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#1 Marco Dane

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:26 PM

In your opinion which show had the best soap opera opening/theme?
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#2 Errol

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:33 PM

That's really hard. I loved Sunset Beach's two openings, General Hospital's 1990's opening was awesome, and One Life to Live and All My Children had some exciting one's. All the soaps have had good openings, IMO.

But in the end, I have to choose All My Children's early 1990's theme.


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#3 dragonflies

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:34 PM

All My Children & Port Charles(early theme)
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:35 PM

I liked OLTL & GH's from late 90s to early 2000s.
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#5 Marco Dane

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:45 PM

Before Peabo theme



GH the only open it needs short and to the point


Edited by Scotty Baldwin, 19 August 2012 - 04:45 PM.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:49 PM

I always like openings that have the cast in them best. Shows in primetime don't do them much anymore.
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#7 Marco Dane

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:52 PM

When did soaps start adding characters names to the openings?
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:52 PM

That's really hard. I loved Sunset Beach's two openings, General Hospital's 1990's opening was awesome, and One Life to Live and All My Children had some exciting one's. All the soaps have had good openings, IMO.

But in the end, I have to choose All My Children's early 1990's theme.



I loved it when the theme would start just as the scene was coming to an end at a pivotal moment. That was such a great touch to the AMC theme.

Edited by BingCherry, 19 August 2012 - 04:52 PM.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:56 PM

When did soaps start adding characters names to the openings?


I believe it was in the early 2000's when Y&R began its trashy version to Nadia's theme. Someone correct me if I'm wrong (might be, since I vaguely remember some soap doing it in the 1990's for some reason).


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:56 PM

Any of B&B's themes. I love them.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:59 PM

Sunset Beach did it (at some point) in its original opening from 1997...


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#12 Marco Dane

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:02 PM

which soap had the longest opening to air?
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:06 PM

Errol, I think that's a foreign version of SuBe's original opening, from a country where it probably aired in primetime. I'm almost positive that they never did cast names in the states. But maybe for a primetime special?

Yes, Y&R's "porn opening" was the first to use cast names as Bill Bell hated squish credits and felt his stars' names deserved to be seen. Before that, Rosemary Prinz and Beverlee McKinsey were among the very few to have their names in the opening titles.

I have many favorites, but I will concede that Y&R's is the most iconic.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:08 PM

which soap had the longest opening to air?


GL's Hold on to Love is about :50, and I bet the slow version of My Guiding Light was about as long.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:13 PM

Errol, I think that's a foreign version of SuBe's original opening, from a country where it probably aired in primetime. I'm almost positive that they never did cast names in the states. But maybe for a primetime special?

Yes, Y&R's "porn opening" was the first to use cast names as Bill Bell hated squish credits and felt his stars' names deserved to be seen. Before that, Rosemary Prinz and Beverlee McKinsey were among the very few to have their names in the opening titles.

I have many favorites, but I will concede that Y&R's is the most iconic.


That's what I thought as I never actually saw that version on TV. Thanks for clearing that up.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:15 PM

I always associate these two with my childhood and I think they've aged really well (especially Hold on To Love) and still hold up amazingly today.





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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:18 PM

Hold on To Love was definitely a good theme for GL. It's the only theme I remember of the show when I first started watching in the mid-1990's. Every theme after could not compare. Sometimes shows should leave well enough alone.
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#18 dragonflies

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:18 PM

Yeah can't forget the Peabo opening for OLTL, my all time favorite
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:19 PM

Yeah, I have to say, sometimes other countries do nicer versions of our openings. Posted Image They all seem to at least add names.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XULUHYpohuI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhr9ww_4xz4&feature=related

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:19 PM

Of the 90's variations of the Y&R openings, the ones from the earlier part of the 90's were my favourites:


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