Netflix’s “Skip Intro” feature has led to concern that opening sequences of television shows, which can be artful, meaningful introductions, could be a dying art. The Onion takes a look at the most compelling and defining opening credits sequences of all time.


All In The Family:

U.S. audiences had never before seen a TV show opening that so brazenly suggested that women can play the piano.

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That ’70s Show:

The sequence of cast members in a car as seen from the dashboard is a subtle nod to the unique Wisconsin tradition of sitting in cars.

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The Dick Van Dyke Show:

Not only was this sitcom’s intro iconic, it helped raise awareness about the frequency of ottoman-related injuries, which the CDC estimated declined by nearly 45 percent over the run of the series.

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The Wire:

We actually think this one is too long.


Freaks And Geeks:

Set to Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation,” the time-lapse opening sequence of the cult show featured its cast rapidly going through puberty in two seconds while screaming in pain.

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Full House:

Rewrote all the rules about what objects a character could catch and hold during an opening credits sequence.

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Jeopardy:

Usually cut for time after the first season, the opening depicts Alex Trebek working his way up through the brutal trivia underworld.

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Diff’rent Strokes:

Widely credited with teaching Americans that the world does not move to the beat of just one drum.

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Mad Men:

The lyrical fall from grace of a silhouetted ad genius was punctuated by the sickening splat he made upon colliding with the Madison Avenue sidewalk.

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