Television Intros You Just Can’t Skip

Cole Rush at Tor.com compiled a list of some must-watch television intros. Some intros differed week to week, offering short yet fully developed stories in and of themselves, or gave you clues on what you could expect from the upcoming episode. Some simply had great songs or animation.

Rush includes some of my personal faves (The Simpsons, Game of Thrones, Cowboy Bebop).

Have you met Skip? Skip Intro, that is.

For viewers everywhere, Skip Intro has been a savior. He saves us precious seconds (or sometimes minutes) as we’re careening through our latest streaming obsession. I’ve deployed our pal Skip hundreds of times, spanning multiple rewatches of The Office and a recent Brooklyn Nine-Nine outing.

While there’s many, many times Skip is indispensable, he isn’t always needed. There are shows that completely transcend the need for Skip Intro, begging the viewer to catch every last second of content, from the theme tune on… Before this whole “Skip Intro is a person” bit gets old, why don’t we jump right in? Here are five unskippable TV intros.

I’d also like to argue on behalf of the intro to the The Twilight Zone. It sets the stage and the tone for the upcoming episode in such a powerful way that if you miss the intro, the viewing experience suffers.

And lastly, I HAVE to mention the intro to Sanford & Son. I remember this show airing on Nick at Nite when I was little and finding it pretty good but not a personal favorite. The intro song, however, was one of the best songs ever. I would never, ever miss it (even if I changed the channel after it was over). I just found out it was written by Quincy Jones, which explains a bit of why it’s so darn catchy. Give it a listen here.


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