There's been some truly great television intros over the course of our lifetimes. We thought we'd honor the best.
Before we begin, here are some bullet points you should read:
- Visual aesthetics were weighted slightly more than theme songs. Consider the theme songs the gravy--needed to put the intro over the top, though the only reason why it could go over the top in the first place is because of the great meat.
- Very short intros with little to no visual accompaniment (i.e, Seinfeld or Breaking Bad) were not included
- The majority of these shows have been on the air in the past fifteen years. This is a small function of personal bias, but it's a larger function of the fact that technology and creativity within the medium has blossomed since the late 90's. As the years progress, these have gotten more complex and creative. And thus, better.
- Given that this is a list on the internet, we don't need to bring in the Men's Warehouse Guy and his cavalcade of guarantees to tell us that you will have bold and caps-locked opinions about what got snubbed. Direct your short-lived anger and important opinions to the comment section. There are only 25 things on here, so a TON of things got snubbed.
- This list was composed by males. Nothing on the CW.
- Have fun. Get awesome flashbacks. Resolve to start binging on a show. Crack a smile. Go outside today.
I've recently come to the conclusion that goofy-ish sitcoms were invented for 29 year-old males. Those who have experienced enough of the world to realize that the majority of it is a terrible place full of repeated moral compromises, and the only way to maintain sanity is to escape from reality.
And given that drugs are no longer cool, sitcoms are really the only option.
Cake's "Short Skirt, Long Jacket," only accentuates this--they're a band for people who are still young enough to not be a creepy bachelor, yet have a decent amount of disposable income.
This should probably be higher on the list. A high-quality intro that really digs into fast car, fast livin' Hollywood, while really driving home that the point of this show isn't necessarily the cars, money, or fame...it's the unbreakable bonds...Bro?
That said, given the content of the show they definitely could've done more here. Why no shots cruising down PCH? Or Lew Ashby Malibu mansions? It's our boys having a great time, but it's not the pinnacle. They could've went for the pinnacle.
The High Strung's "The Luck You Got" is a perfect lead in here. Imagery a little bit in your face "our finances may be down the toilet, but we're just chugging along anyway!", but that's really cause I sarcastically called it out like a douchebag on the internet. It's good. It's exactly what it should be.
22. SKINS (UK)
Just trippy enough, and visually it's one of the more luridly appealing 20 seconds you'll ever witness. Perfect for the audience of young people who can't pay attention to shit for more than four seconds.
21. Friday Night Lights
20. Boardwalk Empire
You get the sense that something's up. Calm before the storm, but the calm is kind of contaminated. They could've ruined it by making it too old-timey, but really coincides with the pacing of the show.
19. The Office
Exactly what a sitcom intro should be. Doesn't hurt when you have an incredible theme, and even more incredible remixes.
18. Six Feet Under
A lot in common with the other Michael C. Hall outfit on this list. For a show that's predicated on making the viewer try to "feel" the world of death, they've pulled off a remarkably difficult task. The emphasis on white fades and the like are rather distinguishable. Standing out is good in a list like this.