06/08/2012 05:30 pm ET Updated Aug 08, 2012

Some Great Opening Title Sequences (For Not-So-Great Shows)

The title sequence for films and television series has been a hot topic of discussion of late, thanks largely to this short documentary from PBS's Off Book that explores how they're made, and websites like Art of the Title that celebrate the craft.

At least since The Sopranos, the title sequence on television has re-emerged as an art form unto itself, essential to setting the tone every week for a given series. Sometimes, though, the opening sequence outshines the main product. Here's a short list of current and recent shows whose opening titles make us expect something great, even if we're ultimately let down (and some notes on a few excellent series with underwhelming titles).

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Great Opening Titles That Deserve Better Series