The Best and Worst Credit Sequences of the 2012-2013 TV Season: Tuesday Shows

Welcome to Day 2 of our overly critical examination of things that don't really need critical examinations, the new television opening sequences of the 2012-2013 season. Today we'll focus on Tuesday and its bounty of comedies, so expect lots of crappy pop songs and images of people laughing and hugging!

And make sure you tell Siri to remind you that we'll be back tomorrow with a look at Wednesday's best and worst opening credits.



The New Normal

I'll tell you one thing, this opening has sole! But it doesn't really put its best foot forward, it flip-flops around, and it's a shoe-in for one of the lamer sequences of the year (also something about a boot). I get the idea it's pitching: We're all shoe-wearing human beings, can't we all have shoe-wearing human babies, regardless of whether our shoes are flats, high heels, combat boots, or sneakers? This oppression of shoes must stop, and all shoes should be treated equally. But isn't this show about gay guys having a kid with a surrogate mother who they "adopt" as part of their family? Instead, someone shook out the contents of a Payless and filmed it. And minus a letter grade for reminding me of Last Man Standing. Grade: D



Go On

A sports-talk radio host falls out of his chair, his jacket tumbles from the sky, and a choir of troubled support-group members reaches out to catch him in a trust fall. Then a title card. Someone had grand plans for this during an absinthe trip, but the sobering look at the resulting sequence leaves it incomprehensible. I need therapy to figure this thing out. Grade: C-



Vegas

This show does not give a shit about having an intro sequence, so here are some Vegas-y light bulbs and a cat walking across an organ! Grade: D+



Emily Owens, M.D.

This is actually brilliant in pointing out the professional and personal clash of the show's lead character, Emily Owens. But it also reminds me that Emily Owens' stomach butterflies are responsible for millions of accidental deaths a year as she spends too much time wondering whether her hair looks good instead of putting a clamp on that geyser of an artery she just severed while trying to impress the cute male nurse. Maybe this is one intro that shouldn't have been so on-the-nose. Grade: C



The Mindy Project

Worse than Homeland's intro! Absolutely unwatchable. The music sounds like someone playing with a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard for the first time, the rapid wipes require Dramamine to get through, and the clips are all from the first few episodes. The worst thing to happen to anyone. Grade: F-



Ben and Kate

The adorable Ben and Kate actually showed some restraint and only made its opener REALLY cute. I expected a full minute of Maddie and the Snuggle bear playing with baby chicks and blowing dandelions, but instead we see Ben and Kate growing up on a couch and establishing their relationship as the good-for-nothing brother and the sister who made bad decisions and got irresponsibly pregnant. And then everyone crams onto a couch in a way only TV best buddies know how. Works for me. Grade: B



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



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I actually like the music at the beginning of The Mindy Project.
Had to get that off my chest.
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I thought the opening for the Mindy Project was terrible but it's grown on me and I actually watch it groove along to it.
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I don't understand the whole shoes thing with The New Normal. I think the point of the Vegas credits is to illustrate how shiny and sparkly the city of Las Vegas was in the 1960s. This seems obvious since not much has changed about that aspect of the city, but I think it's what they were going for. Like Emily Owens MD, very straightforward.
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I like Emily Owens MD credit sequence, I miss that show already
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OMG.. I miss Ben and Kate and BJ so much.. !!!
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I remembered why I liked Ben and Kate so much. Now I'm sad.
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The New Normal opening is awful. I am glad they ditched it. I love The Mindy Project it has the potential to be the new 30Rock but that idiot-kazoo opening is the pits.
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The opening credits are the only thing I do actually like about The Mindy Project
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I like The Mindy Projects opening!
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F's all around once again. No wonder shows get canned right away,when they have this lame openings. Of course 85% people will say openings don't matter,bla,bla,bla ,but they do matter to some small degree. One example : I remember,I started watching One Tree Hill because of that opening. It had killer song,I still hear Gavin's "I don't wanna be,..." and Lucas bouncing ball on that bridge.
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Agreed, the Ben and Kate intro is one of the few in recent years that actually added to the story. It's exactly what a intro should be like. It establishes the entire premise of the show in a cute and entertaining matter. It convinced me that these two were siblings way more than any dialogue could. Too bad the show is over.
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There are no cute male nurses on Emily Owens MD and Emily is not into her hair...the title sequence must be doing something to ur imagination, shouldn't that be worth at least the second alphabet?
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To be honest.Go On credits aired just once...
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Unfortunately for my wife and I, we have watched all of the episodes of Emily Owens MD and Made in Jersey and they both kinda grow on you. They were both infinitely better than The Mob Doctor and now they're all done. The Ax should never fall that quickly...
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this is getting annoying. just bitchy articles complaining about credits.
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Tim, while I enjoy your being sometimes needlessly mean/ overcritical about things, Emily Owens M.D while not the greatest show was not anything like you described. She never "spent too much time wondering whether her hair looked good" and was actually a very brilliant and extremely socially awkward Dr. who spent more time worrying about doing things perfectly than having a life. That said I thought the intro worked with the show.

The New Normal intro is just....Much! It's almost like one of those doll collections that ppl. try to call classic and collectable but all you can think about is how creepy (in the worst way) it is. (no real offense meant to anyone who collects dolls....but yeah *side eye*...)

Also like the Mindy Project intro. And the Go on intro--prob. 'cause I kinda like that music and don't really care what else is going on.

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I always find myself making the weird noises along with the Mindy Project opening.
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In the olden times, shows filled 54 minutes of every hour. A long title sequence allowed the producers to re-use that same 3 minutes every week, saving them the cost of producing 3 minutes' worth of new material. Now that shows fill barely 40 minutes of every hour, the shows need every minute to tell the story, and a 15-second title sequence is all they can afford.
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Even though I didn't like the show I did like the openeing for Ben & Kate
And although I like the show I dont like Go On's opening is very dull compared to alot of shows but at least its short.
As for The Mindy Project I wouldn't mind the opening if only it had a better song.
I actually like how Vegas's intro is like a sec long
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I actually like Mindy's intro.
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Another vote for The Mindy Project from me. Way to be the voice of the people there Tim!
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I always enjoy The Mindy Project opening! So fun!
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Love Mindy Project credits. Best of this group by far. I think they fit the tone of the show perfectly. They're all over the place, she's all over the place. Music's upbeat and quirky, she's upbeat and quirky. Perfect fit.
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The Mindy Project's credits are honestly the worst I've ever seen! And I actually enjoy the show so I don't have anything against it but man that music is so annoying!!!
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OK, The Mindy Project's credits are... strange. But they're not THAT bad! They're upbeat and cheerful at least. But they really feel like a throwback to another decade. All that sliding frame stuff!

I second Justified. It's a catchy song, even if it's a little country. But so's the show, so it's perfect.
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Justified! love that theme song
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Ben & Kate's opening credits are amazing, it's an A. The Mindy Project's is not an F-, come on. It's not good, but the worst thing ever? Tim I think you just hate girly things. It's probably a C-/D+.
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He marked New Girl's credits very highly last year even though I think they're meh.
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I have to mute the set when New Girl's opening comes on. Even the very short version is more than I can stand.
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Aw come on it's not that bad.
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I disagree, opening titles should be very important, they can hook or drop an unfamiliar audience, they can speak to the caliber and content of the show, they're pretty important in my book.

Tim, what did I just tell you about puns??? But seriously folks, I've never seen The New Normal's opening titles before, and holy shit did that suck donkey taint! Even the shoe tree (get it? it's a family tree and a shoe tree) didn't sell the concept of this show.

Go On's opening titles are pretty weak, I agree there, but I wouldn't have given the minus part as it does sell the wacky tone and support system ideas.

Great call on Vegas' opening titles, yikes.

Emily Owens MD seems to me like an idea that was longer and they just cut out too much for a shortened title card.

I like Mindy Kaling, but man did those opening titles suuuuuuck. I watched the show twice and don't remember that at all, maybe that's my brain trying to protect me from the awfulness.

Hadn't seen Ben & Kate's titles either, but while I do agree with your general assessment, I have to take a full point off for the choice of music.

That's it? Man, this season's really limp on Tuesdays. No new reality shows or are we sticking with scripted?

I'm going with Go On's as the one I like the best, mainly because Ben & Kate's music just turned me off, but again, another round of "cat turds vs. dog turds".
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I think you should be a little nicer Tim. I think that some of them should get at least a better grade. Vegas should have had a grade of C-, and the The New Normal should have had a grade of B.
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If only one show has even gotten to a B so far then it's clear you're judging them too harshly.
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Since this site has strong ties to CBS, its clear that he's rating everything down more so he can give the only "A" to Elementary.
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Or, it's clear that this year's crop of title sequences is poor. One or the other.
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I saw criticisms like that in the Mondays article too, and I wonder why none of these types of comments are followed by which you'd give an A to. Because I'd agree with Tim so far that Mondays and Tuesdays have been weak. So if you wouldn't mind answering... which from Monday or Tuesday would you give an A to? Is there one or two that you'd describe as great, excellent, amazing, awesome, etc.?
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There you go confusing things by applying logic to the problem. Will you never learn?
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Then it's lucky that not only one show has even gotten to a B.
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Yep, 3 shows one of which was a B+
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I find the FOX 8pm hour (Raising Hope and Ben and Kate) very hard to enjoy. The FOX 9pm hour (New Girl and The Mindy Project) are way better. The Mindy Project has a better classical comedy than Ben and Kate. The Mindy Project deserves a B and Ben And Kate deserves an F- instead!
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I find that I am 180 degrees from you. Raising Hope is by far the funniest of Fox's Tuesday shows. New girl is "meh" and Mindy is "bleh".
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I mostly don't care about The Mindy Project of those 4. I like it but it wont be something I'll miss like Raising Hope, Ben & Kate, and New Girl if any of those were cancelled.
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My rank in order from best to worst:

1) New Girl
2) The Mindy Project
3) Raising Hope
4) Ben And Kate
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I'd rather have no sequence than a bad sequence, so Vegas gets the highest grade by default.
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I'd generally agree with this. It's one of the reasons I don't mind shows that have REALLY short opening sequences -- sure, it may seem lazy, but I also sometimes imagine that maybe the longer ones they thought of were absolutely horrible.
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I haven't caught up on B&K yet, not that there's much up on which to catch :(. (I succeeded in not ending a sentence with a preposition, yay for me!) So my vote has to go to the Mindy Project. Visually I think it's great, it does the whole pics of the stars with funny expressions thing but I think it's more effective than the similar opening for Parks and Recreation as the moments aren't poses, they're just great moments, it really captures the spirit of the show (which I'm still really enjoying by the way). The controversy seems to be the music. I gather from Totes Tubes - R.I.P. - that it's been used in something that everyone hates before or is really passe or something, I don't know. This is the first time I've come across it and I don't mind it at all.
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I know a lot of people like the Mindy Project opening sequence, especially the song. But I also know the guy who wrote this article really hates the Mindy Project because its a show for girls. I want to call bias, but hey. I'm just wondering whether there are any good opening sequences.
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Bunheads got a B+ and that's the highest score so far.
I always thought it had the best credits of all the newbie shows but what do i know, my idea of 2nd best is the Elementary sequence (in my defense, the music is Really really good).
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Ben & Kate is my favorite of this group. It neither hurts my ears or my eyes. It's also pretty cute, which fits the show well.

I think I mentioned it during a podcast that was put up here, but I absolutely disgustingly hate the absolutely disgusting opening credit song on The Mindy Project. Yuck.

And while I continue to like the show, I really don't like Go On's opening credit sequence. It looks stupid and the song somehow doesn't seem to fit the show, even if the tone is "technically" appropriate. I much preferred the short and simple one they used during the first few episodes -- the show's logo lighting up on an On Air-like sign.
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I did not mention Imagine Dragons ONCE in this round.
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I really liked (since it is now cancelled) the Ben & Kate one. I appreciate that it tells the whole story of how we got here in like fifteen seconds.
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Ah, "Ben and Kate", why did you have to be cancelled so? Unfortunate!!
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I actually like The Mindy Project one the best. It's the only one I'm thinking about while I'm watching it, even if I'm not crazy about the song.
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Its good but try Go On, even better
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The show not the credits :/
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But truthfully, both show and credits are better. The show is just awesome, and the credits don't have to be very good to be better. Just sayin.
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