First Impressions: The Most Impactful Opening Credits in TV

First impressions are a powerful thing. In the world of TV, they set the tone for what you’re about to see and, when well executed, persuade you to invest more of your precious time. What’s more, they vary substantially from show to show.

Today, we explore some of the most impactful opening credits in TV history. Some showcase world-class animation and creativity, some present self-contained stories of their very own, while others still, enjoy a legacy that’s outlasted the very TV show that they once introduced.

Without further ado, here are the most impactful opening credits in TV history. Let’s go!

The X-Files

The X-Files opener is as iconic as it is perfect. This 42-second opening walks the viewer through a series of character shots, UFO footage, and fading phrases like “Paranormal activity,” and “Government denies knowledge.”

But let’s get real, the element that elevates the X-Files opener to an A-plus is its creepy score. The eerie X-Files theme song sets the tone for the eerie story about to be presented. It’s simple, sure. But it’s perfect in it’s simplicity.