Would You Be My Neighbor?
When people ask me “what are your favorite films” or “what films influence you” I always have a hard time answering. The answers are so broad and hard to parse. There are films I love in a popcorn way, there are films that moved me, there are films that I saw at important moments in my life and all could fall under the banner of ‘favorite’.
Tonight I was sharing with a friend a great segment from an old episode of This American Life. In it Ira Glass, the moderator, tells the audience a story about his relationship to television. He talks of how television has the ability to be grand and yet you have such a deep, personal connection with your favorite shows. I think it offers something that is hard to achieve in cinema. Television brings characters into your living room and you get to see them evolve over time. I can pin specific shows to the time of day and room I would watch it in in my house growing up.
A couple days ago I stumbled across this list of the 100 Most Iconic TV Show Intros Of All Time. As I browsed the list I found ones that made my heart jump because they so viscerally brought me back to moments of my childhood. Here is a selection of a few of the ones I loved the most.
Here’s the full list of 100, which ones connect with you and why? Tell us in the comments.
The Muppet Show
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
Greatest American Hero