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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By Catstello

Taragh is a British filmmaker, writer and photographer who leaves her mark across the internet under the pseudonym Catstello. As a general lover of television, she contributes to Sound on Sight, Gotta Watch It, and Portable as well as running her own blog: http://catstello.wordpress.com/

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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!!

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

    Really. No Game of Thrones.

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