Title Sequence Replacement
Sometimes when a TV series has more than one Title Sequence
, the original will be replaced by a later version in syndicated reruns.
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- A variation: During the [adult swim] run of the 2003 anime adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, only two of the series' four opening sequences were shown, because the bands that performed those songs made a deal with Cartoon Network in order to try and branch out into the US market.
- Inverted with Hamtaro. The second-season opening was only shown once due to an error on Cartoon Network's end in the US. Other times the second season opening was replaced with first-season opening, even though some fans thought the second-season song was better. Outside North America, the second-season theme was aired properly.
- Sunrise usually has a few openings for each show (usually four per 50 episode series), but decided to have just two openings in the English version of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, the second and fourth.
- Due to music rights and cost issues, Funimation's DVD release of the first half of Kodomo no Omocha used the second opening sequence for all episodes. And taking things one step further, they were forced to excise or change references to the song and the band, to the point of completely muting the audio in some scenes (like the previews in the first 16 episodes) where the song or some remix thereof was used. This only affected the Japanese audio track.
- Similarly, Dragon Ball originally used two opening animations and four ending animations, but the U.S. dub and DVDs only use opening 1 and ending 2. This is aparently because Toei only gave them a single clean opening and ending, and have not given any foreign dubs the other versions at all.
- One of the One Piece endings was skipped for the U.S. version and replaced with the ending that followed it due to music rights issues.
- Reruns of Quantum Leap use the third season credits sequence exclusively, most noticeably replacing the fifth season's rearranged theme.
- When you watch a syndicated rerun of a first-season TOS Twilight Zone episode, the odds are 50-50 that the original Title Sequence (with the Bernard Herrmann music) will be replaced by the second season opening (the first one to use Marius Constant's more familiar theme).
- The Monkees' two openings are similar, but the second season version mixes newer episode clips with older ones. The second season version is the only one used in syndication.
- Red Dwarf, when The BBC re-edited it to add more special effects (à la the Star Wars reissues), added a new Title Sequence for all the seasons.
- The Bionic Woman (1976-1978). The main title for the second season was markedly superior to that of the first season, so in reruns they went back and changed the first season's episodes' main titles to those of the second season.
- Many early sitcoms worked a sponsor into the open credits; these are cut short to remove the plug or (as in I Love Lucy below) replaced entirely.
- Lucille Ball's follow-up sitcom The Lucy Show had a new opening sequence practically every season during its original run. Season 1 had stick-figure cartoon caricatures of Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, reminiscent of the original I Love Lucy openings; season 2 had a montage of publicity stills; season 3 had a compilation of footage from the previous 2 seasons, and season 4 introduced the famous "kaleidoscope" opening. Season 5 began with a whimsical cartoon bouncing ball opening, with Lucy's head popping out of a jack-in-a-box, but Lucille reportedly did not care for it and the series reverted back to the kaleidoscope intro for the remainder of its run (albeit with re-orchestrated theme music underscoring it). The kaleidoscope intro was commonly used for every episode in syndication, with Vivian Vance's name cut-in instead of Gale Gordon's for the first 3 seasons.
- The Drew Carey Show uses only the "Cleveland Rocks" opening on syndication.
- Stargate SG-1's original opening sequence consisted of the camera panning around an Ancient Egyptian statue while the credits displayed (this is Stock Footage from the credits of the Stargate movie). This was used for the entirety of its run on Showtime, with the exception of Season 3. Since moving to the Sci Fi Channel, all subsequent re-airings of Season 1-5 episodes use the Season 3 opening. Oddly, the DVDs use the Season 3 opening for Seasons 1-3, but the Egyptian statue opening for Seasons 4-5.
- TBS uses an Awesome Music-robbing alternate opening when rerunning The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- Reading Rainbow did this, to the disappointment of those who fondly remember the trippiness of the original intro.
- Reruns of 3-2-1 Contact's first season replaced the original title sequence with the 1983-1986 version. The show's recut, Classroom Contact, used an edited version of the Season 6 & 7 sequence.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, natch. Used a different Title Sequence for each season as the characters changed and evolved. One episode had Tara in the main credits just before being killed off, and fan speculation abounds over Buffy... as after she died the last shots of her were of the Buffybot and The First Evil posing as her.
- When the junior high episodes of Saved by the Bell are rerun, they show an intro similar to the rest of the show. The junior high years were originally aired as Good Morning Miss Bliss and had entirely different music.
- The pilot of Yes Minister had a different title sequence from the other episodes, which was replaced by the normal one in reruns.
- Later seasons of Burn Notice have the opening narration changed to reflect that Sam Axe is no longer informing on Michael to the FBI. The opening sequence was also modified to include :Jesse when they became a regular member of the cast. Also removing the "ex-" from ex-girlfriend Fiona when they hooked back up. It's yet to be seen if it will be further updated with their later breakup.
- Some syndication packages for Space: 1999 dubbed the 2nd-season theme music over the opening credits for the 1st-season episodes, even though the 2nd-season theme didn't mesh at all well with the jump-cut credit sequences which were originally cut to fit Barry Grey's original theme. A few packages even replaced the entire opening-credit sequence, despite the fact that there were several significant cast changes between the two seasons. (Barry Morse ("Professor Bergman"), featured in the first-season credits, had left the show, while Tony Anholt ("Tony Verdeschi") and Catherine Schell ("Maya"), both prominently featured in the 2nd-season credits, were never seen or even mentioned in the first season.)
- In the 1990s, there was an alternative opening to Joe 90, which was almost identical to the original but inexplicably replaced the original animated logo with an inferior non-animated version.
- Reruns of Season One of The Muppet Show often used the later title sequence, where all the characters appear in arches, and Gonzo sticks his head out of the "O" playing a trumpet, rather than the actual title sequence, in which a handful of characters appear in rows, and then on a pyramid, and Gonzo bangs the "O" like a gong.
- The Simpsons episodes from seasons 1 to around 6 replaced the original couch gags with the couch gag from the season five episode "Rosebud" note where The Simpsons rush to the couch, only to find clones of themselves on the couch (unless the episode was a Treehouse of Horror episode, in which the original couch gag or opening is shown intact). When more episodes were put into syndication, the original couch gags were kept in (except for the season eight episode "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show". In the original airing, the couch gag was a repeat of the one from "Bart After Dark"note where The Simpsons are part of a Simpsonized version of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. In syndication, the Simpsons' Sgt. Pepper album couch gag is replaced with the one in which The Simpsons rush to the couch and meet The Flintstones. The reason behind this change was because "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show" is the episode that broke The Flintstones' record for longest-running animated prime-time show.)
- The network syndicated reruns of American Dad! from seasons 1 to 4 replace the changing newspaper headline running gag to the opening where Roger appears in Stan's car and has on a different costume [i.e., his hockey player costume from "Return of the Bling," his Sassy Black Woman character from "Oedipal Panties," his Francine costume from "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls," etc.] The TBS and [adult swim] airings have the original openings for both the early episodes and the new ones.
- The Flintstones' original Title Sequence (featuring entirely different animation and a different, Instrumental Theme Tune) was replaced with the now-familiar "Meet the Flintstones" opening in the show's third season, and was rarely seen until Cartoon Network came along.
- To match the '80s revival, The Jetsons' first season lost not only its original opening, but also its original end credits and Laugh Track, until Cartoon Network restored them.
- Darkwing Duck had a different opening sequence when it originally ran on The Disney Channel, but the opening was changed when it went into syndication as part of The Disney Afternoon. The syndication opening is what's been used in airings since, as well as on the DVDs.
- During SWAT Kats' original run, some first-season reruns used the second-season opening.
- South Park has a syndication-only version of the opening.
- The original intro sequence to Garfield and Friends, used only in the show's first two seasons, was replaced in syndication by the second intro sequence from seasons 3-5. It then inverted the trope on the DVDs, when the third intro sequence was replaced by the second (the later seasons, which had the third intro sequence, were never syndicated), but kept the first intro sequence intact.
- An unusual case for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: episodes 20-26 broadcast overseas before airing in the US, and boasted the same opening used in preceding episodes. However, Disney XD decided to tack recaps onto the beginning of their broadcasts, which resulted in the theme song becoming replaced by a short expository speech (which doubles as a promo for the Marvel Cinematic Universe). When the show became available for legal download, streaming, and home video purchase, the recaps and expository speeches got removed to make room for the original theme song.
- North America's Disney airings of Madeline all had its original "I'm Madeline" opening replaced with the "Hats Off to Madeline" used in The New Adventures of Madeline. Inverted with Disney Asia's airing of the second season of The New Adventures of Madeline though, in which they replaced the third opening, "Oh, Madeline", replaced with "Hats Off to Madeline".
- When CBS brought Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! back in repeats in 1974 after a two-year breather, in mid-season they replaced the ending credits sequence with an edited celebrity-less and vocal-less sequence from The New Scooby-Doo Movies but with the credit list of Where Are You! over a static picture of Scooby. The "we'll be right back" bumpers from Movies replaced the original bumper from Where Are You!
- The syndicated version of The Smurfs, known as Smurfs Adventures, uses a shortened version of the original show's Season 4 intro sequence, though with no Smurf hopping onto a mushroom at the end when the show's title (modified to read SMURFS ADVENTURES with the "created by Peyo" byline added) is displayed. However, two episodes from Season 6 use the original Season 6 intro instead.
- For seasons 1 through 4, the Season 4 closing theme is also used for the closing credits, instead of the original respective NBC version arrangements. For season 1, the closing theme was shortened to match, while in seasons 2-4, the longer version of Season 4's closing theme was used. Starting with season 5, the original NBC closing themes are used, although the intro sequence above remains the same.
- The Beatles Band Toon on ABC used a different theme and title sequence for each of its three original seasons, the themes being that of a Beatles song. Mexican studio Los Dibujos Animados did the first two seasons' titles and London's TVC did season three's titles. "Can't Buy Me Love" was used as the title theme for season one, "Help!" for season two, and "And Your Bird Can Sing" for season three.
- Some reruns of The Fantastic Four (1967) remove the Opening Narration, which details the names and powers of each Fantastic Four member.