Netflix Original Series have become extremely well known for having great content to watch that is exclusive to its subscribers. With a digital medium like Netflix that lets you skip past the introductions of television series, what’s the point of continuing to make them? Some may not appreciate the opening sequences of television shows, but majority of them are extremely well thought out. Television opening title sequences are creative visuals and sounds mended together to give off an overall depiction of the series. If the series has an interesting introduction, it draws you in, making you want to watch the entire intro rather than skip past. Here are some highlights of the best title sequences from the Netflix Original Series.
In the title sequence the theme song is a captivating and sultry Spanish melody sung by Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante. This tune hooks you into swaying along to the music while watching the opening scenes roll. These scenes include aerial shots and abstract imagery that can be compared to the dark title sequences of HBO’s True Detective series. It includes scenes of everything that can be associated with the drug cartels: money, drugs, power and most of all violence. The title sequence does exactly what an opening scene is supposed to do: transports you to the setting of Colombia in the eighties and nineties caught in a vicious drug war. Incorporating real footage of Pablo Escobar, DEA agents and crime remind the audiences that this television series is also history lesson.
2. Orange is the New Black
Regina Spektor’s upbeat and catchy tune opens each episode and instantly draws in viewers. I can’t help but sing along while watching the different extreme close ups of the eyes and lips of inmates flash across the screen. I always wonder if some of the faces featured belong to characters in the show and it is amusing to try and pick out the ones you know. The close-ups of the faces are certainly not flattering images, but that is a reflection of prison life: the characters flaws and strengths are revealed throughout the show. Finally after the cheery song ends the sound of the closing jail door brings the audience back to reality, and I can almost never start an episode without that sound bite.
3. House of Cards
The opening sequence to House of Cards may not be interesting to many, but the time-lapse sequences display Washington D.C. in a stunning angle. The title sequence is a lengthy 1:35, which can seem like a long time when you just want to delve into the show. However the bustling Washington streets and the powerful landmarks are excellent shots of the city along with a patriotic theme playing in the background. The opening is similar to the show itself; it is not an action-packed show with lots of bells and whistles to keep you entertained. The show is more about the cunning and wittiness of the main character, and to some if not paying attention, will be lost very soon.
4. Bojack Horseman
A funky but quirky song opens up the title sequence for this series, showing a day in the life of the main character. Additionally, The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney composed this bluesy theme music. It is a humorous but short intro of only fifty-three seconds, which makes it easy to watch each time you tune into the show. The progression of the title sequence portrays the main character Bojack Horseman going through the motions of his life, aloof to all that is around him. It subtly communicates to the audience exactly what Bojack will be like as the protagonist. There is a lot going on in the opening sequence, each time you watch it there is something new to look for in the foreground and background.
5. Marco Polo
From the very beginning of this title sequence watching the watercolour bleed across the screen is mesmerizing. The ink seems to almost dance along with the opening song, a tranquil sounding Asian inspired track. The opening song is contrasted with the designs the ink creates. The flowing watercolour evolves into images of impaled bodies, snarling wolves and an army ready for war. The stunning bleeding ink melting into different scenes represents the types of themes and conflict that are explored in the series.
6. Grace and Frankie
This title sequence gives you the entire background story you need when you first tune into the series. The series revolves around two women, Grace and Frankie, whose lives dramatically change when their husbands each reveal to them that they want a divorce. In fact, the reason their husbands want to be divorced is because they have fallen in love with each other. The opening tells this background story in a humorous and short clip, showing that even though they thought they had their lives together, everything crumbled apart, just like the cake at the end signalling the turmoil they are about to endure.
Of course there are many amazing title sequences for countless television series and Netflix Original Series are just a narrow group. What are more unique title sequences that you can’t bring yourself to skip past?