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29th Dec '16 10:27:28 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TheOA'': The title sequence doesn't start until 45 minutes into the pilot. All the other episodes begin with a title sequence.
15th Aug '16 2:27:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''[='=]s unaired pilot had [[Music/{{Primus}} Les Claypool]] walking across town as he sings a slow-tempo version of the theme song (in fact, the version played during the credits of almost every episode), with the boys popping up from the bottom of the screen long enough to sing their verses. The aired version is the same as the Season 1 opening, but the instrumentation of the music has inferior quality -- this version is replaced with the more standard version a few episodes in.
* The first episode of the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' animated series lacked the green wire bits in the beginning seen in the other episodes of the first season.



* The intros for the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a slight variant in Katara's exposition, since she had yet to meet Aang.
* Its sequel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', has Tenzin relate to the audience the basics of what has happened since the end of the original series, providing the necessary backstory. All other episodes have him simply recite the basic lore of the Avatar.



* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''--"Winter Olympics"--had at least ''three'' variations, each with its own unique "edit" of the main title sequence. Also, the episode had unique closing credits!
* If you listen closely in the opening of the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', you can hear that the main theme has a flute added during the newspaper CouchGag that gets dropped in the second episode.
* During the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', before Adora does her HeelFaceTurn and becomes the titular herione, a male announcer reads the OpeningNarration. After Adora becomes She-Ra, she reads a new version of the narration.
* ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'''s pilot has a theme song accompanied by Polaroid-style photographs of the main characters and framed pictures of the supporting characters, while the main episodes of the first season have a different theme song accompanied by scenes that never occur in the series itself.


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* ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'''s pilot has a theme song accompanied by Polaroid-style photographs of the main characters and framed pictures of the supporting characters, while the main episodes of the first season have a different theme song accompanied by scenes that never occur in the series itself.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''[='=]s unaired pilot had [[Music/{{Primus}} Les Claypool]] walking across town as he sings a slow-tempo version of the theme song (in fact, the version played during the credits of almost every episode), with the boys popping up from the bottom of the screen long enough to sing their verses. The aired version is the same as the Season 1 opening, but the instrumentation of the music has inferior quality -- this version is replaced with the more standard version a few episodes in.
* The first episode of the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' animated series lacked the green wire bits in the beginning seen in the other episodes of the first season.
* The intros for the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a slight variant in Katara's exposition, since she had yet to meet Aang.
* Its sequel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', has Tenzin relate to the audience the basics of what has happened since the end of the original series, providing the necessary backstory. All other episodes have him simply recite the basic lore of the Avatar.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''--"Winter Olympics"--had at least ''three'' variations, each with its own unique "edit" of the main title sequence. Also, the episode had unique closing credits!
* If you listen closely in the opening of the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', you can hear that the main theme has a flute added during the newspaper CouchGag that gets dropped in the second episode.
* During the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', before Adora does her HeelFaceTurn and becomes the titular herione, a male announcer reads the OpeningNarration. After Adora becomes She-Ra, she reads a new version of the narration.


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28th Apr '16 9:17:53 PM bwburke94
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* ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'''s pilot has a theme song accompanied by polaroid-style photographs of the main characters and framed pictures of the supporting characters, while the main episodes of the first season have a different theme song accompanied by scenes that never occur in the series itself.
* The original pilot episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark,'' aired as a two-hour TV movie, starts with the credits playing on top of a Superman s-shield logo on a black background. There are no shots of the cast or anything from the episode. In syndication, it was split into two parts and featured opening credits that matched the rest of the first season.

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* ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'''s pilot has a theme song accompanied by polaroid-style Polaroid-style photographs of the main characters and framed pictures of the supporting characters, while the main episodes of the first season have a different theme song accompanied by scenes that never occur in the series itself.
* The original pilot episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark,'' ''Series/LoisAndClark'', aired as a two-hour TV movie, starts with the credits playing on top of a Superman s-shield logo on a black background. There are no shots of the cast or anything from the episode. In syndication, it was split into two parts and featured opening credits that matched the rest of the first season.



* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' lists Creator/KevinConroy as "Bruce Wayne/Batman" and Creator/WillFriedle as "Terry [=McGinnis=]", since the episode began with [[DistantPrologue Bruce Wayne's final battle as Batman]] and Terry didn't [[LegacyCharacter take up the mantle]] until the second episode (where the credits permanantly change to "Bruce Wayne" and "Terry [=McGinnis=]/Batman").

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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' lists Creator/KevinConroy as "Bruce Wayne/Batman" and Creator/WillFriedle as "Terry [=McGinnis=]", since the episode began with [[DistantPrologue Bruce Wayne's final battle as Batman]] and Terry didn't [[LegacyCharacter take up the mantle]] until the second episode (where the credits permanantly permanently change to "Bruce Wayne" and "Terry [=McGinnis=]/Batman").
8th Feb '16 1:28:29 AM Alvin
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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'s'' title sequence for its pilot episode omits the footage if the girls using their powers so as not to spoil it for first time viewers as to what exact abilities each of them. The pilot was also the only episode in which ''only'' the original set of Charmed Ones / Halliwell Sisters appear in the episode opening.

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'s'' title sequence for its pilot episode omits the footage if of the girls using their powers so as not to spoil it for first time viewers as to what exact abilities each of them.them has. The pilot was also the only episode in which ''only'' the original set of Charmed Ones / Halliwell Sisters appear in the episode opening.
27th Dec '15 7:04:14 PM SteveMB
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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' lists Creator/KevinConroy as "Bruce Wayne/Batman" and Creator/WillFriedle as "Terry [=McGinnis=]", since the episode began with [[DistantPrologue Bruce Wayne's final battle as Batman]] and Terry didn't [[LegacyCharacter take up the mantle]] until the second episode (where the credits permanantly change to "Bruce Wayne" and "Terry [=McGinnis=]/Batman").
3rd Dec '15 2:54:23 PM fruitstripegum
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* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone" doesn't have the "Once more we travel to the Land of Nightmares, etc" opening, as this is the first time the audience is seeing Zordrak and the Urpneys.
11th Sep '15 1:51:29 PM dmwc
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* The original pilot episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark,'' aired as a two-hour TV movie, starts with the credits playing on top of a Superman s-shield logo on a black background. There are no shots of the cast or anything from the episode. In syndication, it was split into two parts and featured opening credits that matched the rest of the first season.
2nd Jul '15 5:04:55 PM nombretomado
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* The opening credits for the reimagined ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' pilot begin with music by Richard Gibbs. The second episode, "33", begins with the now-familiar Bear [=McCreary=] theme. It also has the quick cuts of upcoming scenes from the episode after the theme music.

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* The opening credits for the reimagined ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' pilot begin with music by Richard Gibbs. The second episode, "33", begins with the now-familiar Bear [=McCreary=] theme. It also has the quick cuts of upcoming scenes from the episode after the theme music.
23rd Oct '14 2:19:08 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' - not the pilot, but the two parter "In A Mirror, Darkly" from Season 4 featured a much darker opening credits sequence that represented the evolution of the mirror universe.
21st Sep '14 3:10:23 PM Thexder
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* The opening credits for the first episode of ''DowntonAbbey'' follow the news of the ''Titanic'' sinking toward the main characters; all the other episodes use a more domestic credit sequence.

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* The opening credits for the first episode of ''DowntonAbbey'' ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' follow the news of the ''Titanic'' sinking toward the main characters; all the other episodes use a more domestic credit sequence.



* The pilot of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' originally had a very different tune than later episodes and the rest of the series. The pilot was rescored a few weeks later and resindicated. The pilot in its original form is no longer aired.

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* The pilot of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' originally had a very different tune than later episodes and the rest of the series. The pilot was rescored a few weeks later and resindicated.resyndicated. The pilot in its original form is no longer aired.



* ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'' had three pilot movies before the weekly series began. The first had no real title sequence, just the credits played out over the opening scenes. The second and third films featured a recounting of Steve's accident (which differed completely from the first pilot!) and a theme ''song'' performed by Dusty Springfield. The famous "Steve Austin...astronaut" opening wasn't introduced until the weekly series began.

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* ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'' ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' had three pilot movies before the weekly series began. The first had no real title sequence, just the credits played out over the opening scenes. The second and third films featured a recounting of Steve's accident (which differed completely from the first pilot!) and a theme ''song'' performed by Dusty Springfield. The famous "Steve Austin...astronaut" opening wasn't introduced until the weekly series began.



* ''{{Victorious}}'' forgoes the theme song altogether, since Tori has yet to actually perform it.

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* ''{{Victorious}}'' ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' forgoes the theme song altogether, since Tori has yet to actually perform it.


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