A TV show has to have a plot that hooks viewers in, and perhaps more importantly, characters that we can connect with. Else, in all likelihood, viewers of that show will drop like flies.
There is another factor that plays a strong role for TV shows as well (which actually applies to practically any video format): the title sequence.
If you haven’t paid much attention to this aspect, then I bet you will after reading our list of the best TV title sequences.
The Best TV Title Sequences
Game of Thrones
Let’s start with the most popular – and perhaps obvious – one. The Game of Thrones title sequence is riveting, not only because of the music by Ramin Djawadi but also because of the popup style images of the most iconic locations in Westeros.
Have I mentioned the score?
Fun fact: Ramin Djawadi is also worked the music for Iron Man, Pacific Rim, and Prison Break.
Another obvious choice – it would be sacrilege NOT to include Doctor Who! The title sequence has changed over the years, but that’s only natural, with the show running for as long as it has. The one above is…no need to say, yes?
With the unmistakable “doo-wee-doo” and the flying TARDIS, this is definitely one of the best TV title sequences.
Fun fact: The latest title sequence incorporates a fan-made video! See: Fan-made Doctor Who Sequence Makes It Into the Show – For Real!
Probably one of the best shows on TV of all time, The Sopranos was part of many a TV buff’s life all over the world. The finale was one of the best ever, as well.
Then there’s the opening sequence, which perfectly gives off the vibe of the show and its main character. And who can resist singing along to “Woke up this morning”?
Watch the sequence here.
Squeamish I may be – especially when it comes to blood – I absolutely love Dexter’s title sequence. I guess there’s something about eggs and ham for breakfast, not to mention his quirky/weird smile as he walks out of his apartment.
On a more objective note, the way the title sequence shows hints about his secret life in his morning routine is brilliant.
True Detective has been received so enthusiastically by viewers, and in this era of awesome TV shows, that’s saying a lot. The intensity of the story and scenes may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that the visuals are impressive.
And that includes the title sequence. The photographic effects and the mixture of silhouettes and other imagery (industrial buildings) is truly evocative.
Clones, family, science, and politics, all mixed with truth and lies pitted against each other – Orphan Black is one of the best shows on TV today. The acting of Tatiana Maslany is nothing short of amazing as well.
As for the title sequence, it doesn’t fail to heighten your sense of anticipation for what’s to come.
History Channel may not exactly be the best source of accurate historical information despite its name, but its show Vikings is not to be missed. It’s got its fair share of plot twists and violence (as can only be expected), but it also does touch upon “real” Viking history.
If it’s your first time watching the show, you certainly would want to go on because of the title sequence. The music is haunting – If I Had a Heart by Swedish recording artist Fever Ray – and is a perfect complement to the visuals.
And, if you are a regular viewer, you still keep watching the intro even if you’ve seen it a thousand times. It’s that good.
Starz has brought us some notable TV shows, and its Black Sails does not disappoint. A pirate tale, Black Sails pits pirate crews in Nassau against each other, with England and Spain thrown into the fray. Loyalty is tested to the limits, and there is no lack of action and plotting.
The title sequence is just as haunting as Vikings’s, perhaps even more so. With Bear McCreary’s (Battlestar Galactica) music playing along to scenes of contrasting sculptures depicting battle, death, and other pirate-related visuals, the intro is one that will enrapture any viewer.
Honorable mention: Silicon Valley
We wouldn’t call Silicon Valley an awesome show, but it is a fun one. Especially if you have an idea of what goes on in the startup scenes. It’s rife with stereotypes, to the point of going overboard. It’s still good for a short, silly watch.
And it’s title sequence is just as easy to watch. It’s quirky, playing on stop motion. It’s short and shows iconic tech companies, which everyone can relate to.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the best TV title sequences – there are more dating decades ago, and we’re pretty sure you have your own favorites.
Why not share with us what you think we’ve missed?