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Buzz In: What Are Your Favorite TV Opening Sequences?


If you're anything like me, the opening theme music and credit sequences to your favorite TV shows will sometimes cause me to have goosebumps. It sounds silly, but think about it. At this point, my nostalgic longing for My So-Called Life nearly brings me to tears when I hear those first notes of music as well as the hushed "Go, now! Go!" And there was a time when the opening credits sequence for ER functioned as a kind of call to action for my emotions — before anything actually happened on the show itself!

I have friends who swoon at the opening sequence for Gilmore Girls ("If you're out on the road/ Feeling lonely, and so cold. . ."), and of course the jazzy opening music for Sex and the City is like a good feelings trigger for many women (I once heard that theme music as someone's ring tone on a bus, and all the women on the bus started laughing — happily). I'll also always have a soft spot for the Ally McBeal opening sequence ("I've been searchin' my soul tonight!") as well as the one from The West Wing.

Now it's your turn. Which TV openings make you happy/wistful/tingly?

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bento-barista bento-barista 6 years
Buffy Gilmore Girls Bones (I really love that Crystal Method song.) :)
nat1 nat1 7 years
Sex and the City (actually, my bff has it on her cell...luv it!) Gilmore Girls Popular (in case no one remembers, here´s the song http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=qLM62bId7UI&feature=related)
weirdy weirdy 7 years
Wow..a great topic.. lets see.. in no particular order.. drum roll please... 1. Full House 2. The Cosby Show 3. BH 90210 4. One Tree Hill 5. FRIENDS 6. Grey's 7. Ally McBeal 8. Fresh Prince of Bel Air
heroic heroic 7 years
Lately it's South of Nowhere but I'm also partial to the Gilmore Girls, Ally McBeal, Wonder Years, sixth-season Degrassi, Scrubs, One Tree Hill and Friends opening billboards.
ShannonSoCrazy ShannonSoCrazy 7 years
Angel has my favorite opening credits. I also love Freaks and Geeks, HIMYM, and Daria("You're standing on my neck..."). My least favorite would have to be Firefly. I love the show, but the theme song really got on my nerves.
beansandsyke beansandsyke 7 years
how i met your mother i sing in the begining and the end i love it plus its so short its like la la la showtime!
trouble450 trouble450 7 years
The Ally McBeal song makes me tap my foot Battlestar Gallactica cause it show the best of what you are about to see and sounds great Cheers Come on! Sing it with me! Lavern and Shirley Happy Days Scooby Doo!
jazzy-jane jazzy-jane 7 years
Buffy Angel West Wing 3rd Rock from the Sun the King of the Hill opening theme makes me happy, although I'm not particularly a fan of the show. I listen to the music, then change the channel. :)
socalgirl08 socalgirl08 7 years
Nothing beats Friends!
sharshar sharshar 7 years
I love the music for the opening sequence of the Tudors. It gave me the chills when I watched it for the first time. Also love Scrubs' and Ally McBeal's! "Searching my soul" is so 90s, hee.
pargie pargie 7 years
Oh, I forgot Veronica Mars..I love the original theme song.
pargie pargie 7 years
I agree with the first poster, A Different World has a great theme song...each one. I love love love Gilmore Girls, Buffy, and CSI: Miami.
alynn alynn 7 years
The Wire. http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=3QE1VEsXSmc&feature=related Loved how the opening credits gave a glimpse of the sides of Baltimore that were central to the specific season.
Advah Advah 7 years
I always thought the Ally McBeal opening was the best and funniest part of the whole series.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 7 years
I used to live with 5 other girls and we would gather in the living room each Tuesday night without fail to watch Friends. And we would always do the claps in the intro.
wallflower__0 wallflower__0 7 years
Everwood, love the song and the imagery. Veronica Mars, the opening song just explains the premise of the show so well...love love love the Dandy Warhols!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
I forgot to mention my new favorite Lipstick Jungle. I love the pink against the skyscrapers and find it the perfect combination of classy and lighthearted. And the LJ Bitter:Sweet song is my ringtone :O
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
Great topic Buzz! I think the Mad Men intro with the men falling and Amy Winehouse singing is really neat, especially for AMC!! I also love how their new DVD case opens like a lighter. So classy. Second award definitely goes to Six Feet Under for the gorgeous eerie opening and the fact that it shocks you every single time someone dies in the beginning, no matter how much you try and remember it's going to happen.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
just finished watching my so called life, i hated the titles, they suck. they should have hired someone like Saul Bass to do them. I always forwarded them. I like Friends titles and all of the CSI.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 7 years
The Gilmore Girls one makes me sing the theme out loud. And of course I loved all the Friends opening sequences. My favorite though, is Felicity. http://youtube.com/watch?v=pifm2nBvzKA I always thought the pictures and the song went together beautifully.
yeokr yeokr 7 years
i agree with almost all of those listed - particularly Cheers! i still remember all the words just because my parents watched it when i was younger. also, i never seem to get tired of the opening to One Tree Hill (esp. since they seem to have shortened it a bit), i just like Gavin DeGraw's voice i think... i am actually surprised that i thought of that one.
okmaebe okmaebe 7 years
Hey Dude Scrubs Wishbone
tiabia tiabia 7 years
Where's the nostalgia, LOL...here are a few more of my faves: Mr. Belvedere Webster Growing Pains Head of the Class
elanakat elanakat 7 years
i agree with the gilmore girls opening, i always find myself singing along the scrubs one is short and perfect how i met your mother's is great because it makes the characters seem so relatable and like they are really old friends and definitly my favorite by far THE OFFICE, i cannot help but be happy when i hear the theme song! and of course you cant forget the fresh prince theme...
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Oh yeah, I forgot to add Charmed to my list...love that song.
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