Jun 05 2009
There seems to be somewhat of an ideological war on this site sometimes, where Nattyb takes the position that the ’80s was the best decade ever and nothing can ever touch it. Amidst these claims, I find I have to take it upon myself to set the record straight, and say that current movies, games and television are just as good and more often better than anything that existed twenty plus years ago.
So this post is in response to his Best ’80s TV Intros post, which cites introless shows like Lost and 24 as prime examples why today’s TV has awful intros. But that’s not true, and there are in fact a number of shows with great intros. No, they don’t have that ’80s cheese factor Nattyb loves so much, but they’re quite cool in their own right.
The intro is a perfect blend of space opera and western, just like the show is. And it was written by Joss Whedon.
2) The Sopranos
The drive through Jersey is one of the most iconic TV show intros ever, albeit not the most scenic.
Over forty different artists have covered “Little Boxes” for the Weeds intro. Hit YouTube for the grand collection.
4) Mad Men
Not a whole lot of substance here, but a complete and utter overload of style.
5) The OC
I know people who literally tear up when they hear “California” play now. Those people are not me. Seriously.
6) Freaks and Geeks
Judd Apatow’s first wonder has a great intro featuring a moment that all high schoolers can relate to: the awkward school picture.
Say what you will about the show, but Remy Zero’s “Save Me” and the subsequent video montage was a perfect fit for a young Superman.
8 ) Dexter
By far the most clever and creative show intro I’ve ever seen, shooting a morning routine like a brutal homicide.
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