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2013-01-30 12:59:36 PM
To help with MST3K:

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2013-01-30 01:21:50 PM
Two they misses that I can think of: Battlestar Galactica (where the survivor count changes whenever somebody died, left, or joined the caravan) and Psych, who will actually change the theme song (a Christmas version, a Spanish version, and a Boyz II men version off the top of my head).
 
2013-01-30 01:22:25 PM
Guess I'm not an "attentive viewer" as I never noticed Game of Thrones credits changing.
 
2013-01-30 01:27:50 PM
Several worthy entries, but where is The Tudors?
 
2013-01-30 01:27:55 PM
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2013-01-30 01:44:30 PM
How could the Simpson's change their credits in 2009 when the series ended with episode where Ralph ran for president?
 
2013-01-30 01:47:08 PM
Babylon 5. That is all.
 
2013-01-30 01:50:25 PM
No Doctor Who?
 
2013-01-30 01:50:44 PM
three's company!
 
2013-01-30 01:58:32 PM
I still get a kick out of the one episode of Buffy that had Amber Benson listed as a main cast member (she died in that episode).

/also, Jonathan!
//no Animaniacs?
 
2013-01-30 02:03:16 PM
A lot of anime and one episode wester mini-series do it well by changing the opening each episode to foreshadow or catch up important details for the current episode, but it is very very expensive to do compared to using a premade filler opening that you can use to limit the amount of total air time needed.
 
2013-01-30 02:12:17 PM

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Is that first picture from a specific episode? I don't recall that being for any particular season.

/Phoenix episode?
 
2013-01-30 02:16:40 PM

Mulchpuppy: //no Animaniacs?


dana de-lany
 
2013-01-30 02:18:17 PM
They left out the most important part of the Mary Tyler Moore evolution: "You might just make it after all" became "You're gonna make it after all."
 
2013-01-30 02:19:13 PM
Checked for Game of Thrones, left satisfied.

I use the fact that it changes every time as an excuse, since it irritates mrs.jms, but, really, I want to watch it every time even if it didn't because:

a) the music
b) what I wouldn't do to have a wargaming table that did that.
 
2013-01-30 02:24:28 PM

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Is that first picture from a specific episode? I don't recall that being for any particular season.

/Phoenix episode?


Looks like a pastiche of the old Bonanza opening credits.
 
2013-01-30 02:38:16 PM
Let's not forget The Sopranos editing out the World Trade Center during Tony's commute home starting with the 2002 season opening credits.
 
2013-01-30 02:39:16 PM
What, no Weeds?
 
2013-01-30 02:45:05 PM

Rhaab: Babylon 5. That is all.



Susan Ivanova's voice over will always be my favorite:


The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace.

It failed.

But in the year of the Shadow War, it became something greater: our last, best hope - for victory.

The year is 2260. The place: Babylon 5.
 
2013-01-30 02:51:39 PM
Just about any TV show that runs more than a couple years has an opening sequence that changes due to cast turnover or changing cast looks or something like that.

I don't see what makes these few shows anymore special for having different intros than, say, Law and Order replacing cast members in the opening sequence.
 
2013-01-30 02:52:34 PM
The Drew Carey Show
 
2013-01-30 02:54:30 PM

FirstNationalBastard: I don't see what makes these few shows anymore special for having different intros than, say, Law and Order replacing cast members in the opening sequence.


And don't forget, the L&O theme changed from that tinny guitar played by some asshole who didn't know when to quit noodling to a smoother, deeper sound by a more restrained musician. I presumed it was to mark the passing of the torch from Michael Moriarty to Sam Waterston.
 
2013-01-30 02:57:53 PM

EyeballKid: FirstNationalBastard: I don't see what makes these few shows anymore special for having different intros than, say, Law and Order replacing cast members in the opening sequence.

And don't forget, the L&O theme changed from that tinny guitar played by some asshole who didn't know when to quit noodling to a smoother, deeper sound by a more restrained musician. I presumed it was to mark the passing of the torch from Michael Moriarty to Sam Waterston.


Actually, it was the year they switched from Dann Florek to Epatha Merkerson running the show that they cut down the intro from the 2 minute version to the nice, smooth 46 second version.
 
2013-01-30 02:59:17 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Just about any TV show that runs more than a couple years has an opening sequence that changes due to cast turnover or changing cast looks or something like that.


The article seems to be focusing on shows where the credits changed to reflect an actual development on the show, not just changing cast/hairstyles. I'm not familiar enough with most of those shows to know how good the list is, though.
 
2013-01-30 03:01:45 PM

FirstNationalBastard: EyeballKid: FirstNationalBastard: I don't see what makes these few shows anymore special for having different intros than, say, Law and Order replacing cast members in the opening sequence.

And don't forget, the L&O theme changed from that tinny guitar played by some asshole who didn't know when to quit noodling to a smoother, deeper sound by a more restrained musician. I presumed it was to mark the passing of the torch from Michael Moriarty to Sam Waterston.

Actually, it was the year they switched from Dann Florek to Epatha Merkerson running the show that they cut down the intro from the 2 minute version to the nice, smooth 46 second version.


Ah, so it was. Thanks for the enlightenment.

I had been watching a few early episodes this week and made the statement to a friend that whoever the guitarist was who played on that first version couldn't have possibly played it and not looked like an absolute tool; probably even did that schtick where they close their eyes and shake their head back and forth, like even they cannot comprehend the awesomeness they're playing.
 
2013-01-30 03:04:41 PM

someonelse: They left out the most important part of the Mary Tyler Moore evolution: "You might just make it after all" became "You're gonna make it after all."


+1

The lyrics from the first season.....

"How will you make it on your own,
this world is awfully big,
and girl this time you're all alone
we'll it's time you started living
time to let someone else do some giving...."

Subsequent seasons......

"Who can turn the world on with her smile,
who can take nothing day
and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile,
well it's you girl and you should know it,
with each glance and every little movement
you show it.......
 
2013-01-30 03:07:29 PM
I generally don't do this, but without South Park the list is a total fail. That show updates the opening scence every season.
 
2013-01-30 03:09:44 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-30 03:10:29 PM

JollyMagistrate: A lot of anime and one episode wester mini-series do it well by changing the opening each episode to foreshadow or catch up important details for the current episode, but it is very very expensive to do compared to using a premade filler opening that you can use to limit the amount of total air time needed.


I've seen some anime where they change the opening and closing credits every season -- seems pretty common in Japan. As I understand they also market the hell out of the soundtracks. Pretty good business model if you ask me.
 
2013-01-30 03:10:49 PM

someonelse: FirstNationalBastard: Just about any TV show that runs more than a couple years has an opening sequence that changes due to cast turnover or changing cast looks or something like that.

The article seems to be focusing on shows where the credits changed to reflect an actual development on the show, not just changing cast/hairstyles. I'm not familiar enough with most of those shows to know how good the list is, though.


Most of the instances they mention were because of changing cast, not some grand design.

X-Files, Happy Days, Petticoat Junction, and one other show were all updated because of cast changes.

The Simpsons was updated because of the move to 16x9 HD.

And the worst part of the article was the flowery prose written for the Dick Van Dyke Show's opening, when the reality was that CBS asked for something to be filmed to keep people interested from the beginning, so Carl Reiner, Sheldon Leonard, and Director John Rich decided to film the cast standing around while Rob comes home and trips over the ottoman. It was filmed in two minutes, and someone said "why not do one where he doesn't trip, so we can keep the audience guessing which one we'll use?", they took an extra two minutes to film that before going home.
 
2013-01-30 03:13:20 PM

Arkanaut: JollyMagistrate: A lot of anime and one episode wester mini-series do it well by changing the opening each episode to foreshadow or catch up important details for the current episode, but it is very very expensive to do compared to using a premade filler opening that you can use to limit the amount of total air time needed.

I've seen some anime where they change the opening and closing credits every season -- seems pretty common in Japan. As I understand they also market the hell out of the soundtracks. Pretty good business model if you ask me.


To be fair, some of those soundtracks are filled with some pretty good original music, instead of 90% licensed songs like most US show.

/love me some Yoko Kanno soundtracks
 
2013-01-30 03:14:10 PM
OH COME ON, NOW
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2013-01-30 03:38:20 PM

Rhaab: Babylon 5. That is all.


Dammit!! Dammit!!!

Beat me to it. List is a epic FAIL without B5.
 
2013-01-30 03:38:23 PM

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Is that first picture from a specific episode? I don't recall that being for any particular season.

/Phoenix episode?


I am almost positive it is the Phoenix episode.
 
2013-01-30 03:43:57 PM

Sybarite: Rhaab: Babylon 5. That is all.

Susan Ivanova's voice over will always be my favorite:


Agreed. They also changed from "The NAME of the place: Babylon 5" to just "The place: Babylon 5"....*much* better IMO.

Wasn't that the season where each character had one line in the opening?
 
2013-01-30 03:46:09 PM

ristst: Sybarite: Rhaab: Babylon 5. That is all.

Susan Ivanova's voice over will always be my favorite:

Agreed. They also changed from "The NAME of the place: Babylon 5" to just "The place: Babylon 5"....*much* better IMO.

Wasn't that the season where each character had one line in the opening?


Nah, "last, great hope for victory" was season 3, the one with everyone doing a line was 4.
 
2013-01-30 03:50:33 PM
WEEDS
 
2013-01-30 04:02:24 PM
I think Smallville changed its credits.
 
2013-01-30 04:06:38 PM
Came here to mention Fringe. Leaving satisdued.
 
2013-01-30 04:08:05 PM
Little boxes, on the hillside, little boxes made of tickey-tackey ...
 
2013-01-30 04:12:28 PM

ristst: Sybarite: Rhaab: Babylon 5. That is all.

Susan Ivanova's voice over will always be my favorite:

Agreed. They also changed from "The NAME of the place: Babylon 5" to just "The place: Babylon 5"....*much* better IMO.

Wasn't that the season where each character had one line in the opening?


Fourth Season.

Fifth Season was the best "the last four seasons in 60 seconds or less" without the use of a monotone snarky voiceover girl.
 
2013-01-30 04:16:42 PM
Well that was a pretty stupid article, almost every tv show that ran more than 1 season changed their opening credits at least once, would have been more interesting to look into shows that didn't change their opening.
 
2013-01-30 04:19:07 PM
This list is woefully incomplete.
 
2013-01-30 04:27:04 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-30 04:27:52 PM
No Growing Pains?
 
2013-01-30 05:03:35 PM
FullMetal Alchemist changed it's opening credits and opening music 4 times in 1 season.
 
2013-01-30 05:11:45 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-30 05:16:11 PM

Rhaab: Babylon 5 sucks. That is all.


Adjusted for truth
 
2013-01-30 05:25:24 PM

Last Man on Earth: ristst: Sybarite: Rhaab: Babylon 5. That is all.

Susan Ivanova's voice over will always be my favorite:

Agreed. They also changed from "The NAME of the place: Babylon 5" to just "The place: Babylon 5"....*much* better IMO.

Wasn't that the season where each character had one line in the opening?

Nah, "last, greatbest hope for victory" was season 3, the one with everyone doing a line was 4.


FTFY
 
2013-01-30 05:31:25 PM
Also, the inclusion of Sons of Anarchy in this article was stupid. They used some Dropkick Murphy's or whatever over the top of the regular theme song because...hey, the Sons are in Ireland! This was not innovative or interesting. And they changed the thing right back. I really was expecting to see the Drew Carey Show mentioned in here.

This one was my favorite...
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