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David Boreanaz and Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' in 1998. (Photo: Getty Images)

20. Mission: Impossible
Before the movies starring Tom Cruise was the TV series, set in the 1960s. You’ll recognize the memorable theme song by Lalo Schifrin and the image of the burning fuse through the intro. The TV series starred Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, and Peter Lupus.

19. Twin Peaks
David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks is set up with opening credits that include images of pipe stacks, industrial tools cutting through metal, balanced out with a view of stunning mountains and a roaring waterfall. The 1990s series starred Kyle MacLachlan, Lara Flynn Boyle and Peggy Lipton (just to name a few) and is set to make a return in 2017.

18. Da Vinci’s Demons (2013)
The intro for Da Vinci’s Demons feels like its straight out of a sketchbook, including moving images of birds, statues and characters from the show.

17. Hannibal
The Hannibal intro uses blood artistically, almost like paint flying through the air, to create a picture of a person.

16. The Rockford Files
The intro for the 1970s series The Rockford Files introduces us to P.I. Jim Rockford, portrayed by James Garner. We get a look at Los Angeles at the time, through a montage of still shots.

15. Outlander
The time travel drama’s intro gets us ready for the show with traditional Scottish music. We’re greeted with dancers, glimpses of beautiful waterways, and clothing that evoke the series’ shifting time periods, whether it is the 18th century or 20th century.

14. United States of Tara
The United States of Tara intro comes across like a pop-up book, illustrating the multiple personalities of title character Tara (Toni Collette).

13. The West Wing
The West Wing‘s opening credits introduces its all-star cast, with a waving red, white and blue flag seen throughout the intro, setting the patriotic tone. The show aired from 1999 to 2006.

12. Mad Men
The Mad Men creators went an alternative route for their intro, using animation. We see a man dressed in a suit seemingly falling to his demise from a skyscraper but landing safely in his office seat. The award-winning series aired from 2007 through 2015.

11. Six Feet Under
The opening credits for the series Six Feet Under take us from the hospital, to the morgue, to the grave. While it may sound morbid, the intro comes off as serene, depicting the cycle of life. The series kicked off in 2001, running for five seasons.

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By Brigid Brown