While there’s plenty to great TV shows, nothing is more memorable than the opening tune that sets the pace for the show. Whether it’s a short cut like Breaking Bad, an iconic tune such as Law & Order, or the classic panning of the city like The Simpsons, TV theme songs impact you like nothing else.
Which opening theme song did you never skip while watching the show?
Brian: Parks and Recreation, even now when I sometimes watch reruns of the show or a couple of episodes on Netflix, I never skip the theme.
Alex: Recently, the Daredevil Netflix Series. That sequence is the most chilling opening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the chilling piano is perfectly fitting for the vigilante of Hell’s Kitchen.
Yeksson: I recently watched all 10 seasons of Friends, and I did not skip a single intro.
Shayna: The Wire. Through all five seasons, they used the same song (“Way Down in the Hole”) but it was always a very different version – different singer(s), different tempo, different instruments. Sometimes I felt like the songs aligned directly with the themes of each particular season and they were all so unique.
Which theme song did you immediately add to your playlist?
Brian: If I’m not mistaken, the very first ending theme of Naruto was “Wind” by Akeboshi, and I absolutely loved that song the first time I heard it and had to add it to my playlist.
Alex: Easily, the X-Men theme song from the 90s animated series. No lyrics were needed to capture the mutant struggle.
Yeksson: I added The Walking Dead theme almost immediately after watching Season One. Additionally, Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals used it as his walk up music to every other at bat.
Shayna: The Community theme song. It was so fun and catchy. Also, the Freaks and Geeks theme song was already on my playlist when I watched the show.
Which theme song did you initially think was really weird but grew on you?
Brian: Justified, which features “Long Hard Times to Come” by Gangstagrass, and it was a very weird country rap hybrid that I had never heard before, but I totally get down with when I watch Justified now.
Alex: The opening theme for Mega Man the animated series was hard to love at first. Not because it’s a bad song, but I was bitter that, for a game with such a devotion to rock and roll, none of the tracks were used or remixed for the opening.
Yeksson: House of Cards theme is nice, simple theme music which goes against the true nature of the show itself. It is another theme I’d say I hardly skip, primarily because I am a fan of the shot of Nationals Park within the intro.
Shayna: “You’ve Got Time” by Regina Spektor – from Orange is the New Black. Maybe I just thought the opening montage was kind of odd – but it really grew on me after a few episodes. I like that song a lot now.
Which theme song do you wish there was an extended full version of?
Brian: Parenthood’s “May God Bless and Keep You Always”. I’m not usually one for country tunes but I absolutely love that theme song and really wish there was a full version of it.
Alex: Parks and Recreation. I always feels so productive and triumphant listening to the tune; I just wish it lasted longer.
Yeksson: I side with Alex on this. I even tried to see if the actual song is on iTunes. Alas, it is not. sad face
Shayna: I was going to say the Daria theme song (remember that super cool MTV show?!) but turns out there’s a full song for it and any other show theme song I can think of. YouTube is pretty great.
What are your favorite closing and opening theme songs?
Brian: My favorite opening theme has got to be Scrubs, it just perfectly encapsulated the show in my opinion and was very catchy. I already mentioned “Wind” by Akeboshi, but that has to be my favorite closing theme of all time.
Alex: The Arrow opening and closing is always attached to a dramatic reveal or revelation. So when I hear either song, I’m always thinking about how Oliver Queen deals with the cumulative chaos in Starling City.
Yeksson: Batman: The Animated Series. I loved it as a kid and I still do now.
Shayna: True Detective (season 1) has my favorite opening theme. I loved the opening credits in general — they were edited in a cool way. That song sounds classic and it fit the show so well, despite not being directly written for the show. It’s actually an older song from the early 2000s. As for closing, Six Feet Under episodes almost always ended with the theme song. It’s an instrumental song/melody that’s a little creepy but not unhappy — not exactly cheerful either. But it fits that show so well because it’s the perfect song to complement a dark comedy like SFU.
Brian: The one and only time that Breaking Bad‘s theme played during the show was probably the most hype moment in the entire show for me. I was just so ready for Walt to crap on everything for the right reasons.
Alex: TV opening songs are always a nice reminder that for this short time, your program has begun and you get a moment to sink into the world. Its always nice when you hear a song out of context like at a sports game or in a commercial, because you’re reminded of that show you love.
Yeksson: There’s nothing wrong with adding TV show themes to your music library. I am certain that Alex has the biggest collection out of anyone.
Shayna: HBO shows tend to have the best theme songs in my opinion. Maybe it’s because they usually fill up a whole two minutes and can use (nearly) a full length song, but that’s where most of my favorites come from (True Detective, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Game of Thrones, etc).
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