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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6380 posts, RR: 17
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

Back in the day, networks & producers seemed to take great interest in having a good opening theme, audio and visually



WHAT'S HAPPENING:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpBhrjfetkk

ONE DAY AT A TIME:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M82CUd6isyY

ALICE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wedrJdHGHFM

TAXI:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzhwx8aOO0A

THE FACTS OF LIFE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmgIXH4Bp9g

MAGNUM, PI:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBVHKwf5mSc

DALLAS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkCK8HB2Ouw

ANGIE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roEOCNPeALA

THE COSBY SHOW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioa0-cZAO6M

ROSEANNE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNmhyAlhTh4

CHICO & THE MAN:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXdYrERzrWg

MOD SQUAD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0-XrZoHj2k

CHARLIE'S ANGELS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCAdDBznfcY

FANTASY ISLAND:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwaEydIpS0E

HAPPY DAYS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM_jld_Hv2I

THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m4-Te1m7fY

SOAP:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSaNWYHmUvI

THE ROPERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hwbs68w_hI




But in the last 10 years or so, the intros are very short or there's practically none at all. Those that do show the cast, move very quickly

BLUE BLOODS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSHgsIT2EzU

8 SIMPLE RULES
For Dating My Teenage Daughter:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVtohuWX-6s

ACCORDING TO JIM:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7DV5gNxrco

SCRUBS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tOG3v_pnqE

HARRY'S LAW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOfrvEXCna8

LOST:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQDUtjwoaTY

THE B IN APT 23:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7qzhYNZkzU

COUGAR TOWN:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5AxKHKoTwc

HAPPY ENDINGS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTdYF2lYKlk

PAN AM:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0D4mc88pbE

HEROES:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bstv5Mko47Y

30 ROCK:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hdXA-yjSA4

CASTLE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESq7tUJbs88

MIKE & MOLLY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRnoFl9hmPI

LAST MAN STANDING:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsI0_X7cbSA

UGLY BETTY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_MQjophp_k

MR. SUNSHINE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht3uzKJCGSw

WHY IS THIS???
I think it sucks!

[Edited 2012-06-30 13:27:52]

[Edited 2012-06-30 13:34:01]


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
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User currently offlinepoLOT From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2122 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
WHY IS THIS???
I think it sucks!

There is more time allotted to commercials and less to the show nowadays (a typical half hour show is now only ~20-22mins). Better to spend what precious time they have now on story rather than several minutes on an intro.


User currently offlineFlytravel From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2911 times:

I think during the 90s, there was change going on and by the end of the decade and into 2000, the trend was to distance itself from the decades earlier and shows appear more modern, as is the case with every decade. Gone were the cheesy family shows on TGIF but instead family friendly 'Boy Meets World' and 'Sabrina' but kid focused and by the end of the decade and totally gone by 2000.

'Seinfeld' was probably the biggest hit in the '90s going with a simpler TV theme. However, 'Home Improvement' which was at one point early was close in ratings, had a more traditional theme like 'Roseanne' and even those two themes weren't like show themes from the 80's. I'm surprised that you put 'Roseanne' in the top list rather than the bottom list but maybe it was in the middle.

'Friends' had lyrics its in theme, but it was a pop song that wasn't created for the show.

It'd be cool for themes with lyrics or well done themes to come back in style again but I doubt it'd happen anytime soon. Anyways, in syndication, TV Land and other channels want to squeeze that time for more commercials.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6380 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

Quoting Flytravel (Reply 2):
I'm surprised that you put 'Roseanne' in the top list rather than the bottom list but maybe it was in the middle.

Well, it shows the actors' names and doesn't seem rushed......compare that to 30 Rock



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Hi!

Another couple to add to the top list:

The sitcom "Perfect Strangers". I used to love this show and it's theme song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vbnLYROCj8

"Alf" theme song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhFE4oxig04

It's not just tv theme songs though, the quality of film scoring in general has gone downhill quite a bit. There's very rarely any memorable original music in films and TV these days. I don't know why that is.

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

HBO still seems to care about proper title sequences, including decent musical themes.

I'd say that Game of Thrones is a rather impressive example of that:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7L2PVdrb_8


User currently offlineJetsgo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3080 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

This is really only half related to the topic on hand, but I came across Night Court the other day and realized I had forgotten how awesome their intro was:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIdOklcfdXk

Props to good ol Bill for the wonderful Saxophone work.



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User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2295 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Quoting poLOT (Reply 1):
There is more time allotted to commercials and less to the show nowadays (a typical half hour show is now only ~20-22mins). Better to spend what precious time they have now on story rather than several minutes on an intro.

Exactly. You get 30 seconds (if that) of music and titles, then they stretch the list of cast members over the first 5 minutes of the show.

A few to add to the list:

Where everybody know your name...
Opening credits:
Cheers
Full song:
Cheers

Maybe my favorite of them all - let's be careful out there...
Hill Street Blues



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13508 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2858 times:
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And let's not forget the single best opening title sequence in TV history...

http://youtu.be/vTK0hr5oAOk



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User currently offlinenorthstardc4m From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2990 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2831 times:
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There are a few off-network hit shows that certainly have real intro music:

Mad Men http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcRr-Fb5xQo
Boardwalk Empire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9DCLv_6e5c
The Walking Dead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phLVlvMKVi8

But then again there's Breaking Bad's near lack of opening...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1HNuAE9WdU

I don't think anything less of Breaking Bad for its short intro... still biting my nails in anticipation of the final season!

Pan Am should of had more of an opening IMHO, and they should of kept the FULL Dallas theme for the restart, but otherwise I'm fine with current show's openings.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15715 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
WHY IS THIS???

More time for content and commercials.

Quoting Flytravel (Reply 2):
'Friends' had lyrics its in theme, but it was a pop song that wasn't created for the show.

That's a second reason to get rid of them: if you use a "real" song the royalties add up.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):
HBO still seems to care about proper title sequences, including decent musical themes.

Of course they do. Since they have no commercials the extra time isn't an issue for them.

It bugs me that in the cut down half hour long Entourage episodes in syndication, they keep the full theme song. It's a good sequence, don't get me wrong, but I'd rather have an extra minute of show. I really like the full episodes Spike shows sometimes which are blocked for 35 or 40 minutes.



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User currently offlineStabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2810 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):
HBO still seems to care about proper title sequences, including decent musical themes.

I also think HBO did a nice job with the opening of Boardwalk Empire.



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User currently onlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 705 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

I used to LOVE the "Angie" theme song.

Another to the mix is "My Sister Sam"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYndidDMUG4


and don't forgot some of the 70s one such as
The Rookies (hot theme, poor graphics lol)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHYGEs5NPn0

Baretta
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRa9uhiAPBs

and even older, one of my faves:
the Big Valley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg3HcxYcbog


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2963 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

I've always liked Southland's theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBFFZ9CS8cc

Boardwalk Empire too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2y0lrvPnpU



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User currently offlinemodernart From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

No. 1 ALL TIME - ROCKFORD FILES (theme music only not actual opening sequence with answering machine)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d41cAOmcuxk

CHiPS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTDOLoDiOcg&feature=related

SANFORD AND SON
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WqazleR3FE


HAPPY DAYS (the original opening sequence)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w43rpXbJ1JQ

BJ AND THE BEAR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3GpxAyM6yc

[Edited 2012-06-30 17:34:12]

ABC's WORLD OF SPORTS*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7eN7RKJgyo

*Didn't think about sports until Longhorns's post


[Edited 2012-06-30 17:49:52]

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3277 posts, RR: 45
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2744 times:

ER, Law and Order, and Game of Thrones are my favorite non-sports TV themes. Another good ones is Firefly.

If you include sports, you have to go with NCAA on CBS, the older ABC College Football theme, NBC's Wimbledon themes, and the NFL on Fox. And of course the Olympics theme.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7571 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

Dallas and Hawaii Five-O are back !!!!

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 16):
Dallas and Hawaii Five-O are back !!!!

Hawaii Five-O has one of the greatest themes of all time; And both the old and the new one are excellent.


User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2669 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

ALL IN THE FAMILY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F9vRVyV914

THE JEFFERSONS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYcqToQzzGY

Two great classics.


User currently offlinekiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7107 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

What about the Big Bang Theory, it has a theme.

User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9770 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2580 times:
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Thanks for mentioning The Cosby Show! I loved that show (actually will still watch it every now and then). I was always a fan of the Seasons 6 and 7 intro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHC-YsXYTsg

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 4):
The sitcom "Perfect Strangers". I used to love this show and it's theme song!

Oh man, me too! That was my favorite sitcom when I was a kid.

"Standing tall, on the wings of my dreams....Rise and fall...."

Always loved that the opening credits showed Balky falling down right when they say "standing tall" (at least I think it was Balky....this is all from memory).

Quoting kiwirob (Reply 19):
What about the Big Bang Theory, it has a theme.

...which is probably the only good part of the show.....

Then there were the cartoon theme songs that I remember from when I was a kid:

TMNT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDQzALOH9iU
Ghostbusters (with, of course, due credit to Huey Lewis): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj7Wkfu7INU (I still want to cover that song someday)

Many others....



"Two and a Half Men" was filmed in front of a live ostrich.
User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Here's my personal favorite, from THE FALL GUY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmIsMzyohqM

User currently offlineGBLKD From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 21):
Here's my personal favorite, from THE FALL GUY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmIsM...yohqM

I see your Fall Guy (one of my favourite shows when I was growing up btw) and raise you the show from my childhood which I guess has shaped my "career"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3GpxAyM6yc

I don't have a chimpanzee though

[Edited 2012-07-01 09:19:04]

User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3829 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
CHICO & THE MAN:

One of my favorites, sang by Jose Feliciano. Another one is "Welcome Back" from Welcome Back Kotter, composed and sang by John Sebastian.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPaed8I3V1A



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User currently offlinealberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2911 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

These are from the 2 best tv shows of the last 15 years .......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVL0GBunw0A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_PVEwzDFdo

[Edited 2012-07-01 09:41:45]


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25 Post contains links and images SmittyOne : I loved this show as a kid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdFN6agkNnQ&feature=related What this entire thread is telling me is that there was a t
26 Post contains images Klaus : …or as kids we've just had somewhat lower standards then, and were more easily entertained…!
27 moose135 : It's just that now, that same number of good shows get spread across 497 channels, so they have to fill in with dreck...
28 Post contains links SmittyOne : Haha, to some degree true on both! I clearly recall watching bowling!! Sorry to take us off topic a bit...here's another intro theme I liked: http://
29 rfields5421 : The limited amount of time for 'good shows' did seem to concentrate more good ones together. Failure rates of new shows were still high - but network
30 yfbflyer : half hour shows were 22.5 minutes but now some are down to 18min run time with out comercials. With the time pressure most shows have cut down the the
31 Post contains links 2707200X : Here are some good ones T.J. Hooker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp54qwhqmFY&feature=related The Love Boat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icAwcB
32 Post contains links garnetpalmetto : I don't think things are quite as bad in recent years as OP thinks. For instance, I think The Wire did a great job with its opening titles/theme, espe
33 Post contains links GrahamHill : Weeds had for the first 2 seasons (if I remember correctly) a nice theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8StRAJCork But after they changed it to a te
34 Post contains links and images Superfly : Those are all wonderful theme songs. What you pointed out is a problem with music across the board. Music from that era was better as well so as a re
35 Post contains links ER757 : Two great shows, two great theme songs WKRP in Cincinnati: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4go-tz1m_TY Barney Miller: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox
36 Post contains links NSMike : I loved the intro and outro to "Untamed World". Music by Mort Garson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU3zAQ_eTPs The intro is the first minute or so a
37 Post contains links TheCol : I can't believe you guys forgot the best theme of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVonyVSQoM I really like these themes from recent shows: -
38 Post contains links Superfly : This is the proper Barney Miller theme from the early seasons. Keep in mind, this taping is a rerun and was some 10 years after the original broadcas
39 autothrust : This was a amazing show. I miss it, Both actors were incredible.
40 garnetpalmetto : I forgot to include House in mine mainly because I knew it as "Teardrop" before it got used by the show. I do love me some Massive Attack.
41 Post contains links garnetpalmetto : In honor/memory of his death today: "The Andy Griffith Show" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUERL6ITsAE "Matlock" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S
42 zippyjet : One of the worst themes (at least in my humble opinion) These days, it seems CBS has the most of them: Big Bang Theory (hatoraide) Bare (Gay Naked La
43 Post contains links PHLBOS : You forgot Person of Interest, while the themesong is somewhat muted over Finch's (Michael Emerson) narration, it's there. http://www.youtube.com/wat
44 Superfly : Thanks for the clarification. Seasons 6 through 8 had the best intro. That is just insaine!
45 Post contains links Confuscius : Love, American Style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNHuI0Pw0m8
46 zippyjet : One of the worst shows on TV. It's so trite and dated. And the theme song was as lame. One of my favorite TV themes was the Bill Cosby/Robert Culp I
47 PHLBOS : Bold emphasis added: I should've worded my earlier post more clearer. The intro you posted was indeed from Seasons 6 through 8; but the theme was firs
48 Post contains links 727LOVER : THE WHITE SHADOW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhlUvVxbd24 SPENSER FOR HIRE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY3xEJ4RxcA FULL HOUSE: http://www.youtu
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