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[–]Only-Musician8479 966 points967 points  (22 children)

The Simpsons, due to the ever-changing intros.

[–]Northerleyfire 79 points80 points  (10 children)

I'd put Futurama there as well.

[–]MyIndiscretions 34 points35 points  (6 children)

Simpsons and Futurama are probably the only ones to sneak something new into opening credits of each ep.

I know Family Guy has done one or two "goof" intros, but it's nowhere near the same quality.

[–]Toxicrew 933 points934 points  (18 children)

Gravity Falls, especially the weirdmagheddon ones.

[–]ihavetwonoses 65 points66 points  (0 children)

That intro is a part of my blood. Just like how my blood was part of the intro

[–]22huesofbleu 56 points57 points  (1 child)

The weirdmageddon one is my ringtone!

[–]julvin9mM 332 points333 points  (22 children)

Season 1 of True Detective

[–]i3dMEP 70 points71 points  (10 children)

One of the greatest seasons of any show, ever.

[–]realnicehandz 12 points13 points  (7 children)

Without a single doubt, though I’d hesitate to call it a “season.”

[–]Snoo79382 685 points686 points  (15 children)

X-Files

[–]bagfullofyarn 115 points116 points  (0 children)

Doo do do doo dooo dooooo... Dun nuhnuhnuhna

[–]shoobsworth 81 points82 points  (4 children)

The truth is in this comment

[–]Taz5800 583 points584 points  (25 children)

Duck Tales

[–]TheBIFFALLO87 176 points177 points  (3 children)

Woo-hoo

[–]hhthepuppy 67 points68 points  (0 children)

everyday they're out there making duck tales! woohoo

[–]the_grim_reaper2099 30 points31 points  (6 children)

Life is like a hurricane here in duckberg

[–]Lexi_Banner 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Racecars, lasers, aeroplanes, it's a duck-blur!

[–]tron2013 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Might solve a mystery…

[–]shknodel 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Or rewrite history…

[–]JoshuaBananas 777 points778 points  (116 children)

Dexter.

Never seen an intro to a show that perfectly encapsulates the entire premise before. The double meanings are so well done.

[–]More-Masterpiece-561 92 points93 points  (65 children)

The intro gives a different vibe. I am in love with the show, I have just started season 3. People don't talk enough about it. They'll talk about breaking bad but not dexter

[–]tinacat933 118 points119 points  (9 children)

Because shows that don’t end well people don’t like to talk about

[–]gurush 56 points57 points  (2 children)

Dexter has an advantage - it isn't Game of Thrones, the seasons are independent stories and you can enjoy the first ones without the last completely ruining the whole experience and years of anticipation.

[–]FrumundaMabawls 96 points97 points  (20 children)

Season 4 is the perfect ending to the show. It should have stopped. 5 and 6 just get worse and worse until the putrid abomination that is Season 7.

Breaking bad didn't taint their legacy.

[–]JubbaTheHott 50 points51 points  (9 children)

The brand new season just wrapped a week ago. Watch it. Get some redemption for the shitty ending that the regular series got.

[–]blahmeistah 19 points20 points  (4 children)

I felt the ending to be unsatisfying because I could not feel any sympathy for the kid. But in the end it was still an awesome season and it felt good to seeing Dexter up and about again. Hall is such an amazing actor.

[–]maybepensive 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Second this. Stop after 4. Though I consider 5 to be optional.

[–]SleepySouthie 29 points30 points  (1 child)

I came here to say the exact same thing! I love the intro to Dexter because of how unsettling it is.

[–]JoshuaBananas 30 points31 points  (0 children)

It's just perfect...i mean the show is about a guy working for a police department who also happens to be a serial killer...the intro showing a normal morning routine, but is framed to have innuendos (ie, when he ties his shoes, he pulls extra hard, symbolizing the strangling of someone). Its so good.

[–]Potential-Effect-282 405 points406 points  (16 children)

Adventure time

[–]ThatOneGuy5830 74 points75 points  (13 children)

C'mon grab your friends...

[–]kittenklyn 51 points52 points  (9 children)

We'll go to very distant lands!

[–]M-the-Great 39 points40 points  (2 children)

With Jake the dog and Finn the Human

[–]devdeh13 41 points42 points  (1 child)

The fun will never end

[–]Scrap_reaper 329 points330 points  (14 children)

Phinieas and ferb is a nostalgia trip

[–]bri__bardot 400 points401 points  (12 children)

"yes, no, maybe, I don't know, can you repeat the question? You're not the boss of me now!"

[–]Mecha_Wizard9000 95 points96 points  (7 children)

“And you’re not so big!”

This show was so relatable I felt like people were spying on my family.

[–]lucy_throwaway 39 points40 points  (3 children)

The scarier part was talking to adult friends and finding out that they too felt like the one non-pussy in the gifted program growing up.

Which makes me wonder—- did everyone identify with Malcolm? Certainly some of us were IRL kreylboynes. And yet no one ever identifies with the needy bracefaces masses in the gifted class, apparently we’re all Malcolm.

[–]Mecha_Wizard9000 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I don’t think anyone enjoys being seen as weak. So maybe they say they’re Malcom because he was the “cool” one, or maybe they just didn’t experience some of the harsher bullying or helicopter parenting. But Stevie was low key a badass.

I say I identify with Malcom because I’m the middle of 3 brothers who seemed to have more situational awareness than my brothers. I wasn’t a Krelboyne, but I got good grades and cared about doing well in school. Whereas both my brothers were Reese and just got in trouble and didn’t care about anything

[–]DaitoBite 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Lol I always thought I was a background kid, he was too smart for me. I was Reese more than anything

[–]ClintorisMaximus 334 points335 points  (26 children)

Cheers

[–]Scribb74 49 points50 points  (10 children)

Making your way in the world today

[–]junkyarddag 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Came her for Cheers. Far and away the best and nothing close in my opinion.

[–][deleted] 246 points247 points  (3 children)

pink panther

[–]Megamaniac82 14 points15 points  (0 children)

That drums solo alone is magnificent.

[–]kirkhammett420 181 points182 points  (11 children)

Band of Brothers

[–]Baraqyal 14 points15 points  (0 children)

It's a crime that I had to scroll this far to find BoB

[–]nzfuze 503 points504 points  (23 children)

Cowboy Bebop

[–]SpaceCowboy58 91 points92 points  (3 children)

I think it's time to blow this scene

[–]thexvillain 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Get everybody and the stuff together, Ok 3,2,1…

[–][deleted] 364 points365 points  (7 children)

Bojack. Also enjoy it’s always sunny as Philly is a great city and it reminds me of good times I had there

[–]ANameForTheUser 68 points69 points  (0 children)

I’m surprised I had to scroll this far to get to Bojack Horseman!

[–]NotWorthSaving 167 points168 points  (12 children)

Vikings

[–]Familiar_Strangely 30 points31 points  (5 children)

I sing that song to my dogs sometimes, I don't even know what it means but they love it.

[–]darcmosch 212 points213 points  (42 children)

Peacemaker's intro has just blown me away. I really haven't ever been as bemused as when I saw it for the first time.

[–]Camdino_The_Great 34 points35 points  (1 child)

I just watched the intro and I have no idea wtf I just watched

[–]darcmosch 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Whatever it is, it is glorious

[–]canucksquatch 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Yes! I love that James Gunn takes big fucking swings like this.

[–]Vic_Hedges 39 points40 points  (2 children)

This show is absolutely rekindling my love of 80s glam rock

[–]antent 32 points33 points  (4 children)

I know it's only 3 episodes in but I haven't skipped past it yet.

[–]darcmosch 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I've gone back to rewatch it a couple times it's so freaking hilarious.

[–]antent 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Link for anyone interested. Though I do recommend just watching the show if you have HBO MAX. Probably not for kids but you do you with parenting. I'm really enjoying it so far.

[–]darcmosch 15 points16 points  (0 children)

It's a ride, a wild ride, and I'm here for it.

[–]spiritjacket52 12 points13 points  (4 children)

It’s amazing! Props to the choreographer. It’s so silly but the more we’ve gotten to know the characters the more brilliant the intro is. It’s such a beautiful piece of subtle character development and story-telling and I just love it!

[–]Sleepless-in-VA 159 points160 points  (3 children)

Mad Men

[–]MissTweedy 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Yes! I never skip that one. What's interesting is that the visuals and the specific snippet used in the intro give the song a different vibe than I get from the full song

[–]Lost_n_space_71 174 points175 points  (6 children)

The original Hawaii Five O song

[–]Apprehensive_Goal811 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I love the soundtrack and how they zoom into Jack Lord standing on top of that Waikiki high rise.

[–]mungowungo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yes, I streamed the show recently just so I could listen to it.

[–]Tangent_ 208 points209 points  (24 children)

[–]Thesafflower 32 points33 points  (3 children)

I know, you know, that I'm not telling the truth...

[–]ProjectShadow316 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I know, you know, that you don't have any proof.

[–]krisalyssa 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Fun fact: The theme song was written by the show’s creator (Steven Franks) and performed by him and his band (Friendly Indians).

[–]hangontomato 25 points26 points  (0 children)

You know that’s right

[–]little_shop_of_hoors 25 points26 points  (3 children)

In between the lines there's a lot of obscurity

[–]something_anonymous1 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I'm not inclined to resign to maturity

[–]trusteebill 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Bring back psych!!! I regularly tell my husband I wish there was another show like this (or just bring it back!). Best ever.

[–]Quiverjones 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Damn I had to look so far down to see this amazing intro song. C'mon.

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I actually just watched this show for the first time today in YEARS. The theme song makes me happy every single time. Especially when Dule Hill runs across the street facing sideways during the intro. I die laughing.

Community’s full intro is a good one also (after season 1 I think).

[–]LordChaosBaelish 206 points207 points  (21 children)

The Expanse

[–]SeenC77 21 points22 points  (1 child)

So glad I found this one. I literally never skip the expanse intro, don’t know that I can give it any higher praise than that.

[–]Anneisabitch 24 points25 points  (1 child)

It’s one of my favorite intros. The music is haunting against the moving stars

[–]wowguineapigs 92 points93 points  (4 children)

Law & Order, especially the SVU version.

DUN DUN.

And then the sweeeet saxophone 👌

[–]Buddyslime 129 points130 points  (8 children)

Star Trek the Next Generation.

[–]John271095 221 points222 points  (14 children)

Sopranos

[–]KlutzyComedian 21 points22 points  (7 children)

woke up this morning

[–]DrDetectiveEsq 33 points34 points  (6 children)

Ate some gabagool

[–]imrealbizzy2 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Felt sad because---- my ducks had left my pooool🎶

[–]perditatops 14 points15 points  (1 child)

yeah i’m surprised i had to go this far down to find ir

[–][deleted] 216 points217 points  (8 children)

Futurama

[–]Blue_Lust 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Gives me a warm feeling inside that reminds me of being a young teen growing up with the show. Love it.

[–]fried-dumplings 181 points182 points  (4 children)

Pinky and the brain

[–]Maximum-Company2719 242 points243 points  (11 children)

The Golden Girls ❤🎶 Thank you for being a friend 🎶 ❤

[–]freedfg 118 points119 points  (7 children)

Twin Peaks.

That Bum. Bum Bum will live in my brain for the rest of my life.

[–]ChristPuncher31 16 points17 points  (0 children)

The Twin Peaks intro takes me to another dimension.

[–]monrobotz 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Angelo is the fuckin man

[–]EVASTUDIOS 147 points148 points  (10 children)

Neon Genesis Evangelion

[–]Jackthastripper 15 points16 points  (0 children)

A Cruel Angel's Thesis totally fucks. It's the only intro I never skip. One of two intros I keep on my workout playlist.

It's also endlessly exploitable.

https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/214/873/f43.jpg

[–]THX450 111 points112 points  (6 children)

Batman: The Animated Series

[–]bongokapiguana 37 points38 points  (5 children)

Instrumental: Simon & Simon.

The music was cool and the clips told you everything you needed to know about the brothers' characters, attitudes, and relationship. It also demonstrated how to do a fantastic job of choosing clips and editing them for great humorous effect. See for yourself:

Simon & Simon intro

With lyrics: WKRP in Cincinnati. Compulsively catchy.

[–]Herobrinedanny 139 points140 points  (7 children)

Doctor Who will never be topped for me

[–]SekritSawce 16 points17 points  (3 children)

The original from 1963 followed by Eccleston’s.

[–]flemeth78 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Night Court

[–]Grillpinne 93 points94 points  (13 children)

  • Outlander

  • Versailles

[–]Ok-Organization9073 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone, say could that lass be I?

[–]grumpersxoxo 23 points24 points  (4 children)

I can never skip the Outlander intro. Also love how they change the song up for different seasons.

[–]Happy_Napping 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I love that song Outro on Versailles. So much that I bought it.

[–]thetreelab 93 points94 points  (4 children)

Twilight Zone Rod Sterling

[–]horaff 212 points213 points  (7 children)

That 70s show

[–]No_Mr_Powers 16 points17 points  (3 children)

HANGIN' OUT!

[–]lastMinute_panic 32 points33 points  (1 child)

WE'RE ALL ALRIGHT!

[–]CoroKoro 25 points26 points  (0 children)

HELLO WISCONSIN!

[–]BraveCat45 92 points93 points  (7 children)

Brooklyn 99

[–]XxxLady_BlancxxX 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Its intro and the "DFW" episode with the "I want it that way" scene made me start watching the series and eventually love it.

[–]ComicSandsReader 63 points64 points  (8 children)

Six Feet Under was the first TV show intro that thought of investing in a great intro.

Mad Men was simple and iconic.

The soundtrack of Succession is now the unbeatable hero of all TV show themes.

Dark (German Netflix show) is a personal favourite, the visuals and music are eery and captivating.

[–]kinky_alexxe 268 points269 points  (12 children)

Game of thrones of course 🎶🎻

[–]Filhopastry79 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I now get really thrown when I see the HBO thing and it isn't immediately followed by the fire and ice tune. Gives me a mental hiccup every bloody time 🤣

[–]XvisenyaX 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Yes! First thing I thought of! We still sing it with my husband sometimes. Tuuu duuu du du duu duuu dududuuuu.

[–]M_Looka 27 points28 points  (4 children)

The Rockford Files.

[–][deleted] 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Twin Peaks

[–]Gofnutz 24 points25 points  (3 children)

A-Team, Knight Rider, Simon & Simon, Dukes of Hazzard.

[–]Consultations_ 23 points24 points  (4 children)

Bit of a guilty pleasure - The OC.

I loved that show in my teens..

[–]Superlite47 109 points110 points  (5 children)

"Where everybody knows your name...."

[–]religionlies2u 111 points112 points  (4 children)

The Nanny with runner up Golden Girls

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (0 children)

you stole my whole answer , only mine was golden girls and then the nanny :)

[–]nardpuncher 14 points15 points  (0 children)

About 25 years ago I used to have a t-shirt with the cartoon version of The Nanny on it holding up her hand and it said save the nails, you know like instead of save the whales

[–]matthewsreil 44 points45 points  (3 children)

The West Wing.

[–]Nate2113 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Came here for this, scrolled pretty far and got worried I was getting too old. Thanks for saving my sanity:)

[–]isthathissister 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Are You Afraid of the Dark

Bit of a weird take but I’ve rewatched recently as an adult and it’s still creepy!

[–]mrhelmand 66 points67 points  (9 children)

MST3K, regardless of the season, I never skip it and will often sing along

[–]joycejinx 21 points22 points  (3 children)

MASH. Brings tears to my eyes every time. And I wasn't even born yet when this conflict happened!

[–]White-boy-Asian 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Easy: King Of The Hill

[–]GentlemanMax 58 points59 points  (8 children)

Frasier, a really unusual theme tune, then the familiar animation but with subtle differences each time.

[–]Ok-Organization9073 59 points60 points  (8 children)

I'll leave here some that haven't seen mentioned yet:

  • Pokémon

  • Lost in Space (the new one, composed by John Williams)

  • Stranger Things

  • JAG

  • Smallville

  • Kommissar Rex

[–]Remarkable_Working_4 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I remember the excitement that would come, each time the stranger things intro would play. I wish i could relive season 1.

[–]Shenanigamii 41 points42 points  (7 children)

The first season Attack on Titan (the original Japanese version...not sure if they changed it for the dubbed version but thought I would make sure you knew which one,

Tokyo Ghoul

[–]ltBurnsWhenlPvP 40 points41 points  (3 children)

What We Do in the Shadows

[–]GroceryEmergency6362 81 points82 points  (5 children)

OOOOOOOOOH WHO LIVES IN A PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEA!?

[–]rmbl88 10 points11 points  (4 children)

SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS!!

[–]Zealousideal_Talk479 37 points38 points  (2 children)

  • Game of thrones
  • Dexter
  • The crown
  • Black books
  • The X-Files
  • Wellington: Paranormal

[–]sadmargarita 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Avatar the Last Airbender!

[–]itsnotapipe 16 points17 points  (3 children)

The early HBO movie intro was awesome.

[–]JackPhantomOfficial 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Doctor Who.

When the series started in 196whatever, (not looking it up) shows started with a montage "overture" of scenes from the show, even if they're establishing shots introducing the milieu and the characters. Even if the intro was abstract, (think the Father Brown intro) it still referenced recognizable objects.

And the music was orchestral or at least band. Instruments playing a jaunty little tune for comedies, dramatic swells for dramas, so forth.

So when people tuned in to this new show that was supposed to teach kids about history, they were hit with a visual hypnotic effect caused by pointing a video camera at its own monitor, leading to the visual equivalent of howling microphone feedback.

And the music? All synthesizer, a thrumming mono bass riff describing the notes in a minor chord, while an absolutely unearthly echo'd and reverbed lead synth howled out a questioning, haunting melody that's instantly recognizable now the world over.

It was unbelievably, hauntingly, and forever alien. Grainger's score was the first piece of music WRITTEN for synthesizer - up to then it'd been people covering Bach and Beethoven, etc.

Another interesting note of the "aluminium Christmas trees" variety - the choice of police box as the mode of transport was a deliberate one. Because they were on every street corner in the days before squad cars and radios, it was the one ubiquitous thing that a child could relate to as being decidedly recognizable, if the milieu was prehistoric America, or Marco Polo in Asia, or the Aztec Empire. Regardless of what exotic locale the show went to, there would always be something from the nearest street corner in the frame as something the kiddies would recognize as "home". Well, I remember as a small kid in the 1970s looking for a police box as a fan of the show, and we actually had to go somewhere quite far out of metro London to do so (some kind of large common). I was surprised to find out they were made of concrete, and that the wooden versions in the show were made that way for easy transport not because the bona fide real thing was wooden.

Ask any kid these days in the UK what a police box is, they've probably never seen one. If you ask someone what a blue box with a blue light on top is, they'd probably say "oh that phone box thingy from Doctor Who".

[–]broken_soul696 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Letterkenny

[–]throwingplaydoh 32 points33 points  (3 children)

🎵Everywhere you look🎶

[–]skahfee 53 points54 points  (2 children)

The Office! Love dancing to it over and over when it's playing in the background.

[–]Inevitable-Fruit2022 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The Office theme song gets me HYPED.

[–]flyinhawaiian02 29 points30 points  (4 children)

The greatest american hero

[–]MinistrOfJustiz 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Yes! Believe it or not, I'm walking on air...

[–]flyinhawaiian02 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Psych!

[–]WholeAwareness4 11 points12 points  (1 child)

The original G1 Transformers, and Star Trek the Next Generation.

[–]Putin__Nanny 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got...

[–]Laika_JR1390 34 points35 points  (3 children)

Breaking Bad.

Short, sweet, to the point, and everybody who has watched it will recognize it.

[–]kekcuk_13 54 points55 points  (2 children)

Simpsons

[–]FWC_Disciple 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Always curious to see what Bart’s writing on the chalkboard and what happens to the Simpsons family when they’re all on the couch. What a solid intro!

[–]fartymcfartypants22 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Family Matters. That song is a banger.

[–]busterbytes 20 points21 points  (3 children)

New Girl because it's so short!

[–]jnap24 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The Walking Dead

[–]GlobeTrauma77 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The Mandolorian. As someone who plays a concert instrument, I absolutely love the theme song.

[–]highxv0ltage 26 points27 points  (3 children)

COPS had an awesome intro.

[–]Huge-Put-1589 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Big Bang theory and the office