Question of the week: what’s the best (or worst) title sequence ever?

So, every week I have a look at old TV shows and their title sequences in Nostalgia Corner and Weird Old Title Sequences. Just for a change, this week, I thought it might be interesting for you guys to nominate what you think my be the best title sequence ever (preferably with YouTube link). I nominated a few a while back: The Persuaders! and Touching Evil, among others but what’s yours? If you prefer, tell everyone what the worst title sequence ever is instead.

As always, leave your answers below or on your own blog




  • Toby O'Brien

    “Quantum Leap” brings a lump to my throat with its blend of music and images. �Most of them are touchstones to moments in my life. �I can't think of any that were that bad – even “My Mother The Car” at least set up the premise with a catchy ditty.�

  • Toby O'Brien

    “Quantum Leap” brings a lump to my throat with its blend of music and images. �Most of them are touchstones to moments in my life. �I can't think of any that were that bad – even “My Mother The Car” at least set up the premise with a catchy ditty.�

  • Toby O'Brien

    “Quantum Leap” brings a lump to my throat with its blend of music and images. �Most of them are touchstones to moments in my life. �I can't think of any that were that bad – even “My Mother The Car” at least set up the premise with a catchy ditty.�

  • Obvious one from me: it's 'The Prisoner' –

    The title theme is the only real explanation to why Number 6 is in the Village and contains an iconic theme tune (not to mention the car) and classic Cold War imagery.

  • bob

    Best: bit obvious but come one, The Simpsons is just wonderful. Objectively speaking, you have to agree.

    Worst? I want to court the ire of thousands here… Firefly. I hate that corny song and sentimental images of the cast.

  • Toby O'Brien

    Bob's suggestion for the worst theme song triggered my memory – I nominate 'Enterprise'. �They could have won this tv crossover fan if they at least included an image of the riverboat from Darren McGavin's old show.�

  • Toby O'Brien

    Bob's suggestion for the worst theme song triggered my memory – I nominate 'Enterprise'. �They could have won this tv crossover fan if they at least included an image of the riverboat from Darren McGavin's old show.�

  • Toby O'Brien

    Bob's suggestion for the worst theme song triggered my memory – I nominate 'Enterprise'. �They could have won this tv crossover fan if they at least included an image of the riverboat from Darren McGavin's old show.�

  • Hazel

    I think the I, Claudius title sequence is simple and effective (and the music sure helps).



    For something more complex, Carnivale takes some beating.



  • SK

    It's maybe a bit dated now, but I quite like Waking the Dead's titles:



    And there's just something about the intro to Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.

    But the very best has got to be Yes, Minister:



  • Lisa Rullsenberg

    Angel is coming to mind now – it's that cello inflected theme tune that does it for me and the intercutting of images. �It's probably because I've been watching it over the last few weeks though!

  • My wife and mother-in-law love the bit where he bursts through the door. Was that a candidate for best or worst?

  • bob

    The scenes of people looking helpless really bug me though (and one of them is from Buffy and not Angel anyway). Plus Angel's reflection is clearly seen in the puddle at the end. So… for me this is a candidate for worst. Though Angel is my favourite tv show, those titles are simply crummy. (Music is also not my thing).