Thursday, September 06, 2007

13 Best TV Opening Credits


I have compiled a list of my favorite TV intros. Now, keep in mind this does not mean TV theme songs. These are some of the shows I think have the best overall opening credits, based on originality. I have linked all to a YouTube video so you can see them. So, here we go. These are my picks in countdown form!

13. CSI – I love the song, but it’s the special effects that make the opening credits super cool.

12. Green Acres – This is a classic. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing Eva Gabor in her designer farm clothes?

11. Pinky and the Brain – This has got to be one of my favorite cartoons ever! Two lab mice trying to take over the world. Priceless! One is a genius, the other’s insane . . .

10. Get Smart – Another classic. Maxwell Smart was never a super smooth agent. But he was smooth every week in the opening credits.

9. The Muppet Show – I loved it when I was six years old, and I still love it today.

8. Weeds – This Showtime comedy has a great opening song “Little Boxes” which is even cooler because it is sung each week in a different style by a different person. I think last week, it was in Spanish.

7. All in the Family – A classic song that was made wonderful when sung by Jean Stapleton and the late great Carroll O’Connor!

6. That 70’s Show – This show is one of the all-time great comedies, and the opening theme is awesome. Love the singing in the car.

5. Queer as Folk – This opening is amazing because it is not only sexy, but it is very sweet, and gets a message across . . . in 48 seconds!

4. The Cosby Show – The Cosby Show did a lot of cool intros over the years, but this one is my favorite. (Pay no attention to the fact that it’s in a different language.)

3. The Simpsons – This may actually be the best opening to any TV show ever. It made number 3 on my list because . . . hey, it’s my list! If you don’t watch the Simpsons, it’s important to know that what Bart writes on the chalk board and the couch “scene” at the end are different in every episode.

2. Everybody Loves Raymond – This isn’t even a theme song, but it is seriously one of my favorite openings EVER!

1. Drew Carey – My absolute favorite has to be The Drew Carey Show. I love Drew Carey, and he did a great opening with Cleveland Rocks, which is a favorite for a lot of people. But my favorite is the opening to Five O’Clock World. The dancing in this is more than impressive! Watch below!



20 comments:

pussreboots said...

I loved how the Drew Carey Show was constantly changing its opening. Happy TT!

Gattina said...

Difficult for me to comment on that, we have other shows. But the Muppets, Cosby and Simsons I know too !

Tina @ Mummified Times Five said...

This is a great list! I love watching The Simpsons although I don't let my kids know...lol And the Muppet Show, I loved it as a kid!

Mom not Mum said...

Great list - I completely agree with your #1!

WAHM said...

great 13!!
I Love seinfeld!!
mine are up.

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Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Great list! I love the openings for CSI, Muppet Show, Cosby Show and Drew Carey as well! :)

Lois Grebowski said...

Now I'll be singing that "little boxes" song all day... Thanks! ;-D)

::sigh::

Amy The Black said...

Muppet Show rocks! I have to agree with you on most, and the others I just haven't heard yet! I loved the orchestral opening to the Cosby Show.

Margarita said...

Green acres is the place to be... FARM living is the life for me....

My co workers thank you.

Mags said...

Good call on the Drew Carey show! His intro was fantastic!!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

That was lots of fun Neila. I loved it and I was dancing in my chair to Drew Carey. Have a great TT. :)

Lori said...

Its funny....I dont really like the "Who" but when i hear the opening song on CSI...I wanna rock out:) great list!!

Not So Anonymous Michelle said...

I LOVE the Weeds song too...I'll be singing that all day now!! :) I love that show but have to find times to watch it when Emma is not around, don't need her repeating any of that language! haha

Mo said...

Any opening credits that has Mimi cage-dancing deserves to be #1 !!!

Nicholas said...

The only ones of those I know are All In The Family and Green Acres. I think I'm right in saying that Carroll O'Connor wrote that song.

Thea said...

I always loved The Cosby Show intros! And I really liked The Drew Carey intro, too. I loved the "movie musical" feel to it!

Good list!

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Crazy Working Mom said...

I'm watching CSI right now! What a great show. :)

Awesome TT idea. Great job.

Desert Songbird said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. With hubby being a Clevelander, we watched a lot of Drew Carey.

Travis said...

I like how this is a good mix across time and genre.