Great TV shows require an equally great theme song and opening credits sequence.
There’s nothing like a catchy tune and goofy opening credits to get you in the mood to watch your favourite TV show. So, in lieu of being a complete couch potato over the university semester break, I’ve decided to rank my top five opening credits seen from Television. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that nearly all of these would feature in a list of my favourite ever TV shows.
1. The Simpsons
A pretty obvious pick in my opinion, and I’d be shocked if anyone disagrees with this one. Even though I’ve been watching The Simpsons since nappies and high chairs, I still get a buzz every time the clouds part and our favourite family name appears on screen. On top of the hilarious montage of everyone’s favourite town, Springfield, each opening sequence blesses us with a unique and often hilarious couch gag, adding a brilliant touch to every viewing.
One-hit-wonders don’t get much better than “I’ll be there for you” by the REMBRANDTS, and opening sequences don’t get much better than F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Meeting the faces of the characters we have all come to love, laugh and cry with for a glorious decade is always a fun affair, and seeing David Schwimmer live my dream of swimming in a water fountain fills me with joy knowing at least one of us made it.
3. Family Guy
I’ve always admired Seth MacFarlane’s affinity for musical numbers, so it’s no surprise I love the classic Family Guy theme. From my earlier years, trying to decipher Stewie’s cameo (death and crime or laugh and cry?) to being classically conditioned to feel serious excitement every time the Family Guy quintet gets going, I’ve always loved the jazzy show tune.
4. Game of Thrones
Dun dun da da dun dun da da dun dun. With the sixth season coming to a close I must admit: I’ll miss the cogs and nuts turning more than I’ll miss the scattered storyline. I can’t help but watch the map of the world unravel every time I watch an episode, and I freak the f*%k out every time a new city or fort is unveiled. Also Ramsey Bolton sucks ass.
5. Mad Men
The show that made excessive drinking and casual workplace harassment seem like the norm deserves an equally crazy and engaging opening sequence. The falling silhouette is a perfect visual metaphor for the advertising industry and the score always makes you feel a little bit daring and naughty – just the right mindset for such a risqué show.