TV Closing Logos You Remember Through the Years

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  1. ClassicTVFan1981

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    http://www.closinglogos.com/
    While this may not be a common subject here, it is of course what we see after the closing credits on many of our favorite TV shows, before all the station bumpers.
    A few classic closing logos of note:
    1. Screen Gems "S from Hell" (1965 to 1974)
    Exhibitions: The Flintstones (final season of 1965-66), The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show, Bewitched (except season 1), The Donna Reed Show (final season), I Dream of Jeannie, The Partridge Family
    Music composed by: Eric Siday
    Why Be Afraid: Moog synthesizer music combined with the logo visuals.
    Variations: One example has a brass band tune, heard at the end of Batfink in syndication. Another variation has a shorter version of the original music, used from 1970 to 1974.
    Link to an example: (watch between 1:19 and 2:16)
    2. Paramount Television "Blue Mountain" (1975 to 1987)
    Exhibitions: Happy Days (except seasons 1-2), Laverne & Shirley, Taxi (1978-83), Mork & Mindy, MacGyver (seasons 1-2), Star Trek (syndication from 1984-96), Mannix (syndication from 1983-95)
    Music composed by: Lalo Schifrin (1975-76, 1978-87), Jerry Goldsmith (1976-78)
    Why Be Afraid: Powerful Lalo Schifrin fanfare (esp. the 1979 remix)
    Link to an example: (watch between 1:08 and 2:57)
    3. Viacom "V of Doom" (1976 to 1985)
    Exhibitions: Most '70s-'80s reruns of CBS programs. This could be found on old reruns of I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke, The Honeymooners, Perry Mason, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone (1959 series), The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Gomer Pyle, USMC, Hogan's Heroes, Hawaii Five-O and Cannon.
    Music composed by: (unknown)
    Why Be Afraid: Synthesizer music and timpani drum roll heard over zooming phrase and "V"
    Variations: Film-O-Vision (1976 to 1982), videotaped Scanimate (1978 to 1985); very first examples even had the 1971 jingle.
    Link to an example: (watch between 0:19 and 2:02)
    ~Ben (ClassicTVFan1981)
     
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    Doubt it was a closing logo, but will never forget the NBC peacock from the 60s and 70s.
    Had that old style, non-digital look to it. Kind of fuzzy, lots more "feathers" and just seemed classy to me.
    For some reason I recall seeing it after "Flipper". Childhood memories are notoriously wrong, so may not be true, but still loved seeing the peacock.
    Wish they's go back to something like it now. Similar to the way Nasa dumped their lousy logo and went back to the old original from the 60s.
     
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    The MTM logo was always my favorite:

    http://www.closinglogos.com/page/MTM+Enterprises

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP In Cincinnati, Lou Grant, Hill Street Blues, Newhart, St. Elsewhere - a whole lot of great shows ended with little Mimsie's "Meow".
     
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    This kind of thing is always fascinating...and always stirs more memories than we thought we had. Thanks for posting them. I wish every home video transfer of TV shows and movies retained the original logos.
     
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    The Stephen J. Cannell typewriter logo at the end of shows like "The A-Team", "The Rockford Files" and "Baretta". Couldn't find the original, but this tribute that aired at the end of a "Castle" episode very much captures the idea:
     
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    The closinglogos.com site that Ben mentioned has a lot of variants of the Cannell logo:

    http://www.closinglogos.com/page/Cannell+Entertainment
     
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    I recently found one that was during the closing credits of the final episode of St. Elsewhere, where Mimsie was on life support until he flatlined.
     
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    Other notable closing logos:
    Worldvision Enterprises, Inc.
    CLG Wiki: http://www.closinglogos.com/page/Worldvision+Enterprises%2C+Inc.
    Notable logos: Radar Globe Mk II (1974 to 1988) and WHOOSH Globe (1988 to 1999)
    Why So Scary?: The former description isn't too hard on the brain since on most shows it had no music (on Grizzly Adams and its related TV movies, the logo had a jazzy 4-note Fender-Rhodes electric piano tune); but it's the latter description that will really be nerve-racking, what with its dated '70s-style WHOOSH opening sound and subsequent prog-rock like synthesizer tune (which is actually a clipped version of the company's Home Video jingle, itself an adaptation of Keith Mansfield's "Superstar Fanfare" also heard on the Media West and Crown Movie Classics logos).
    Where to Find: Most '70s-'90s prints of ABC-broadcasted (and some NBC material, too, like Little House on the Prairie) material produced by or for the station itself (d/b/a Selmur Productions), as well as on '80s-early '90s prints of most Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears material. Can still be seen on Little House on the Prairie, pre-1999 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 and 7th Heaven and season 1 of Charmed.
    Hanna-Barbera
    CLG Wiki: http://www.closinglogos.com/page/Hanna-Barbera+Cartoons%2C+Inc.
    Notable logos: "H-B Box II and III" (1968-74, 1969-70), "H-B Rainbow" (1974-79) and "Swirling Star" (1979-90)
    Why So Scary?: The 1st description mentioned may be a little "in your face" with its rough animation. The 2nd description isn't too bad although it looks ungainly during the transition from the rainbow columns to the abstract "H-B" with a rolling rainbow pattern inside. The 3rd description may be very scary since at the beginning the star swirls around and around keeping time with its music.
    Where to Find: The 1968 version of the "Box" logo could be spotted on Wacky Races, season 2 of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm (in this case, since 1984 it was followed by the 1979 logo), whereas the '69 version is available on season 1 of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop and Dastardly and Muttley and Their Flying Machines, and on Cattanooga Cats and season 2 of The Banana Splits and Friends Adventure Hour.
    The 2nd logo: available on DVDs for Hong Kong Phooey, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, The All-New Super Friends Hour and Challenge of the Super Friends. Logo started out being big in the early years, but for its final season of 1978-79 the end result was much smaller and also had a Taft byline.
    Other Notes on 2nd logo: Was also seen plastered over the 1st logo's music on one episode of Funky Phantom, as well as plastering itself in error over the 3rd logo's music on syndication and DVD prints of Scooby Goes Hollywood.
    And the 3rd logo? Available with Taft bylines on DVDs for The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (which follows the 1st logo), The Smurfs, Super Friends: The Lost Episodes (the spring 1983 episodes), The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Galactic Guardians. Older prints of the 1976-79 Scooby-Doo episodes sometimes had the 1st logo (the 1969 version) plastered over this particular logo's music, such as on the episode Hang in There, Scooby-Doo, while another episode used the 1981 version of this logo plastered over the original ending music on the episode "Jeepers, It's the Jaguaro!" In 1986, the Swirling Star was made over in CGI, but is not quite as pleasing to the eye as the original 1979 version, and was the chief means of plastering on H-B cartoons in the late '80s and early '90s. This variant is available on The Flintstone Kids (with Taft byline from 1986-88), Popeye and Son, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Fantastic Max and The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley.
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    Remember the Viacom logo being shown at the end of the end credits of some Hawaii Five-O repeats on Granada Plus (great channel that was) in the late 90's, with a voiceover saying "Viacom". Ditto with the Fremantle logo at the end of some episodes of Baywatch.

    The MTM logo I remember well from Remington Steele, but for me the TV show closing logo which is at No.1...is the Roundlay and Lorimar logo shown at the end of Knots Landing. Know I go on about these logos a lot, but they're up there with the best. The yellow Lorimar logo (first, just 'Lorimar', then in the 1981-82 season a registered mark was added to the end of 'Lorimar').
     
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    I remember the Filmways card at the end of "Green Acres":
    Eva Gabor: "This has been a Filmways presentation, Dahlink."
    As above, I also remember the kitten meowing for MTM presentations.
     

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