The Opening Credits: Ranking the 15 best—Part 1

by robinhardwick

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With the rise of the “prestige television” era, a show’s opening credit sequences have become a major production unto themselves. Some have the grandiosity and the budget of an independent film. Others are understated and beautiful in their simplicity.

I’ve done some critical scrutiny to determine the ones that deserve the most praise. In choosing these top 15, I did set some boundaries for eligibility—otherwise, the choices would be almost infinite. These were selected from hourlong drama or comedy/drama shows that aired on a premium cable network or streaming service since 1999 (which marked the debut of The Sopranos, the unofficial start of the modern prestige era.)

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