There seems to be somewhat of an ideological war of generations when it comes to television and movies. One generation tends to take the position that the ’80s was the best decade ever and nothing can ever touch it. One the other hand you’ve got later generations that side with the 90s. And then you have this generation that I’ll essentially say has absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. However, let’s take an unbiased view and say that current movies, games and television are just as good and more often better than anything that existed twenty plus years ago. And that’s simply for the fact that technology is 100 times better. Let’s face it. If we saw these effects in the 80s our jaws would drop.
While we can always reminisce about the hilarious introductions of sitcoms we loved like The Wonder Years or Full House, today’s television doesn’t do such a bad job either. Here are ten modern television introductions that were excellent. Only one of these is still on the air, but they’re all in this “newer” generation of TV.
The intro is a perfect blend of space opera and western, just like the show is. And it was written by Joss Whedon. And just admit how cool this song is. It rocks.
2. The Sopranos
The drive through Jersey is one of the most iconic TV show intros ever, albeit not the most scenic.
Over forty different artists have covered “Little Boxes” for the Weeds intro. Hit YouTube for the grand collection. Pretty awesome.
4. Mad Men
Not a whole lot of substance here, but a complete and utter overload of style.
5. The OC
I know people who literally tear up when they hear “California” play now. Those people are not me. Seriously.
6. Freaks and Geeks
Judd Apatow’s first wonder has a great intro featuring a moment that all high schoolers can relate to: the awkward school picture.
Say what you will about the show, but Remy Zero’s “Save Me” and the subsequent video montage was a perfect fit for a young Superman.
By far the most clever and creative show intro I’ve ever seen, shooting a morning routine like a brutal homicide.
9. Game of Thrones
It’s a song that doesn’t leave you. That’s for sure.
10. Friday Night Lights
It’s everything I could ever want in a TV intro. The song, written by W.G. Snuffy Walden (I just had to google that, but he should definitely be more famous), is so victorious.