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L.A. Times Magazine came out with a great three part list of the Top 50 Prime-Time TV Openings from 1950-69, 1970-89, and 1990-2011. As we look back on some of the classic TV theme songs and opening sequences from the past, we’re asking you…what is the greatest TV opening of all time?

You just don’t see TV openings today like they used to make them. Nowadays, the opening titles are short and just jump right into the show, but

Take a look at the top ten TV openings leading the votes on L.A. Times Magazine’s poll, vote for your favorite and tell us…what’s missing from the list?! Add what you think is the all-time greatest TV opening to the list!

Cheers currently leads the votes with 19% of the votes. For the full list of the greatest TV openings of all time, visit L.A. Times Magazine!

Continue to the next pages to see even more of the greatest TV openings of all time!


Mary Tyler Moore Show

The A-Team

All In The Family

Andy Griffith Show

Happy Days


Hawaii Five-O

Comments (23)
  1. Rebecca says:

    How about Bonanza,Rawhide & The Big Valley

  2. RainbowRay says:

    All In The Family


  3. Rebecca says:

    Brady Bunch & Courtship of Eddie’s Father

  4. Rebecca says:

    Good Times, Jeffersons

  5. John says:

    Rat Patrol & Voyage to the bottom of the sea

  6. Ron Austin says:

    Memorible openings:
    Maverick (great theme song)
    All in the Family ( Actually all the Norman Lear shows had great Openings)
    Hawaii 5-O
    The Andy Griffith Show
    Most of the Star Trek series had great openings
    The Patty Duke Show
    The A-Team
    Battlestar Gallacta
    Fractured Flickers

    Don’t forget the animated shows

    The Simpsons
    The Flintstones
    Rocky, Bullwinkle And Friends ( hurry up Bullwinkle — I’m coming as fast as I can)
    Johnney Quest

    1. Jack Webster says:

      Indeed… and don’t forget H R Puff-N-Stuff! 🙂

  7. Jackie says:

    Hawaii 5-0, both the original and the new one with the fast cut pictures of Hawaii and that great music.

  8. Ron Austin says:

    Can’ t forget the opening for
    the Zorro TV show

    ” Out of the Night when the Full Moon is Bright comes the Outlaw known as Zorro …

    Not strictly a opening but I have fond memories of the Ballad of Davy Crockett

  9. I really love dallas opening shots of helicopter over looking the football stadium, the city, great opening music as well!

  10. Sheri G says:

    F Troop and the gang in Fort Courage!

  11. Brian says:

    I Spy
    had the best music and intro

    1. Jack Webster says:

      And don’t forget Roger Moore in “The Saint”

  12. Rick Bostwick says:

    The Addams Family

  13. mark dameron says:

    the lone ranger

  14. Fred says:

    1) Hawaii Five-O;
    2) Mission:Impossible;
    3) Nash Bridges;
    4) Boston Legal;
    5) The Wild Wild West

  15. David l says:


  16. Jessica Orona says:

    The Odd Couple & Get Smart!

  17. Tom says:

    How about the theme song for “Flipper”, “Combat”, “Adam-12”

  18. Laura says:

    Get Smart. I loved that show! All the security doors opening to let the goof-ball Maxwell Smart in.

  19. Jack Webster says:

    How about this old hippie-trippie kid’s show: H R Puff-N-Stuff
    Now there’s a catchy TV opening song!

  20. nesuperfan says:

    Hawaii Five-O (the original), HANDS DOWN the best ever.

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