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Old 01-01-20, 11:15 AM
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

I think this would be appropriate here:

Old 01-01-20, 11:19 AM
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Another thing worth noting, is while I usually skip intros these days, it really pisses me off when they modify them for one reason or another. Case in point, House. The OG intro sort of sets a vibe that's lost by the generic one used for streaming. That or I just really like the song Teardrops.

Also, saw this list last night and appreciate it a bit more: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articl...-all-time.html I wouldn't have thought of their #1 just because I've seen it thousands of times.
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Loved the opening credits for Farscape and DS9.
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

One of my TV favorites:

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My favorite of the Hunter opening credits and that raunchy guitar riff is tits!


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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

We’re nowhere near the “Golden Age” of opening credits.

THIS is closer to the Golden Age:





And my all-time personal favorite:
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Cheers had the best theme song but I always loved the A-Team's intro. Another underrated credit sequence was Lee Majors' The Fall Guy. Always been surprised no one tried rebooting that show for today.
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

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I have absolutely no fucking idea what is supposed to be going on in the Star Trek: Discovery credits.
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It's showing you aspects of the episode
So I am looking at a randomly selected episode.

Drawings of Discovery with blueprint markings while random crap floats around in the picture.
The tiny shadow of the ship flying over a random piece of terrain.
The bottom half of an unidentified white person's face.
An eyeball.
A spacesuit.
More views of the space suit.
The parts of an unidentified piece tech coming together.
A phaser
A communicator that blasts apart into dust.
The dust turns into a hand making the Vulcan salute.
A Kilngon bat-leth forming of a sketch of a portal.
A tiny Discovery flying around bat-leths.
A tiny Discovery flying around opening spores.
A grappler attaching to something.
The spacesuit hands doing the Sistine Chapel.
And then 15 seconds of music and images that actually convey 'Star Trek".

WTF!?






Old 01-01-20, 08:40 PM
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Since someone inevitably was gonna post this one, I'll be the one to do it:

Old 01-01-20, 09:44 PM
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Originally Posted by The Questyen View Post
The things you guys get nostalgic for are bizarre. Other than the very first time I watch an episode of a show I would skip the credits every other time when given the option. Other than the credits that change like Game of Thrones.
I don’t see why it’s bizarre. A lot of shows have catchy/memorable themes, which the opening credits can tie into. I’m the type to never skip the intro to most shows I watch.
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Unless I’m binging a show and don’t want to sit through a show’s opening credits 3 or 4 times in an evening, I’ll watch opening credits every time.
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The show itself was only so-so, but one of the best theme songs/openings was from Hardcastle and McCormick. And that Coby Coyote was to die for:
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Also, I didn't like or watch the show, but Boomtown's credit sequence was badass:
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I'll second Dr. Who, at least the Tom Baker version I watched as a kid. I haven't watched the show since. What fantastic music!
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And, needless to say, it doesn't get any better than the original Unsolved Mysteries opening, which the producers watered down over the years. This original, "shrill" version was the best:
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Another piece of theme music from my childhood that I still have great fondness for is the piano opening to Mr. Dressup, which was a children's show on CBC here in Canada:
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
Cheers had the best theme song but I always loved the A-Team's intro. Another underrated credit sequence was Lee Majors' The Fall Guy. Always been surprised no one tried rebooting that show for today.
Speaking of Lee Majors:

Old 01-02-20, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by The Questyen View Post
The things you guys get nostalgic for are bizarre. Other than the very first time I watch an episode of a show I would skip the credits every other time when given the option. Other than the credits that change like Game of Thrones.
DVRs are 21st century tech, so your use of the word "nostalgic" is somewhat correct, as one could not avoid watching the credits (even VCRs were clunky to FF for just a minute), so there was an art and a a purpose to presenting something (at least a little) enjoyable to watch, or a catchy song to listen to, since viewers were gonna have to sit through it, presumably over and over and over.
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Yup. Watching a show used to be an "event", something you planned for at the scheduled time it aired. And you can forget "bingeing". That's a modern habit, something simply not done in the 70s or even 80s. Today's credits are intended to be skipped over, hence the reason they're so short, or added into the beginning of the show itself. Also, to make time for more commercials (for broadcast programs). That's why I was incredulous that this is a "golden age", when it's anything but.
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Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
Another thing worth noting, is while I usually skip intros these days, it really pisses me off when they modify them for one reason or another. Case in point, House. The OG intro sort of sets a vibe that's lost by the generic one used for streaming. That or I just really like the song Teardrops.
I also like that song, and it was used well in the opening to the show.

Psych had a catchy song for that show's credits, so I generally enjoyed that one.
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Originally Posted by Paff View Post
Yup. Watching a show used to be an "event", something you planned for at the scheduled time it aired. And you can forget "bingeing". That's a modern habit, something simply not done in the 70s or even 80s. Today's credits are intended to be skipped over, hence the reason they're so short, or added into the beginning of the show itself. Also, to make time for more commercials (for broadcast programs). That's why I was incredulous that this is a "golden age", when it's anything but.
I think the premise of calling this a golden age is that (as you said) the broadcast networks have pushed to limit the credits to increase commercial time. (The Big Bang Theory's credits were 20 seconds, while Laverne and Shirley's were 1:15, for example.)

But now control over the streaming shows have shifted back to the creative producers, who typically love indulging in an extended credit sequence. And elaborate credits can be seen as an element of prestige for cable or pay cable shows.

Of course the irony is that streaming services allow you to skip the opening credits. Or you can have Amy Sherman-Palladino carefully selecting a special song for the end credits of each Mrs. Maisel episode, and Prime automatically skipping them.
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

One modern show's credits I really like is for You're The Worst. I find the theme song intro very catchy and they use memorable clips to introduce the characters.
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

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I'd probably put the 80s at or near the top.
You forgot some of the best ones.




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Among the titles they highlighted, Mad Men, Elementary, Halt and Catch Fire stood out.

Disappointing to see many broadcast shows give little thought to the opening credits and instead plaster a 2-3 sec. title card.
Currently my favorite opening sequence belongs to the The Good Fight. The combination of the David Buckley score with the shattering visuals is boombastic fantastic. I'm curious as to how they'll tweak it for series 4.

Season 1
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Season 2

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Season 3
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Here it is. The ACTUAL best opening credits sequence ever filmed. You’re all welcome.

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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

I liked the opening credits of Community. Simple concept, catchy song, and it invokes nostalgia for our younger years.

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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
We’re nowhere near the “Golden Age” of opening credits.

THIS is closer to the Golden Age:

https://youtu.be/pThIeuKD6uM

https://youtu.be/FRvPnV0fCyw

https://youtu.be/Cn6kEsloMdE


And my all-time personal favorite:
https://youtu.be/rS0VQOHX7lM
So you're a fan of Mike Post. He wrote the theme songs for Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The A-Team, NYPD Blue, Renegade, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., and Hill Street Blues.

Other TV music works include The A-Team, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Blossom, The Commish, Doogie Howser, M.D., Greatest American Hero, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hooperman, Hunter, Magnum, P.I., NewsRadio, Profit, Quantum Leap, Renegade, Riptide, Silk Stalkings, Stingray, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, The White Shadow, Wiseguy, the BBC series Roughnecks, Law & Order, and Philly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Post
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Re: The Golden Age of Opening Credits

Catchiest Open Theme song ever.

1st few seasons version



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