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

Happy Thanksgiving (or whatever holiday your country chooses to associate with the slaughter of indigenous people)! Day 5 of our look at the best and worst credit sequences of the new season is the biggest one yet, with nine intros to judge. There's fantastic variety here, and some legitimate contenders for the People's Choice Award for Best New Credit Sequence. Oh, that category doesn't exist? Get on it, People's Choice Awards. As for you, dear reader, don't forget to come back tomorrow for the final installment of this series, provided you can roll off the couch and find your laptop (we'll still be sleeping off the turkey).



Charlie's Angels

A nice throwback to its source material and a dripping wet Minka Kelly make this intro better than any 30-second snippet of the (now-canceled) actual show. Creating it wasn't rocket-surgery, and ABC wisely went the obvious route with a sequence that promised viewers fun, action, and hot girls. If the credits had shown us what the show would really be like, this would have just been 30 seconds of a dog farting. Grade: B+



How to Be a Gentleman

F! F! F! F! F! Can I hand out an F-minus? Grade: F-



NTSF:SD:SUV::

In 14 seconds there are six sunglasses put-ons and take-offs, three explosions, five punches, at least two strippers, a boat, a surfer, and a whole lot of Paul Scheer! And four of those seconds are spent on the show's name! You don't have to be a brain-scientist to know this is awesome! And you can't spell "awesome" without an A. Grade: A



Person of Interest

I'm really torn on show's using so much exposition in the credits. On one hand, if I came down with amnesia right after I started each episode, I would still know what's going on. On the other hand it's as cheesy as a 20-cheese burrito. But going back to that first hand we talked about, Person of Interest is a love letter to action series of the 1980s, so it's supposed to be cheesy! First hand wins! Grade: B



Prime Suspect

This doesn't even give you enough enough time to go to the bathroom, even if you have an empty Gatorade bottle on your couch. And it doesn't even show Jane Timoney's hat! I honestly don't know how to grade this. Grade: Somewhere between an A and an F



The Secret Circle

Uhhh guys? This is almost too cool: Ravens are so in, and so is creepy singing. Great use of color, fantastic font, and perfect audio. The song is now my new ringtone, door bell, and car horn. Grade: A



Unforgettable

Talk about a forgettable intro! Hoo boy, that joke never gets old when we're talking about Unforgettable. But seriously, this could be the credits sequence to any show, ever. It could also be the intro to a corporate training video or an online resumé. This is like the default video transition in iMovie or something you grab from the checkout stand at the generic video openings store. Grade: D



Whitney

Well GEEZ! You don't have to get so bitchy about it, Whitney! I DID hear you, and I still think you're lying. There's also no mention regarding the well-being of the audience while the show is taped and the soundstage becomes a macabre collection of audience members suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. And what kind of horrible person rides around on her boyfriend's back while covering his eyes? Grade: F



The X Factor

Simon Cowell shows his subtle side in this humble intro. Apparently The X Factor is from space and crash-landed on earth, and it's giving a few measly humans the opportunity to go back to its home planet, where they can work in the cabarets and be worshiped like gods. Or is it an extinction-level event and we're all doomed? Either way, this rules. It's SO X Factor, you guys. It's also nice to see the composers for the Xbox Live Arcade game Geometry Wars get more work. Grade: A-


Which new Thursday-night credit sequence do you like best?


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» The Best and Worst Credit Sequences of the 2011 TV Season: Sunday Shows
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Unforgettable is on the wrong day.

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Wow seriously Charlie's Angels had a good opening but man did that show suck. I though How to Be a Gentleman was pretty good but yeah the theme totally sucked.
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What about "Boardwalk Empire" ?
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Only new shows
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The Secret Circle song is awesome. It's catchy and creepy and I find myself humming it (and looking over my shoulder) for a full day or two after I've watched the episode. And now I'm humming it now... That composer deserves a....something.



Person of Interest is nice. I will come running from the other room as soon as I hear Michael Emerson's voice saying that "you are being watched" and yes, that too involves me looking over my shoulder.
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well for prime suspect more likely F
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Does the last part of the POI intro remind anyone else of the A-team intro?
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Thursday's winner is NTSF:SD:SUV. The credits are 90% CSI: Miami, 5% CSI, 5% Hawaii Five-0, and a lot of fun.
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This whole thing comes down to whether you're watching a show for the show or you're watching it for the intro. If it's a choice between extra seconds of a title sequence and extra seconds of content, I'll take the content, thank you. My biggest complaint about the Person of Interest intro is its placement before the teaser. I doubt its purpose is to be cheesy; it's to orient new viewers to the premise. And it's not the exact same thing every week; I think they show the actual person of interest in one of the last shots before it ends. As far as I'm concerned, they could cut out the exposition and just have the title card with the creator's ... more name (preferably after the teaser), but I can see the reasoning behind what they're doing.
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game of thrones owns again ....
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I like the Secret Circle one very much!! My wife hates it, so everytime it comes up I just hum along really loud and annoyingly...

La, la,la, la, laaa, La, la,la, la, laaa, Laaa , la, laaa, la, laaa. Or something to that effect...



X factor sucks, and I haven't heard the rest so.
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lol. I feel for your wife! The torment of that song! We use it at home to shut people up, like a new version to the normal "hands over ears" la la la.
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Prime Suspect would be an F. There's no effort at all to make it.



X Factor: A disaster waiting to happen. :)



Although it may not be as effective now, Chuck has a good opening sequence.

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Couldn't agree more. I'm mesmerized by the Secret Circle opening. If also the show would've been the same as the opening scene they would've have a hit series just like VD.
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The opening from the Secret Circle is the main reason I kept watching the show. Beyond amazing.
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The Secret Circle is the best.



Charlie Angels was ok, How to Be a Gentleman was the biggest joke ever, and NTSF:SD:SUV:: had a pretty good parody. For some reason, Person of Interest went the Burn Notice route, which gets tiring to see every week. Whitney, Unforgettable, and Prime Suspect are all bad while The X Factor is very over-produced much like the show.
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I love the Person of Interest opening (definitely my favorite among the Thursdays).
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Prime Suspect has the worst opening ever!!! Why did The Secret Circle get an A, and Person of Interest only got a B? The Person of Interest opening is the best out of all of these!!! It actually explains what the series is about and is not a couple of seconds long!!!
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Prime suspect doesn't gave a brilliant original opening. But 'the worst ever'? No, it's not.
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and how that supposed to be a big plus ?
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in NTSF:SD:SUV intro they stole NCIS:NCIS LA:CSI.CSI Miami : CSI NY and Hawaii Five-0 and mashed it together to get this awesome intro , even though the series sucked ..



its similar to childrens hospital , good actors and actress but boring show



this is my opinion , some may see it differently
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wow How to Be a Gentleman, that was horrible..lol @ NTSF:SD:SUV::..did they even try w/ Prime Suspect?...
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Just to clarify, are brain-scientists the authority on what's awesome? 'Cause if they are, I definitely picked the right major in school :P
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Unforgettable is on Tuesdays. CBS Tuesdays go NCIS, NCIS: LA, Unforgettable. Thursdays go The Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement, Person of Interest, The Mentalist. I'm surprised I know the CBS schedule better than a website run BY CBS. lol
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I LOVE the opening intro for The Secret Circle. It's short, it's simple, and its got that creepy vibe. I can see why so many people are using it as a ringtone. I also love it for the fact that it's actually used within the show itself and that it means something for Cassie.



Prime Suspect actually has a new opening now. It's not too bad.
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Oh, and I'm not going to lie, but I catch myself humming the theme song for TSC so many times throughout the day. Sometimes I don't even notice I'm doing it until I catch myself.
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POI is ok at best but the over-explanation is really annoying.

TSC seems to be created on auto-pilot, the theme is nothing really special , it's not really spooky or memorable or anything , it's just forgettable.
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Prime Suspect should have gotten an "INCOMPLETE"
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Prime Suspect has a new intro.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apnbbD7k-9M&list=LLqQI5g_B6dwTDAct_UvHdlQ&index=8&feature=plpp_video
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This one is SO much better. Night and Day.
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Secret Circle deserves an A but Unforgettable is an Tuesday, but the best goes to Bones (granted it's not new but still the best)
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Bones opening is so good, the theme song is so catchy.
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Seriously? A for "The Secret Circle" ? I'd actually consider voting it the worst of them all (maybe except Prime Suspect). And definate A's for Charlie's Angels and Person of Interest. However if I were to vote these shows against the full list (not just the 9 here) none of these would get anywhere above C.
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My list:

1. Charlies Angels: Its such an iconic theme that I think they did a great job showing a throwback and you are right, it showed exactly what the original show was famous for.

2. NTSF:SD:SUV:: Never heard of this show but if watching an intro convinces you to give the show a shot, it means its doing a good job. I after all got into Dexter after watching the intro and this show seems to have had the same effect on me.

3. X-Factor: Much better than any reality show intro that I have ever seen.

4. The Secret Circle: creepy and short, just the way I like it.

5. Person of Interest: It's good and I know I will enjoy the intro the first 3 times in a season or the season premieres after long waits but believe me when I say I will be fast-forwarding that intro on my dvr after the first 2-3 episodes.

6. Unforgettable: Nothing great but it gets done too fast to care. In a way a good thing if the show is worth the watch you dont want to spend too long on the intro. Good example of that being "lost".

7. Whitney: At least I know the leads but I dont care much for her and probably will root for her to NOT get out of her troubles. Annoying in a 8 second intro? Wow that is an accomplishment.

8. How to be a Gentleman: Just plain stupid! Whitney was at least annoying but the male character wasn't too bad. Here, I am not interested in seeing either of the characters or the show.

9. Prime Suspect: That's just lazy, plain lazy. Give a 5 year old a computer and they will come up with something better. How did this not receive a F--?
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I think Person Of Interest has the coolest opening sequence out of the batch. Yeah it gets old week after week, but people tuning in for the first time instantly know what they're watching before the episode starts. Prime Suspect changed its opening sequence recently, and it's a lot better than expected. Check it out.
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I have a tough time making a call on how I feel about Person of Interest's opening credits. I think it's informative and well made; I can see that they actually spent time and effort in to making it. But I HATE seeing it again and again. Once every few episodes is fine, but I really wish they'd create a shorter version that they use more often. I've never felt so bothered about something well made before. Argh.



1. NTSF:SD:SUV:: (I love how many slaps are involved).

2. The Secret Circle

3. The X Factor (A bit corny, but it fits the show and features decent graphics).

4. Person of Interest (It's arguably the most well made, but I hate seeing it every episode).

5. Charlie's Angels (I hate the voiceover of Charlie, but I like the ladies kicking ass).

6. Prime Suspect (Doesn't do anything, but I still prefer it over the next three).

7. How to be a Gentleman

8. Unforgettable

9. Whitney (What the hell do I care that it's taped in front of a studio audience?)
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On that list I love the secret circle the song is so spooky and is perfect for the show. Community and Parks on the list both are on my list for sure!
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This was definitely the hardest day to rank the openings.



1. The Secret Circle (I LOVE the ominously creepy/cool music and the fact that they also use it throughout the show)

2. NTSF:SD:SUV:: (This is just 14 seconds of unadulterated awesome)

3. Person of Interest (Gives you a good feel for the show)

4. The X Factor (Ostentatiousness made graphical. So Simon)

5. Charlie's Angels (This one lost me after "Once upon a time, there were three young women who got into very BIG trouble")

6. Unforgettable (VERY forgettable)

7. How to Be a Gentleman (No words)

8. Whitney (If somehow I was nearly blackout drunk and decided to give Whitney a shot. This opening would slap me into sensibility)

9. Prime Suspect (They might as well have no opening at all and just get to Maria Bello being femininely kick-ass)
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I only watch POI & Secret Circle among the new shows. Based on opening credits:



1. X Factor (Its awesome! Apocalypse is coming!)

2. Person of Interest (My fav new show and it has a great intro. Tells exactly what the show is about with a sense of danger and excitement)

3. The Secret Circle (Generates the perfect atmosphere for the show. I also have it as my ringtone Tim! Lol)

4. Charlie's Angels (Dripping Minka Kelly and kickass chicks! Very cool opening)

5. NTFS SD SUV (Had never heard of this show. Except for his teeth, it looks cool)

6. Unforgettable (Generic and kinda likable, I guess)

7. Prime Suspect (Very confused, but it has great music)

8. Whitney (She is terrible)

9. How to Be a Gentleman (Blah)



Other shows I watch on Thursdays:

The Mentalist, The Vampire Diaries and The Big Bang Theory which all have terrific opening intros.
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the secret circle song gives me the creeps....it's perfect.
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I totally agree with all of your ratings for the Thursday shows, with only one modification/alteration:

I'd say Prime Suspect's opening deserves an F for having medicore sound in addition to a boring and uninspired white font that is paired with the most unimaginative background imaginable (yes, I used this description on purpose): black! It is so incredibly lame that I don't know why you would take the time to even consider ranging it from A to F.
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DIEGO!
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What's up eith the F-? I'm Actually giving an F- to your critic, because the opening credits of How to be a Gentleman aren't that painful to watch, plus you don't even explain the F-. If you did, at least I could see if agree with you...
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I gotta agree with the F-, but I'll give a reason. It's as though the student who made it didn't understand the assignment.
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I just watched it (and I don't know the show, so I'm not biased in any way) and I gotta agree: F minus is really harsh. I think the How to Be a Gentleman title sequence deserves better!
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If Whitney is taped in front of a live studio audience, Why is there no crying or booing? What liars. I never got past the first episode.
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because there is a sign above the audience that says "clap" and "laugh" so people know what to do; they never said the audience didn't get paid for their efforts ;)
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Wow, I don't see why Tim loves the Secret Circle opening so much. Looks cheesy. The Unforgettable opening may be forgettable, but it doesn't look as cheesy as TSC's opening. Even if I sort've like the music.
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"slaughter of indigenous people," c'mon Tim...
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I give him point for mentioning the truth, even if as a joke.
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lol. Geometry wars. Ha!
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Nothing is "supposed to be cheesy", especially not Person of Interest. The opening sequence is so boring.
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POI and Secret Circle are just simply awesome! I love how the both intros really take you into the mood of the show.. as for Unforgetable, I could not even remember it, though I do like the show.. but last time I checked it was on Tuesday, when did they move it to Thursday?
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I've never heard of NTSF:SD:SUV:: I will have to look this one up!
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If you haven't seen it yet you should check out Children's Hospital too, it's made by the same people that make NTSF, but Children's Hospital came first and it's funnier.
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