Star Trek: The Original Series
"Space, the final frontier" may, in fact, be some of the most famous opening sequence words ever uttered in a time when narrated sequences were trendy. However, they've become words that have lasted generations along with the Star Trek franchise itself. This list wouldn't be complete without the opening sequence of The Original Series, complete with iconic brass theme music and Enterprise shooting through the stars. It's simple, it's brilliant -- it's Star Trek.
Freaks and Geeks
Judd Apatow's short-lived Freaks and Geeks was underrated comedic gold, and the opening sequence matches it. Playing to Joan Jett's booming "Bad Reputation," the cast lines up for and takes photos during picture day, perfectly illustrating each and every one of the characters' personalities in a few seconds. The show truthfully illustrates the painful (or fun!) teenage years, depending on who you were -- and the opening sequence was a spot-on slice of that.
The Night Manager
Like the opening sequence for The Good Fight, the opening sequence for The Night Manager uses more simplistic yet elegant symbolic imagery accompanied by a streamlined orchestral score -- but this time invoking a more mysterious feel rather than a grandiose one. With graphics of pearls, weapons, planes, and more, the sequence gives viewers a feel for what The Night Manager is really all about without giving away too much.
The Big Bang Theory
The theme music for The Big Bang Theory may be iconic, but the visuals themselves for the opening sequence are also iconic. As the music speeds up, the visuals become faster and faster, and it's quite something to try and spot all the historical moments that are recorded in the sequence. However, it's catchy and does the trick for the show, infusing it with a lighthearted but generally "scientific" feel that the show hinges upon, even if it doesn't follow the typical sequence format of other sitcoms.
Sense8 has a very unique format and a very unique opening sequence, utilizing footage from all over the globe to craft a sort of globe-trotting, international experience type of mood, which matches the show. If you enjoy traveling, you'll love the opening sequence, as it gives glimpses into different countries, cultures, and communities around the world. It might make you feel small, but it also gives a taste for how we're all human -- which is exactly what Sense8 is all about.