The Onion picks the openings that fit their shows perfectly - VIDEO
One of the saddest changes in the television landscape has been the disappearance of the theme song. They're really not that important to the people who create TV shows now (or the networks who want to get more commercials in). Lost has just a single note as their theme song, ER has changed and shortened their theme song, Jericho has static, and Heroes doesn't have a theme song or credits either.
Luckily, the shows that still have theme songs also have opening credits. Shows like The Office and Dexter all have theme songs and opening credits. They're classic TV openings. Of course, it's nothing like years gone by, where almost all shows had theme song and opening credits. The Onion has picked 22 that they feel fit their shows perfectly. I don't know if that is the same as "best opening sequences," but the choices are interesting, quirky, a little maddening, and they left out a few, as I'm sure you'll agree.
I don't think I would have picked Homicide as number one, as they do, but it works well. Other current shows on the list include The Sopranos, Big Love, The Simpsons, and Dexter, but the bulk of their list comes from older shows: The Love Boat, All in the Family, The Andy Griffith Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Get Smart, and Freaks and Geeks.
But what's missing here? They pick Buck Rogers in the 25th Century but not any of the Star Trek shows? It's fantastic that they mention Mannix, one of the great openings, but what about shows like Private Eye, Magnum, P.I., The Wild, Wild West, or Spenser: For Hire?
What would be on your list? Below is one of my favorites, from U.F.O. It's so swingin'! It's futuristic yet really dated at the same time. I love it.