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  1. Hey great idea! Hawaii 5-0 is a classic, used to watch it with my grandmother. One of my favourite intros is for the Six Million Dollar Man.

  2. How about Magnum P.I.?

    Simon and Simon, Charlie’s Angels, Bonanza, Get Smart, The Munsters, Green Acres, A-Team, BJ and the Bear…….

    I could go on.

  3. Grizzly Adams! Great job Chris. Wondering if you might consider looking up the other airwolf intro with Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine?

  4. Ok. My browser crashed before I could post my long rant so this is the short version:

    Favourites:
    Star Trek The Original Series (the version with the woman singing backup. Orange titles, not blue). My favouritest favourite ever. Mmmm.

    How The West Was Won. Wonderful mood-setter showing the vast open landscapes that serve as a canvas for this epic western drama πŸ™‚
    That show also had a beautiful outro with the Russell paintings. Have always watched it to the end.

    Lovable catchy retro:
    Mr. Ed. The song still plays in my mind from time to time.
    The Addams Family. Everyone knows that tune. Think the intro was instrumental with finger snapping and the end was the same tune with lyrics, is that right? It’s been a while.

    Cheesy cool:
    KnightRider. Also a great extro with the voiceover and him riding into the sunset. “Michael Knight… a lone crusader…”Fantasy Island. The version with Ricardo Montalban and the “the plane, the plane”-line.
    And Dallas. Another flyby (with helicopter shadow in picture.) Brilliant intro which made the show look expensive and exciting. In reality it was all about people sitting around in leasure suits boozing.

    Groovy:
    Starsky & Hutch. At least two different versions, not counting the variation in short clips. Season one had a theme by Lalo Schifrin and after that there was a catchier, funkier theme written by Aaron… I don’t remember.

    Lines and geometrics:
    Quincy ME was a show I hated but it had lovely title design. Kojak had a couple of different intros with a nicely divided screen. One version had a very cheap orange 3d title effect which was nice.
    malexius mentioned Magnum PI which is another example of the segmented screen concept and divider lines. In the shape of his ring, I think. Dynasty also had great lines, similar to Kojak really.

    Ok… enough for now. There are others… many others…

  5. In retrospect, the CHiPs opening is god awful!!

    How about 3-2-1 Contact and The Electric Company? You need some kid’s shows in there.

  6. I love Star Trek but the opening is actually kind of boring if not for the music. It’s just credits!

    Hahaha, I love watching CHiPs reruns because the show is a great example of a bad bad tv show which I used to love. How many times are they chasing a van that ends up flipping over where they have to save the hippies inside before the damn van explodes.

  7. Don’t forget about the old “Kolchack: The Night Stalker” opening – music and filming begins serenely, then becomes nightmarish when the bass strings kick in. Best show ever, I’m sure someone is sorry for the attempted remakes. Darren McGavin will be missed. Holler if someone can find this intro….

  8. Ok Storm, you just kept me busy but I found most of them.

    Can u explain to me what you mean by a segmented screen in magnum PI. I’m looking at it and I just see straight forward cuts in the editing to the music.

  9. oops, just realized you were talking about intros. Droopy probably never even had one. How about Greatest American Hero and Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century? Both were around the early 80’s.

  10. Glad to see Magnum PI in there. The funk guitar bit is awesome.
    How about Simon and Simon, The Dukes of Hazzard and In Search Of… ?

  11. Chris: You are absolutely right. The explanation is that the last two times I’ve turned on the TV and accidentally seen Magnum, it has been the first episode both times. This was a double episode about a childhood friend or navy buddy or something that died. Magnum suspects something fishy and investigates. Here are the opening credits from that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HK_zMXrmuI

  12. Holy Crap Storm. I haven’t seen the original intro. Tower Records is going out of business and I just bought Magnum Season 1 for 40% off but haven’t watched it yet. I’m gonna have to check it out during thanksgiving break now.

  13. Nobody has asked for MacGyver yet? I have to find the version which doesn’t have the orchestra near the end of the song.

  14. Yes, there was a new MacGyver intro after season 1 or so. And then another one later on. The intros became more elaborate in conjunction with the mullet. I think they all had Ice Hockey in them.

    This thread is of course an endless one as there is no limit to how many old tv shows people remember. Here in Norway we didn’t have all of these. I have never even heard of CHiPs or BJ and the Bear (We had Movin’ On instead tho, which I hated but watched every day anyway.)
    We had a lot of Australian and UK shows here.

    I remember we never had The Six Million Dollar Man, but we did have The Bionic Woman. I guess it was cheaper to buy. Lots of American shows never caught on here. People complained that they weren’t realistic. Like The Incredible Hulk. “It’s not realistic”. Ok. So they sent historical dramas instead.

    By the way… you posted Munsters instead of Addams Family. Which I’m afraid will not do
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nugwZDa8IC0

    Speaking of catchy titles… here are a couple of more with really REALLY catchy music:

    The Brady Bunch
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmLergRnp6Q

    Follyfoot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH-fIM1PAVQ

    Skippy The Bush Kangaroo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3HkUKoGoc4 (DVD set trailer)

    Three’s Company (Suzanne Somers version)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpbcUW4cwK4

    Don’t know if it’s right of me to post links or not. Don’t want to get all editorial on someone elses weblog.

    Other nominees:

    Most hypnotic title sequence ever: Secret Army
    Funkiest title sequence ever: Barney Miller
    Best narrative ever: Outbreak
    Most outdated: Blakes 7

  15. what about the ending credit scene of lemony snickets, a series of unfortuant events.

    or the beginning of ah, eurekas castle.
    edward scissor hands.

  16. If this is still going, Twin Peaks… that mellow, peaceful-looking setting that just gets ever more inappropriate. Plus the population marker that gets ever more inaccurate… Brilliant.

  17. Missed BJ & the Bear, Good Times, and Greatest American Heroe because I’ve never seen ’em. The rest I got after the first few notes.

    (Any chance of seeing SCTV or You Can’t Do That on Television?)

    Damn, I’m old.

  18. How about M*A*S*H* ? That was a catchingly haunting melody that I never seemed to get tired of, even when it had been on the air for over a decade. Even when they edited the opening visuals, they never really messed with the song (though it was choped in the later seasons).

    What about the odd couple? Neil Hefty was a jazz great and he did write a heck of a theme song.

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