The Best and Worst Credit Sequences of the 2011 TV Season: Monday Shows

By Tim Surette

Nov 21, 2011

Day 2 of our almost week-long look at the season's new opening sequences brings us to Mondays, which might be the weakest night for pretty graphics and video showing us the title of a TV show. Can't Mondays catch a break? First Garfield, now bad TV openings? Ugh! Let's get 'em over with, then meet back here tomorrow to discuss Tuesday's offerings.

2 Broke Girls

Well the show got one thing right: This is one broke-ass opening sequence! You can almost hear the producers saying, "Let's get this out of the way and get back to Kat Dennings saying snarky things while her boobs struggle to escape from her tight tops." So they got a few shots of the Brooklyn Bridge, re-purposed some hipster song from a car commercial, threw an Instagram filter on the whole thing to make it look like it was shot by a plastic camera sold at Urban Outfitters, and figured the 18-49-year-olds would flock! This is a lazier effort than 2 Broke Girls' racist Han Lee jokes, and in no way tells us anything about the show. If I'd never seen it before, I'd think it was about bridges. Grade: D

Hart of Dixie

Hart of Dixie producer: "It's a show about a woman in high heels who moves from New York City to the rural South. Can you reflect that in the opening title?" Graphic designer who takes things way too literally: "Okay." And why does a plane have to crash in the Sun? Grade: C

The Lying Game

What the hell? Is this an opening for a TV show or an ad for a sale in the Juniors section at Bloomingdale's? That said, this actually works for the ABC Family show, because 14-year-old girls are only interested in things that look cool. And what's cooler than lounging around in a pool wearing big sunglasses? The Lying Game and teen girls, that's what. Grade: C+

The Playboy Club

Before you ask, the video is backwards to sneak it around copyright violations, but you get the message, and the message is this: This show features chicks in embarrassing costumes. It's basically Saturday Night Live's opening with a lot more cleavage. Can't you just hear Don Pardo saying "It's The Playboy Club! Starring Eddie Cibrian! Amber Heard!" Predicting a show's quality based on its opening titles (see: Homeland) shouldn't be possible, but one look at this and you know you're in for an hour of mediocrity. Just because the show is set in the 1960s doesn't mean the credit sequence has to feel decades old. Grade: F

Terra Nova

Guess which show spent its entire budget on piss-poor CGI for pterosaurs and dino-fish!? Terra Nova was supposed to be an epic show, and an epic show deserves (and needs) an epic opening. Instead, we got the most expensive animated .gif ever made—which, in retrospect means it at least pairs well with the show. Just like the series, it's a wasted opportunity. I would have rather seen an acoustic performance from Josh Shannon. Grade: D

Two and a Half Men

Technically not entirely new, but CBS has added Ashton Kutcher to the mix, and he's doing his best lusty-eyed Charlie Sheen impression... which makes me want to button my shirt all the way up because he's eating me alive with his eyes. I feel violated. Watch this video and just stare at Ashton's face, I dare you. He's wearing a smile that says, "No one can hear you scream, so go ahead. It only makes you more attractive." Jon Cryer is the only thing that's okay about this, and that's stretching it. Grade: C-

Which new Monday-night credit sequences do you like best?

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  • IvanIvanov Nov 27, 2011

    i couldnt disagree more with the Tera nova D .

    Who says that the epic show should have an epic opening and by what youre thing youre right>? The most epic show made so far - LOST didnt have one and that didnt make it less special. IN fact i DO like when they are not epic coz i skip them if they are.

    Lets say Game of Thrones has one epic opening and its great one but i dont need that on each series

  • RafCole Nov 25, 2011

    Really hate the Two and a half men intro now.... but hey that goes along with my feelings for the show since Kutch entered so... all's well, ends well I guess.

  • darkfiberz Nov 25, 2011

    the intro for 2 Broke Girls fits perfectly with this show...

  • MichaBialik Nov 25, 2011

    I've already commented on all the other "days" show lists. And I can only draw one conclusion. There is some serious amnesia problem in the producers cricle, cause they all seem to forgot how to make good opening credits...

  • radrobd Nov 25, 2011

    Wow, Ashton Kutcher sure is creepy...

  • mampel0307 Nov 24, 2011

    personally all of them stink the only one that had a llittle something was Playboy Club and everyone knows that it RIP!

  • crazylegs99 Nov 24, 2011

    Everything about Terra Nova appears to be lame. The theme is no different. And yeah Ashton is enjoying himself a little too much during that sequence. Like a creepy uncle.

  • addicted Nov 24, 2011

    what about HIMYM? That opening is pretty cool! The song with pictures...perfect!

  • MichaBialik Nov 25, 2011

    HIMYM is not a new show. It's been arround for years now.

  • Miz_Tasha Nov 24, 2011

    omg you're right! Ashton is such a creepo

  • wichovettorazzi Nov 24, 2011

    Two Broke Girls: You shouldn't include an overview of the city in the opening theme unless the show title includes the name of the city.

    Two and a Half Men: Ok, Jake you can stop looking at the camera every 2 seconds. And what the hell is wrong with Ashton!? He looks like he's SERIOUSLY enjoying singing that song... And a lot of these are way better than the tuesday opening credits, and have worse ratings...

    I wouldn't have given an F to the Play Club. Yes, it's not very original but this looks to me like it was graded by Crocker from "The Fairy OddParent" just desperately wanting to give an F to someone...

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