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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.

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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.

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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
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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:

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