Architecture on TV: Your picks for opening credits that feature architecture

January 4, 2013

Last week, I talked about television programs with opening credits that best showcased architecture and place.

I had my picks, as did the architecture professor whose class prompted the discussion. But I asked for yours and got responses that included the opening credits to the 1980s comedy Perfect Strangers, to the 1960s show The Prisoner.

Let's begin with WBEZ's John Schmidt's pick of the early 1970s show Banacek—seen in the clip above. Schmidt said the intro features two of his loves "Boston and old Packards." It's good, crisp—begins showing star George Peppard rowing along the Charles River (the rear projection on the close-up is a little dodgy, though) with what I think is Boston Government Center in the background. And the helicopter shot that begins on the speeding 1941 Packard 180 convertible at 0:12 then whirls around to the city's skyline is pretty sweet.

The Bob Newhart Show was also a fave of readers Jason and ScooterLibby. I can't embed it here, but here's a link. Reader Mark was the one who mentioned Perfect Strangers for showing "local architecture, the L, and the 360 N. Michigan building." Not to mention Wrigley Field and that newsstand that used to be right outside the Chicago Cultural Center. Let's have a look:

Sylvia Franklin suggested the intro to the original Dallas show. The helicopter shots (and you can see the helicopter's shadow, which is funny) of the skyline and the moving split screens of buildings, oil rigs, livestock and open-roofed Texas Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys played during those glory years were pretty impressive. Here's a link.

As we close, I'll offer one more: The intro to Jeremy Piven's short-lived but funny ABC series Cupid—with no less than The Pretenders' Human as its theme: