Five Best Contemporary TV Series Intros: Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and More!

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Daenarys and her dragons from Game of Thrones
On Sunday, Mad Men is going to be back on AMC for its fifth season. A week after, our favorite HBO show, Game of Thrones, will begin its second season. In honor of TV intros that stick in our heads and incite a Pavlovian response in us all (seriously, when I hear the Game of Thrones intro I start going excited and anxious and develop a slight British accent), we've chosen the five best intros on TV in recent history.

Game of Thrones
By the end of season one, we could name all the places on this map--and their sigils.
Dexter
We couldn't decide between True Blood, Walking Dead and Dexter, but in the end, the eerie tune, paired with the most mundane tasks of shaving, frying an egg and waking up, made everything Dexter did seem creepier. Thus, winning a place on this list.

Weeds

Back when it was watchable and the show was set in a Southern California suburb, Weeds' intros were sung by different acts and were pretty fantastic. We couldn't wait to see who would sing the next one at the time.

Mad Men

RJD2's "A Beautiful Mine" made the motion graphics sequence (done with a vintage 1950s/60s theme) to the Mad Men intro really memorable.

The Simpsons

Just to be meta, we chose to highlight this specific intro. We've always loved the Simpsons intros, but it takes on a new dimension when Springfield becomes Westeros. Whoo!


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JoeJack
JoeJack

I think the True Blood intro is by far better than Weeds' or Dexter's intro.  The "mundane tasks" in Dexter's intro, as you put it, are supposed to contrast with his killer instincts (the blood orange being cut, the way he grips his shoelaces like a garrote, slicing up the hamsteak).  By the way, fuck Weeds...they turned that show into a lame shell of itself.

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