Sunday, January 11, 2009


This posting is just for sheer filmic fun.

In the 1960's and the 1970's, the opening credits to a television program were a hallmark and a trademark for the show that followed. The produced titles were a detailed,textured,introductory gambit designed to recruit and retain audience, while offering an instant primer on the premise , locale and protagonists of the series.

Today, the opening titles of a series are viewed by many programmers as an obstacle to audience flow, so they may be bold, but brief.

In the late 1990's NBC-TV even toyed with eliminating the traditonal, opening titles and the closing credits.Post-show credits, in recent years have become, as we all know, more like subliminal text messages flying by on your screen.

Here are just a few memorable opening sequences:

IRONSIDE starring Raymond Burr - NBC-TV Circa 1967 - Titles by Universal and Music by Quincy Jones.

HAWAII FIVE-O starring Jack Lord- Pilot Film :"COCOON "- CBS-TV CIRCA 1968 - Titles by Reza S.Badiyi and music by Morton Stevens

MANNIX starring Mike Connors - CBS-TV Circa 1967 - Titles by Desilu and Music by Lalo Schifrin

THE AVENGERS starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg - ABC-TV Circa 1967 -Titles by Associated British Corporation and Music by Laurie Johnson

1 comment:

  1. I wa watching THE AVENGERS on Italian television as a kid and i liked the serial.