theme song/title sequence.

2) the Barenaked Ladies suck and I hate when they're compared to They Might Be Giants.
 
2013-01-12 11:35:41 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: The Prisoner?



*VROOM*

I am Numbah TWO!

WHO IS NUMBAH ONE!

YOU are numbah SIX!
 
2013-01-12 11:37:24 AM  
Not to get into another Elementary/Sherlock war, but one of their credits sequences is clearly superior to the other, and it's not the one on this list.

And Lost should probably be on there too, if only for all the imitators it inspired.
 
2013-01-12 11:37:45 AM  
Gilligan's Island
 
2013-01-12 11:42:47 AM  
Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?
 
2013-01-12 11:42:59 AM  
Total fail for missing the haunting opening of the 2003 version of Battlestar Galactica.
 
2013-01-12 11:45:16 AM  
i think Deadwood should be on there. GoT should be number one, the song is just so much better. I think a lot of contenders were excluded by the "modern" stipulation, otherwise the super depressing weirdness of Twin Peaks may have made it.
 
2013-01-12 11:45:59 AM  
Also, Game of Thrones has really, really lame scoring. I know the animation is neat, but the poor work by the composer is a huge, huge red mark against an otherwise fantastic show.

Carnivale also had a really cool and original animated opening, now that I think of it.
 
2013-01-12 11:46:39 AM  

MisatoNERV: 1) the first season of The Wire had an awesome theme song/title sequence.

2) the Barenaked Ladies suck and I hate when they're compared to They Might Be Giants.



Hey! Don't insult the most celebrated Canadian alt-rock band of the mid 90s, you selfish, jaded, ass!


/they've got 2 Billboard awards, how many do you have?
 
2013-01-12 11:48:09 AM  

Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?


Like every episode of Lost?
 
2013-01-12 11:50:21 AM  
No love for Psych? It's a fun opening that embraces the "theme song" concept. I particularly like that they record entirely new version of it for some of the theme episodes.
 
2013-01-12 11:51:31 AM  

thamike: Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?

Like every episode of Lost?


Never seen Lost. I've been warned away from it by friends who say the ending sucks so very very much that it's not worth watching. That I'll just end up depressed and wanting to cockpunch the writers until their balls shoot out their ass.
 
mjg
2013-01-12 11:51:35 AM  
 
2013-01-12 11:52:33 AM  

Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?



I like a intricate title sequence, but it does get annoying to sit through the admittedly nice Dexter opening week after week.
 
2013-01-12 11:53:50 AM  
If Welcome Back Kotter didn't pop into your head, you need to get the hell off my lawn.
 
2013-01-12 11:58:29 AM  

Teufelaffe: Never seen Lost. I've been warned away from it by friends who say the ending sucks so very very much that it's not worth watching. That I'll just end up depressed and wanting to cockpunch the writers until their balls shoot out their ass.


If you aren't an unpredictably volatile twit I'm sure you will at least moderately enjoy it.  It's good superficial entertainment.  I can see how some people can mistake it for something that must adhere to their own misguided enthusiasm for their own fabricated importance of the show, but I stopped talking to those people.  On the other hand, I notice that it really helps when you aren't at the mercy of network television, and can just watch it on netflix or DVD whenever you feel like it.  Waiting around for a week for a cliffhanger can be unpleasant.
 
2013-01-12 11:58:56 AM  
List fails without LOST
 
2013-01-12 11:59:05 AM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: No Six Feet Under of Battlestar Galactica? Shame, shame.


Either 78 or 2K version.

And the new Hawaii Five O intro is too too short.

No B5?

/and I like the "Friends" intro
 
2013-01-12 12:01:12 PM  

coco ebert: thamike: vartian: I know people kind of universally hate it, but I love the opening sequence to Homeland.

F*ck, I knew I missed something before. F*ck.  F*ck!  whattdafuhkaryadoin?F*CK.  I F*********CK but--whisperf*ck.  Analfinger? Kid wifatrumpet-F*CK.

I love this: Link


Holy fark that's hilarious.
 
2013-01-12 12:03:10 PM  

thamike: On the other hand, I notice that it really helps when you aren't at the mercy of network television, and can just watch it on netflix or DVD whenever you feel like it.


I'm the same way. I tend to wait until there are a few seasons of a show out before I start watching. Except for Game of Thrones. I can't wait to see how they handle this upcoming season, since book 3 is when a whole lot of cool/crazy/interesting stuff happens.
 
2013-01-12 12:07:13 PM  
Votes for the unknown stuntman that makes Eastwood look so fine
 
2013-01-12 12:07:55 PM  
Nothing beats  Black Sheep Squadron. NOTHING.

epguides.com
 
2013-01-12 12:08:49 PM  
Love the  "Dead Like Me" credits.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuVc_EynwyA
 
2013-01-12 12:11:50 PM  

likefunbutnot: Total fail for missing the haunting opening of the 2003 version of Battlestar Galactica.


Caprica too.
 
2013-01-12 12:16:54 PM  
i151.photobucket.com

/oblig
 
2013-01-12 12:18:26 PM  
Not to go all Whedon, but:

Buffy:

http://youtu.be/Pp_uS59WmQs

Firefly:

http://youtu.be/O0yUTEbC48Y

(YouTube didn't have the actual opening scene from "Firefly")
 
2013-01-12 12:19:16 PM  

Teufelaffe: thamike: On the other hand, I notice that it really helps when you aren't at the mercy of network television, and can just watch it on netflix or DVD whenever you feel like it.

I'm the same way. I tend to wait until there are a few seasons of a show out before I start watching. Except for Game of Thrones. I can't wait to see how they handle this upcoming season, since book 3 is when a whole lot of cool/crazy/interesting stuff happens.


I just started watching Game of Thrones season 1 on Amazon.  It's surprisingly good.
 
2013-01-12 12:19:58 PM  
I have nothing but hate for Dexter's. At its least irritating it's long and boring and at its most it makes me want to leave the room.
 
2013-01-12 12:22:14 PM  

bostonguy: Firefly:


Spank mah dawg,
beat mah wife,
Shriner with a carvin knife...
 
2013-01-12 12:23:30 PM  

sorebones: I have nothing but hate for Dexter's. At its least irritating it's long and boring and at its most it makes me want to leave the room.


It just makes me hungry.
 
2013-01-12 12:24:12 PM  

Teufelaffe: thamike: Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?

Like every episode of Lost?

Never seen Lost. I've been warned away from it by friends who say the ending sucks so very very much that it's not worth watching. That I'll just end up depressed and wanting to cockpunch the writers until their balls shoot out their ass.


Your friends are idiots. If you enjoy up until the absolute end and hate the ending does it make the first 98% horrible?
Personally I was meh about the ending but I don't know how you could end it otherwise without being a predictable ending.
 
2013-01-12 12:24:26 PM  
Ugh. Dexter. Clever execution, but it goes on 90 seconds too long.
 
2013-01-12 12:26:44 PM  
My favorites for modern TV: Treme, The Wire.
 
2013-01-12 12:29:43 PM  

rikdanger: Nothing beats  Black Sheep Squadron. NOTHING.

[epguides.com image 320x245]


Thanks for reminding me. Started watching Space 1999 when I have nothing else to watch. I may add this to the roster.
Speaking of dated themes
 
2013-01-12 12:33:29 PM  

Teufelaffe: thamike: Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?

Like every episode of Lost?

Never seen Lost. I've been warned away from it by friends who say the ending sucks so very very much that it's not worth watching. That I'll just end up depressed and wanting to cockpunch the writers until their balls shoot out their ass.


Don't eat that apple, eventually it'll be a core.

www.freeinfosociety.com

I recommend watching it. Especially now you won't have to wait a week between episode or longer between seasons.

Just pretend it got cancelled after 3 seasons and stop there.
/would have put GoT #1, but I've never seen True Blood, so I won't argue
//Taxi would be up there on list of pre 'modern' title sequences
 
2013-01-12 12:35:13 PM  

NeoCortex42: No love for Psych? It's a fun opening that embraces the "theme song" concept. I particularly like that they record entirely new version of it for some of the theme episodes.


It's a tie between Psych and Supernatural for best custom episode sequences.

www.supernaturalwiki.com
 
2013-01-12 12:36:38 PM  

Wadded Beef: Ugh. Dexter. Clever execution, but it goes on 90 seconds too long.


I think it's cool the first few times you see it, but it can be tedious after a few episodes.
 
2013-01-12 12:39:10 PM  

Teufelaffe: thamike: Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?

Like every episode of Lost?

Never seen Lost. I've been warned away from it by friends who say the ending sucks so very very much that it's not worth watching. That I'll just end up depressed and wanting to cockpunch the writers until their balls shoot out their ass.


You have good friends. They are 100% correct. I have 6 seasons of dvd's that I'll never ever watch again. Season 6 is still in the plastic wrap and will likely stay that way for eternity.

Not even BSG's ending tarnished my ability to rewatch that show like Lost did.
 
2013-01-12 12:42:55 PM  
No love for "Frasier"? Some of us just like to get on with the show.
 
2013-01-12 12:45:11 PM  
Kinda surprised I'm the first to mention The West Wing. The end credits were a little too upbeat for some episodes, though.
 
2013-01-12 12:45:14 PM  
Strike Back's opening title credits are better than at least half of those. Sherlock's opening credits are easily better than Elementary's.
 
2013-01-12 12:45:30 PM  
I kinda like The Office intro for your standard sitcom affair. There's nothing to it really, but I like that catchy little song they play and it's a nice short theme that gets you back to the show (or commercials) quickly.

Firefly's theme is great too. Used to have that song as my ringtone back in the day.
 
2013-01-12 12:45:41 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: No love for "Frasier"? Some of us just like to get on with the show.


Yeah but the ending makes up for it - Tossed salad and scramled eggs!!!
 
2013-01-12 12:48:27 PM  

Spaced Cowboy: kinda like The Office intro for your standard sitcom affair. There's nothing to it really, but I like that catchy little song they play and it's a nice short theme that gets you back to the show (or commercials) quickly.


it reminds me of too much of the Northern Exposure theme song.
 
2013-01-12 12:49:28 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Wadded Beef: Ugh. Dexter. Clever execution, but it goes on 90 seconds too long.

I think it's cool the first few times you see it, but it can be tedious after a few episodes.


Kind of like Buffy's "she is the slayer" intro, although I like the actual opening credits.
 
2013-01-12 12:53:59 PM  

Vash's Apprentice: FeedTheCollapse: Wadded Beef: Ugh. Dexter. Clever execution, but it goes on 90 seconds too long.

I think it's cool the first few times you see it, but it can be tedious after a few episodes.

Kind of like Buffy's "she is the slayer" intro, although I like the actual opening credits.


I think that stops at some point in the first season (or perhaps starting with the second one).
 
2013-01-12 12:55:20 PM  
The greatest title sequence is for The Booth At the End. Literally just a black background with the title in white for a second without noise or effects. Somehow, though, I cannot find an image of just this, but you can imagine.

Also, a fan of Boardwalk Empire and the Colbert Report. Boardwalk gives you a great impression of era, themes, and the character Nucky with an interesting song in the background. Colbert Report is amusing with some new descriptions and the strange 360 rotation shot where he is simply staring at you, plus this isn't too long.
 
2013-01-12 01:03:03 PM  

mcmnky: /would have put GoT #1, but I've never seen True Blood, so I won't argue


Mostly, True Blood's opening does a lot to establish that you will be watching a show that is set in Sisterfarkistan but with vampires and also copious amounts of titties. None of these are bad things but the show itself suffers for the fact that it manages to cram most of the most annoying (but naked) characters humanly possible into a single TV show.
 
2013-01-12 01:05:25 PM  
 
2013-01-12 01:10:30 PM  

likefunbutnot: mcmnky: /would have put GoT #1, but I've never seen True Blood, so I won't argue

Mostly, True Blood's opening does a lot to establish that you will be watching a show that is set in Sisterfarkistan but with vampires and also copious amounts of titties. None of these are bad things but the show itself suffers for the fact that it manages to cram most of the most annoying (but naked) characters humanly possible into a single TV show.



True Blood started suffering when they realized they had fans of particular characters and devolved into a gigantic fanservice handjob. Now every single minor character has to have some idiotic subplot going on or be shoehorned into the main plot even though they don't really serve a purpose there. The storytelling has gotten so bad that, personally, this last season killed any desire whatsoever for me to watch the next season.
 
2013-01-12 01:17:03 PM  
No X-Files? Not considered modern enough I guess?
 
2013-01-12 01:24:08 PM  
The first season of American Horror Story had a good opening that fit the creepy mood well.
Can't speak to the second season since I've been told by various sources that it is dogs hit & should be avoided.
 
2013-01-12 01:25:26 PM  

LunarAtom: No X-Files? Not considered modern enough I guess?


Basically if it was broadcast originally in HD = modern.
 
2013-01-12 01:26:12 PM  

likefunbutnot: Also, Game of Thrones has really, really lame scoring. I know the animation is neat, but the poor work by the composer is a huge, huge red mark against an otherwise fantastic show.

Carnivale also had a really cool and original animated opening, now that I think of it.


Are we watching the same show? I love the opening score. It always gets me nicely pumped up for a new hour of killing and farking.
 
2013-01-12 01:26:22 PM  
the show was crap, but I always liked this song:

Don't do it
 
2013-01-12 01:26:47 PM  
List fails without American Horror Story. The opening credits are actually more unsettling than the show. More coherent too.
 
2013-01-12 01:28:04 PM  
D'oh. Two minutes late!
 
2013-01-12 01:36:38 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Are we watching the same show? I love the opening score. It always gets me nicely pumped up for a new hour of killing and farking.


It's very paint-by-numbers generic quasi-classical music with uninspired orchestration and, except for the opening theme, nothing remotely memorable or interesting. Compare GoT's scoring work to something like what McCreary did on the various Galactica properties, where the scoring from moment to moment probably involved established leitmotifs for whichever characters happen to be on screen at the time and some kind of major new musical theme introduced every couple episodes.
 
2013-01-12 01:41:15 PM  
For title sequences of the last five years, I agree with #1 and #2.
 
2013-01-12 01:45:46 PM  

thamike: Quantum Apostrophe: The Prisoner?


*VROOM*

I am Numbah TWO!

WHO IS NUMBAH ONE!

YOU are numbah SIX!


I am not a numbah, I am a free man!

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

*Commence air drumming and headbanging*

/Psych should be number one. You know that's right.
 
2013-01-12 01:53:50 PM  
Speaking of "The Incredible Hulk" TV show....can you imagine what would happen if they re-made that show (lonely guy who wanders around, helping people out, and hulks up once just to through a bad guy through a window)? People would have fits. Even though I admit that the Ruffalo Hulk from Avengers sort of hints that that's what that version of Banner is like when he's not talking down flying military bases.

Anyway, I've found that both the BSG and MadMen intro to be wonderfully haunting. And the X-Files going further back.

But for exciting intros, you need to look back at cartoons. The 90's Xmen and 80's Thundercats both rocked. The Teen Titans intro was pretty great, and the original Justice League opening was nicely grand.

And 60's Johnny Quest. I could sit through watching that opening all day.
 
2013-01-12 02:07:55 PM  
The Walking Dead has a solid title sequence. Powerful.

Although I love the show, I can't freakin' stand the song in the Big Bang Theory credits. Mute it every time. It's even worse than the abortion that is the 2 and a half men song.
 
2013-01-12 02:10:14 PM  

likefunbutnot: Mad_Radhu: Are we watching the same show? I love the opening score. It always gets me nicely pumped up for a new hour of killing and farking.

It's very paint-by-numbers generic quasi-classical music with uninspired orchestration and, except for the opening theme, nothing remotely memorable or interesting. Compare GoT's scoring work to something like what McCreary did on the various Galactica properties, where the scoring from moment to moment probably involved established leitmotifs for whichever characters happen to be on screen at the time and some kind of major new musical theme introduced every couple episodes.


This is the problem with snooty music nerds. It's never good enough for a piece of music to just be enjoyable.
 
2013-01-12 02:10:54 PM  

mongbiohazard: likefunbutnot: mcmnky: /would have put GoT #1, but I've never seen True Blood, so I won't argue

Mostly, True Blood's opening does a lot to establish that you will be watching a show that is set in Sisterfarkistan but with vampires and also copious amounts of titties. None of these are bad things but the show itself suffers for the fact that it manages to cram most of the most annoying (but naked) characters humanly possible into a single TV show.


True Blood started suffering when they realized they had fans of particular characters and devolved into a gigantic fanservice handjob. Now every single minor character has to have some idiotic subplot going on or be shoehorned into the main plot even though they don't really serve a purpose there. The storytelling has gotten so bad that, personally, this last season killed any desire whatsoever for me to watch the next season.


I still have six episodes from the last season just sitting on my DVR. I have no interest in watching them. The last season was just too awful for me to watch the whole thing.
 
2013-01-12 02:15:33 PM  

Teufelaffe: likefunbutnot: Mad_Radhu: Are we watching the same show? I love the opening score. It always gets me nicely pumped up for a new hour of killing and farking.

It's very paint-by-numbers generic quasi-classical music with uninspired orchestration and, except for the opening theme, nothing remotely memorable or interesting. Compare GoT's scoring work to something like what McCreary did on the various Galactica properties, where the scoring from moment to moment probably involved established leitmotifs for whichever characters happen to be on screen at the time and some kind of major new musical theme introduced every couple episodes.

This is the problem with snooty music nerds. It's never good enough for a piece of music to just be enjoyable.


I don't consider myself a snooty music nerd, and after seeing the GoT opening for the first time, I wondered if there was any way that they could have been more predictable with the score. Pseudo-classical music with a medieval flare. Whoopee. It was almost too obvious. Someone else mentioned Deadwood as a good opening. Well, the same thing happened there. It was too safe, too generic, too limited by the theme of the show.

/still mostly skip all opening sequences if they are longer than a few seconds
 
2013-01-12 02:21:51 PM  
3, 2, 1 let's jam
 
2013-01-12 02:35:16 PM  
I've never seen 'Housewives' so i didnt know till just know, but fark them for raping a Jan van Eyck masterpiece.
 
2013-01-12 02:44:38 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-12 02:50:48 PM  

likefunbutnot: Mad_Radhu: Are we watching the same show? I love the opening score. It always gets me nicely pumped up for a new hour of killing and farking.

It's very paint-by-numbers generic quasi-classical music with uninspired orchestration and, except for the opening theme, nothing remotely memorable or interesting.


I was trying to think of a good way to point out the blandness of the GoT's score. I'm glad you did it for me. Paint-by-numbers generic quasi-classical? Yep, those are the words I was looking for.

Although I have to say, GoT using the opening sequence as an atlas to show the geographical relationships of all the places covered in that episode is pretty clever. Contrast with any Peter Jackson/Tolkein movie, each of which has to include a scene of characters looking at a map and pointing stuff out.
 
2013-01-12 02:57:41 PM  

bill4935: MisatoNERV: 1) the first season of The Wire had an awesome theme song/title sequence.

2) the Barenaked Ladies suck and I hate when they're compared to They Might Be Giants.


Hey! Don't insult the most celebrated Canadian alt-rock band of the mid 90s, you selfish, jaded, ass!


/they've got 2 Billboard awards, how many do you have?


Oh, I don't know... maybe a little something called a Cable Ace Award!
 
2013-01-12 03:04:44 PM  

sorebones: I have nothing but hate for Dexter's. At its least irritating it's long and boring and at its most it makes me want to leave the room.


I have only watched Dexter via Netflix and I have always fast forwarded past the opening credits. Except the 1st time.

Oh and this is just shows since 2007 when they did their list of all time openings including some mentioned above. It's worth noting that they went from 10 shows on 3 pages to 10 shows on one page.

read the article
 
2013-01-12 03:06:52 PM  

SwingAwayMarell: The first season of American Horror Story had a good opening that fit the creepy mood well.
Can't speak to the second season since I've been told by various sources that it is dogs hit & should be avoided.


second season's credits are creepy still. Also, your various sources are wrong and should feel ashamed. I thought this season took a few episodes to really get going (the first episode throws way too much at once to really work), but I felt the same about the first season until about midway through.
 
2013-01-12 03:11:17 PM  
10. Fringe

NO. Words that vaguely describe the concept of your show fading in and out on the screen is a lazy opening sequence. Always has been. This season they changed the words and added the barbed wire, so it's a tad more creative. But it not now, nor has it ever been, "great" in any way, shape or form.

There are some good ones in that list, but "Dexter" and "Mad Men" are brilliant. Leaps and bounds better than the rest.
 
2013-01-12 03:11:33 PM  
Kids in the Hall theme by the Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
 
2013-01-12 03:12:33 PM  
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List fails without Doctor Who.
 
2013-01-12 03:14:53 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Teufelaffe: likefunbutnot: Mad_Radhu: Are we watching the same show? I love the opening score. It always gets me nicely pumped up for a new hour of killing and farking.

It's very paint-by-numbers generic quasi-classical music with uninspired orchestration and, except for the opening theme, nothing remotely memorable or interesting. Compare GoT's scoring work to something like what McCreary did on the various Galactica properties, where the scoring from moment to moment probably involved established leitmotifs for whichever characters happen to be on screen at the time and some kind of major new musical theme introduced every couple episodes.

This is the problem with snooty music nerds. It's never good enough for a piece of music to just be enjoyable.

I don't consider myself a snooty music nerd, and after seeing the GoT opening for the first time, I wondered if there was any way that they could have been more predictable with the score. Pseudo-classical music with a medieval flare. Whoopee. It was almost too obvious. Someone else mentioned Deadwood as a good opening. Well, the same thing happened there. It was too safe, too generic, too limited by the theme of the show.

/still mostly skip all opening sequences if they are longer than a few seconds


If you talk about music being "predictable" and "obvious", you might be a snooty music nerd.
 
2013-01-12 03:34:42 PM  
No 'The Shield'?? Never has a title sequence so closely summed up such a horrible cop drama with bad editing, story, and acting.
 
2013-01-12 03:40:29 PM  

carnifex2005: LunarAtom: No X-Files? Not considered modern enough I guess?

Basically if it was broadcast originally in HD = modern.


The fuking article plainly says "Within the last 5 years", sheesh.
 
2013-01-12 03:42:11 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Teufelaffe: likefunbutnot: Mad_Radhu: Are we watching the same show? I love the opening score. It always gets me nicely pumped up for a new hour of killing and farking.

It's very paint-by-numbers generic quasi-classical music with uninspired orchestration and, except for the opening theme, nothing remotely memorable or interesting. Compare GoT's scoring work to something like what McCreary did on the various Galactica properties, where the scoring from moment to moment probably involved established leitmotifs for whichever characters happen to be on screen at the time and some kind of major new musical theme introduced every couple episodes.

This is the problem with snooty music nerds. It's never good enough for a piece of music to just be enjoyable.

I don't consider myself a snooty music nerd, and after seeing the GoT opening for the first time, I wondered if there was any way that they could have been more predictable with the score. Pseudo-classical music with a medieval flare. Whoopee. It was almost too obvious. Someone else mentioned Deadwood as a good opening. Well, the same thing happened there. It was too safe, too generic, too limited by the theme of the show.

/still mostly skip all opening sequences if they are longer than a few seconds


You usually think you're the smartest guy in the room, don't you?
 
2013-01-12 03:42:17 PM  
Not within the past 5 years specified in the article (which many of you seemed to miss), but one of my all time favorites....

Link
 
2013-01-12 03:43:23 PM  
Without this on the list, the write has zero credibility:

i.ytimg.com
 
2013-01-12 03:53:43 PM  
Not one mention of Homicide: Life on the Street? For shame, Farkers. For shame. Educate yourselves.

Link

Those who have listened to this theme after getting hooked on this amazing show will understand that this is one of the greatest opening themes of all time.
upload.wikimedia.org
/bought the DVD set
//reliving the memories
///still the GOAT police drama after all these years
 
2013-01-12 03:59:15 PM  

snowshovel: Speaking of "The Incredible Hulk" TV show....can you imagine what would happen if they re-made that show (lonely guy who wanders around, helping people out, and hulks up once just to through a bad guy through a window)? People would have fits. Even though I admit that the Ruffalo Hulk from Avengers sort of hints that that's what that version of Banner is like when he's not talking down flying military bases.

Anyway, I've found that both the BSG and MadMen intro to be wonderfully haunting. And the X-Files going further back.

But for exciting intros, you need to look back at cartoons. The 90's Xmen and 80's Thundercats both rocked. The Teen Titans intro was pretty great, and the original Justice League opening was nicely grand.

And 60's Johnny Quest. I could sit through watching that opening all day.


Iron man cartoon with metal music and long haired tony stark pouring molten metal the beating it into shape was glorious
 
2013-01-12 04:07:35 PM  

Vash's Apprentice: NeoCortex42: No love for Psych? It's a fun opening that embraces the "theme song" concept. I particularly like that they record entirely new version of it for some of the theme episodes.

It's a tie between Psych and Supernatural for best custom episode sequences.

[www.supernaturalwiki.com image 400x225]


Psych does a great job with their theme episodes. I wonder what they will do for the Clue episode?
 
2013-01-12 04:10:29 PM  
 
2013-01-12 04:16:34 PM  

orange storm: Vash's Apprentice: NeoCortex42: No love for Psych? It's a fun opening that embraces the "theme song" concept. I particularly like that they record entirely new version of it for some of the theme episodes.

It's a tie between Psych and Supernatural for best custom episode sequences.

[www.supernaturalwiki.com image 400x225]

Psych does a great job with their theme episodes. I wonder what they will do for the Clue episode?


Maybe something in the style of Shake, Rattle, & Roll?
 
2013-01-12 04:29:21 PM  
 
2013-01-12 04:37:09 PM  
Good show, Corny opening, AWESOME theme.

It's The Crystal Maze!
 
2013-01-12 04:43:30 PM  
*ctrl+F for Breaking Bad, finds nothing*

I love it's introduction. Short, simple, and that music prepares you for some serious shiat.
 
2013-01-12 04:54:10 PM  
tvfilmnews.com

and

media.nj.com

My current favorites.
 
2013-01-12 04:55:38 PM  

Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?


Depends on how good it is. A lot I skip as well, but some I watch at least part of the time. Take the shows in the list, for example:

Fringe: It clues you in to which universe the show will bet set in. There are 3 color schemes, depending on what's going to happen. On tip of that, it creates some time for contemplation, as you look at what the "fringe science" consists of in each of these universes, as TFA mentioned.

Game of Thrones: I'm not 100% on this, but I think it only features the parts of the map that will be appearing in that episode, including the first hint of new areas, like when they went to the Iron Isles for the first time.ALso, between the music and the animation sequence, it's a little mesmerizing.

True Blood: All I can say for this one is that they're right in TFA: It's sexy as hell, the song is badd ass, and it effectively conveys the mood of the show without showing anything from the actual show. I love it.

Then you have ones like Big Bang Theory that I don't skip and I turn up so that my daughter can sing along, and The Simpsons, which is always a classic.

I don't like when they start farking with it. I know that for the first season a show has pretty generic openings, but using one of your examples, they totally hosed Grimm awhile back with a stupid narrative sequence. Obviously it did poorly with focus groups, because they changed it to just images and music, but for 3 or 4 episodes it was stupid. They really DO set the mood, and quite often, they are contractually required.
 
2013-01-12 05:03:33 PM  

Jedi_Templar: *ctrl+F for Breaking Bad, finds nothing*

I love it's introduction. Short, simple, and that music prepares you for some serious shiat.


Yes.  Also, their music supervisor is a genius.

Most recently this scene (Knife Party):

3.bp.blogspot.com


And this scene (Whitey):

Fringe also has some interesting music choices.
 
2013-01-12 05:10:00 PM  

Sybarite: I would add the title sequence for Hell on Wheels. There's just something about that opening with the fire and the Dobro and everything that works perfectly with the themes of the show.


My first thought upon watching it was that they had some damn good photography going. It gave me high hopes for the show. Unfortunately, after watching a few episodes my interest waned. Can anybody tell me if I should give it another chance?
 
2013-01-12 05:58:40 PM  
I liked the original Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, particularly the Twilight Zone music. OK, not really modern.

With regards to Lost - the most frustrating thing for me was that there were so many things left unresolved. They would have something in an episode that was mind-blowing, then it would just get dropped and no explanation. For example *****SPOILERS*****:
There was one clip of a shark, and if you freeze-framed it, it had the Dharma logo on it. But there was never any reference to it again, as far as I can remember.
 
2013-01-12 06:01:15 PM  
I personally like Whitechapel's intro. It changes to tease the crime being investigated for the correlating episodes. The sepia tone is nice, especially when they pair it with the historical photographs.

/Loves me some Penry Rupert Jones
//was good in Treasure Island too (and I think that Eddie Izzard did a great job in it, too)
 
2013-01-12 06:14:05 PM  

Madbassist1: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Teufelaffe: likefunbutnot: Mad_Radhu: Are we watching the same show? I love the opening score. It always gets me nicely pumped up for a new hour of killing and farking.

It's very paint-by-numbers generic quasi-classical music with uninspired orchestration and, except for the opening theme, nothing remotely memorable or interesting. Compare GoT's scoring work to something like what McCreary did on the various Galactica properties, where the scoring from moment to moment probably involved established leitmotifs for whichever characters happen to be on screen at the time and some kind of major new musical theme introduced every couple episodes.

This is the problem with snooty music nerds. It's never good enough for a piece of music to just be enjoyable.

I don't consider myself a snooty music nerd, and after seeing the GoT opening for the first time, I wondered if there was any way that they could have been more predictable with the score. Pseudo-classical music with a medieval flare. Whoopee. It was almost too obvious. Someone else mentioned Deadwood as a good opening. Well, the same thing happened there. It was too safe, too generic, too limited by the theme of the show.

/still mostly skip all opening sequences if they are longer than a few seconds

You usually think you're the smartest guy in the room, don't you?


No, I just disagree with you. That must really be bothersome.

BudTheSpud: Not one mention of Homicide: Life on the Street? For shame, Farkers. For shame. Educate yourselves.

Link

Those who have listened to this theme after getting hooked on this amazing show will understand that this is one of the greatest opening themes of all time.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 320x266]
/bought the DVD set
//reliving the memories
///still the GOAT police drama after all these years


The first few years had an excellent Homicide opening. Then when NBC tried to cross it over with Law and Order and gave it a friendlier opening, it was godawful.
 
2013-01-12 06:27:30 PM  

enzoweb: I liked the original Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, particularly the Twilight Zone music. OK, not really modern.

With regards to Lost - the most frustrating thing for me was that there were so many things left unresolved. They would have something in an episode that was mind-blowing, then it would just get dropped and no explanation. For example *****SPOILERS*****:
There was one clip of a shark, and if you freeze-framed it, it had the Dharma logo on it. But there was never any reference to it again, as far as I can remember.


Dharma studied animals, including sharks, on the smaller island.
 
2013-01-12 06:35:18 PM  

likefunbutnot: Also, Game of Thrones has really, really lame scoring. I know the animation is neat, but the poor work by the composer is a huge, huge red mark against an otherwise fantastic show.

Carnivale also had a really cool and original animated opening, now that I think of it.


That was one of my favorites, too. The first seaon of Warehouse 13 had an intro that reminded me an awful lot of Carnivale. And Justified is pretty compelling for that odd Hillbilly rap song....
 
2013-01-12 06:37:09 PM  
Not quite modern anymore but I liked the original SG-1 opening credits. Mostly for the music but they did a good job showing scenes from the season and updating it as the show went along. Seeing the Stargate spin as they went between the characters was cool too. Then they ruined it by making a CGI version and using a dark blue version of the wormhole travel from Stargate Atlantis.
 
2013-01-12 06:48:00 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: /still mostly skip all opening sequences if they are longer than a few seconds

You usually think you're the smartest guy in the room, don't you?

No, I just disagree with you. That must really be bothersome.


uh...I dont have a position on the quality of a TV theme song, so, no, you don't disagree with me. You write like a farking douchebag though. I think we can all agree on that.
 
2013-01-12 06:54:16 PM  
likefunbutnot: "It's very paint-by-numbers generic quasi-classical music with uninspired orchestration"

There are programs that generate this type of music algorithmically for Flash games and radio stations. I noticed this when the music for Air Attack Lite is the same as they use on 98.5 here.
http://www.soundhelix.com/

etc...
 
2013-01-12 06:59:44 PM  
 
2013-01-12 07:01:32 PM  
Old, but still a personal favorite of mine... all the Babylon 5 intros... but especially S3. "The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace. It failed."

So blunt and stark, it really set the tone for that season's entire story arc.
 
2013-01-12 07:30:40 PM  

Spaced Cowboy: Teufelaffe: thamike: Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?

Like every episode of Lost?

Never seen Lost. I've been warned away from it by friends who say the ending sucks so very very much that it's not worth watching. That I'll just end up depressed and wanting to cockpunch the writers until their balls shoot out their ass.

You have good friends. They are 100% correct. I have 6 seasons of dvd's that I'll never ever watch again. Season 6 is still in the plastic wrap and will likely stay that way for eternity.

Not even BSG's ending tarnished my ability to rewatch that show like Lost did.


waah waah

Lost was a brilliant, fun ride, that ultimately didn't stick the landing. But the whole "I'll never watch the show because part of it wasn't perfect/what I expected" is childish whining.
 
2013-01-12 07:32:28 PM  
Silk Stalkings - composer Mike Post used the same guitar rift from the end of the Law & Order theme

Speaking of cop shows with theme songs by Mike Post, Dick Wolf's 2003 version of Dragnet (with Ed O'Neil & Eva Longoria) had a hot opening. Visually, it was very much a cross between the style of Wolf's various L&O series' opening credit sequences, and that of the Dan Akroyd / Tom Hanks satire movie. The music was Post's action-adventure take on the series' classic "Danger Ahead" theme song from the Jack Webb days.
 
2013-01-12 07:42:57 PM  
...I love the Dexter opening, but they should have gone to this:

Link
 
2013-01-12 07:55:43 PM  
I liked the opening sequence for The Good Guys while it was on.
 
2013-01-12 07:58:54 PM  

Hebalo: Lost was a brilliant, fun ride, that ultimately didn't stick the landing. But the whole "I'll never watch the show because part of it wasn't perfect/what I expected" is childish whining.


Contrast that with the American remake of Life on Mars which (over all) was god-awful and had a mind-numbingly craptastic ending. The only things that were improvements over the BBC version were Ray & Chris not being bumbling comic relief (although Dean Andrews' BBC Ray became much more nuanced in Ashes to Ashes), Windy who was considerably more attractive than Nelson, and having a big enough budget use more realistic-sized crowds & wide/long shots despite having to make it look like 1973.
 
2013-01-12 08:28:02 PM  
cdn.mediadecay.com

The opening credits basically tell you everything about the show....and contrary to belief, it is W.G. 'Snuffy' Walden, not Explosions in the Sky.
 
2013-01-12 09:20:39 PM  

HopScotchNSoda: Silk Stalkings - composer Mike Post used the same guitar rift from the end of the Law & Order theme

Speaking of cop shows with theme songs by Mike Post, Dick Wolf's 2003 version of Dragnet (with Ed O'Neil & Eva Longoria) had a hot opening. Visually, it was very much a cross between the style of Wolf's various L&O series' opening credit sequences, and that of the Dan Akroyd / Tom Hanks satire movie. The music was Post's action-adventure take on the series' classic "Danger Ahead" theme song from the Jack Webb days.


That's another good one. The show itself was kind of....meh....but the updated theme and opener was pretty cool. I also liked the ramped up Law&Order theme that was used for the Trail By Jury series and eventually brought over to Criminal Intent.

Historically, though, 70s cop/detective shows had the best themes overall.
 
2013-01-12 09:37:01 PM  
The Sopranos
 
2013-01-12 09:40:48 PM  
Any NHK Taiga drama main opening.  1 - 3 minutes of intense music, graphics, cgi. Just great stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foJIxUD0ykE&list=PL6314CF12ED06ACCB
 
2013-01-12 10:12:44 PM  

Hebalo: Spaced Cowboy: Teufelaffe: thamike: Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?

Like every episode of Lost?

Never seen Lost. I've been warned away from it by friends who say the ending sucks so very very much that it's not worth watching. That I'll just end up depressed and wanting to cockpunch the writers until their balls shoot out their ass.

You have good friends. They are 100% correct. I have 6 seasons of dvd's that I'll never ever watch again. Season 6 is still in the plastic wrap and will likely stay that way for eternity.

Not even BSG's ending tarnished my ability to rewatch that show like Lost did.

waah waah

Lost was a brilliant, fun ride, that ultimately didn't stick the landing. But the whole "I'll never watch the show because part of it wasn't perfect/what I expected" is childish whining.


I don't see how it is childish that I prefer not to watch that shiatty faux-suspenseful bullshiat again. Sorry your shiatty show turned out to be shiatty, but you don't have to take it out on others.

I own dozens of shows that are anything but perfect that I frequently rewatch, including the oft maligned BSG and B5 season 1 (yeah I even rewatch the pilot when I go through the series again). Lost is the only show I've bought that I simply have no interest in rewatching, because it ended up being meaningless nonsense. Knowing now that it was all bullshiat in the end makes it really hard to enjoy the "OMG SUSPENSE DETAILS MYSTERY" that was the appeal of Lost.

That show was never brilliant... not even when they had us tricked into thinking it was a coherent piece of storytelling with an interesting finish.
 
2013-01-12 10:44:33 PM  
Farscape....strap in, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!
 
2013-01-12 11:22:49 PM  
CHEERS you young motherfarking writer!!!!!

Cripes. TV was invented before 2001.
 
2013-01-12 11:43:34 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: Historically, though, 70s cop/detective shows had the best themes overall.


Streets of San Francisco for me. That rocked and jazzed me out when I was a kid.
 
2013-01-12 11:45:55 PM  

Hebalo: Lost was a brilliant, fun ride, that ultimately didn't stick the landing. But the whole "I'll never watch the show because part of it wasn't perfect/what I expected" is childish whining.


This.
And for gosh sakes, don't let your friends tell you what to do! Make up your mind.
I personally LOVED the ending. I was there for the whole ride and it was the last show the Mrs and I watched together.
I felt the ending fit perfectly, but then I was open minded for it.
I didn't "expect" anything. Just rode along.
I went back and bought it all on Blu Ray and watch all 6 seasons every couple of years.
 
2013-01-12 11:53:06 PM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: Who


No.
I don't like the list, but if you watch the opening of Dr. Who.....YOU STILL DON'T KNOW THE FARK DR. WHO IS.
If you watched The A-Team, you'd know what's going on, but watching a Police Box fly through space tells me nothing.

And yeah!!

WHERE'S THE FARKING A-TEAM?!?!?!?

It explains whats going on, it shows you what each character does!
FARK THIS!
A-TEAM WINS!

Your list sucks the the sweat from Gandhi's thong.
 
2013-01-13 12:11:55 AM  

Spaced Cowboy: That show was never brilliant... not even when they had us tricked into thinking it was a coherent piece of storytelling with an interesting finish.


I disagree, there was a lot of brilliance in the beginning. I watched the entire run, but I know when it went off the rails for me (its initials are FDW).

The show is interesting because both its defenders and detractors have valid points and points of stupidity. ABC didn't help with its "THERE WILL BE ANSWERS" ads during the last season, but at the end of the day (for me) they didn't answer some things I wanted to know and some of the answers they gave didn't mesh with established continuity.
 
2013-01-13 12:21:03 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-13 12:27:16 AM  
This makes me sad... you guys have no idea how deprived you are.

Resident anime nut here, it pains me when people talk about how so many american shows are so great.. sorry.. american TV sucks balls. Reuse the same intros for the entire damn series, and use sound tracks which are a mix of licensed tracks and really poor custom compositions by a third rate music producer. So...BAD.

Anyways.. as far as top tv intros I have seen.. the ghost in the shell series def has top marks but #1 would probably goto Last Exile. Gonzo's production values on this series is just phenomenal.

cdn-0.nflximg.com
 
2013-01-13 12:43:56 AM  

JeffMD: This makes me sad... you guys have no idea how deprived you are.

Resident anime nut here, it pains me when people talk about how so many american shows are so great.. sorry.. american TV sucks balls. Reuse the same intros for the entire damn series, and use sound tracks which are a mix of licensed tracks and really poor custom compositions by a third rate music producer. So...BAD.

Anyways.. as far as top tv intros I have seen.. the ghost in the shell series def has top marks but #1 would probably goto Last Exile. Gonzo's production values on this series is just phenomenal.


American TV is so bad that I don't own a television. American music is so bad that I don't listen to the radio. American cars are so bad that I just walk everywhere. I eat just enough American food to stay alive then spit the rest out.
 
2013-01-13 12:53:34 AM  

Spaced Cowboy: Hebalo: Spaced Cowboy: Teufelaffe: thamike: Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?

Like every episode of Lost?

Never seen Lost. I've been warned away from it by friends who say the ending sucks so very very much that it's not worth watching. That I'll just end up depressed and wanting to cockpunch the writers until their balls shoot out their ass.

You have good friends. They are 100% correct. I have 6 seasons of dvd's that I'll never ever watch again. Season 6 is still in the plastic wrap and will likely stay that way for eternity.

Not even BSG's ending tarnished my ability to rewatch that show like Lost did.

waah waah

Lost was a brilliant, fun ride, that ultimately didn't stick the landing. But the whole "I'll never watch the show because part of it wasn't perfect/what I expected" is childish whining.

I don't see how it is childish that I prefer not to watch that shiatty faux-suspenseful bullshiat again. Sorry your shiatty show turned out to be shiatty, but you don't have to take it out on others.

I own dozens of shows that are anything but perfect that I frequently rewatch, including the oft maligned BSG and B5 season 1 (yeah I even rewatch the pilot when I go through the series again). Lost is the only show I've bought that I simply have no interest in rewatching, because it ended up being meaningless nonsense. Knowing now that it was all bullshiat in the end makes it really hard to enjoy the "OMG SUSPENSE DETAILS MYSTERY" that was the appeal of Lost.

That show was never brilliant... not even when they had us tricked into thinking it was a coherent piece of storytelling with an interesting finish.


You sound like you need a hug. Do you need a hug?

It's fine to say you don't want to rewatch. It's another thing to write the whole thing off to others based on your expectations.I liked it just fine. The journey was awesome, and i'll likely rewatch soon.
 
2013-01-13 12:58:36 AM  

Hebalo: The journey was awesome, and i'll likely rewatch soon.


The problem with rewatching Lost is when you know some of the answers when the mysteries pop up they should make sense with the explanation, and often they don't.

//Worst thing Lost did was the dramatic character shift of Ben into a sniveling crier.
 
2013-01-13 01:30:57 AM  
Well, it's way more than 5 years old, but the best TV leadin sequence had to be Mary Tyler Moore.  It told the whole story, from cutting down the trees to printing the newspaper to the bird cage liner.  And it had this:

i1235.photobucket.com

Mary Tyler Moore FTW.
 
2013-01-13 01:36:52 AM  
not surprised, but saddened by the lack of Hustle
 
2013-01-13 02:10:48 AM  

Hebalo: Spaced Cowboy: Hebalo: Spaced Cowboy: Teufelaffe: thamike: Teufelaffe: Am I the only one who hates most title sequences and really likes it when a show's title sequence is just the title, like the first season of Grimm and the first couple of seasons of Castle?

Like every episode of Lost?

Never seen Lost. I've been warned away from it by friends who say the ending sucks so very very much that it's not worth watching. That I'll just end up depressed and wanting to cockpunch the writers until their balls shoot out their ass.

You have good friends. They are 100% correct. I have 6 seasons of dvd's that I'll never ever watch again. Season 6 is still in the plastic wrap and will likely stay that way for eternity.

Not even BSG's ending tarnished my ability to rewatch that show like Lost did.

waah waah

Lost was a brilliant, fun ride, that ultimately didn't stick the landing. But the whole "I'll never watch the show because part of it wasn't perfect/what I expected" is childish whining.

I don't see how it is childish that I prefer not to watch that shiatty faux-suspenseful bullshiat again. Sorry your shiatty show turned out to be shiatty, but you don't have to take it out on others.

I own dozens of shows that are anything but perfect that I frequently rewatch, including the oft maligned BSG and B5 season 1 (yeah I even rewatch the pilot when I go through the series again). Lost is the only show I've bought that I simply have no interest in rewatching, because it ended up being meaningless nonsense. Knowing now that it was all bullshiat in the end makes it really hard to enjoy the "OMG SUSPENSE DETAILS MYSTERY" that was the appeal of Lost.

That show was never brilliant... not even when they had us tricked into thinking it was a coherent piece of storytelling with an interesting finish.

You sound like you need a hug. Do you need a hug?

It's fine to say you don't want to rewatch. It's another thing to write the whole thing off to others based on your expectations.I l ...


I suppose if it comforts you to pretend I'm somehow angry or bothered by your like of a bad television show, then I'll allow it. I'm in a particularly good mood tonight.

As to not recommending it to others, I'm doing them a favor. You are literally the first person I've heard of who watched the show and thinks it's worth the time they sunk into watching it, much less worth a rewatch, but have fun at that Lost rewatch party! On the plus side, preparing party snacks for 1 is a breeze.
 
2013-01-13 04:15:37 AM  

thornhill: Without this on the list, the write has zero credibility:

[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


"Zero credibility" is rich coming from someone who apparently can't read headlines:

10 great modern TV title sequences
Juliette selects ten of TV's most impressive title sequences from the last five years...
 
2013-01-13 09:58:10 AM  

Spaced Cowboy: I suppose if it comforts you to pretend I'm somehow angry or bothered by your like of a bad television show, then I'll allow it. I'm in a particularly good mood tonight.

As to not recommending it to others, I'm doing them a favor. You are literally the first person I've heard of who watched the show and thinks it's worth the time they sunk into watching it, much less worth a rewatch, but have fun at that Lost rewatch party! On the plus side, preparing party snacks for 1 is a breeze.


I liked the show as well. Watching it through the first time was a lot of fun. I had a blast speculating with friends what was going to happen and finding all of the easter eggs and details in the episodes as they aired.

Would I have preferred a different ending? Sure. I was hoping for something a bit more scientific and less mystic. I still thought it fit the rest of the series well, though. Most of the questions were answered (although not everybody liked some of the answers) and I think the show holds up pretty well on rewatches.
 
2013-01-13 11:22:48 AM  
Spaced Cowboy:: You are literally the first person I've heard of who watched the show and thinks it's worth the time they sunk into watching it, much less worth a rewatch, but have fun at that Lost rewatch party! On the plus side, preparing party snacks for 1 is a breeze

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Oh and you are from that shiathole Ohio so I can't expect you to have good taste.
 
2013-01-13 11:58:29 AM  

Spaced Cowboy: I don't see how it is childish that I prefer not to watch that shiatty faux-suspenseful bullshiat again. Sorry your shiatty show turned out to be shiatty, but you don't have to take it out on others.

I own dozens of shows that are anything but perfect that I frequently rewatch, including the oft maligned BSG and B5 season 1 (yeah I even rewatch the pilot when I go through the series again). Lost is the only show I've bought that I simply have no interest in rewatching, because it ended up being meaningless nonsense. Knowing now that it was all bullshiat in the end makes it really hard to enjoy the "OMG SUSPENSE DETAILS MYSTERY" that was the appeal of Lost.

That show was never brilliant... not even when they had us tricked into thinking it was a coherent piece of storytelling with an interesting finish.



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Bad endings eh?  Simply bullsh*t, hmm?  Pointless waste of time, if you please?

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Your shows are safe.  While you're watching them, you get to become a Kardashian or David Caruso.

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Have you ever been TRAPPED.  In St. Eligius Hospital. SURROUNDED by the wretched infirm that other hospitals deemed unfit to treat?  Just trying to survive another day without losing your mind, for YEARS on end?  Only to find that you were merely the figment of some autistic child's imagination?

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That's what I'm talking about.  The shows you watch are safe.

 
2013-01-13 04:05:49 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: The Prisoner?


yes yes yes.

the music element of the 30 Rock title sequence is pretty delightful.

and what about Police Squad!? IT WAS IN COLOR!
 
2013-01-14 10:00:48 AM  
 
2013-01-14 11:37:48 AM  

JeffMD: This makes me sad... you guys have no idea how deprived you are.

Resident anime nut here, it pains me when people talk about how so many american shows are so great.. sorry.. american TV sucks balls. Reuse the same intros for the entire damn series, and use sound tracks which are a mix of licensed tracks and really poor custom compositions by a third rate music producer. So...BAD.

Anyways.. as far as top tv intros I have seen.. the ghost in the shell series def has top marks but #1 would probably goto Last Exile. Gonzo's production values on this series is just phenomenal.

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Anime sucks.
 
2013-01-14 01:04:21 PM  
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Not modern but still has one of the best openings ever.

I also agree with Doctor Who. Why is that not on the list.

Also not modern and take it how you choose your favorite of these, but the Star Trek series tend to have really well done openings.
 
2013-01-14 01:54:20 PM  
yves0010: Also not modern and take it how you choose your favorite of these, but the Star Trek series tend to have really well done openings.

The best thing about Star Trek: Voyager was the title sequence.
 
2013-01-14 02:07:35 PM  

Kangaroo_Ralph: Alien Nation


A title sequence that just shows clips from random episodes? How does that qualify as great?
 
2013-01-14 02:09:15 PM  

yves0010: [ts2.mm.bing.net image 234x300]
Not modern but still has one of the best openings ever.

I also agree with Doctor Who. Why is that not on the list.

Also not modern and take it how you choose your favorite of these, but the Star Trek series tend to have really well done openings.


Doctor Who, The Prisoner and many others that have been complained about are on their All Time TV intros list from 2007 3 Pages for 10 shows.

This is only for shows since that list was published.
 
2013-01-14 02:32:33 PM  

PluckYew: yves0010: [ts2.mm.bing.net image 234x300]
Not modern but still has one of the best openings ever.

I also agree with Doctor Who. Why is that not on the list.

Also not modern and take it how you choose your favorite of these, but the Star Trek series tend to have really well done openings.

Doctor Who, The Prisoner and many others that have been complained about are on their All Time TV intros list from 2007 3 Pages for 10 shows.

This is only for shows since that list was published.


I see Doctor Who on there. But still missing Star Trek and Twilight zone on that list. But then again, I love those series since I was a kid (Grew up watching reruns of the original series (Star Trek and Twilight Zone) and new episodes of Next Generations and so on).
 
2013-01-14 06:30:20 PM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: [scifidramaqueen.files.wordpress.com image 608x338]

List fails without Doctor Who.


The list doesn't fail without Doctor Who.

As much of a Whovian as I am, the title sequence isn't all that. It's an iconic theme song for sure, but the title sequence is really bland and basic, no matter which era it's from.
 
2013-01-14 06:40:10 PM  

JeffMD: This makes me sad... you guys have no idea how deprived you are.

Resident anime nut here, it pains me when people talk about how so many american shows are so great.. sorry.. american TV sucks balls. Reuse the same intros for the entire damn series, and use sound tracks which are a mix of licensed tracks and really poor custom compositions by a third rate music producer. So...BAD.

Anyways.. as far as top tv intros I have seen.. the ghost in the shell series def has top marks but #1 would probably goto Last Exile. Gonzo's production values on this series is just phenomenal.

[cdn-0.nflximg.com image 665x375]


Yeah, I'm going to have to insult you on this one. The notion that "Americans are missing out" and that we have "really bad TV" compared to - wait for it - JAPAN is laughable at best. The BBC and Australian TV have better lead-ins than 90% of the formulaic anime opens that clutter the genre.

There are entire web forums dedicated to calling out and mocking people like yourself for comments like this. There's a reason. I could barely sit through whatever it was that you linked. I tried, I really tried, but it followed the exact same formula that every other anime opener followed. And it was trite.

GitS:SAC and Cowboy Bebop are about as close as I'll get to listing any anime opening sequences with the likes of openers like the ones listed here.
 
2013-01-14 06:50:26 PM  

Falcon Hunter: JeffMD: This makes me sad... you guys have no idea how deprived you are.

Resident anime nut here, it pains me when people talk about how so many american shows are so great.. sorry.. american TV sucks balls. Reuse the same intros for the entire damn series, and use sound tracks which are a mix of licensed tracks and really poor custom compositions by a third rate music producer. So...BAD.

Anyways.. as far as top tv intros I have seen.. the ghost in the shell series def has top marks but #1 would probably goto Last Exile. Gonzo's production values on this series is just phenomenal.

[cdn-0.nflximg.com image 665x375]

Yeah, I'm going to have to insult you on this one. The notion that "Americans are missing out" and that we have "really bad TV" compared to - wait for it - JAPAN is laughable at best. The BBC and Australian TV have better lead-ins than 90% of the formulaic anime opens that clutter the genre.

There are entire web forums dedicated to calling out and mocking people like yourself for comments like this. There's a reason. I could barely sit through whatever it was that you linked. I tried, I really tried, but it followed the exact same formula that every other anime opener followed. And it was trite.

GitS:SAC and Cowboy Bebop are about as close as I'll get to listing any anime opening sequences with the likes of openers like the ones listed here.


Here's what you're looking for: Every anime opening ever made

I love anime, but I'll admit that most openings are pretty redundant.
 
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