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> The Classic TV Titles Poll, With clips
Which is the greatest
Which is the greatest
Doctor Who [ 6 ] ** [27.27%]
Monkey [ 3 ] ** [13.64%]
Thunderbirds [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Six Million Dollar Man [ 1 ] ** [4.55%]
Space 1999 [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
The Persuaders [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
The New Avengers [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
The Avengers [ 2 ] ** [9.09%]
The Prisoner [ 4 ] ** [18.18%]
The Professionals [ 1 ] ** [4.55%]
The Sweeney [ 1 ] ** [4.55%]
Other [ 4 ] ** [18.18%]
Total Votes: 22
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post Nov 20 2007, 07:08 PM
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TV show title sequences. What happened to them?

There was a time when it seemed some effort were put into classic TV show's title sequences. A blend of great visuals, fantastic music and a bit of plot background.

Now they mainly consist of a theme and clips of previous/future episodes. Sometimes the makers don't even bother (Lost, Heroes, 24). There are still a few where some effort has been made - Dexter for instance. But overall they are not really as good as the classics.

So presented here are, in my humble opinion, some of the great old school titles. You can view them by clicking the name in the poll.

Get voting. But above all, enjoy the clips.




NOTE: I realise the likes of The Avengers and Doctor Who had variations of their title sequences, so I have picked, I hope, the best examples.
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post Nov 20 2007, 07:26 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 20 2007, 07:08 PM)
Sometimes the makers don't even bother (Lost, Heroes, 24).
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post Nov 20 2007, 07:28 PM
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I've voted for Doctor Who but more for the original version that, like the show itself back then, was so extraordinary and revolutionary.

I do like The Avengers and The Prisoner's title sequences, I think part of that goes down to how much I love these two shows, but they both do a good job at representing the shows.

I also would like to mention a certain flying sausage.
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post Nov 20 2007, 07:31 PM
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Ah, lone vote for The Prisoner so far... that's me. wink.gif

A few Americanski contributions to consider for "Other," meanwhile...

Mission: Impossible - always slightly different, always Schifrin-tastic. (This is a montage of several openings from season 1)

Get Smart - endlessly amusing because it's played totally straight.

Mannix - mega groovy split-screen action!

Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century - serialized 70's perfection. Biddy-biddy-beep.

Police Squad! - possibly the best running gag in television history. Too bad it ran exactly six times.

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post Nov 20 2007, 07:34 PM
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Sorry. If only for the theme tune.
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post Nov 20 2007, 07:41 PM
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QUOTE (thirtyhelens @ Nov 20 2007, 07:31 PM)
Police Squad! - possibly the best running gag in television history.  Too bad it ran exactly six times.
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And appreciated moreso if you watch it straight after watching Streets Of San Francisco.

Fantastic theme. And check out this week's guest star!
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post Nov 20 2007, 07:48 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 20 2007, 11:41 AM)
And appreciated moreso if you watch it straight after watching Streets Of San Francisco.
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Heh heh, yup.
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post Nov 20 2007, 08:11 PM
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I vote for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
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post Nov 20 2007, 08:58 PM
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QUOTE (logger @ Nov 20 2007, 02:28 PM)
I also would like to mention a certain flying sausage.
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Ah, I've never seen that before. One of the few references that Americans probably didn't get.
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post Nov 20 2007, 09:09 PM
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I know it's not really 'classic' but Garth Marenghi's Darkplace has an incredible sequence.

Every television program ever made should have an ambulance explosing in the titles only for it to never appear in the actual program.
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post Nov 20 2007, 09:23 PM
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I guess my choice is pretty obvious. wink.gif
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post Nov 20 2007, 09:26 PM
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QUOTE (Sean of the Dead @ Nov 20 2007, 09:09 PM)
I know it's not really 'classic' but Garth Marenghi's Darkplace has an incredible sequence.

Every television program ever made should have an ambulance explosing in the titles only for it to never appear in the actual program.
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Well it uses the "lazy" formula of classic title sequences - theme tune and clips of show. With a bit of Twilight Zone thrown in at the beginning. Along with Police Squad it's a good parody of the title sequence.

As for the exploding ambulance - explosions seemed to be a regular inclusion in many a title sequence. Starsky & Hutch lured me with their explosion when I was a kid. Damn those pyrotechnics.
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post Nov 20 2007, 10:16 PM
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I do really like the Chuck title sequence. A rarity in this day and age.
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post Nov 20 2007, 10:33 PM
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QUOTE (NiteFall @ Nov 20 2007, 10:16 PM)
I do really like the Chuck title sequence. A rarity in this day and age.
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It is a rare example of people actually being bothered to do a credit sequence.

Great song too....Cake - Short/Skirt Long Jacket


Dexter is still the best recent sequence for me.
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post Nov 20 2007, 11:02 PM
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QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 20 2007, 10:33 PM)

I knew I recognised the title from something I'd heard recently. It's used in Waitress.
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