Whatever happened to Theme Show Music?

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by mattCR, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. mattCR

    mattCR Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,515
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Lee Summit, Missouri
    Real Name:
    Matt
  2. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    26,649
    Likes Received:
    3,809
    Location:
    The basement of the FBI building
    I like a good theme as much as anyone but when they have a choice of using 30 to 60 seconds on story or wasting 30 to 60 seconds on a theme song, I'm glad they choose to use the time for the story.
     
  3. Hanson

    Hanson Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 1998
    Messages:
    4,628
    Likes Received:
    119
    Real Name:
    Hanson
    I skip the theme and intro on pretty much every show I DVR after the first time (which is exclusively how I watch TV). It's a waste of time for me. The only ones I watch are the Simpsons because of the different couch gags, and if I know ahead of time that there's a different intro (like the recent Michael Scott Paper company version for The Office). For some reason, I usually watch the 30 Rock intro all the way through because I like the theme and it's pretty short.
    Incidentally, even though it's only 12 seconds, I usually skip the Ugly Betty intro anyway.
     
  4. Dave Scarpa

    Dave Scarpa Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 1999
    Messages:
    5,335
    Likes Received:
    49
    Real Name:
    David Scarpa
    Think if Green Acres, Star Trek, Beverly Hillbillies and others did'nt have themes. Themes set the stage for a great viewing experience. Most shows today forgo them for added commercial time. Look at Dexter what a great Theme and visuals, it greately enhances the show to come.
     
  5. Josh Dial

    Josh Dial Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2000
    Messages:
    2,802
    Likes Received:
    110
    Real Name:
    Josh Dial
    We DVR virtually everything we watch, and generally watch the opening credits if there are any (examples include NCIS, House, BSG--where we grew to love the pre-cap, The Unit).
     
  6. Joe_H

    Joe_H Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2001
    Messages:
    1,753
    Likes Received:
    8
    Agreed entirely, Dexter has the best opening sequence I've seen in a long time. (Though I was a little annoyed during a certain episode when they rehashed it in the middle of it.)
    But, I do think some shows don't really need one. I can't think of anything more fitting for Lost, for example, than the logo moving across the screen and the accompanying sound.
     
  7. AnthonyC

    AnthonyC Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2004
    Messages:
    2,342
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  8. Nicholas Martin

    Nicholas Martin Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2003
    Messages:
    2,683
    Likes Received:
    1
    I've found a lot of good end title themes that are never heard on broadcast because of 'next week' previews.
    For whatever reason, I never skip title sequences even if I've seen them literally thousands of times. On DVD, reruns, doesn't matter. They still help establish the world the show is bringing the viewer into, even if it's episode 152.
    My favorite is one I hear daily: CBS Evening News. Though I am a bit biased in calling it my favorite.
     
  9. Walter C

    Walter C Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2006
    Messages:
    2,299
    Likes Received:
    60
    Real Name:
    Walter
    I like the opening credits to Chuck, and almost never skip them. One of the few shows today, where they have opening sequence AND show the person of the cast with their name on it. The only other ones that I can think of, are the CSIs, Law & Orders, 30 Rock.

    I can remember back in the 80's, I would only watch the opening sequences of some shows (like Dallas and The Love Boat), then change the channel.
     
  10. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    26,649
    Likes Received:
    3,809
    Location:
    The basement of the FBI building
    Same here.
     
  11. Carl Miller

    Carl Miller Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2002
    Messages:
    1,461
    Likes Received:
    0
    I remember doing the same thing withe Welcome Back Kotter (another hit theme they didn't mention), One Day at a Time etc...
     
  12. Yee-Ming

    Yee-Ming Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2002
    Messages:
    4,357
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    "on a little street in Singapore"
    Real Name:
    Yee Ming Lim
    Only because they chopped 'story time' first in favour of ad time, and now chop 'theme time' to recover a bit back.
    No surprise then that cable shows are the only ones that still have full-blown opening sequences with themes, as discussed in the article.
     
  13. mattCR

    mattCR Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,515
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Lee Summit, Missouri
    Real Name:
    Matt
    Some great theme songs that I think setup their shows.


    Hell, I loved that theme so much I bought the soundtrack.. not once, but at least three times.
    Very few theme songs get the entire concept of a show in 1 minute. This does.

    Could you imagine this show without the theme?

    Or this one?


    Along with a ton of others. [​IMG]
     
  14. mattCR

    mattCR Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,515
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Lee Summit, Missouri
    Real Name:
    Matt
    On of my favorites.. ever.
     
  15. mattCR

    mattCR Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,515
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Lee Summit, Missouri
    Real Name:
    Matt
    And of course, 80s cartoons had awesome ones:
     
  16. Stan

    Stan Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    May 18, 1999
    Messages:
    3,367
    Likes Received:
    339
    The only theme music I've consistently enjoyed is a bit old, but I really like "Star Trek: Voyager" with the opening visuals and the great music in the background.

    The only thing I listen to now is "The Big Bang Theory", nothing else really stands out, so a quick fast forward to skip it.

    Just switched to DISH and now have Showtime, so am looking forward to them rerunning Dexter. I've never seen it, but episodes 1-3 played earlier this week. Hopefully they'll repeat, because I ended up with a dud DVR where the hard drive failed after four days, so lost all my recordings. 4-5 are playing next week, so may be out of luck.
     
  17. mattCR

    mattCR Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,515
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Lee Summit, Missouri
    Real Name:
    Matt
    Dexter theme.. which admittedly, is my favorite currently running.
     
  18. Greg Kettell

    Greg Kettell Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 1998
    Messages:
    1,383
    Likes Received:
    179
    Location:
    NY Capital Region
    Real Name:
    Greg K.
    The Big Bang Theory's intro is the only one I watch every time, but it's short and quick.
    Lots of other good ones but I usually skip them if I've seen them more than a couple times.
     
  19. mattCR

    mattCR Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,515
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Lee Summit, Missouri
    Real Name:
    Matt
    Yeah - for those that haven't seen the LONG form CBS promo before the show's premiere:
     
  20. Kevin Hewell

    Kevin Hewell Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2003
    Messages:
    2,163
    Likes Received:
    93
    One of my favorites. HBO really does good theme music.

    And this, which is appropriate for the D-Day anniversary. I really love instrumental themes.
     

Share This Page