30 Days of TV – Day 18

Day 18 – Favorite title sequence

Judging a title sequence is either the easiest or hardest thing on this list. I mean, their sole purpose is to roll credits, albeit with an aesthetic that conveys the feel and style of the show. Pretty much every show in existence does this, to some extent: rolling credits is a no-brainer, throw in a soundtrack, add in some clips from the first season or a montage of characters and set. Voila.

I’m also torn between the lines of titles I think are objectively best versus those I’m drawn to and consider my (subjective) personal favorite. The X-Files would probably be the objectively best: it’s foreboding, introduces the main characters and concepts right off the go, and has arguably the most iconic theme song of the ’90s. Mad Men’s intro is pretty hot, as was Deadwood, and both got the shows’ themes across while using some slick cinematography.

But the first one that came into my mind, despite it being fairly basic and not as aesthetically awesome, would be Rescue Me.

Maybe it’s just because I’ve watched far too much of the show, but yeah, that’s the first thing that pops into my head when I hear “title sequence” and “television” in the same sentence. Pretty basic alt-rock song, obnoxiously catchy (even though it doesn’t rhyme), some neat shots of New York, and the main characters dressing up and riding towards a burning building. Nice touch having the names roll in and blow away as smoke. I really don’t have a defensive argument for why this one is good, only that I like it and it’s the title sequence that comes to me first and strongest. There are worse.

Though, if we’re going to include non-native TV shows, or shows that first aired in foreign countries, Cowboy Bebop is worth mentioning. I’ve tried to avoid too much anime on this list since most of it appears first in the US either as “illegal” fan-subs, or (once the licensing has been dealt,) in DVD format. Thus I’m not really hip to categorize it as TV in the same sense as, say, Arrested Development or Star Trek or what have you. (Robotech is the exception because it was made for American TV. Deal with it.) Anyways. Bebop’s  title credits cover both categories: they’re frakking awesome, convey the show’s “space cowboy noir” feel, the song’s catchy, and it’s colorful as all hell. With most anime, I end up skipping the intro after a while; Bebop’s one of the exceptions. Great show, too.

Day 01 – A show that should have never been canceled – Jericho
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching – Fringe
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV-season) – Game of Thrones
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever – Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Day 05 – A show you hate – various micro-rants
Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – The Oath/Blood on the Scales
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – Black Market
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch – Better Off Ted
Day 09 – Best scene/episode ever – Out of Gas
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving – NCIS
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you – Heroes
Day 12 – A TV show you’ve watched more than 4 times – Robotech
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show – Talespin
Day 14 – Favorite male character – The Doctor
Day 15 – Favorite female character – Laura Roslin
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show – Top Gear
Day 17 – Favorite mini series – Band of Brothers
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence – Rescue Me
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite relationship
Day 22 – Best pilot episode
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Favorite series finale
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death

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