Saturday, November 04, 2006

TWQ:TV Intros

This week, TWQ (The Weekend Question) asks about the start to some tv programmes.

Which tv programme intros do you like the most?

My answers are:

1: The Prisoner: This, without doubt, is by far the best of all, with an extra-long intro what goes on for some time. A classic!

2: CSI: Miami: The wonderful song 'Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who launches the show off.

3: The Beverly Hillbillies: A great song starts this off, with the picture of Granny in her rocking chair on top of the Clampett car!

4: Washington: Behind Closed Doors: This mini-series had a great driving beat as it started.

Now it's over to you...

43 comments:

Catherine said...

Definitely the theme tune to "Monk": "It's a jungle out there" - it has such an upbeat catchy tune to go with the tongue-in-cheek depressing lyrics
Michele sent me

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Barney Miller, that bass is classic.
Simpsons, aaaaaaaaaahhhh the Simpsons... My daughter used to dance to that when she was uder two.
NYPD Blue was pretty good too. The drum beat and all of the quick images of NY.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Oh yeah, and Dr. Who as well.

Mother of Invention said...

From Michele!
I loved Dick Van Dyke...song and when he trips over the ottoman! Also The Three Stooges...love that music and kibbitzing around.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

I agree with you on CSI Miami. I'll add the USA dramady, Psych and Monk and well...The Monkees!

Here via Michele's this morning.

Adam said...

The Prisoner intro is a favourite of mine aswell, especially as I only live about an hour or so from 'The Village'.

The original 'comic strip' intro to Grange Hill was a classic, as were most of the Dr. Who intros.

rashbre said...

sopranos.

rashbre said...

And Hiya - today Michele sent me.

I'm not very good at watching whole series of anything and I assume the shows with different dramatised beginnings each week don't count?

Yes still Sopranos as a standard startup. The old Miami Vice has some retro quality in the fast editing at the start.

And the Prisoner, as you say is good, in that it retells the whole episode one in the credits.

rashbre

Aunty Marianne said...

That cello bit in the intro for Angel. We don't use cellos enough. Especially not with lots of electric guitar immediately after.

Brilliant.

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

love the sopranos, i even bought the cd so i could have that theme song.

Jaime H. said...

Knight Rider
The Equalizer

Darth Nepharia said...

Aww, I nearly forgot about the Prisoner. It was classic -- still like watching it when they play marathons.

There was a show in the mid '80s call The Equalizer that was written by Stuart Copeland (The Police) that I really love.

I like "Who Are You" by The Who with CSI: Las Vegas.

:D

Local Henchmen 432 said...

Law & Order.

Dum dum.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to go with Full House. Those lyrics were f-in money.

Terri said...

Hi from Michele's....
My choices are:

ER intro
Cheers
MASH

Tara said...

The Facts of Life, because it was my all-time favorite show as a kid.

Also, The Jeffersons. Just a rockin' song!!! :-)

craziequeen said...

Blue Murder, a canadian police show, had a spanking theme tune.

cq
Hey J-L.....You Know Who sent me here....

Ellee said...

Strictly Come Dancing and Dr Who. Oh and Neighbours, always puts a smile on my face, it sounds so cheerful.

panthergirl said...

Sex and the City
Six Feet Under
Grey's Anatomy (when they used to show it, although I'd rather have 3 more minutes of story)

I love the titles for Ugly Betty because they use classic French film style screens. Great stuff.

As for old shows:
Mission:Impossible is a classic

panthergirl said...

OH and all the various Simpsons intros are hilarious.

Anonymous said...

oh goody, something else i understand!!! (are you doing this for me? smile)

survivor! and monk! (and, now bear with me here) the theme song from the carnival cruise commercial! sailaway............ bee

SQT said...

I like the intro to CSI: N.Y. because the song Baba O' Riley is one of my favorites.

Pearl said...

Maybe an email would be easier for you to receive but JL, my post today is all about the Academy and old timers there.

Pearl said...

Of those intros I only know the Beverly Hillbillies.

Jaime H. said...

And I have to add Star Trek: Enterprise to my list. Actually, it's probably at the top of the list, because I always felt as though if I didn't get to see the intro, it didn't matter if I watched the episode or not. I LOVE that intro....the song, the collage of ships, everything.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Quite a few shows have cropped up a few times in your choices. I must admit, I've never seen 'Monk'.

Another favourite was the mirror universe start for the two part Enterprise story 'Through A Mirror Darkly'.

Rob Whatman said...

The Prisoner is a great choice! I'm going for oldies too. The 70s detective show Vandervalk had a great theme. The Avengers had a fantastic intro and wonderful title sequence, very arch. And how many times did I stay up to see the intro to The Sweeney or Starsky & Hutch, then get sent to bed...
The Red Hand Gang had the kids humming along and jumping on trampolines. And the demented flute intro to the kids show Bod.

Mike said...

I have to agree with you on the Beverly Hillbillys theme and Rod serling starting the old Twilight zone was good and the music to the old Battlestar Galactica was good.

Here from michele's

srp said...

Here from Michele.

Yes, the Prisoner had a great entry. I always liked the Man from U.N.C.L.E. theme and the Get Smart theme songs as well.

panthergirl said...

Bewitched!!

(there are so many!)

Here via michele again!

Karen said...

Ooh, tough question. I guess I'd say: "The Office," "Gilmore Girls," "Grey's Anatomy" and "My Name is Earl." But mostly because those are some of my fave shows.

Michele sent me today. Hope you're having a great weekend!

David said...

what is this 'TV' that you refer to?
Do you not have woodstoves to watch in the evening? hehe Michele

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My Dear Jean Luc...
I deleted your comment by mistake---well, I should say "rejected" so it is now irretrievable...UGH! I'm so sory, it was a total mistake...! SHOOT! I DO appreciate your visit and I hope you will forgive my stupidity!!

kenju said...

Jean-Luc, I love the music for the Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Big Love, and all the other shows on HBO, as well as Survivor. What a good question!

Michele sent me.

Christine said...

Hmmmm, I've never thought about it much. I like the opening to Weeds, because I like that song. And I like the opening to Lost, because it's short, and to the point. It's adds that little bit of mysterious feeling, and gets right back to the show. Here via Michele's!

carli said...

I never watched One Day at a Time much, but admit to loving the goofy theme song.

Also love the Sopranos (that's my hood, yo!)

toygirl said...

Andy Griffith Show. Best intro ever. No shoes!

Melody Lam said...

My faves are:

House
The Simpsons
Vanished
Star Trek and Star Trek TNG (I frankly didn't like the Voyager intro...)

Jen K said...

My favorites:
Buffy
Angel
Veronica Mars

Barbara said...

Dallas, MASH, Friends, Cheers

Tom said...

Scrubs
Torchwood
Dr Who
ST: VOY

And the Mirror Universe intro was good too.

- Tom

Meow said...

One of my favourites would have to be good old Gilligans Island ... that song just sticks in my brain. And Happy Days, too. More recent ones would be Six Feet Under and Survivor.
Great question.
Have a wonderful week.
Take care, Meow

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