9. True Blood
You're gonna get down and dirty in the oft-forgotten parts of America. Sexual destruction, bloodied fanaticism, and backwater mysteries.
With tweaks year to year, but the theme always endures. No one had EVER seen anything like this before on television, and the theme was as loud an anthem as any. Arguably the most recognizable out of any of these.
A lot of my existence over the past twelve months can be directly tied to $1 pizza. I generally finish the slice, but Louie's remarkable ability to turn aimlessness into a trajectory is captured almost too perfectly. Also, that dude in the background on the phone in the cargo shorts is everywhere.
I was never a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. guy. But if there was ever a more in your face example as to why everyone thinks the 90's was a time where hairstyles were somehow not ridiculed, and you could have ambiguous at best jobs and still live in large NYC apartments, and worries simply did not exist, look no further. You really think you could get away with couches and fountains in recession depressed 2013? No sir.
5. How to Make It in America
The show's fate belied its name, but if we talking musical and visual synergy, tough to beat this. And we all could use a dollar.
Proof as good as any that sometimes, all you need is a simple idea, a catchy tune, and a dog.
3. Game of Thrones
You can't solely consider this the intro to a television show. It's a pump-up sequence. The sort that should go on the jumbo-tron before the big game.
This isn't just Dungeons and Dragons come to life--it's Dungeon's and Dragons turned cool. But most of all, it's the Game of Fuckin' Thrones.
2. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Fresh Prince first came of the air in 1990. The fact that the theme song (and big Willies styles) are now more popular than ever has little do with what Will Smith and his secret plan to control the masses with his family-run films, and a shit ton to do with this being his first foray into controlling the masses with his uncanny rap and visual sequence. Screams nostalgic longing, but you don't become 50% of 18-30 year-old's ringtone by accident.
1. The Sopranos
1. The television show of all television shows. What it may have lacked in an ending could not be said about the show's unflappable intro.
2. To address the towers in the rearview...they were cut from the intro starting in Season 4. It's been widely recognized that this has mostly do with simply keeping up with present day.
3. The song is called "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3
4. The ability to make driving through North Jersey one of the most appealing things a person could possibly do isn't an achievement...it's a divine power.
5. Blast this while driving. You can't not feel like a boss.