80’s Action Show Introductions That’ll Get You Pumped Up


Recently we did an article that talked about the best modern TV show introductions and in that article we discuss how it’s important to not be biased.  Well I for one am a person who grew up in the 80s and I can tell you first hand that I long for the days of cartoon, sitcom, and especially action show introductions.  Whatever happened to awesome action television show introductions? Think about TV today. Think really hard. Can you honestly pick off five action TV Show introductions that you’d consider awesome? I’m talking camera work combined with an awesome song that will stay in your head for weeks on end.   Today’s action TV show intros just don’t carry as much weight as these guys.

I need something with a little more kick. And arguably, nothing compared to the 80s action show intro.  Here are nine that particularly stand out to me.

The Renegades Intro

Wait until you get to Robert Thaler pulling his hair back. He looks exactly like Glenn Howerton as we mentioned yesterday.  Any show starring Patrick Swayze as a guy named “Bandit” is a winner in my book.

Miami Vice Intro

Probably the best intro song of all time.  Jan Hammer just busting out the synthesizers.  This song owns.  Not to mention the editing here.  Truly capturing Miami in the 80s.

Magnum PI Intro

The women. Oh yes. The women.  By the way did I mention this was my ring tone?  That speaks volumes.   It doesn’t get more studly than Tom Selleck.

Dukes of Hazzard Intro

Daisy Dukes! Man these guys were a fun time huh?  I can’t believe how hick of a show this was.  Classic.

MacGyver Intro

He’s so smart!

Knight Rider Intro

A very close second to the Miami Vice theme.  The only negative to this is now every time I hear this theme I now think of the movie Half Baked.

The A-Team Intro

Now it’s gonna be burned into your head.  You don’t want to mess with George Peppard.

Remington Steele

A very underrated show.  This is Pierce Brosnan before he was really Pierce Brosnan.

Quantum Leap Intro

Yeah the song’s a little cheesy but admit it, you like this.

I’ve got to be missing some right?  Let me know in the comments.

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