What are the most memorable tv show openings?

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#1 Edited by uninspiredcup (25859 posts) -

The opening of tv shows are kind of like TV adverts in which they deliberately try to use images and sounds (particularly theme tunes) that stick in your mind, since you will be watching it over and over.

What are the most memorable for you? The show doesn't need to be good, we are specifically talking about the intro.

e.g. this show was shit, but had an awesome opening

For me it would probably be Quantum Leap, aside from being one of the best sci-fi shows made, it had an excellent intro with sexy concerned lady.

The leap... home
The leap... home

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#2 Edited by LostProphetFLCL (18526 posts) -

I am not going to embed so to avoid cluttering the topic. Here's my top 5 in no particular order:

The Returned

Rick and Morty (unfortunately can't find a good clip of this one. Instead I treat you to a great moment from the show)

Archer (also cannot find this. Getting irritated)

Walking Dead

Cowboy Bebop

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#3 Edited by lamprey263 (34847 posts) -


the various show line-ups of Disney Afternoon

Twilight Zone

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#4 Edited by Master_Live (18821 posts) -

Oh clutter I will:

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Great song plus the babes.

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Good song plus badass Lorenzo Lamas.

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Just listen to that tune.

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I never actually watch the series but it is a good song plus I always joke around with my brother imitating the short enter-start facing the camera-smile while their credits come up. Oh you bet I do.

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As you may or may not know in the criminal justice system...

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My man Will.

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Few intros have set the atmosphere of a series so well as this one.

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At first you are like, what the ****? Slowly but surely it grows on you.

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Earth is in trouble, Zordon can have any type of fighter he wants. What does he request? "Teenagers with attitude". Seems legit.

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The Greatest of All-Time.

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Cowabunga! These are my Turtles (comics are a different breed) not that monstrosity that Michael Bay is doing.

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Come on, say you don't like it.

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The original is pretty good too.

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Never actually saw the series (beyond my time) but one time came across of it and thought the song was excellent.

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Great guitar plus that thing where the good guys and the bad guys run into battle pumps you so much.

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In Spanish, the awesomeness can't be described.

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Another one in Spanish, Freakazoid is like the Seinfeld absurdity equivalent in cartoons.

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Wished you could understand the lyrics, don't know if they are exactly the same in Japanese/English.

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Great song.

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Da boss.

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Notice how the intros grew darker as the series went along. Plus the original good/bad guys run toward battle!

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#6 Posted by Ovirew (8195 posts) -

I think opening intros are kind of a lost art in modern television, but I understand that the reason they have gone away is because they take up too much airtime.

The best ones are usually openings that have a catchy tune, and explain briefly what the overall plot of the show is. I think Home Improvement kind of did that.

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#7 Posted by dave123321 (35347 posts) -

Liked six feet under

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#9 Edited by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

Sons of Anarchy


Saved by the Bell

Walking Dead



Knight Rider

Doogie Howser, MD

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#10 Posted by Detroit222 (5371 posts) -

Probably before your time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CtjhWhw2I8

The Control Voice:
There is nothing wrong with your television set.
Do not attempt to adjust the picture.
We are controlling transmission.
If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume.
If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper.
We can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity.
We will control the horizontal.
We will control the vertical.
For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear.
You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.

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#11 Edited by uninspiredcup (25859 posts) -

Law And Order is a good one. Very instantly recognizable theme. Whoever made the opening of that show done a great job.

Hill street blues as well actually. Before my time but we get re-runs. Super memorable theme. The music definably a huge part of a good intro.

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#12 Edited by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

Fresh Prince is unbeatable in my opinion. Pretty much all I can think of have been posted. Though not as popular as other intros here, I really like the intro to The Wire. The editing and sequencing gives such a clean run-down of the show's themes and concepts, and without directly referencing what happens in the show. Lots of symbolism, double-meanings, and it captures an ultra-nihilistic image of bleak city living. It also gives a very good "feel" on how rich the content is with social commentary and strong relatable themes. (I suppose someone already posted the Season 1, but I love the fact that there's a different intro for all seasons so I posted the compilation).

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These three set the tone just right.