Usually ridiculously referred to as the size queen of the site (you can start laughing now), I have no problem declaring that tiny is tremendous these days as far as opening credits go for my favorite TV shows. As an avid watcher of all things cathode ray-projected since my earliest days, I remember when (God, I’m old enough to say that now… just shoot me and get it over with) opening credits contained a close-up and description of all the main characters and even the nosey neighbour everyone loved to hate. Only very recently have things changed in this area as title scenes have become exponentially shorter than the credits of yore, sometimes only long enough to splay the show’s title across the screen.

While I’m sure there’s an equation matching the ever-decreasing attention span of the modern tv-viewer alongside the increase in use of PVRs/DVRs and torrent downloading to explain for this sudden phenomenon, all that matters to me is the days of time I’ll get back as shows reduce their opening sequences to seconds in length… (Yes, “days” is accurate, do the math and realize this is an addiction and I need help).

Here’s the list:

90210

(Old School) A classic opening known for its clothes, insidious theme song and 30-year-olds-playing-teens, my jaw almost dropped when I read that it was 1 minute and 30 seconds long. Watch and remember a time before high schoolers were played by high schoolers.

Golden Girls

A little bit for Daniel and a little bit for Betty White’s epic lead on SNL recently, we have to give a shout out to the amazing and eternally heart-warming opening from “the girls.”

Dexter

Caught between being a relatively newer show and being strongly influenced by innovations in HD and cinematography, this show’s opening was pre-glibness bubble and demonstrates what TV themes can do when there’s brains behind the camera.

Parks And Recreation


A favorite new show, I love the title scene as much as the rest of the episode because of how cute and poppy the music and montage is.

The Mentalist

Probably one of the more succinct versions of an opening, this one is right to the point showing off the protagonist, the creator’s name and the director’s… and, considering how cute Simon Baker is, I’m just fine with it! … Seriously Baker, call me!

24Giving us next to zero info about the show other than its name, this opening has nonetheless become one of the most recognizable sequence of beeps and blips to TV viewers today.

Just a couple I chose, but would love to hear your favorites or even your most hated of all the openers out there… and there’s a LOT to choose from!