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What is the best TV show opening ever, based on music and the actual filmed content?

I am pretty sure nothing is better than the first season opening of Laverne and Shirley.

The factory shots are so depressing, played against the upbeat music.

And the two of them standing there as 100 bottles of beer go by is an amazing shot.

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by Anonymousreply 261November 29, 2022 12:41 PM

MTM

by Anonymousreply 1November 14, 2022 10:01 PM

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by Anonymousreply 2November 14, 2022 10:04 PM

On Datalounge there is only one answer to that question.

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by Anonymousreply 3November 14, 2022 10:05 PM

The Jeffersons

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by Anonymousreply 4November 14, 2022 10:06 PM

The Datalounge runner-up to Angie.

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by Anonymousreply 5November 14, 2022 10:07 PM

The jazzy opening score by Hoyt Curtain and the exciting imagery by Doug Wildey for Jonny Quest.

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by Anonymousreply 6November 14, 2022 10:29 PM

this was good, esp given the lyrics of the song

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by Anonymousreply 7November 14, 2022 10:34 PM

Room 222

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by Anonymousreply 8November 14, 2022 10:43 PM

The White Lotus

The Sopranos

by Anonymousreply 9November 14, 2022 10:46 PM

The Sopranos, good pick

by Anonymousreply 10November 14, 2022 10:50 PM

Grand sweeping theme, everybody dressed to the nines, a mansion that looked like money and the original twirl.

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by Anonymousreply 11November 14, 2022 10:51 PM

"The Shining" (1981 - 1988)

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by Anonymousreply 12November 14, 2022 10:53 PM

One For the Road

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by Anonymousreply 13November 14, 2022 10:58 PM

Hawaii 5-O, the original one.

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by Anonymousreply 14November 14, 2022 11:03 PM

[quote] On Datalounge there is only one answer to that question.

FIFY. (See below.)

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by Anonymousreply 15November 14, 2022 11:07 PM

Charlie’s Angels season 4 starring Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, David Doyle AND SHELLEY HACK!!

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by Anonymousreply 16November 14, 2022 11:07 PM

Actually, this one's better, esp. at the 30 second mark where Jack Lord spins around to face the camera with his "Blue Steel" stare.

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by Anonymousreply 17November 14, 2022 11:08 PM

A personal favorite. But considering the starring actor, it could have been called "Lotsa Dick."

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by Anonymousreply 18November 14, 2022 11:09 PM

Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!

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by Anonymousreply 19November 14, 2022 11:10 PM

The Bionic Woman starring the incandescent Lindsay Wagner!!!

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by Anonymousreply 20November 14, 2022 11:13 PM

And there's

MAUDE

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by Anonymousreply 21November 14, 2022 11:13 PM

Nothing beats the original Hawaii Five-O.

by Anonymousreply 22November 14, 2022 11:17 PM

Space 1999 starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain!

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by Anonymousreply 23November 14, 2022 11:18 PM

Wonder Woman season 1 starring Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner.

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by Anonymousreply 24November 14, 2022 11:20 PM

Hart to Hart

"Because when they met... it was MURDER"

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by Anonymousreply 25November 14, 2022 11:20 PM

The opening number to “Phyllis” was a hat tip to Jerry Herman’s “Hello Dolly,” with an unexpected insult to Phyllis at the end. I thought it was a brilliant opening.

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by Anonymousreply 26November 14, 2022 11:21 PM

Eight Is Enough

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by Anonymousreply 27November 14, 2022 11:24 PM

Alice season 6 sung by the incandescent Linda Lavin

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by Anonymousreply 28November 14, 2022 11:24 PM

Well it sure wasn't this, even though I'd love to vote for a gurl.

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by Anonymousreply 29November 14, 2022 11:25 PM

Means I got to stay up late..

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by Anonymousreply 30November 14, 2022 11:25 PM

Starsky & Hutch for the clip around 1:10.

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by Anonymousreply 31November 14, 2022 11:26 PM

Greatest American Hero

The full length version is better but for this thread I figured it's only appropriate to post the television version of the song.

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by Anonymousreply 32November 14, 2022 11:26 PM

A (forgotten?) icon.

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by Anonymousreply 33November 14, 2022 11:27 PM

Munsters

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by Anonymousreply 34November 14, 2022 11:31 PM
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by Anonymousreply 35November 14, 2022 11:33 PM

Fag + Dyke + Bathtub =

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by Anonymousreply 36November 14, 2022 11:36 PM

Mama’s Family

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by Anonymousreply 37November 14, 2022 11:36 PM

Mod Squad

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by Anonymousreply 38November 14, 2022 11:36 PM

Cagney & Lacey

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by Anonymousreply 39November 14, 2022 11:37 PM

The Ghost And Mrs. Muir

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by Anonymousreply 40November 14, 2022 11:39 PM

Hold me closer Tony Danza

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by Anonymousreply 41November 14, 2022 11:40 PM

Kate & Allie

Just when you can finger your twat your friend joins in

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by Anonymousreply 42November 14, 2022 11:40 PM

The Gold Standard

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by Anonymousreply 43November 14, 2022 11:41 PM

bitches b slippin

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by Anonymousreply 44November 14, 2022 11:42 PM

The Sex Boat

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by Anonymousreply 45November 14, 2022 11:42 PM

How many openings inspired millions of gay boys to practice racing down a spiral staircase (whenever they happened to find one) and act delighted to see someone?

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by Anonymousreply 46November 14, 2022 11:43 PM

My Sister Sam

Starring Pam Dawber and Rebecca Schaeffer

Song by Kim Carnes!!!

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by Anonymousreply 47November 14, 2022 11:47 PM

Just when you think you can take off your pants and flick your bean, you can’t

by Anonymousreply 48November 14, 2022 11:50 PM

The Brady Bunch

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by Anonymousreply 49November 14, 2022 11:51 PM

LOL R46

by Anonymousreply 50November 14, 2022 11:51 PM

The Addams Family.

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by Anonymousreply 51November 15, 2022 12:05 AM

227

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by Anonymousreply 52November 15, 2022 12:10 AM

Am I the only on who can’t get enough of this?

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by Anonymousreply 53November 15, 2022 12:21 AM

Or this?

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by Anonymousreply 54November 15, 2022 12:23 AM

This one makes me wanna go-go dance

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by Anonymousreply 55November 15, 2022 12:47 AM

Batman: The Animated Series

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by Anonymousreply 56November 15, 2022 12:51 AM

I think it's weird how the Angie intros are so food involved and also was a little whipped cream canister bit really that funny that they had to reshoot it for the second version.

by Anonymousreply 57November 15, 2022 12:53 AM

[quote]The opening number to “Phyllis” was a hat tip to Jerry Herman’s “Hello Dolly,” with an unexpected insult to Phyllis at the end. I thought it was a brilliant opening.

No, the song was a hat tip to "Mame," and the visuals were an homage to "The Wild Wild West."

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by Anonymousreply 58November 15, 2022 1:01 AM

Bitches, please.... no one sings like Charlotte Rae... thread closed.

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by Anonymousreply 59November 15, 2022 1:09 AM

R59 she looked great after losing weight into the second season.

Anyone else remember this? I’m not Canadian but I think TBS ran it in the late 80s.

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by Anonymousreply 60November 15, 2022 1:16 AM

I think it's time to develop a joint understanding of what we mean when we say what is the [italic]best[/italic] TV show opening ever, [italic]based on music[/italic] and [italic] the actual filmed content[/italic]?

by Anonymousreply 61November 15, 2022 1:21 AM

True Blood and Six Feet Under were both exceptional.

by Anonymousreply 62November 15, 2022 1:23 AM

CPW: Season 1

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by Anonymousreply 63November 15, 2022 1:31 AM

Cracking stuff

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by Anonymousreply 64November 15, 2022 1:31 AM

I loved the opening of each episode of Transparent. To me, it was a great Jewish story, told in serial form. I liked the second season best.

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by Anonymousreply 65November 15, 2022 1:33 AM

The Jeffersons. “Weh-hell, were movin’ on up!”

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by Anonymousreply 66November 15, 2022 1:42 AM

Here Come the Brides. 1968. Purely for the theme song. I can still recall it now I am in my 60s.

The show confirmed I was gay. Robert Brown, David Soul and Bobby Sherman as the three brothers, a visual treat. Robert Brown died two months ago at the age of 95.

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by Anonymousreply 67November 15, 2022 1:45 AM

If we're considering shows from this century, I absolutely adore the opening of the new Interview with A Vampire AMC series.

by Anonymousreply 68November 15, 2022 2:06 AM

I can't believe no one has mentioned That Girl

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by Anonymousreply 69November 15, 2022 2:14 AM

The best of the current shows. Sure, it completely rips off the opening credits from the movies "The Game" and "All Good Things", but I don't care -- it still slaps.

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by Anonymousreply 70November 15, 2022 2:18 AM

Now all we need is for Pluto TV to take note of this thread and to create a station called "Bitchy gays' favorite theme songs." (minus the pretentious Succession).

by Anonymousreply 71November 15, 2022 2:21 AM

The Peacemaker opening sequence is a lot of fun.

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by Anonymousreply 72November 15, 2022 2:28 AM

R58 has the original WWW opening where James West punches the dagger-wielding gal. *BOOM* I guess viewers didn’t like that so later years had the girl swooning from James’ kiss and leaning against a wall….no punch.

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by Anonymousreply 73November 15, 2022 2:29 AM

Some of these shows suggested were videotaped and not filmed.

by Anonymousreply 74November 15, 2022 2:30 AM

Come on now. We'll have a gay old time!

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by Anonymousreply 75November 15, 2022 2:34 AM

The Banana Splits. The Waltons.

by Anonymousreply 76November 15, 2022 2:36 AM

The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show

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by Anonymousreply 77November 15, 2022 2:39 AM

Party of Five

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by Anonymousreply 78November 15, 2022 2:40 AM

Perhaps the only TV show opening that gave me an instant erection.

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by Anonymousreply 79November 15, 2022 2:43 AM

Pete and Pete

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by Anonymousreply 80November 15, 2022 2:45 AM

I always get emotional hearing the Family Ties theme. It brings me back to childhood, but I’m not exactly sure why this particular theme does.

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by Anonymousreply 81November 15, 2022 2:52 AM

Exotic and urbane.

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by Anonymousreply 82November 15, 2022 2:54 AM

The show that had everything!

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by Anonymousreply 83November 15, 2022 2:56 AM

Welcome Back Kotter for visual because I was spend part of my childhood in this area.

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by Anonymousreply 84November 15, 2022 2:56 AM

Spent^

by Anonymousreply 85November 15, 2022 2:58 AM

"Depressing?" Really?

by Anonymousreply 86November 15, 2022 3:01 AM

[quote] I always get emotional hearing the Family Ties theme. It brings me back to childhood, but I’m not exactly sure why this particular theme does.

A big MARY on the Family Ties theme.

by Anonymousreply 87November 15, 2022 3:01 AM

The Prisoner.

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by Anonymousreply 88November 15, 2022 3:04 AM

Remington Steele, Seasons 1 & 2 (only).

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by Anonymousreply 89November 15, 2022 3:05 AM
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by Anonymousreply 90November 15, 2022 3:06 AM

The Avengers, series 5 opening (1967)

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by Anonymousreply 91November 15, 2022 3:11 AM

You knew it was going to be a great night of entertainment when this music started.

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by Anonymousreply 92November 15, 2022 3:13 AM

Lost In Space -season three. Young John Williams at his best!

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by Anonymousreply 93November 15, 2022 3:15 AM

Green Acres

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by Anonymousreply 94November 15, 2022 3:15 AM

Grand and sweeping, my ass R11.

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by Anonymousreply 95November 15, 2022 3:16 AM

Land of the Giants (Season 1) Another Johnny Williams...

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by Anonymousreply 96November 15, 2022 3:16 AM

The Avengers, series 4 opening is just as good. The closing credits are included.

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by Anonymousreply 97November 15, 2022 3:18 AM

For me it’s MASH and Hawaii 50. My parents forced us to go to bed at 8 pm and I would listen to the opening theme of these shows as I fell asleep. All In The Family too. How has that not been mentioned?

by Anonymousreply 98November 15, 2022 3:19 AM

Here's another version of the Land of the Giants opener -split screen with both the first and second season visual (first season theme).

Did any other show have such a hot cast? Gary Conway, Don Matheson, Don Marshall...

by Anonymousreply 99November 15, 2022 3:20 AM

Emma, you still slay me.

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by Anonymousreply 100November 15, 2022 3:21 AM

*Ahem*

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by Anonymousreply 101November 15, 2022 3:22 AM

What’s the matter with you people? This should have been top of the list.

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by Anonymousreply 102November 15, 2022 3:24 AM

I, Claudius opening credits

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by Anonymousreply 103November 15, 2022 3:26 AM

Kath and Kim

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by Anonymousreply 104November 15, 2022 3:29 AM

60 non-stop minutes across the tracks of your mind!

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by Anonymousreply 105November 15, 2022 3:30 AM

X-Files. This premiered when I was in 5th grade and I would watch it in my room and turn the lights off during the opening credits to make it extra spooky.

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by Anonymousreply 106November 15, 2022 3:34 AM

Ducktales

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by Anonymousreply 107November 15, 2022 3:36 AM

Airwolf for sure. The opening shot of Airwolf rising up and hovering while the screaming type music plays was so badass. Looks like a shark.

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by Anonymousreply 108November 15, 2022 3:39 AM

Our Viv just sat back, shook her head and said, “Jesus, take the wheel!”

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by Anonymousreply 109November 15, 2022 3:40 AM

Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It perfectly summarizes what the show is about.

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by Anonymousreply 110November 15, 2022 3:43 AM

When it comes to witty lyrics, Mr Ed is among the top 10.

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by Anonymousreply 111November 15, 2022 3:44 AM

Ultimate "Love Boat" Intro - Every Guest Star Ever (Almost)!!

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by Anonymousreply 112November 15, 2022 3:58 AM

R5 well yeah when those two beat the Jefferson’s or Laverne & Shirley you know the DL is just a little bit…skewed.

by Anonymousreply 113November 15, 2022 4:00 AM

Rhoda Season 4. Season 5 was fine until the sax came in.

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by Anonymousreply 114November 15, 2022 4:01 AM

My first crush on an older man. Friday nights my dad watched this.

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by Anonymousreply 115November 15, 2022 4:03 AM

Still makes me smile and sing along

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by Anonymousreply 116November 15, 2022 4:13 AM

The opening monologue in Sonny and Cher, where Sonny makes fun of Cher's nose and Cher makes fun of Sonny's shortness.

by Anonymousreply 117November 15, 2022 4:15 AM

^ Whoops

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by Anonymousreply 118November 15, 2022 4:17 AM

R114, Seriously? Rhoda, Season FOUR, but not season 5?

by Anonymousreply 119November 15, 2022 4:21 AM

R41 I never realized (the less talented) Susan Saint James was billed first. I thought they did a Laverne & Shirley /cheers thing.

by Anonymousreply 120November 15, 2022 4:35 AM

Baywatch. I don’t even like the beach and this made me want to go to a California beach.

Newmie was my favorite lifeguard.

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by Anonymousreply 121November 15, 2022 4:36 AM

Best ever.

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by Anonymousreply 122November 15, 2022 4:37 AM

Game of thrones

by Anonymousreply 123November 15, 2022 4:37 AM

True Blood. Kind of a long intro, but it captured the environment the show took place in- Southern, church, racists, poor people, dead things, skanky dancing, humid weather, etc.

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by Anonymousreply 124November 15, 2022 4:45 AM

Get Smart

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by Anonymousreply 125November 15, 2022 4:51 AM

This is the best.

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by Anonymousreply 126November 15, 2022 4:54 AM

I never liked the show but I love the Bob Newhart opening, especially how the music takes a melancholic turn.

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by Anonymousreply 127November 15, 2022 4:56 AM

One Life to Live

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by Anonymousreply 128November 15, 2022 5:10 AM

I'm surprised that no one's mentioned the original "The Equalizer." Damn, that man was so fine.

So many good shows mentioned. What a great thread.

by Anonymousreply 129November 15, 2022 5:23 AM

I really miss Newhart. That fine buttoned down mind. What a wizard.

Okay, back to the topic at hand.

by Anonymousreply 130November 15, 2022 5:29 AM

Dave Koz & the mid-1990s "Faces of the Heart" opening to General Hospital. (best update/reimagining of a soap theme/opening, ever)

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by Anonymousreply 131November 15, 2022 5:35 AM

From Season #01…

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by Anonymousreply 132November 15, 2022 5:43 AM

"Fame," season 1 opening credits:

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by Anonymousreply 133November 15, 2022 5:43 AM

I'm partial to this one, myself.

The Good Fight

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by Anonymousreply 134November 15, 2022 5:44 AM

She had style! She had flair! She was there!

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by Anonymousreply 135November 15, 2022 5:44 AM

CBS series from the 1977–78 television season (finished in the Top 30!)…

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by Anonymousreply 136November 15, 2022 5:45 AM

Vanderpump Rules, Seasons 1 & 2.

by Anonymousreply 137November 15, 2022 5:48 AM

Twin Peaks.

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by Anonymousreply 138November 15, 2022 5:49 AM

… “In a ’90s kind world”

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by Anonymousreply 139November 15, 2022 5:50 AM

R33 Police Woman, for sure! That intro from had Styles in the pimp mobile with the sunroof opening, and was overall better, but the original seaon 1 opening had Pepper as the flight attendant. The music is just haunting and great.

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by Anonymousreply 140November 15, 2022 5:57 AM

I'm amazed no one has put this, one of the classiest and musically fine openings to a tv show, "Chico and the Man" sung by Jose Feliciano! I still get sad thinking about the early demise of Freddie Prinze though. It's a wonderful song.

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by Anonymousreply 141November 15, 2022 6:05 AM

R131 wow, 1994 is when I started watching GH and I remember that opening like it was yesterday. Even though I was the same age as Lucky Spencer, I had a big crush on Ned Quartermaine for some reason. Sonny and Ricky Martin look good in these credits.

by Anonymousreply 142November 15, 2022 6:06 AM

Little known or remembered, but a winner if just for the inclusion of each episode's guest stars! (starting @ :31)

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by Anonymousreply 143November 15, 2022 6:08 AM

R140 the first part of that theme seems like it belongs in a classic Nintendo 8-bit video game. I like it.

by Anonymousreply 144November 15, 2022 6:08 AM

What is wrong with you people? Though Dynasty’s& Lost in Space’s intros gave me the goosebumps, nothing gave me the sheer elation that this did every Saturday at 9.

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by Anonymousreply 145November 15, 2022 6:08 AM

Star Trek Voyager had the best of the Trek opening themes.

Also, in the OP's Laverne and Shirley theme, that's a hot sailor Laverne is dancing with. Wonder if he was staying at the local YMCA where he met up with a certain boxer/dancer (*wink, wink*).

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by Anonymousreply 146November 15, 2022 6:13 AM

I didn’t like the GG intro. Thank You for Being a Friend was already a popular song, sung by a man. I can understand wanting a woman’s voice, but whoever the singer was, she was awful.

by Anonymousreply 147November 15, 2022 6:13 AM

Rawhide. Great theme and it was a filmed opening, not clips. Meets the criteria (this opening does anyway).

Gil Favor was a hot trail boss.

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by Anonymousreply 148November 15, 2022 6:18 AM
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by Anonymousreply 149November 15, 2022 6:27 AM

Facts

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by Anonymousreply 150November 15, 2022 6:33 AM

The original Charlie's Angels, season 1. Featuring the woman that co-created this iconic show, Kate Jackson, and her friends Farrah Fawcett Majors and Jaclyn Smith. Iconic!

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by Anonymousreply 151November 15, 2022 6:40 AM

This is too much.

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by Anonymousreply 152November 15, 2022 6:46 AM

For R142....the entire mid-late 1990s Faces of the Heart "collection" as characters came & went (or grew up).

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by Anonymousreply 153November 15, 2022 6:48 AM

Given Thanksgiving Day is next week … I am thinking of the “Turkeys Away” episode from one of the best opening theme music in the history of U.S. television series.

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by Anonymousreply 154November 15, 2022 6:51 AM

One of the best of the 90s.

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by Anonymousreply 155November 15, 2022 6:56 AM

Early in life / important show

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by Anonymousreply 156November 15, 2022 7:11 AM

Bar bay Jones was a good one. Go to :27 if you’re a Mark Shera fan.

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by Anonymousreply 157November 15, 2022 7:33 AM

Bar bay? Seriously? Spellcheck needs to fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 158November 15, 2022 7:35 AM

Police Squad! (in color)

The Special Guest Star always bit the dust during the opening credits & the title card never matched the voice-over.

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by Anonymousreply 159November 15, 2022 7:57 AM

Haunting theme

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by Anonymousreply 160November 15, 2022 8:04 AM

The "Hart to Hart" intro, remade by Adam Scott and Amy Poehler.

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by Anonymousreply 161November 15, 2022 8:09 AM

Twin Peaks, obviously

by Anonymousreply 162November 15, 2022 8:10 AM

The Muppet Show

Sanford and Son

by Anonymousreply 163November 15, 2022 9:03 AM

Cheers

by Anonymousreply 164November 15, 2022 9:20 AM

I always loved this show and these were my favourite credits.

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by Anonymousreply 165November 15, 2022 9:26 AM

Imagine if you will…

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by Anonymousreply 166November 15, 2022 9:35 AM

Dante's Cove, of course.

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by Anonymousreply 167November 15, 2022 9:38 AM

Any love for Thomas Jane’s ass?

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by Anonymousreply 168November 15, 2022 11:20 AM

Thought this version of the Knots opening tiled montage was the best. The theme was at its most contemporary (at the time) and it was a great showcase of both the actors and the sweeping scope of the series.

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by Anonymousreply 169November 15, 2022 11:35 AM

Agree R65

Transparent was the Jewy-est show on TV ever in that while the characters were not religious, their lives revolved around the Jewish holidays and there was an entire season set in Israel. The trans stuff was in many ways secondary sort of "Crazy Jewish family finds out father is trans."

by Anonymousreply 170November 15, 2022 12:08 PM

WHET Thomas Jane btw?

And that was a great opening

by Anonymousreply 171November 15, 2022 12:08 PM

The coziest opening theme ever. You just wanted to relax and enjoy the show.

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by Anonymousreply 172November 15, 2022 12:22 PM

THE PATTY DUKE SHOW

by Anonymousreply 173November 15, 2022 12:24 PM

Petticoat Junction.

As a kid I thought it was Steve Minor singing.

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by Anonymousreply 174November 15, 2022 12:32 PM

Family Affair's sparkly opening and music deserves an honorable mention.

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by Anonymousreply 175November 15, 2022 12:34 PM

HBO almost always featured amazing title sequences. Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Rome, Carnivale, The Wire, Big Love, Game Of Thrones, Deadwood, etc. Stunning stuff.

And the aforementioned Twin Peaks and The Muppet Show. One promised something sinister and mysterious. The other promised pure joy.

by Anonymousreply 176November 15, 2022 12:36 PM

Who can forget this earworm, and to seven year old me it was magical, even if looking at it now it probably cost 55 dollars and change to make.

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by Anonymousreply 177November 15, 2022 12:59 PM

Watching the intro to Phyllis I couldn’t help noticing a lot of the scenes were from MTM. I’ve never noticed another spinoff using scenes from the original show like that.

by Anonymousreply 178November 15, 2022 1:02 PM

Crime Story, one of the most underrated tv shows ever.

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by Anonymousreply 179November 15, 2022 1:08 PM

The FUCK is wrong with you people?

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by Anonymousreply 180November 15, 2022 1:10 PM

The Drew Carey Show

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by Anonymousreply 181November 15, 2022 1:11 PM

I never got past the opening and/or the first few minutes of Laverne and Shirley. Unless I came in on it in the middle, sometimes. What a dumb show, moronic.

by Anonymousreply 182November 15, 2022 1:13 PM

This is all 6 seasons. This STILL gives me goosebumps.

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by Anonymousreply 183November 15, 2022 1:15 PM

Always amazing how Eldergays can remember show openings from 50 or 60 years ago.

By today's standards, so many of them, like the one at OP, seem like SNL parodies of old timey sitcom intros.

by Anonymousreply 184November 15, 2022 1:17 PM

1. The intro to David Milch's "John From Cincinnati" had the best music - Joe Strummer's (ex-Clash) "Johnny Appleseed"

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by Anonymousreply 185November 15, 2022 1:20 PM

2. Game of Thrones had the best graphic treatment and made that a thing

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by Anonymousreply 186November 15, 2022 1:21 PM

My favorite openings were: The Jetsons (Meet George Jetson...), Green Acres (You are my wife. Goodbye, city life!), The Bugs Bunny Show (Overture, hit the lights, this is it, the night of nights...), The Van Dyke Show, with Dick tripping over the ottoman...Flipper (The call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning...).

R174 To this day I still sing, "And here's Uncle Joe, he's moving kinda slow, at the junction...Petticoat--Juction!" Too bad countrified shows were all axed in the "Rural Purge." I loved them, as a kid.

by Anonymousreply 187November 15, 2022 1:21 PM

3. Bojack Horseman has the best end credit song by Grouplove

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by Anonymousreply 188November 15, 2022 1:22 PM

Every Another World opening from 1987-1996. It starts at 0:19.

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by Anonymousreply 189November 15, 2022 1:26 PM

The Beverly Hillbillies

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by Anonymousreply 190November 15, 2022 1:26 PM

R182 I've recently started to watch it on Pluto TV. I have no memory of it except the theme. I can definitely see how it's considered bad. HOWEVER, taking into consideration that it aired in FUCKING 1976, you really have to lower expectations. As you have to do with most shit from that era. I don't know...I laugh several times during an episode and give them credit for their "stunts."

That theme song is so GODDAMN anthemic especially considering most of them are dead. When Laverne puts that glove on the beer bottle and waves goodbye at it, I feel it a little in me bones.

by Anonymousreply 191November 15, 2022 1:28 PM

AMEN theme song

Underrated show

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by Anonymousreply 192November 15, 2022 1:29 PM

Most of these shows are not on any of the retro channels. What's up with that? I don't know how that works, but who wouldn't watch a channel dedicated to 80s nighttime soaps? OR obscure 70-80s comedies.

I mean...FUCK six hours of Walker Texas Ranger.

by Anonymousreply 193November 15, 2022 1:33 PM

[quote]Always amazing how Eldergays can remember show openings from 50 or 60 years ago.

I can't imagine why this is so "always amazing" to you youngergays. 50 or 60 years ago, we didn't have 90% of the entertainment options you have today, so yes, there we were, our then-babygay asses propped up in front of the television night after night. But there is something I remember that amazes me: the year and model of General Motors cars from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, in particular the various Chevrolets.

by Anonymousreply 194November 15, 2022 1:35 PM

As child, kaleidoscope Lucy was almost as mesmerizing as the "Here's Lucy" doll.

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by Anonymousreply 195November 15, 2022 1:54 PM

The Monkees. Loved these zany guys.

Mike was my favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 196November 15, 2022 1:59 PM

Mad Men. The ending beat when don is sitting in the chair is dope.

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by Anonymousreply 197November 15, 2022 2:23 PM

Downton Abbey. I like the music.

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by Anonymousreply 198November 15, 2022 3:12 PM

[quote] WHET Thomas Jane btw?

Carved out a career in B movies.

by Anonymousreply 199November 15, 2022 3:34 PM

No one's mentioned "Dallas?" Its opening clearly inspired "Dynasty's" and "Falcon Crest's."

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by Anonymousreply 200November 15, 2022 3:39 PM

Next to Peter Gunn......linked above.....there was this

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by Anonymousreply 201November 15, 2022 4:07 PM

R177, but the uncle (Jack?) in season 2 made the nascent gayling in me feel "funny" down there. 😉

by Anonymousreply 202November 15, 2022 4:35 PM

Of course there's this. At least it's not depressing.

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by Anonymousreply 203November 15, 2022 4:47 PM

Screwdriver?

by Anonymousreply 204November 15, 2022 5:52 PM

ER

For Christmas 1996, when I was 12, my mom got me an ER shirt with the image from the credits of Carter leaning against the stethoscope on his forehead. It’s around 40 seconds in at the link.

I still have that shirt.

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by Anonymousreply 205November 15, 2022 6:15 PM

This usually makes me feel good. Back then and to this day. Love the orchestrations and the animations equally.

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by Anonymousreply 206November 15, 2022 6:26 PM

George, George, George!

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by Anonymousreply 207November 15, 2022 6:30 PM

David the Gnome if we’re talking cartoons

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by Anonymousreply 208November 15, 2022 6:40 PM

[quote]HOWEVER, taking into consideration that it aired in FUCKING 1976, you really have to lower expectations. As you have to do with most shit from that era. I don't know...I laugh several times during an episode and give them credit for their "stunts."

1976 had All In The Family, MASH, The Waltons, Barney Miller, The Jeffersons, Happy Days, Rhoda, Phyllis, Columbo-McCloud-McMillan & Wife-Quincy, M.E.,and DL Faves ODAAT and Alice. Come on...CBS even re-ran old episodes of Jack Benny as a summer replacement show.

by Anonymousreply 209November 15, 2022 6:43 PM

Love is not all around in r209.

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by Anonymousreply 210November 15, 2022 6:52 PM

R184 Tell us eldergays more about todays' "standards".

Yes, I remember TV show theme songs from when I was a child. Most people from all eras do. This is what you choose to act superior about?

by Anonymousreply 211November 15, 2022 6:54 PM

R65, totally agree about Transparent. I feel like the strongest impression the show left on me was its portrayal of American Judaism, even more than the premise of the transgender parent. I really enjoyed it.

I learned here on DL that the Phyllis credits had people in blackface. Somehow managed not to notice as a child. Yikes.

by Anonymousreply 212November 15, 2022 7:07 PM

I watched Laverne & Shirley growing up. Because of a recent DL thread, I started watching it again from the beginning. Some episodes are really good and some are stinkeroo. A lot was stolen from Lucille Ball.

It’s an interesting show. Penny Marshall’s brother was the producer and they were obviously trying to make her happen, but Cindy Williams was the more talented one. It was rumored they constantly fought and you can see that in the writing because Laverne will do her solo spot and then Shirley will do her solo spot. When you binge watch it, it’s very obvious.

I prefer the later season openers with Carmine dancing across the screen.

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by Anonymousreply 213November 15, 2022 7:12 PM

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The theme used to get me pumped up for the show! I miss being a teen, lol.

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by Anonymousreply 214November 15, 2022 7:20 PM

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse was my favorite opening theme as a kid. Batshit crazy and I loved it. Cyndi Lauper sings the song.

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by Anonymousreply 215November 15, 2022 11:02 PM

R180 Electrawoman & Dynagirl had a top tier tv theme!

FYI… There was a rumor (not long ago) that Sheena Easton was being approached to record a new fleshed out version of it.

by Anonymousreply 216November 15, 2022 11:30 PM

Dexter was good.

by Anonymousreply 217November 15, 2022 11:32 PM

R161 I miss those - I wish they would start them up again. The Bosom Buddies one with Paul Rudd was great.

by Anonymousreply 218November 16, 2022 12:11 AM

Thank you, R61.

It’s not just the music.

by Anonymousreply 219November 16, 2022 10:48 AM

1. "Hawaii 5-0," OG.

2. "Mission: Impossible."

3. "Peter Gunn."

4. "The Greatest American Hero."

5. "Davy Crockett."

by Anonymousreply 220November 16, 2022 11:05 AM

6. "Moonlighting."

7. "Welcome Back, Kotter."

8. "The Monkees."

9. "Surfside 6."

10. "77 Sunset Strip."

by Anonymousreply 221November 16, 2022 11:29 AM

Visually I find this hard to beat, especially that last image of a city and its reflection hanging in the middle of nothing.

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by Anonymousreply 222November 16, 2022 12:12 PM

I can't stand the weird, tootly, intrusive music on White Lotus.

by Anonymousreply 223November 16, 2022 12:15 PM

I didn't see Barney Miller? It is a jam, packed with freeze frames and features the luscious Max Gail

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by Anonymousreply 224November 16, 2022 12:44 PM

All the ALIAS openings.

I know we hate Jennifer Garner now that she’s a churchy frau, but she was really fantastic on that show.

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by Anonymousreply 225November 16, 2022 2:14 PM

"The Wire", Season one.

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by Anonymousreply 226November 16, 2022 3:59 PM

"Downton Abbey"

by Anonymousreply 227November 16, 2022 4:44 PM

The Pink Panther

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by Anonymousreply 228November 16, 2022 5:38 PM

The Jetsons

by Anonymousreply 229November 16, 2022 5:54 PM

There is a show where the lyrics are replaced with a person farting. That’s my fave.

by Anonymousreply 230November 16, 2022 6:03 PM

[quote]The Sopranos

I was so glad when I got a DVR, just so I could fast-forward thru that song.

by Anonymousreply 231November 16, 2022 6:18 PM

MIami Vice.

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by Anonymousreply 232November 16, 2022 9:25 PM

One of my all-time childhood favorites:

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by Anonymousreply 233November 16, 2022 9:37 PM

The old Days of Our Lives theme…

The sound of summer.

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by Anonymousreply 234November 17, 2022 2:24 AM

Boomtown.

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by Anonymousreply 235November 17, 2022 10:05 AM

Homicide: Life on the Street

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by Anonymousreply 236November 17, 2022 10:11 AM

R234 epic fail from the DOOL Stan

by Anonymousreply 237November 17, 2022 9:23 PM

Confirmed, r237. If you spent your summers watching days of our lives, then you were stuck at home with meemaw, chain-smoking PallMalls and yelling at the dog not to piss on the carpet.

by Anonymousreply 238November 18, 2022 5:32 PM

To Tell The Truth

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by Anonymousreply 239November 20, 2022 12:18 AM

Indian Summers.

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by Anonymousreply 240November 20, 2022 12:43 AM

Tales From The Crypt

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by Anonymousreply 241November 20, 2022 1:56 PM

r239 That's groovy.

by Anonymousreply 242November 20, 2022 1:57 PM

Short and sweet- Lassie

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by Anonymousreply 243November 20, 2022 2:01 PM

Halt And Catch Fire had a good opening

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by Anonymousreply 244November 20, 2022 2:04 PM

After my father passed away, I'd watch all the intros of my favorites shows growing up and cry like a baby. The one that got to me the most was The Family Ties intro.

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by Anonymousreply 245November 20, 2022 2:17 PM

The Terror had a great opening- one that set the tone for the show. Bleak, isolated, frozen. It’s interesting because throughout the 10 episodes, the piano from the theme gets muted a bit, and by the last episode it’s very faded. It’s a reflection of the mens’ dire circumstances.

Great show, I recommend it.

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by Anonymousreply 246November 20, 2022 2:20 PM

I always kind of liked The Hitchhiker on HBO.....and there was always a man butt or two in the episodes.

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by Anonymousreply 247November 20, 2022 4:52 PM

DARK

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by Anonymousreply 248November 20, 2022 4:59 PM

Because it used to scare the absolute shit out of me as a kid...

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by Anonymousreply 249November 21, 2022 2:16 AM

This had to be one of the best

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by Anonymousreply 250November 21, 2022 2:43 AM

Here’s one of the NBC Mystery Movie openings, McCloud, with guest stars Barbi Benton, Jessica Walter and Lorna Luft.

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by Anonymousreply 251November 21, 2022 2:50 AM

Does anyone remember the opening of Fury, the long-ago kids' show about a black horse? It was spoken-word, and infamous for running nearly as long as the episode.

by Anonymousreply 252November 23, 2022 2:32 PM

For music and content, I nominate "Family"

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by Anonymousreply 253November 23, 2022 5:08 PM

R3, perhaps if Angie had been more than a waitress, her daughter would not have become a baby prostitute and tried to entice Tootie into her lurid world.

by Anonymousreply 254November 23, 2022 8:31 PM

This one always meant something really good was coming on TV.

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by Anonymousreply 255November 23, 2022 9:00 PM

ABC Movie Of TheSeek

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by Anonymousreply 256November 24, 2022 6:34 AM

Stupid assholes just posting random tv shows

by Anonymousreply 257November 24, 2022 10:05 PM

The Rookies

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by Anonymousreply 258November 27, 2022 8:39 PM

R256 this one is way better

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by Anonymousreply 259November 27, 2022 8:41 PM

thirtysomething (opening and closing credits):

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by Anonymousreply 260November 29, 2022 5:04 AM

R258 Damn, Michael Ontkean and Kate Jackson was so beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 261November 29, 2022 12:41 PM
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