It's really hard to argue with their choices. More and more shows today are truncating opening credit sequences or getting rid of them together. Remember the classics from our youth, that actually "told a story" and that we can still remember (and probably sing, after twelve margaritas too many) to this day? Beverly Hillbillies? Brady Bunch? Green Acres? Gilligan's Island?
Personally, I like opening credit sequences. They set the mood and tone for the series and either directly or indirectly invite you into the world of the show. Highlights from their list:
- Love that Sopranos song.
- Of new shows, Dexter really does a fantastic job juxtaposing the unsettling with the mundane, perfect for the show and the character.
- I'm glad they mentioned Wild, Wild West and Mission Impossible along with Mannix. Those, particularly WWW, have a Saul Bass feel to them.
- Police Squad has to the funniest sequence ever.
Other not on the list that I love:
- All the Whedon shows: Firefly, Buffy and Angel. (although it always drove me crazy that you could see his reflection in the puddle at the end for all 5 seasons).
- What geek can forget this one?
- Magnum PI
- One of the great, underappreciated sitcoms of all time, Soap
- The Addams Family
- The Rockford Files
- Who didn't get drunk and jump up on a coffee table and "surf" to THIS one?