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The 10 Best TV Opening Title Sequences

By Kelly Conaboy / September 13, 2011 - 2:45 pm

Game of Thrones was nominated for thirteen Emmy nominations this year, and over the weekend it received an early Creative Arts Emmy for its opening title sequence. Great job! Although I have not watched the show, I hear people poke each other’s eyes in it?, I have watched the opening title sequence and it is very good. Opening title sequences are one of my favorite parts of TV shows because they look good, they usually have catchy songs, and don’t even get me started on the names, so I thought it would be COOL and FUN to talk about some of the best opening title sequences! My favorites tend to err on the side of stupid/embarrassing, so it would be helpful if anyone would point out any non-stupid/embarrassing opening titles I’m missing. Like, maybe The Wire has a good opening title sequence? I have honestly no idea. I have no idea if they even HAVE an opening credit sequence. Maybe it’s just a guy shouting “THE WIIIIIIREEEEEEEE” and then the show starts. Could be! Who knows. But here is the Game of Thrones title sequence, followed by my top ten:


Game of Thrones

Six Feet Under

I think I’ve watched every episode of Six Feet Under at least two times. What a depressing thought! But one thing that never gets old about it is THE OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE! It is by this guy, Danny Yount, who has also done title sequences for a million other TV shows and movies with great title sequences, like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Pushing Daisies, and Iron Man, and he is very good at his job. That is the only fact I know about any of these opening title sequences so enjoy it.

Luther

I have to admit that I haven’t really WATCHED Luther that much, but I do know of this title sequence and I do really like it and I know that Gabe likes Luther and can we all just pretend for one second that I like it too? Before I get back to the dumb stuff?

Freaks and Geeks

Just because something is going to make you groan at its inclusion doesn’t mean it’s not very very good, that’s what I have to say about this one.

The Sopranos

A classic. I feel like when this TV show was on, EVERYONE was always talking about how great the opening title sequence and song were. Even people who don’t normally bring up opening title sequences whenever they get a chance. Kind of like how when City of Angels was in theaters, people could not stop talking about how well the Goo Goo Doll’s song “Iris” fit with the movie. Even though they wrote the song AFTER they saw the movie? They literally wrote it about the movie. I don’t know why everyone was so impressed. But anyway, I think that’s pretty rare, right? Right? Hello?

Dead Like Me

A great thing about opening title sequences is that you can judge how GREAT they are while keeping that opinion completely removed from how you feel about the actual show. Like this one, for Dead Like Me. Though, I do like this show too so why don’t you just leave me alone about it.

Friday Night Lights

This particular opening sequence was kind of hard to find, as it seems NBC has removed it from everywhere on the Internet except this German website that I found this on. Boooooo. But, this is certainly a great opening. Great choice of music. Great choice of images. Great choice of show that comes on after them.

Twilight Zone

Doooyyyyyyyy.

Band of Brothers

DOOOOYYYYYYY.

True Blood

As we all know, True Blood is one of the worst things that we all had to watch because of Gabe’s recaps until the season ended last Sunday. But, as we all ALSO know, True Blood has a very good opening title sequence. Like I was saying about the Dead Like Me title sequence, it is easy to admit that this is great, while still knowing True Blood is the worst.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse

Every part of this is good — the song, the puppets, how GD long it is. This opening sequence and the opening sequence from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure are two of my favorites of all time. That guy just knows how to be in a good opening sequence that is embarrassing to express as your favorite because you don’t want to seem like you like it because it’s from your childhood, rather you like it because it’s actually just very good and fun and creative!

So, please, let me know what opening title sequences I missed. There is nothing I would rather talk about.