We truly live in the golden age of television. With some
episode budgets rivalling Hollywood blockbusters, contemporary shows are filled
to the brim with grand set pieces, famous stars, and incredible visuals. And
with all that competition jostling for a front-page feature on streaming
services and primetime channel spots, showrunners need to capture the audience’s
attention in the first few seconds. Roll the opening credits and title sequences.
From magnificent montages to expertly crafted CGI
cinematics, modern-day TV openings effortlessly unfold what a programme will
entail, while looking hella fine doing it. Even older shows still wow with iconic
visuals that live up to today’s modern standards, with their cultural impacts
still felt years after their premieres.
While, of course, music and sound play a vital role in
creating the right tone and atmosphere, many openings astound with their
cinematography alone. Some aesthetic title sequences introduce a wide range of
diverse characters. In contrast, others paint a gorgeous picture of intricate
and enthralling worlds. It’s a tough job, but one we’re thankful someone’s done