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16th May '17 12:25:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' (so as to add to the realistic InMediasRes feel) and TheMovie ''InTheLoop''.

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* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' (so as to add to the realistic InMediasRes feel) and TheMovie ''InTheLoop''.''Film/InTheLoop''.



* UK comedy-drama ''GavinAndStacey'' simply shows a black title card with the series name and the creators listed.

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* UK comedy-drama ''GavinAndStacey'' ''Series/GavinAndStacey'' simply shows a black title card with the series name and the creators listed.
16th Apr '17 10:52:27 PM OnoderaTearer
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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' eschews its opening for the climax of the first StoryArc. Its second arc has exactly ''one'' episode ''with'' the regular opening sequence; the prior episode has a SpecialEditionTitle promotion a then-recently-opened movie in concordance with ''Kamen Rider'' tradition and the rest of the arc has a title-only opening so as to use an extra minute of running time. The lengthy theme song only returns for good when the third arc begins.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' eschews its opening for the climax of the first StoryArc. Its second arc has exactly ''one'' episode ''with'' the regular opening sequence; the prior episode qwhich opened the arc has a SpecialEditionTitle promotion promoting a then-recently-opened movie in concordance with ''Kamen Rider'' tradition and the rest of the arc has a title-only opening so as to use an extra minute of running time. The lengthy theme song only returns for good when the third arc begins.
16th Apr '17 10:49:53 PM OnoderaTearer
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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' eschews its opening for the climax of the first StoryArc. Its second arc has exactly ''one'' episode ''with'' the regular opening sequence; the prior episode has a SpecialEditionTitle promotion a then-recently-opened movie in concordance with ''Kamen Rider'' tradition and the rest of the arc has a title-only opening so as to use an extra minute of running time. The lengthy theme song only returns for good when the third arc begins.
25th Feb '17 6:46:48 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' opens with its title card over a one-second synth sting (nevermind the fact that it sustains for a few seconds). No theme song or anything.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' opens with its title card over a one-second sustained synth sting (nevermind the fact that it sustains for a few seconds). No string. The [[actual theme song or anything.plays during the end credits.
17th Feb '17 8:08:39 AM skidoo23
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A program's original Title Sequence may be replaced with a Title Only Opening when it goes into syndication. It is becoming increasingly common for first-run network programs to have Title Only Openings, as well. Their popularity probably comes from the fact that they free up a minute or more of runtime, which can be used for the rest of the episode, or for additional commercials. The downside, in most TV viewers' eyes at least, is that it kills some of the excitement of the show since openings are meant to get you pumped up for the episode; also, title sequences and theme tunes are considered part of the cultural identity of a series. This is often seen as a personal preference.

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A program's original Title Sequence may be replaced with a Title Only Opening when it goes into syndication. It is becoming increasingly common for first-run network programs to have Title Only Openings, as well. Their popularity probably comes from the fact that they free up a minute or more of runtime, which can be used for the rest of the episode, episode (due to less storytelling time being available due to the need for advertisements), or for additional commercials. The downside, in most TV viewers' eyes at least, is that it kills some of the excitement of the show since openings are meant to get you pumped up for the episode; also, title sequences and theme tunes are considered part of the cultural identity of a series. This is often seen as a personal preference.
preference, however, it is noted that as commercial TV moved away from title sequences, non-commercial broadcasters such as HBO and Netflix have embraced it, with openings for shows such as ''Series/GameOfThrones'' becoming iconic.


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* Only narrowly averted by the 1960s series ''Series/DangerMan'' which from seasons 2 to 4 eschewed a proper opening titles sequence for a brief shot of John Drake either in a still photo or walking towards the camera (the show alternated) and then the title, with just the opening bars of the show's theme, which then resumed playing over the first scene of the episode after the commercial break.
4th Feb '17 4:10:37 PM LondonKdS
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* The Starz ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]]'' series are an example of a cable show doing this.
27th Dec '16 7:30:31 AM twilicorn
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* The first episode of ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt''.
25th Oct '16 8:30:23 PM nombretomado
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* GerryAnderson's ''Series/{{UFO}}'' had a variation on this. Each episode began with an opening sequence that only incorporated brief flashes of the title. This was ''followed'' by a teaser, which would end with an animated version of the title being superimposed.

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* GerryAnderson's Creator/GerryAnderson's ''Series/{{UFO}}'' had a variation on this. Each episode began with an opening sequence that only incorporated brief flashes of the title. This was ''followed'' by a teaser, which would end with an animated version of the title being superimposed.
12th Sep '16 7:26:22 PM Berrenta
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* GirlWritesWhat
19th Jul '16 3:57:11 PM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' had a very distinctive opening sequence and theme tune - except for two episodes: the finale, "Fall Out" shows only the title, whereas "Living in Harmony" never displays the title card at all.
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