Open topic: Best TV intro ever
In a pathetic attempt to link that bit of You Tube-happy nostalgia to this current post, it seems one of my favorite TV critics, Alan Sepinwall, got a bit upset when he read TV Guide's list of the "Best TV Pilots of All-Time". And with good reason.
No "Twin Peaks?" No "Freaks and Geeks?" Do the people at TV Guide actually watch TV, or is too much "American Idol" coverage rotting their collective brain?
Anyway ... Sepinwall's post and the subsequent reader suggestions are worth checking out. And as all good writers do, Sepinwall found a way to pimp his past work by busting out a "Best TV Intro of All-Time" column he wrote back in 2003. His list is about as well-researched as it gets. It also feeds in nicely with my recent completion of "Six Feet Under" -- ooh, I just pimped a future post of mine! -- which I cited as probably my second favorite TV intro of all time. Numero uno? You know it had to be Martin Starr and his big, cheesy grin with Joan Jett bellowing "Bad Reputation" in the background.
Five of my recent favorites, including "Freaks," are below. I can't recall that many REALLY impressive ones, to be honest. These are simply picks off the top of my head -- that even after several viewings, I don't just blindly skip past. It probably makes sense that these are shows I continue to watch and love. Guess I don't pay that much attention to TV intros, unless they're really, truly awful like "Thunder in Paradise." (OK, I take it back, that "Transformers"-like super boat is AWESOME!)
So, anybody want to go to bat for a really great TV intro? Adam, you can make an argument for "Perfect Strangers." I won't judge you. (Ahem.)
Oh, and as a bonus, my two favorites from childhood. Peter Scolari, that guy from "The Burbs," a Billy Joel singalong and (?) Barbara Bush.
-- Thomas Rozwadowski, firstname.lastname@example.org