Smashing Telly’s Top 10 TV intros of all time.

OK, most of what I’ll post here will be full length finds – but some clips are so great and when you put them together into a list you’ve got a mini TV show.

Here are my top 10 TV intro’s of all time – post yours in the comments.

1. Hawaii Five-0 We are so not worthy-0. Book him Dan-o.

2. Knots Landing The ultimate B-league show, it had this really weird link to the characters of Dallas. But the theme tune – once you hear it, you just cannot get it out of your head – dammit. This is what it looked like on German TV, for no other reason than that’s random, and you get to hear the tune twice – so that I can ruin your day.

3. Starsky and Hutch They invented funk. Didn’t they?

4. Ironside. Saul Bass style graphics and an ear piercing wail at the beginning, that has you grasping your privates.

5. The Money Program. Jimmy Smith’s big band style from ‘The Cat’, when he switched to Verve records. I guess they knew he was just sooo money.

6. The Monkees. The band made for network TV, that spawned Cable TV, on Internet TV. The thing about the Monkees is that although they were fake, the songs were actually good. Destroys all faith in human kind.

7. Rockford Files. Everyone should own a wood-veneered answer phone system, if they want to get ahead.

8. Taxi. I think I’m gonna cry, a $10.99 keyboard from Wallgreen never sounded so good.

9. Citizen Smith. “Power to the people”, cut to sound of single baby crying.

10. Banana splits. So – Much – Fun. Did you know that the guy in the elephant costume is a Republican Congressman? How are you going to prove I’m lying? And here is the Dickies version, the fastest song ever recorded before the invention of chrystal meth. And here are some fans doing it – cos apparenty that’s what people do over at YouTube cos its one big party there. Smashing Telly is a party of one.

And please, someone, anyone, if you have them, put up the themes for the following: The Liver Birds; The Likely Lads (not the Libertines version); Z-Cars.



  1. Posted January 26, 2007 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Mines easy: The Avengers.


  2. Brian
    Posted January 27, 2007 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    It was always about the music for me. I grooved to the bada bada bada.

    And I can’t find it, but I really liked to watch for the scenes caricatured in the opening sequence of Wild Wild West.

  3. david williams
    Posted January 28, 2007 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    “Where am I?”
    “In the Village.”
    “What do you want?”
    “Whose side are you on?”
    “That would be telling…. We want information. Information! INFORMATION!”
    “You won’t get it.”
    “By hook or by crook, we will.”
    “Who are you?”
    “The new Number 2.” (This may vary — see below.)
    “Who is Number 1?”
    “You are Number 6.”
    “I am not a number — I am a free man!”

  4. Posted January 30, 2007 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Good ones. I would also add the Robin’s Nest intro for sheer grooviness and the Sandbaggers intro for the Pavlovian excitement it induces in fans.

  5. J.B.
    Posted January 30, 2007 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    How can anyone forget The Simpsons? I’m also a big fan of Law & Order and The X-Files, but more for their musical themes. Every time I hear the intro, I get waves of nostalgia.

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