Among those TV shows that actually have an opening credits sequence, it's quite common for it to feature a car driving around whichever town the show is set in. This is probably because it's a visually dynamic way of introducing the setting, and isn't that expensive. DrivingADesk may be involved. There are variations with other vehicles such as skateboards and spaceships, but the common element is that the vehicle explores the setting of the show. An opening where the setting ''is'' the vehicle, as in many science fiction shows, is a different idea. ProductPlacement may or may not be involved.



[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Ed}}'' is shown driving through Westfield NJ, which is [[CaliforniaDoubling New Jersey Doubling]] for Stuckeyville OH.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' features a car driving around [[UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} the eponymous city]] with shots of local landmarks.
* ''Series/PoliceSquad'''s title sequence began with a shot of the flashing light on a police cruiser. In TheMovie, ''Film/TheNakedGun'', this was expanded to show the police cruiser driving around downtown UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, driving off the roads, driving through buildings, [[RuleOfFunny driving into jungles, driving down waterslides]], driving down the [[Film/ANewHope Death Star trench]]...
* For its first 13 years, the opening title sequence of ''Series/TheBill'' featured the area car (updated to a new one every few years or so) driving down a busy street in London.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' features Tony driving from New York to his home in New Jersey. His route is deliberately inefficient to provide more interesting visuals: it runs through Newark and Kearney to get to Tony's house in North Caldwell, but any reasonable driver going from New York to North Caldwell would never get as far as Newark on the Turnpike but rather get off the Turnpike onto NJ Route 3 at Secaucus and get home from there. One supposes that perhaps Tony intends to visit Satriale's (fictively in Newark, with the actual building being in Kearney), but we don't see that in the intro.
* ''Series/{{Joey}}'' had the title character driving around Los Angeles.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had the ship travelling through different astronomical settings, making it fit this trope.
* ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' had, of course, a taxi driving around New York and over the Queensboro Bridge.
* ''Series/{{Newhart}}'''s Automobile Opening was [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer locally infamous in Vermont]] for 1) showing the car cruising otherwise-empty backroads ''at the height of leaf-peeper season'', and 2) featuring a 1972 Oldsmobile long after everything that age on the state's heavily-salted roads in RealLife had rusted to oblivion.
** As to that second point, I always thought that was supposed to be an out of state vacationer looking for an inn.
* ''Series/{{Maude}}''
* ''Series/{{One Day at a Time|1975}}'' opens with a sweep over rush hour in downtown UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}}.
* Showa era ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series, with the exception of ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'', do this with a motorcycle rather than a car. ''Series/KamenRiderV3'' does it with a motorcycle and a BBCQuarry [[MadeOfExplodium that explodes randomly and pointlessly]].
** Especially ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' and ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX,'' whose opening consists of ''literally nothing but'' the hero riding his motorcycle(s) down a road.
** Both openings of ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', especially the second one, were around 80% motorcycle riding and 20% everything else.
* {{Subverted}} by ''Series/LALaw'', which starts with the trunk of a Mercedes-Benz being slammed, revealing "LA LAW" on the license plate[[note]]The trunk shot had to be redone every year, because the sticker on the plate had expired.[[/note]]...and then forgets all about the car, opting for a FullyAutomaticClipShow of the regulars [[WalkAndTalk Walking and Talking]].
* Another Creator/StevenBochco series, ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' had an opening montage showing police cars rolling out of the station-house.
* Another PoliceProcedural, this one by Jack Webb, was ''Series/AdamTwelve'', which opened with a dispatcher calling the unit to investigate an armed mob, and showing it rolling off, lights and siren full blast.
* ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'', although that's pretty much obvious for a show which focuses mainly on motoring dangers.
* ''Series/That70sShow'' features various cast members rotating into the car singing along with Cheap Trick's In the Street.
* A big chunk of ''Series/ThePrisoner'''s [[ExpositoryThemeTune expository opening sequence]] has Patrick [=McGoohan=] driving around in [[CoolCar the actor's own Lotus 7]].
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'' did a ''flying'' version, showing the camp from overhead as choppers full of wounded are coming in for a landing, then switching to the ambulance and Jeeps carrying the wounded to the camp.
* ''Series/TheJeffersons'' has George and Louise in a cab following the moving truck.
* The first season opening credits of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' showed Mary driving herself into Minneapolis.
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' has a driver tuning in to different radio stations while cruising by Cincinnati locations.
* The title sequences of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' changed over its run, but they always opened with a shot of Starsky's trademark Torino tearing around a corner, tires squealing.
* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'''s rapid montage ends with a shot onboard a Honolulu Police Department motorcycle, racing through the streets with its light flashing. [[Series/HawaiiFive0 The new series']] opening is a remake of the original.
* ''Series/BurkesLaw'' started with Henry driving Capt. Burke from his mansion (or wherever he was at the start of the show) to the scene of that episode's murder.
* One of the ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' title cards is a rear shot from the ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "Full Measures" of Saul Goodman's 1999 Cadillac Sedan de Ville driving down an Albuquerque street, focusing in on his [[VanityLicensePlate LWYRUP]] license plate.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', particularly the once rarely-seen [[ first opening sequence]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' had George busing his family around on his flying car.
** ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture TheAnimatedSeries'' had a variant of this, with Doc Brown getting into his [=DeLorean=] and picking up Marty from 2015, Jules and Verne from the Stone Age, and Clara from 1885. His dog, Einstein, had the Time Train for the day.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' cuts between the family members as they simultaneously drive, bike, or skateboard home.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' showcases the Planet Express Ship as it flies through New New York and finally crashes into a large screen. There are even occasional in-show references to the crash actually happening every week (due to the pilot being a cyclops with a dangerous lack of depth perception).
* ''WesternAnimation/PostmanPat'' features Pat driving around Greendale, picking up the mail from the post office and delivering it, while all the villagers wave as he goes past.
* A large part of the opening of ''MakeWayForNoddy'' features Noddy traveling through [=ToyTown=] in his car, making deliveries.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MrMagoo'' made-for-TV cartoons opened with him blithely driving his jalopy on a railroad track, through a barn, mowing down a hydrant, into a construction site, a roller-coaster track, finally into an electric substation and a fire of sparks.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld'' follows Bobby around the house on his tricycle (with detours through his imagination, where it becomes a spaceship and a submarine).
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPantherShow'' featured a live action sequence of (intercut with segments of the ''Pink Panther'' cartoons and random stock footage) a pink, purpose-built show car known as the [[ Panthermobile]]. At the end of the sequence the car drops off the Pink Panther and the Inspector at a cinema.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s "PTV" combined the above sequences from ''Film/TheNakedGun'', ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' into a single opening. We follow the top of Stewie's head as he rides his tricycle through ''still further'' pop culture references, including ''Franchise/StarWars'' footage, which culminate in him crashing into [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer]] in the garage.
--> '''Peter''': Hey Stewie! ...who the hell is that?
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', full stop. A checkered flag opening gives way to a stylized race car heading straight at the camera befrore the racers are introduced.
* Another airborne variant: ''DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' opens with the titular villains and their crew in flight.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFunkyPhantom'' opening title has Skip, Augie, April and Elmo in their car, the Looney Duney, in a thunderstorm.
* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'' is seen in the opening of his show presumably being driven in a limousine. When the limousine turns around, we see T.C. riding on its rear fender.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Several LateToTheTragedy PC adventure games open with a driving scene of your character's journey to the game's location, often using RealLife highway footage rather than CGI. Examples include ''Barrow Hill'', ''Rhiannon'', ''Dire Grove'', and ''Baron Wittard''.