First impressions are a powerful thing. In the world of TV, they set the tone for what youâ€™re about to see and, when well executed, persuade you to invest more of your precious time. Whatâ€™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 thatâ€™s outlasted the very TV show that they once introduced.
Without further ado, here are the most impactful opening credits in TV history. Letâ€™s go!
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 â€śParanormal activity,â€ť and â€śGovernment denies knowledge.â€ť
But letâ€™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. Itâ€™s simple, sure. But itâ€™s perfect in itâ€™s simplicity.