The missus and I were commenting on how great the teaser is in the structure of most Doctor Who episodes, and what really makes it work is the awesome eeeeeoooorrrooowww sting that caps the scene and starts the theme song:
So that got us talking about the dearth of really good opening titles music on TV nowadays; our beloved Lost only got a whoosh sound and a four-second flash of a title card. Which of course led to the Top Ten best opening titles of all time. Here’s my list, plus a few more:
Beautiful scenery, hot island girls, jets! Sunsets, hula dancers, crime! What’s not to like?
Getting the audience excited for the upcoming episode is easy when you put clips of the upcoming show directly in the credits.
The Incredible Hulk
I probably say “An accidental overdose of gamma radiation…” at least once a month in regular conversation.
I don’t know how the Cartwrights ever knew where they were, burning up a map of their ranch every week, but it’s still a good tune.
The Wild Wild West
Is Jim West gonna have to punch a bitch? Looks like it.
Apparently, because of the unused pilot shot for this season, NBC had all the Rockford stuff ganked from YouTube. Nice work, NBC. Anyway, since I can’t show you the theme, Rockford‘s place will be held by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter’s other awesome theme song, for S.W.A.T.
Easily the best scifi intro ever.
Neil Hefti wrote the Batman theme, too. Coincidence? I think not.
I love how they take four minutes every episode to show you that Drake quits as a spy, resigns, wakes up in the Village, and meets the new Number Two. And that they tell you the end of the show every time: “Who is Number One?” “You are, Number Six.”
The Love Boat:
If you don’t enjoy hearing “…like an open smile, on a friendly shore…” you probably didn’t grow up in the 70s.
The Six Million Dollar Man
Embedding disabled by request, so all I can do is give you the link:
I sort of can’t get over how this intro actually gets the audience excited to watch the episode. I also can’t get over how much the titles look like they were designed by Dave McKean.
The Facts of Life:
No, I’m not kidding.
I love that fuzzy bass in the beginning so much.