Once upon a time, the opening sequence of the typical primetime television series (dramas, in particular) was a showcase for both its success and its heritage. And it set the tone for the entire series.
The original version of serialized drama “Dallas” is one such example, with a cascading title sequence (amid a pulsating theme) exhibiting the location and the lead performers. Crime solvers “Magnum, P.I.,” “Miami Vice” and the original “Hawaii Five-O” were equally memorable (with the current version of the Honolulu-based series fondly recreated). Then there was that “girl that made it all,” Mary Tyler Moore, throwing her beret up in the air in the streets on Minneapolis on sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Also notable was “The Wonder Years, “which offered the perfect blend of 1960s nostalgia through the lens of Super 8 home movies.
With time came change, and network executives hungry for additional commercial time (translation: greater revenue). So, what was once a staple for those classics from yesteryear often became nothing more than the opening credits blended into the first scene. But there are still exceptions.
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