I have an unabashed love for title sequences of movies and TV shows, this being my favorite:
A good title sequence does a lot of expositional heavy lifting, quickly establishing a tone and context for the story to follow. It is the cinematic equivalent of “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
But linguist Monika Bednarek has taken to analyzing TV titles from the ’00s (via Vox) and found that these titles serve both functional and artistic purposes. The functionality makes sense in the context of the medium – you have to create clear distinctions between programs and attract viewers.
Should you have the requisite idiosyncratic obsession with title sequences and a few minutes to spare, the paper is published in full, here.