Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: Opening Title Sequences

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I probably love watching TV series more than movies but there's one thing I'm very bad at, watching opening sequences as I always skip them. And I blame Netflix for this as they make it possible with one click. So, yeah, this final Thursday Movie Picks of March was quite the challenge for me. However, after some thinking, and Google's help (only for one pick), I got three opening sequences.

Daredevil (2015-2018)

Not only this is my favourite Marvel show but it also has the best opening sequence. It is so good that I never skipped it.

Please Like Me (2013-2016)

I just watched this charming Australian comedy-drama series and I really liked how the title sequence is different in each episode.

The Simpsons (1989- )

There was nothing I liked as much as getting home from school and watching an episode of The Simpsons, and I never missed the title sequence.


  1. The Simpsons is just iconic. I've heard good things about Please Like Me, but I've never watched it! I've never seen Daredevil either but I like the intro a lot (just watched it!)

    1. I highly recommend Please Like Me. It is such a fun series but at the same time very serious as it deals with many sensitive themes, mainly mental health.

  2. I never watch it but I'll have to admit the Daredevil opener is very cool.

    The second is unknown to me but those title sequences make it look kicky.

    You know I'm not much for animation so I've never been a regular Simpson viewer so I was surprised how familiar that credit sequence seems.

    I went with three that do a good job of encapsulating the entire series concept in about a minute's time.

    Bewitched (1964-1972)-Clever animation of the lead couple-witch Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) and human Darrin (first Dick York, later Dick Sargent) plus troublesome mother-in-law Endora (Agnes Moorehead) represented by a cloud of black smoke set to zippy music that hints at the magical theme of the show all in under 40 seconds!

    Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967)-Imagine a small boat, a storm-tossed sea, a spinning captain’s wheel and a lonely isle then sing along!
    “Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale
    a tale of a fateful trip,
    that started from this tropic port,
    aboard this tiny ship. The mate was a mighty sailin' man,
    the Skipper brave and sure,
    five passengers set sail that day,
    for a three-hour tour,
    a three-hour tour. The weather started getting rough,
    the tiny ship was tossed.
    If not for the courage of the fearless crew
    the Minnow would be lost.
    The Minnow would be lost.
    The ship's aground on the shore of this
    uncharted desert isle
    with Gilligan,
    the Skipper too.
    The millionaire and his wife,
    the movie star,
    the professor and Mary Ann,
    here on Gilligan's Isle!”

    The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)-Over the background of a tic-tac-toe board filled with the faces of the cast all mobile and smiling at each other we hear:
    “Here's the story
    Of a lovely lady
    Who was bringing up three very lovely girls
    All of them had hair of gold
    Like their mother
    The youngest one in curls

    It's the story
    Of a man named Brady
    Who was busy with three boys of his own
    They were four men
    Living all together
    Yet they were all alone

    'Til the one day when the lady met this fellow
    And they knew that it was much more than a hunch
    That this group must somehow form a family
    That's the way we all became the Brady bunch

    The Brady bunch, the Brady bunch
    That's the way we became the Brady bunch.”

    And then Alice pops into the middle square!

  3. Oh man! I will never get over the opening theme for the Simpsons! It's been apart of my childhood for years! Great list!

  4. We match on Daredevil! The Simpsons' intro is such a classic. Can't go wrong there.

    1. It is! And they make those little changes now and then, and I just love them.

  5. The Simpsons opening credits were always fun to watch though it's been more than 20 years since I watched that show.

  6. Nice picks! The Simpsons theme song is iconic, and I love how the animation changed all the time to fit the episode's story. I've seen Daredevil a lot for the theme this week. It almost makes me want to re-watch the series and see what I missed since I wasn't so crazy about it.

    1. I'm sorry to hear you didn't love Daredevil.

  7. I could watch a whole bunch of the Simpson's openings...they are so great. I haven't seen the first 2 at all but I would try and catch a sight of them.

  8. Oh The Simpsons is a perfect pick! I used to love spotting the small changes in them.

  9. I love the Daredevil opening.
    I used to watch The Simpsons as a kid too. I think Bart writes different things on the chalkboard, if not every episode than some of the episodes.

    1. I'm pretty sure he does write different things every episode. And there are also some little changes now and then to make the sequence fit the episode.