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.
Flytravel From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 703 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2458 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.
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.
moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2145 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2410 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
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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