Thursday, March 25, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #51: TV Edition-Opening Title Sequence (WEIRDEST)

Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: Opening Title Sequence - TV Edition (WEIRDEST)!

Oh my goodness!  This week's theme is like PERFECT for this blog!  As you may know, I tend to review lots of weird movies and TV shows on this blog.  So, I decided to go with the five WEIRDEST TV openings that I have ever seen!

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

I remembered watching this show back in the day and remembered just how WEIRD this show was!  So of course, the opening for the series was weird as well, especially with that jerky animation that the show is well known for!

Pee-Wee Herman and his friends have wacky, imaginative fun in his unique playhouse.

I saw a few episodes of "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" when I was little and man, was this show REALLY WEIRD!  Even though there were a lot of things that was weird about this show, the weirdest thing about this show was the opening theme song as it clocked in over 2 minutes and it showcased all of the bizarre objects that live inside Pee-Wee's playhouse!  I will admit that the talking furniture in this show had always disturbed me.

3. Beetlejuice (Cartoon Series)

Adventures of the ghostly con-artist and his 12-year-old pal, Lydia.

I used to watch this cartoon all the time when I was little, although I was absolutely terrified of it (just like how I was terrified of the live action movie that inspired this series).  But what always terrified me about this series was the opening theme song as there's loads of creepy imagery jumping on the screen.  However, I chose the original intro of this series since it was much weirder and creepier than the second version that I grew up watching.

The wacky and sometimes surreal adventures of Norbert and Daggett Beaver.

Oh man!  I loved this show when I was growing up and it still holds up to this very day!  One of the things that I loved most about this show was the weird yet colorful opening of Daggett and Norbert dancing in a surreal background that's constantly moving around!

A newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.


I remembered watching this show a lot when I was little and I loved the creepy supernatural things going on in this show!  But what always stood out to me about this show was the weird and creepy opening.  It just screams to you that this show is going to involve lots of creepy stuff (and it did) as well as some sad things.




  1. Like that you were able to find an unusual theme within the theme. Nice.

    Monty Python's humor doesn't always land with me but it is wonderfully inventive stuff, as is the opening.

    Pee Wee gives me the hives. I've always found him creepy so it's fitting that his intro is too.

    I never saw the Beetlejuice TV show but if it's anything like the source film I'm sure it is a strange bird. Based on that intro I'd say that's a pretty good guess.

    I hadn't planned it but all mine come from the sixties, I just went with the three that were the most memorable to me.

    Bewitched (1964-1972)-Clever animation of the lead couple-witch Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) and human Darrin (first Dick York, later Dick Sargent) plus troublesome mother-in-law Endora (Agnes Moorehead) represented by a cloud of black smoke set to zippy music that hints at the magical theme of the show all in under 40 seconds!

    Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967)-Imagine a small boat, a storm-tossed sea, a spinning captain’s wheel and a lonely isle then sing along!
    “Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale
    a tale of a fateful trip,
    that started from this tropic port,
    aboard this tiny ship. The mate was a mighty sailin' man,
    the Skipper brave and sure,
    five passengers set sail that day,
    for a three-hour tour,
    a three-hour tour. The weather started getting rough,
    the tiny ship was tossed.
    If not for the courage of the fearless crew
    the Minnow would be lost.
    The Minnow would be lost.
    The ship's aground on the shore of this
    uncharted desert isle
    with Gilligan,
    the Skipper too.
    The millionaire and his wife,
    the movie star,
    the professor and Mary Ann,
    here on Gilligan's Isle!”

    The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)-Over the background of a tic-tac-toe board filled with the faces of the cast all mobile and smiling at each other we hear:
    “Here's the story
    Of a lovely lady
    Who was bringing up three very lovely girls
    All of them had hair of gold
    Like their mother
    The youngest one in curls

    It's the story
    Of a man named Brady
    Who was busy with three boys of his own
    They were four men
    Living all together
    Yet they were all alone

    'Til the one day when the lady met this fellow
    And they knew that it was much more than a hunch
    That this group must somehow form a family
    That's the way we all became the Brady bunch

    The Brady bunch, the Brady bunch
    That's the way we became the Brady bunch.”

    And then Alice pops into the middle square!

    1. Oh yes! I remembered Gilligan's Island and Bewitched! I especially loved Bewitched's animated opening! Great list!

  2. Oh my goodness.... I had forgotten all about the Beetlejuice cartoon! I used to watch it ALL the time. Now I'm awash in nostalgia!

  3. LOL The Angry Beavers! That theme was great.

  4. Nice picks! Love Beetlejuice! Pee Wee's Playhouse was one of my favorite shows growing up. The theme song fits it perfectly.

  5. I love your theme within a theme and love Monty Python which I find hilarious. Terry Gilliam is the person responsible for the artwork. I never watch Pee Wee as I found him creepy and his playhouse took on a whole new meaning when he was found having a good time with the palm sister in a porno theatre. I never watched Beetlejuice even though i love the movie. The funky beavers are fun to look at and just last week, a wayward beaver was found in a Toronto subway. It is close to a marsh so animal control came, picked him up and let him free back in the march. I used to love watching The Ghost Whisperer which I think is a pretty good show.