Here is the second part of my post dedicated to TV-show titles and their music. This time around the songs are just instrumental, generally written for the show. Once more, these are my favorite opening credits.
1. Mad Men – A Beautiful Mine, RJD2
Stylish and sophisticated as the show.
2. Magic City
The intro song of this show created a controversy since, for season 1, they used an unauthorized version of Henry Mancini’s Lujon, which is beautiful and mixes well the sixties’ atmosphere with Miami settings (watch from 1:03).
To avoid legal battle, they used a song by Daniele Luppi in season 2, which is still intriguing but with more of a Bond flair.
3. Boardwalk Empire – Straight Up And Down, The Brian Jonestown Massacre
A quite smoke on the beach thinking about the business…
4. Southland – Canção do Mar, Dulce Pontes
Fado and seppia images are an effective and inspired choice.
5. Hannibal – theme by Brian Reitzell
This one is a little macabre but also mesmerizing.
6. Six Feet Under – theme by Thomas Newman
A weird mix of otherworldly and morbid.
7. Dexter – theme by Adam Ben Ezra
The morning routine of a serial killer… it says it all!
8. The Killing (US) – We Fell To Earth, Frank Bak
Melancholic and forlorn, like a day in November in the Pacific Northwest.
9. House of Cards – theme by Jeff Beal
Foreboding, perfect intro to the games of the mighty and powerful.
10. Sherlock – theme by David Arnold
Upbeat and bursting of energy like Sherlock on a case.