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The Time Ranger

Favourite TV Intros

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The Time Ranger

Intros, they're a staple of many tv shows, but which are your favourites? Ideally a tv intro would put you in the mood for watching and tell you a little about the tone, mood or story of of the show. So what are your favourites.

 

The Sopranos

A great song by Alabama 3 playing while Tony makes his way home, passing by locations featured in the show, it's very atmospheric.

 

Battlestar Galactica

I have mixed feelings about this one, the opening melody is haunting and works well with the visuals, the high tempo drums at the end are stirring but it shows clips from the episode which can be spoiler-ly so that takes away from it. Still worth a mention imo.

 

 

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Guest Billy Russo

Sheesh this is hard, I could really name a ton of shows.

 

Only Fools & Horses.

 

One of, if not the best British sitcom ever made, and one of the best Sitcoms ever.

 

 

True Detective

 

Really adds to the atmosphere of the show in my opinion.

 

 

 

Breaking Bad

 

Simple but fantastic with a memorable theme.

 

 

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Is this The Guy?

 

Will always be one of my favorites.

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AxuvUAjHYWQ

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DownInTheHole

I'm just putting newer shows down here.

 

Animal Kingdom

Everything about this intro just screams 2010s period SoCal crime thriller, which is what this show is.

 

Ozark

The O motif with four objects symbolising plot devices in every episode adds an eerie touch to this show, and goes well with its blue tinted arthouse action aesthetic.

 

Fargo Season 2

I liked how despite every opening shot being different in every episode of this show, the same typewriter intro is always played during the climax of these scenes. It adds an element of dark comedy and suspense, and really does capture the essence of the late 70s Midwest.

 

Edited by DownInTheHole

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Guest Billy Russo

If you don't know this show, we might not be able to be friends.

 

 

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Self-Destructive Man

I don't have much to say  about them, I just think they are the most badass openings of any show I've watched to date:

 

Bojack:

 

Breaking Bad:

 

Boardwalk Empire:

 

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universetwisters

No bully pls but even as an adult theodore tugboat has an insanely good aesthetic

 

 

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Laker23

A lot of mine have already been posted so I'll post some more of my favs:

 

 

 

 

 

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Iggy Pop

I've always liked the original 1990s intro for The Simpsons.

 

 

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LCLegend
On 9/16/2019 at 2:11 AM, Laker23 said:

A lot of mine have already been posted so I'll post some more of my favs:

Mad Men and Better Call Saul intros are great. Really like the visuals of the Mad Men opening and I just like how there's an abrupt cut for the Better Call Saul intro that is reminiscent of Jimmy's sh*tty commercials. Great shows, great openings.

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Guest Billy Russo

A couple more:

 

 

 

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Mister Pink

All my favourites have been mentioned all ready.. 

 

Boardwalk Empire

Fargo

The Sopranos

The Simpsons

Ozark

 

but nobody mentioned the intro to True Detective season 1. The tone is really set with a kind of sombre song with imagery of industrial middle America. From a video I watched on YouTube about opening scenes, one guy says they used broken, polluted landscapes to portray the broken, polluted people in the show. A book of photography called Petrochemical America by Richard Misrach inspired the intro. This intro definitely set the tone and mood of the show. It really put me in the mood for it.

 

 

Another great intro is the Twin Peaks intro...

 

 

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Lonely-Martin

The Simpsons is my favourite, glad to see it get a mention. A few others mentioned too, especially the HBO stuff. I have to add Deadwood to that list, a great piece of music with an intro video that really sets the scene of this dirty, tough drama.

 

As a kid though, aside my beloved Simpsons, there was one other show that I couldn't wait for to come on TV and its intro was just perfect... The A-team. I love that show and even now, it's such a nostalgia trip to watch just the opening credits. (Sorry I can't link right now though).

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Self-Destructive Man

I tend to not like colorful and cheerful openings, but the lyrics (specially on the full song) has kind of a dark and deep meaning, which is a nice contrast and, in a way, fits well with the show:

 

 

It's a f*cking great series.

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darthYENIK

I love this show, so it’s easy to say this is my favorite.

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The Time Ranger
On 9/23/2019 at 5:59 AM, Self-Destructive Man said:

I tend to not like colorful and cheerful openings, but the lyrics (specially on the full song) has kind of a dark and deep meaning, which is a nice contrast and, in a way, fits well with the show:

 

 

It's a f*cking great series.

You could say it's streets ahead.

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SonOfLiberty

Already posted American Horror Story 1984's intro in another thread and I love Boardwalk Empire's, but it's already been posted a couple of times so for some others that haven't been posted yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JC_HUMBLE

- Game of Thrones 

- True Detective

- Westworld

 

- Currently watching Dark, love the intro!

 

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D418

 

 

 

 

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Mexicola9302
Posted (edited)

I only added not already posted ones. But theoratically all the cutaway Family Guy jokes in the beginning are Intros too somehow, also in The Simpsons and a bit in American Dad.

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Mr. Scratch

Pennyworth has a pretty cool intro.

 

 

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Mister Pink

When I was a kid. 

 

 

 

 

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Banshee

 

One of my favourite shows and has a great intro too. The safe code at the start changes each season and is a reference to events in the show and bible references. From a YouTube comment on the video by Ole Jørgen Barmen

"The lock in season one says 42, 15, 68. 42 stands for the 42 deaths in this season, the 15 stands for 15 years serves in prison, and the 68 stands for revelation 6:8. This combination changes for season 2 to the numbers - 62 07 30 99."

The polaroids in the intro also change every episode giving hints and references about the plot. 

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Tacymist

 

The Rockford Files theme, my mom used to put this show on for me when I was little. I always loved the theme song.

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