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20 of the most intriguing sci-fi TV opening credits ever broadcast

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 17, 2012

The opening credit sequence is a very particular form of filmmaking: It's got to convey the spirit of the TV show that's gonna follow—while being all-purpose enough to work for any kind of episode—and it's got to be instantly memorable. The best of them elevate the opening titles to their own form of art, and here are 20 of the best.

Some of these are classics, oldies that feel from a time gone by but still remain part of our pop-cultural DNA. Others earn their stripes thanks to a piece of music that endures, that immediately conjures a sense of the mysterious or the adventurous. Others still have imagery so startling they work into the cortex like a virus.

And others are simply cool as heck.

Game of Thrones