Thursday, 25 April 2013

Terrific opening titles from TV, past and present

  • "The Wild, Wild West" (1965-1969) complemented by Richard Markowitz's theme music, the four screens of villains are later used in the frozen four scenes pre-commercial breaks. Hard to explain, Youtube it.
  • "Hawaii Five-0" (1968), the camera zooms, Jack Lord on the high rise balcony. Sublime. I love 1968.
  • "Dexter" of course - inspired and witty - breakfast of champions.
  • "True Blood", style later copied in "Banshee"
  • "'American Horror Story" (2012- , FX) It's a bit "Se7en", but still wonderful.
  • "The Name of the Game" (1968-1971)
  • "Search" (1971-1972)
  • "The Father Brown Mysteries" (1974, U.K.)
  • "Callan" (1967-72) the swinging light bulb is iconic - simple yet effective
  • "It Takes A Thief" (1968-1970) Wayne Fitzgerald has done countless shows and movies, the master. Dave Grusin's cool theme music is the perfect match.
  • "Boardwalk Empire" (2010- , HBO)
  • "Mr and Mrs Murder" (2013 , Aust., Network 10) comic strip/pop art inspired. Go Australia!
  • "True Detective" (2014- , HBO) together with T Bone Burnett's music is inspirational.
It is often hard to separate great opening titles from great theme music, as one complements the other.

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