WBEZ | Banacek http://www.wbez.org/tags/banacek Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Architecture on TV: Your picks for opening credits that feature architecture http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-01/architecture-tv-your-picks-opening-credits-feature-architecture-104632 <p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QIU0vUQo8-0" width="420"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/flickr_sundazed.jpg" style="float: right; height: 150px; width: 200px;" title="(Flickr/Sun Dazed)" />Last week, I talked about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-12/way-introduction-what-tv-series-opening-credits-say-about-architecture-and">television programs</a> with opening credits that best showcased architecture and place.</div><p>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 <em>Perfect Strangers</em>, to the 1960s show <a href="http://youtu.be/HRPDO63rI1E"><em>The Prisoner</em>.</a></p><p>Let&#39;s begin with WBEZ&#39;s John Schmidt&#39;s pick of the early 1970s show <em>Banacek</em>&mdash;seen in the clip above. Schmidt said the intro features two of his loves &quot;Boston and old Packards.&quot; It&#39;s good, crisp&mdash;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&#39;s skyline is pretty sweet.</p><p><em>The Bob Newhart Show</em> was also a fave of readers Jason and ScooterLibby. I can&#39;t embed it here, <a href="http://vimeo.com/45849825">but here&#39;s a link.</a> Reader Mark was the one who mentioned <em>Perfect Strangers</em> for showing &quot;local architecture, the L, and the 360 N. Michigan building.&quot; Not to mention Wrigley Field and that newsstand that used to be right outside the Chicago Cultural Center. Let&#39;s have a look:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8vbnLYROCj8" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Sylvia Franklin suggested the intro to the original <em>Dallas </em>show. The helicopter shots (and you can see the helicopter&#39;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. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsVZUJVVaIE">Here&#39;s a link.</a></p><p>As we close, I&#39;ll offer one more: The intro to Jeremy Piven&#39;s short-lived but funny ABC series <em>Cupid</em>&mdash;with no less than The Pretenders&#39;<em> Human </em>as its theme:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rdifcnvD-50" width="420"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-01/architecture-tv-your-picks-opening-credits-feature-architecture-104632