Another Top 10 TV Show Title Sequence Intros

Script written by Steven Papadopoulos Now that’s how you open on a high note. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for another Top 10 TV Show Title Sequences. For this list, we're looking at a second set of incredible intros that combine a great song with mesmerizing visuals to set the tone and mood for the episode to come. If you didn't see an intro you thought should be on the list, be sure to check out our first list of the Top 10 TV Show Title Sequences. Special thanks to our user Samantha Payne for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Another Top 10 TV Show Title Sequence Intros


Now that’s how you open on a high note. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for another Top 10 TV Show Title Sequences.

For this list, we’re looking at a second set of incredible intros that combine a great song with mesmerizing visuals to set the tone and mood for the episode to come. If you didn’t see an intro you thought should be on the list, be sure to check out our first list of the Top 10 TV Show Title Sequences.

#10: “The Drew Carey Show” (1995-2004)

One of the funniest and most underrated sitcoms of the ‘90s gets the party started early. In this title sequence that was added as of season three of the show, the entire cast sings along with a rocking soundtrack courtesy of the Presidents of the United States of America, as they storm the streets of Cleveland. The choreography may not have won any awards, but seeing everyone dancing together is a reminder of how much fun this show could be with its eclectic cast of nine-to-five workers. Cleveland rocks!

#9: “BoJack Horseman” (2014-)

A horse is a horse of course of course…oh sorry, that’s the wrong theme song – this one’s written by one half of The Black Keys, Patrick Carney. The story of a washed-up horse actor is brought to life in a Hotline Miami-inspired opening, which sees the title character go through his mundane life of partying and depressive fits followed by fixed camera. This original comedy from Netflix not only quickly establishes its ridiculous concept of a horse actor, voiced by actor Will Arnett, but actually makes you feel sorry for him before the first episode even gets rolling. BoJack could use all our support.

#8: “Sherlock” (2010-)

Flashes of London intermixed with mysterious images of various cases establishes “Sherlock” as a love letter to both the city and the title character who’s garnered so much global admiration. There’s certainly action to be found in the upcoming episodes, but the crux of it all are the head scratching conundrums our heroes face. This title sequence attempts to give us a glimpse at how the brilliant Sherlock Holmes observes the world around him – because, as we all know, he does have a unique way of seeing things. Even the music captures that mysterious essence without becoming overbearing, suggesting perhaps a cup of tea alongside a dash of murder.

#7: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (2015-)

Another Netflix original, this Tina Fey-produced gem stars a wet behind the ears girl who is finally experiencing the modern world. Set to an autotuned news song as parodied by Tina Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond and the Gregory Brothers, the montage of old home videos and the silly, yet catchy as hell, “Unbreakable” song aptly set you up for the story of a cult survivor who lived the majority of her adult life hiding in fear of the apocalypse. Armed with a positive attitude, neither New York nor the end of the world can seem to break this go-getter.

#6: “Get Smart” (1965-70)

This show may be a spoof of James Bond, but Maxwell Smart still gets the job done as well as MI6’s best. With that iconic theme adding to the parody, the opening quickly gets down to business as Agent 86 passes several security gates. What respectful secret organization wouldn’t be hidden behind impenetrable walls that apparently work with motion detectors? He then arrives at the most inconspicuous defense mechanism of all: a phone booth. At least Smart has to enter some kind of code at this point. It can’t be that easy for a super spy, after all.

#5: “Misfits” (2009-13)

A dark aesthetic drives this animated opening to new heights as shadows take shape into animals before we see the delinquent stars of the shows. After a freak electrical storm gives these teens superpowers, they are no longer sequestered to the dark corners of the city, but we can finally see their colored faces for who they are. With the song “Echoes” by The Rapture driving the intro along, this title sequence shines thanks to the story it manages to tell, encapsulating the entire concept of the show in under two minutes.

#4: “The Affair” (2014-)

This award-winning drama begins with a serene Fiona Apple song that quickly picks up in pace as the overwhelming surf of the ocean consumes the viewer. Shots of old home videos and blurred images of the main characters caught in the middle of their affair are the only sights that escape the relentless waves. It’s an intro that tells of the dramatic tale to follow, of the people that will drown because of the decision made to try and escape their own lives. It’s how we like our drama: all-consuming and devastating.

#3: “Orange Is the New Black” (2013-)

Complemented by the music of Regina Spektor, who was nominated for a Grammy for the song “You’ve Got Time,” the extreme close-ups we see make it hard to tell that these women aren’t actors at all, but actual inmates. Designed to make the point that the show isn’t all about its main character, Piper Chapman, this title sequence helps us to know that perhaps these ladies aren’t just faceless criminals, but real people with real emotion and problems. Once the gates are heard closing at the end, we’ve not only warmed up to this idea; we’re ready to step foot in this prison ourselves.

#2: “The X-Files” (1993-2002)

This classic sci-fi masterpiece begins with the theme song we’ve all come to associate with alien visitors and the unknown. Its eerie composition and glimpses of evidence of alien life not only prove that we aren’t alone in the universe, but that the FBI is currently knee deep in a full investigation. Winning “The X-Files” an Emmy Award, the sequence remained relatively unchanged throughout the series’ run, at least until David Duchovny sought greener pastures as of the eighth season. Creepy images and even creepier music emphasize the idea that the truth is, indeed, out there.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “House of Cards” (2013-)
- “CSI: Miami” (2002-12)
- “Rescue Me” (2004-11)
- “Hannibal” (2013-15)
- “Twin Peaks” (1990-91)

#1: “True Detective” [Season 1] (2014-)

Season one of “True Detective” not only stands as an acting, directing and writing tour de force, it also has the coolest intro on this list. Painstakingly created by Patrick Clair and his team, silhouettes of characters superimposed over faded images of the Louisiana town drive home that mysterious vibe present throughout the season, a feeling that is further supported by the theme music, as sung by alt-country band The Handsome Family. Viewers would be desperate to know who the culprit was, but despite what the final outcome may’ve been, it was uncovering who these characters truly are that makes this show so impressive.

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