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20 Of The Best TV Intros Ever

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TRUE DETECTIVE

Today we are going to look at some of the manliest TV show intro sequences ever.  Starting with this one. The second season of True Detective sucked and had a poor intro.  But the first season was good, and had an amazing intro.

The theme is called Far From Any Road by the The Handsome Family.

MACGYVER

Macgyver had a great intro. And when we talk about MacGyver, we talk about the original series, not that disaster from recent times.  This series had multiple intros, alternated slightly through the seasons, but maybe the first was the best.

Yes, the show was kind of the antithesis to the Sylvester Stallone ‘body count’ big movies at the time, but I’d say a lot of us have fond memories of this as children.

GLADIATORS (UK VERSION)

Who remembers those TV shows from the 1990s, before reality TV and Pop Idol-style crap took over? Gladiators is an example of physical competitiveness, as opposed to ceaseless metrosexuals singing in front of fucking judges every weekend.

The UK variant of Gladiators was perhaps the most aggressive from the international franchise and it can be viewed on YouTube.  It featured the ultimate males and females and encouraged people to better themselves by challenging them.  We don’t see stuff like that now.

SONS OF ANARCHY

If you haven’t watched Sons of Anarchy yet, I’d recommend doing so.  But only the first two seasons, maybe the third too.  The second season is definitely the best, but  beyond that things fall apart.

One of the cool things about this show is obviously the intro.  It was written by singer-songwriter Curtis Stigers, Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner, producer Bob Thiele Jr. and show creator Kurt Sutter.

THE A-TEAM

We couldn’t really do a list like this without including this one. The A-Team is simply iconic and so is the intro for the series.  Mind you, this is only the case for the first four seasons.  The intro for the fifth and final season is a horrendous synth re-do.

The less said about the movie, the better, even though it does feature Liam Neeson.  Just an all round travesty, among wastes and blunders, down there with The Expendables 3.

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  • Nice – other of my favorites are: “Super Force”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ4rWXPwDlM and “Street Hawk”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c_-KvMTOOc&t=2s

    • Mucho Macho

      📺📼😎👍👍
      Awesome choices!

  • Anoyster

    Very good stuff here, one I’d like to throw in is JAG:
    https://youtu.be/q-u7NZk4F3w

  • Craig Richards

    The Rockford Files…

  • Jake

    A couple more from that period in the early 80s when a minute and a half was still considered the tv theme’s sweet spot.

    First up is a show that William Shatner starred in called “Machismo As Fuck”. Unfortunately, the network censors couldn’t stand that someone had finally crafted the tv equivalent of a bottle of cheap cologne and begged Shatner to rename the show “T.J. Hooker”. It co-starred Adrian ZMED, a young Heather Locklear, and Dick Herd.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7S6JW5EfD8

    Next we have this laid-back piece of 80s country cool, with Lee Majors singing his own theme to “The Fall Guy” and casually name-dropping everyone from Raquel Welch to Clint Eastwood. This one’s permanently seared into my brain for that bikini shot of Heather Thomas. (This was also back when everyone used to get Thomas and Locklear confused.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj9ev40C30M

    • Mucho Macho

      The 80s had the battle of the Heathers! Even though Heather Locklear won in the eyes of many, Thomas should have had a better run. I think the competition hurt her career bit.

      • Jake

        Even Tommy Lee originally thought he was marrying that chick from The Fall Guy.

        • Mucho Macho

          I think we all did..Lol

    • Der

      I like when majors signs he’s never been with anything less than a nine so fine.

  • Mucho Macho

    I will say this about HBO as someone who grew up on it. It is a shame what they have turned the channel into. It’s basically a liberal full-time propaganda channel now.
    I was surprised “True Detective” made it on the air and I would like to say however, that season 2 is not as bad as many have made it out to be.

    I don’t think a show like “The Sopranos” will be on HBO nowadays. Too much of its money goes to Bill Maher to shit on Christianity and promote socialism.

    Btw.. for the record, not just bullshit on my part, they have turned David Fincher’s projects down but keep giving Lena Porkham money to make her bullshit shows.

    • Max Borg

      Dunham’s show is no longer on the air, and it didn’t cost that much to produce. Fincher’s shows were canceled due to budgetary issues, which are a common problem with him (see: Steve Jobs).

      • Mucho Macho

        HBO Sucks now.
        Not what it was once.
        Not worth the subscription price which they keep raising cause they keep losing some subscribers.
        They don’t produce the quality of shows they once did because they’re too busy promoting an agenda and their focus, most like in most of Hollywood, is the agenda rather than the execution and that’s why so much material lacks quality nowadays.
        People can say whatever they want its freedom of speech but my brother if you think there’s not a double standard, god bless you.

        A few Queens got mad at Colbert for example over at CBS for calling president Trump pretty much a cocksucker but CBS is not going to fire him and I dont think they should, he has the right to say whatever he wants.. but if he would have called President Obama that, he would have been fired within 5 minutes of him sayin that and if you think that’s not true.. God bless you again.
        Later bud

  • Mucho Macho

    Edward Woodward was manly man and this was a manly underrated show, with an underrated intro.
    I used to fucking love it as a kid.

    “The Equalizer” kicked fucking ass
    https://youtu.be/g87nDBIyqeU

    • Der

      Great show great theme song love it up there with airwolf and Miami vice as the catchiest ditty from the 80,s

      • Mucho Macho

        Sure was a great show brotha

  • Mucho Macho

    Original theme from the original show
    https://youtu.be/AepyGm9Me6w

    Btw, I like the remake on CBS that airs on friday nights. It’s as close to a 80s action network show that we get today.
    https://youtu.be/8RNf_e_Nuq4

  • Mucho Macho

    Hey …who left this out of a fucking manly TV list?!?!?
    Sacrilege😨
    https://youtu.be/NIYZVSElmj4

    • Jake

      I was trying to find the Walker intro for season 3 (which I think we can all agree was the best intro, right?) earlier to go with Lee Majors singing “The Unknown Stuntman”. I was dismayed by the lack of a good version on youtube and the general poor quality of most of the Walker intro videos.

      Sometimes, technology fails us.

      • Mucho Macho

        The Snowflakes of YouTube have prevented us from enjoying season 3..lol

      • Der

        Walker changed theme 3 times 2nd one was strange as fuck ,we have an actor in UK called Dennis waterman he was in 80,s classics like Sweeny and minder he sung all his own theme songs became a joke for comedian s over here.

  • Mucho Macho
  • Mucho Macho

    🔫https://youtu.be/GZTjQ7SLvUk

    🔫https://youtu.be/IgSuc3vJHrY

  • Mucho Macho

    The death of TV shows intros started in the 90s when cable TV started expanding through American households and they were more channels available to choose to the viewers. “Studies” or “surveys” they conducted showed that while intros and closing credits aired, viewers tended to channel surf and look for other options, so shows of all genres started to go to the action immediately and bypassing the theme songs.

  • Jake

    Now’s as good a time as any to dust this 80s chestnut of manliness off. The show that made childhood me want to join a street gang and fuck fast women. Notable for giving birth to the Swayze Mullet, Tracy Scoggins, Kurtwood Smith, and Brian Tochi as “Dragon”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEPB4Fitw-c

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  • Just Some Polack

    No even mentioning of Magnum P.I.? Really?!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgLAP0_Ef14

    • Jake

      It’s there in the original article, just hidden back on the 4th page.

      But while we’re talking about Magnum’s intro, the show originally had a jazzier theme that was better suited to a 70s cop show. The iconic theme everyone remembers didn’t appear until about midway through the first season.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JumPsCbB7rQ

      • Just Some Polack

        Oh, yes, I guess I scrolled too fast there… My bad!

        And about that other theme… On its own merit it’s a nice tune, but I’m glad they changed it. Otherwise IMO it would sound as dated and out-of-place as a theme to “Murder She Wrote” (I know, not a manly show, but sometimes you have to let your mom have the remote).

  • Lt_Cobretti

    The better Raw intro if you ask me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZlRy9QqD0M

  • Kirk’s Toupee

    The Six Million Dollar Man.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGO57y4td-c

  • Kirk’s Toupee

    Mannix. One of my favorite shows of all time starring manly man, Mike Connors. He drives muscle cars, kick bad guys asses and gets all the chicks. I also think its one of the best theme songs.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuldM3o47Tg

    • Der

      Never even heard of mannix I’ll check it out cheers pal.

  • Barney Ross

    BLADE RUNER 2 TRAILER 2 is OUT just now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7F0KpxykBw

  • Barney Ross

    Outer Limits (1995)