Worst opening TV show credits

When good shows have bad opening credits

A few days ago I posted a blog on my top choices for the best opening credits of TV shows so I wanted to keep the momentum going and decided to change it to the worst opening credits. One really can’t do one list without doing the other, right?

Before getting started on the list, I must add that in no way do I think these shows are bad. In fact, I think they are great shows, however, the opening sequence would probably turn many away and quickly reach for the remote. Some have bad music, or too long, not long enough, or just a bad montage of the show.  I get it that they have budgets and just until a few years ago opening credits become their own shows but that doesn’t get these shows off the hook for bad opening credits.

Without in any particular order, here is the list:

Friends

I love this show. It was funny and still is on reruns but that song and the group just dancing around the water fountain made it boring and painful to watch. The Rembrandts theme song “I’ll Be There For You” eventually had its own music video. It should never have been made…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I hate to put this show on this list because it is one of my all-time favorites. It was smart and the dialogue was unique, however, the music to the opening sequence would put anyone off. I believe part of the reason it became a cult show was because only those few of us were able to get through the opening credits to realize what a great show Buffy was. The heavy guitar made it seem like you would be watching some sort of heavy metal show.

Sex and the City

I just disliked very much the music to this show. I get that the music is a little tongue and cheek like the show is meant to be but the music felt out of place with New York City. The music is so iconic to the show now but it felt like the music belonged somewhere like the beach in Brazil. I do have to give it credit for revealing Sarah Jessica Parker in a tutu at the end.

The L Word

Possibly the worst opening on the list, again, mainly because of the terrible theme song.  The show is about lesbians, pretty lesbians to be exact and the montage of the cast seems very cliché.  At one point the song just starts singing these awful lyrics “talking, laughing, loving, fucking, breathing, crying… “ I felt like crying after watching it!

Games of Thrones

I am sure I am going to get people saying I am wrong on this as this is usually on the best list of opening credits but for me it just feels boring and long. It’s more than 2 minutes long. It also reminds me too much of the Lord of the Rings map.

Which TV shows do you press the skip button through the credits?

The best things about the 90s

I was a teen in the 90s and listening to music from this decade last night took me back to a much simpler time and made me miss the hell out of them. Things were great. The nation was growing, the economy wasn’t in total chaos, and Bill Clinton was President. It was an awesome time to be growing up. Because I can and have too much time on my hands, I made a list of the things I miss the most from this slammin’ decade.

  1. High school – Yes I know high school still exists and will continue to exist but I grew up as a teen in the 90s and even though I grew in a small town surrounded by peach orchards where I would work during the summers, the experience is not like anything else. Yes, it got boring and the highlight of high school was going to the Friday night football games and going out drinking in the orchards. But isn’t this what high school is all about? Now I mostly worry about money, jobs and unemployment.
  2. 2. Gangsta Rap – I am not much of a rap person now mostly because it’s boring and doesn’t really speak about anything but having money and Gucci wear, but back in the 90s you had artist who would rap about the struggles of living in poverty. We had rap artists like NWA and Arrested Development who made social commentaries about gang violence and race which plagued urban cities. And sitting in the back of my brother’s Buick with wolf speakers and cruising in the streets just adds to the nostalgia.
  3. No cell phones – Yes, those giant cell phones existed a-la Zack Morris and Nokia came out with a bunch of smaller phones towards the end of the 90s but the most you could do was make phone calls with them. They didn’t have all the gadgets the smart cell phones carry and people would actually have to communicate with each other. I know that this concept has left main stream society since now we are mostly looking down at our phones to check out our social networks that we forget to be social with other humans surrounding us.
  4. Friends” – It had 6 very attractive people to watch but most importantly it was funny! It brought the Rachel cut and Phoebe’s “Smelly Cat” song.  It also gave us the Ross and Rachel will-they-or-won’t-they get together that gripped the nation for 10 years.
  5. MTV – Back in the day’s it actually played music videos unlike the reality shows it now tends to air. I haven’t watched MTV in recent years but all I know is that they air shows like Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant. Back in my day, they had Yo! MTV Raps and Alternative Nation where they played music videos and had VJ’s hosting. I remember staying up late to get to watch the shows and see if my favorite music video would pop up. I guess YouTube is our new MTV.
  6. TGIF – The TV shows on ABC not the restaurant. I wasn’t the most popular kid in high school so on Friday night I would stay home and watch the Step-by-Step gang and my all-time favorite Perfect Strangers! I didn’t need to be hanging out with the cool kids when I had this going on on TGIF.  Now all I want on TGIF is happy hour drinks!
  7. AOL – That was the place to go for the internet and to chat. It gave us all the acronyms were now using when we text. LOL would not exist without AOL. Just saying.
  8. Alanis Morissette/Shakira en Español  – I miss Alanis who rocked the 90s with her feisty lyrics in “Jagged Little Pill” about going down on a guy in a theater and about an old man winning the lottery and dying the next day.  Isn’t it Ironic? Well, not really but it was so awesome that  I used to play this record on a cassette player (which I also miss but not so much) over and over until the tape wore off.  Now we have Miley Cyrus who thinks she’s punk. I miss Alanis! Shakira rocked when she sang in Spanish. She also had that angst and earthy kind of lyrics.
  9. Napster – I know this caused many problems for music companies and musicians but for many broke kids this was perfect! I didn’t catch onto it right away but once I realized that I could download music for free I jumped on the bandwagon like everyone else.
  10. Tae Bo – Yes I ordered Billy Blanks tapes and worked out in the privacy of my Nino’s garage when no one was there. I am not ashamed to admit to it (maybe just a little). Billy had me kicking off the pounds my senior year of high school.

Where you a kid of the 90’s? What do you miss the most?