Like any "greatest ever" list, it's just someone's opinion. Take it or leave it. I've had over forty years of science fiction intros entering my skull. Before I could even walk, I was watching Doctor Who with my dad. Naturally, my choices are affected by nostalgia and sentimentality, and not a purely objective look at the pieces themselves. It's unavoidable.
Before I ramble on even further, here's my choices for the greatest science fiction television show intros and theme songs. The best part is, I've included audio clips so you can listen to each one!
How can the Star Trek intro not be at the top of the list. No matter what you think of the show, you'll have to agree this intro captures the thrill of exploration about as good as can be done. We may be office workers or school children, but when this intro plays, the dashing and adventurous Magellan lurking deep inside all of us gets conjured up.
Ominous and futuristic, this theme song has been going strong for decades, and it's been imitated countless times. Nostalgia aside, for my money, the sound of this track captures the "sci-fi feel" better than any other. Only Star Trek trumps it due to Kirk's brilliant prose.
Like The Brady Bunch theme and The Flintstones, you've got to give it props for being so damn catchy. People will probably be reciting the lyrics till the day we actually are flying around in space cars.
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