The Art Of The Title: 50 Of The Best TV Title Sequences

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When starting a new television show, the thing I look forward to the most is the title sequence, so it only felt right to devise this list when I heard the theme was favourite television shows this month.

In early television there wasn’t a huge focus on title sequences; their only purpose was to present the names of the cast members but sometimes we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the characters sporting a smile amid transitions like wipes and dissolves. With frequent exterior shots of the setting bestowed, they were often simply clips spliced from the show itself cut to a theme song. Back in the 80s and 90s, theme songs were the main focus but now the title sequence is as important, if not more.

Title sequences are the creators first chance to grab their audience. Good title sequences express the concept of the show, feature the typographic logo as well as presenting cast members and key production. In the early 90s, title sequences became such an impressive and important part of television that an Emmy Category was devoted to them. Now most television shows consist of extravagant, lavishly produced main title sequences that often last more than a minute. Combining conceptual visuals and memorable songs, there are a number of brilliant, complicated and beautiful title sequences out there. So here are 50 awesome main title sequences, ranging from comedies, dramas and even cartoons.


50) Snuffbox


49) Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place


48) The Addams Family


47) Saved By The Bell


46) Family Guy


45) Goosebumps


44) Aaahh!!! Real Monsters


43) Scooby-Doo


42) Wacky Races


41) Top Cat


40) Doctor Who 


39) Modern Family


38) Will And Grace


37) Sherlock


36) John From Cincinnati


35) New Girl


34) Peep Show


33) Community


32) The Big Bang Theory


31) Workaholics


30) Arthur


29) Boardwalk Empire


28) How I Met Your Mother


27) The Tudors


26) The Twilight Zone


25) Dead Like Me


24) Charmed


23) Everybody Loves Raymond


22) Moomins


21) Back To You


20) Parks And Rec


19) Father Ted


18) Arrested Development


17) Friends


16) Futurama


15) Daria


14) The IT Crowd


13) Dexter


12) Flight Of The Conchords


11) The Mighty Boosh


10) The Simpsons


9) Buffy The Vampire Slayer


8) The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air


7) Malcolm In The Middle


6) Freaks & Geeks


5) That 70’s Show


4) The Sopranos


3) Mad Men


2) American Horror Story


1) True Blood

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2 Responses to The Art Of The Title: 50 Of The Best TV Title Sequences

  1. Ro February 10, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    The lack of Game of Thrones unsettles me!!

  2. Brandon July 25, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Really. No Game of Thrones.


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