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The 10 Coolest Title Sequences and Theme Songs Never Nominated for an Emmy

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | July 19, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | July 19, 2012 |

Just so you know, Title Sequences and Theme Songs fall into two different categories, and a lot of people conflate the two. You can have a great theme song and a lousy title sequence (“Friday Night Lights,” for instance) and vice-versa (“Mad Men”).

The Emmy Awards have been handing out nominations for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music since 1988. They have been handing out nominations for Title Design since 1990. It is my understanding that shows are only eligible for the categories in their first year of existence, otherwise I suppose a great theme song could win year after year. Yet, despite the fact that the Emmy voters get to choose five new title sequences and theme songs every single year, they still managed to miss out on these ten in each category.

Also, before we get to the list, here’s this year’s nominations for Title Sequence:

“American Horror Story”
“Great Expectations”
“Magic City”
“New Girl”
“Strike Back”

Main Title Sequence

Aeon Flux

Dead Like Me




Flight of the Conchords


Breaking Bad

The Wire


Main Theme Song

Here are this year’s nominees for theme song, followed by the 10 Biggest Snubs in that category.

“Great Expectations”
“Hell on Wheels”
“Page Eight”

Game of Thrones


Doctor Who

Band of Brothers


Friday Night Lights

Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Law & Order


Battlestar Gallactica

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