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

30. Velvet
The Spanish series follows a young heir who falls for a humble seamstress in the 1950s. The opening credits come across as light and fun, including elements that would be seen in a fashion house.

29. Rome
The ancient city comes to life in Rome‘s opening credits. We get to venture through the streets and meet some of the people, with the drawings on the walls leaping onto the screen.

Rome-Opening Titles from Joe Brammall on Vimeo.

28. Band of Brothers
The opening credits for Band of Brothers is a slow motion look at war and the soldiers who fight in black and white.

Band of Brothers title sequence for HBO from Shine on Vimeo.

27. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Popular cheerleader Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) may not have wanted to be a vampire slayer, but she owns the part in the adrenaline-fueled opening credits.

26. Carnivale
Carnivale‘s intro looks like a picture book, but as we make our way in, the pictures begin to move. We’re introduced to mythical characters and real-life historical figures throughout the opening credits.

25. The Tudors
The Tudors took us inside Henry VIII’s turbulent reign and love life. This opulent opening gives us a nice run-through of the characters, their dress and their agendas (based on their expressions).

24. Sleepy Hollow
The intro for Sleepy Hollow is filled with doom and gloom, covered with a mist of smoke.

23. Masters of Sex
The intro for Masters of Sex allows viewers to read between the lines. The opening credits use non-sexual objects, like a train going through a tunnel, to get the point across.

22. Luther
Massive Attack‘s “Paradise Circus,” featured in this drama’s opening, sings of love, but DCI John Luther’s (Idris Elba) days (and nights, too) are spent searching for killers. The intro is drenched in black and red, with characters, cityscapes and police scenes appearing as drawings.

21. The Pacific
The Pacific has a slow and calm intro. We follow a piece of black chalk drawing a line on paper, eventually leading us to sketches of soldiers. We eventually move into footage from the show.

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By Brigid Brown