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Old November 6 2012, 04:13 AM   #1
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Great opening sequence

So over in the forum for Enterprise the opening sequence is regularly bashed and defended so I'm curious in general, what's your favorite TV opening sequence? The one that best captures the essense of, and sets the mood for the show? And I mean the whole of it; not "the song was great but the imagery was dumb" or vice versa.

I have to say "Sledge Hammer" or "Stargate Atlantis" get my vote for most appropriate opening to show relationship.
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Old November 6 2012, 05:56 AM   #2
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Re: Great opening sequence

I always liked the openings for the different seasons of Babylon 5.
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Old November 6 2012, 07:02 AM   #3
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Re: Great opening sequence

Stargate: SG1, Magnum, PI, PBS' Mystery, Deadwood, Dexter, Robot Chicken and The Simpsons are some to come immediately to mind.
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Old November 6 2012, 07:55 AM   #4
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Re: Great opening sequence

M*A*S*H has a very powerful intro, and it sets the mood very effectively. It's not entirely Representative of the show (at least in the earlier more comedic seasons) but I don't think it was inappropriate.

I also think those Mission Impossible montage intros were really slick.
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Old November 6 2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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Best original: The colour Emma Peel credits for The Avengers.

Best Lots-of-clips: The A-Team.
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Old November 6 2012, 10:01 AM   #6
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Re: Great opening sequence

Currently: Game of Thrones. I love that intro to bits.

Also: I liked the Enterprise-intro, B5 of course (esp seasons 3 and 4), Beauty and the Beast (the 1980's version), SG-1 (the syndication-version with the clips), MacGyver
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Old November 6 2012, 02:17 PM   #7
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Re: Great opening sequence

I agree on the Sledge Hammer opening. The X-Files was another one where I thought the music and visuals went together perfectly with the tone of the show.
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Old November 6 2012, 03:26 PM   #8
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Loved the nuBSG opening credits that included clips from the upcoming episode.
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Old November 6 2012, 04:13 PM   #9
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B5, seasons 3 and 5
Buffy
Angel
Firefly
Space: 1999
Mission: Impossible
Hawaii 5-0
Cowboy Bebop
Ghost in the Shell (both seasons)
The Addams Family
Gilligan's Island
The Jetsons
The Avengers (Steed and Emma)
Mannix

Lots more I can't think of right now.
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Old November 6 2012, 04:29 PM   #10
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Re: Great opening sequence

"Six Feet Under" and "True Blood" both have very artistic opening credit sequences, and they're great on their own terms, but I'm not entirely sure whether I'd call them representative of their series.
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Old November 6 2012, 04:46 PM   #11
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Old November 6 2012, 04:56 PM   #12
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Jonny Quest
Mighty Max
G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero
Stargate SG1
Battlestar Galactica TOS
Twilight Zone
Wonder Woman
The Six Million Dollar Man
Seven Days
Police Squad! (IN COLOR)
JAG
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
DALLAS
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Old November 6 2012, 04:57 PM   #13
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I really love the opening for Dexter. It's a great demonstration of how twisted ordinary things can look if you simply choose to see them that way, and how someone like Dexter sees the world all the time.
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Old November 6 2012, 05:13 PM   #14
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Re: Great opening sequence

I always thought the intro to The Equalizer set the stage very well.
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Old November 6 2012, 05:14 PM   #15
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In the City of Angels, under cover of Night
People are drowning in a sea of light...
The devil's holding your life on the line -
Angels are calling, praying for time!
Something's got to give - something's got to break -
Before it's too late - before it's too late!
AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN...




Awesomeness.


Can't forget Walker, Texas Ranger or Early Edition (particularly Gary's narration, though "Time Has Come Today" was excellent also)... I love how the Boston Legal intro bleeds in and out of the episodes' reality... Louie is great... TNG is classic (just recently discovered you can actually see people walking inside the ship during the final fly-by)... The Pacific's theme is heartbreaking, with beautiful visuals... Sledge Hammer! is indeed topping...
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