10 MORE Awesome TV Opening Credits You Don’t Want to Skip

Andrew Buckle,

Back by popular demand, here is our second selection of awesome opening TV credit sequences you never find yourself skipping. Our first list – which you can find here – sparked quite the conversation, largely focused on the shows that were left off, and we came to the conclusion that there were just too many of these artistic openers for a single list.

The first list was inspired by the opening credits of the first season of The White Lotus, and if you thought they were fun, have you checked out what season two delivered?

WARNING: Adult content within.

The criteria for inclusion is that the sequence contains standalone artistic ambition and yet feels like an essential part of the holistic viewing experience, establishing the tone of the show and creating a mood for you to appreciate the latest episode you’re about to watch.

Read on for 10 MORE Awesome TV Opening Credits You Don’t Want to Skip.


Game of Thrones

One of the biggest shows of all time deserves a place on this list. While these credits might wear out their welcome if you’re bingeing the show, as they are rather long, during Game of Thrones’ weekly broadcast the start of this sequence would have created profound excitement in fans, who were less than 2 minutes away from the next exciting instalment. The music is instantly recognisable, but the most impressive feature is the evolving animated graphics season to season to mirror the changes that have taken place in Westeros.

Buy episodes or seasons in the TV Store.

Westworld

While even the most loyal fans will likely have a tough time defending the latest seasons of Westworld, this ultra-complex sci-fi western has had some incredible episodes through it’s now 4 season run. The series begins set in a technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android “hosts”, where high-paying guests may indulge in their wildest fantasies without consequence or retaliation. The technology used to create the robots is a fascinating layer to the story, and this opening sequence details the method and materials behind the life-like creations depicted in the series. While the twists and turns, and the calibre of the cast have all drawn praise, the Ramin Djawadi soundtrack – featured here in the title sequence – is also very strong.

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Severance

Severance was one of the most ambitious and thought-provoking shows released last year, with six episodes directed by Ben Stiller. It was a quest for answers that had this often-unbearable tension. The series follows Mark (Adam Scott) and his colleagues at Lumon Industries who have agreed to separate their work memories from those in their personal life. The animated credit sequence, featuring Mark, is seriously trippy, uncanny stuff. In accompaniment with Theodor Shapiro’s haunting score we see Mark stumble through various work and home scenarios that ooze together in grotesque ways.

Stream on Apple TV+.

Succession

The ‘It’ show of 2023 and much like Game of Thrones earlier, each episode of Succession has become an iconic television event. Appointment viewing. Nicholas Brittell’s theme music is a large reason why these have become uniquely transcendent. Subtle changes are made to the sequence each season, but what a clever way to examine the rise of this powerful family. In this sequence they showcase the wealth and privilege of the Roy upbringing, detailing the sibling dynamics and their relationship with their father through grainy home movie footage, which is then juxtaposed with modern shots of New York City, where they now wield their power.

Buy episodes or seasons in the TV Store.

Peacemaker

This is just pure fun. Who doesn’t love a unique dance sequence, but this choreography – which welcomes participation from every level of cast – is a showcase for the tone that we can expect with this DC series. Peacemaker is silly and goofy, and certainly has no interest in taking itself seriously, which allows for creator James Gunn (The Suicide Squad) the liberty to explore some of his more outrageous ideas.

Buy episodes or the season in the TV Store.

Only Murders in the Building

One of the most popular series released on Hulu (and Disney+ here in Australia) in recent years this is a surprisingly sweet and funny whodunit that always seems to offer up something a little unexpected. On face value this appears to be a light, family-friendly mystery, but it’s really not at all. Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez work impeccably together, and this stunning animated into (try and get this music out of your head) does a wonderful job of introducing the key characters and establishing the extensive, secret-filled apartment block where most of the action will take place.

Stream on Disney+.

Bojack Horseman

Bojack Horseman is amongst the pinnacle series of adult animation. Spanning 6 seasons on Netflix, this series hilariously (and rather darkly) deconstructs the idea of celebrity and realistically tackles potent themes. At the center of it all is the titular anthropomorphic horse (voiced by Will Arnett), a washed-up sitcom star trying to return to relevance with an autobiography. This catchy opener not only effectively introduces the animation style of the show, but also the main supporting characters in Bojack’s life – brought to life by an incredible voice cast including Alison Brie, Aaron Paul and Amy Sedaris – as well as establishing that Bojack is mentally unstable and obliviously drifting through a life of irresponsibility, recklessness, and excess.

Stream on Netflix.

Parks & Recreation

This sequence is, quite simply, joyous. There is something comforting about Parks & Recreation and this cheery opener is a reminder of the lovely characters we’re about to spend 20 entertaining minutes with. Check out this cast. While Nick Offerman rightfully became the subject of a lot of memes as a result of his hilarious delivery, this series kick started the careers of Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Aubrey Plaza (Emily the Criminal), Adam Scott (Severance) and Aziz Ansari (Master of None), who have gone on to become huge stars and involved in some of the most acclaimed recent movies and series. We’ll always remember them from good old Parks & Rec, which maintained an astonishing consistency throughout the seven seasons.

Buy episodes or seasons in the TV Store.

The X-Files

It is fitting that one of the creepiest shows of the ’90s and one of the longest running sci-fi series of all time, has such a trippy and culturally recognisable intro. This just rules.

Stream on Disney+.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

An intro so iconic that one could be forgiven for thinking of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as a music video with a sitcom episode around it. The theme song is so ingrained in pop culture that it may now overshadow some of the finest episodes of this likeable and good-natured ’90s sitcom. Serving as a vehicle for Will Smith’s television career – NBC basically built this show around Smith, who plays a fictionalised version of himself – he found his footing in the acting world, while maintaining his hip hop cred.

Stream on Stan.

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