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30 Days Of Telly #18

Day eighteen, your favourite title sequence. Oh, brother. So many possibilities. Blake's 7, with that glorious theme music, and the Liberator in all its slightly wobbly glory. Quantum Leap (seasons one to four), with Sam sliding across cars and punching people, all beautifully edited to fit the wonderful theme. Buffy and Angel, both of which have title sequences that I love, and Doctor Who (old, not new), which has several. Wibbly black and white from the earliest days; revamped slightly with the move to colour when Pertwee took over; the slightly jazzed-up Davison era. Anything written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter (or just Post, after Carpenter died). The second Bonanza theme, which always makes me ridiculously happy, even though Bonanza purists hate it because it changed. But, partly because I can't watch it without a stupid smile, and partly because I'm wearing my A-Team T-shirt today, so can't really go with anything else, I'm choosing this one:

Great music, great pictures, great fun, from the days when TV could still afford to waste a full minute just on a theme. Also, stuff blows up. You can't really go wrong with that.


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Jul. 7th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
That just took me back to a very happy place! As you say, things blow up, plus there are helicopters, unlikely disguises and no stinting on the sound effects.
Jul. 7th, 2013 10:46 am (UTC)
It's great, isn't it! Daft in all the right ways, but never too much so. Such fitting music, too.
Jul. 7th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
My favourite also has things blowing up, plus the hero didn't need to be locked in a barn with a handy blow torch to make something spectacular.

Jul. 7th, 2013 10:47 am (UTC)
I knew what that was without needing to click! Yes, I should have namechecked "MacGyver". One of the really great themes, and such good accompanying images. "Babylon 5" is another of course, with the changing voiceovers, and very dramatic themes.
Jul. 7th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Babylon 5 was very interesting in having a different opening every season, but the tune wasn't as bouncy as the 80's series.

Edited at 2013-07-07 07:20 pm (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's true. The eighties gave us some very memorable themes. The B5 ones aren't the kind that you can find yourself singing along with, but they were perfectly tailored to the show.
Jul. 7th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
Good choice! The A-Team was unmissable in the 80's. Me and my brother loved it. And the team always happened to be locked up with a load of equipment suitable for making armoured vehicles and rocket launchers, ah happy days.

I got a bit grumpy when they were given a boss, of sorts, not Robert Vaughn's fault, but I preferred it when they could go around doing their own thing.
Jul. 7th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Slimeballs!
The fifth season is not canon. Or not to me, anyway! I hated what they did with the concept, and I also hated Frankie. General Stockwell could have been interesting, but he wasn't used well. As you say, not Robert Vaughn's fault at all, and obviously he's more than good at his job, but it was just a big mistake all round - as the ratings soon showed!
Jul. 8th, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
Re: Slimeballs!
I suppose the network blamed the drop in ratings on the show being 5 series old, rather than messing up a good format.
Jul. 8th, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Slimeballs!
In all honesty it was a bit of both. The show was on the way out anyway, which was why they tried the revamp. It was extremely unpopular though, and hastened the show's demise, which I don't think anybody involved would try to deny. I guess it was a show with a limited lifespan.
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