I remember the heartbreaking moment, about five years ago, when the first broadcast network announced that its sitcoms would no longer have main title sequences and full-blown theme songs.
It was the day I lost my faith in God.
The voracious expansion of commercial time had finally squeezed out one of the best parts of the television-watching experience. And I knew it wouldn’t stop at sitcoms. Hell, “ER” doesn’t even do a main title sequence anymore.
As a lifelong TV geek, I have sweet memories of the wonderful title sequences of the ’60s and ’70s. A well-designed title sequence, along with a kick-ass theme song, puts your mind in the right space for being told a story. It can make you tingly all over.
Thankfully, there is HBO, where the art of the main title sequence lives.
And thankfully, too, there’s YouTube, where you can find some of the classic ones. Here is one of the all-time greatest:
Now… tell me that didn’t make you feel good.