In order to immediately engage a viewer and make a television show memorable, it is essential that it has a fantastic theme tune and introduction. The theme tune should set the tone for the style of the show, so a comedy series should have an upbeat and entertaining theme and intro sequence, whilst a murder mystery should have something slightly sinister and intriguing. Throughout television history there have been countless classic theme tunes for all kinds of shows, and when heard they will immediately remind the viewer of the show and their favorite moments.
ER is the longest-running medical drama in American television history, and it also had an unforgettable theme which perfectly sets the tone for the show’s dramatic and exciting content. The tense music grips the viewer, and is is accompanied by dramatic footage of the staff at the hospital (this changed as characters came and went). The intro also has many unforgettable moments, such as Dr. Benton punching the air in success. Seeing as the show went on for so long, many characters came and went and it is famous for having a cast that included George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Sherry Stringfield, Eriq La Salle, Alex Kingston, Mekhi Phifer, Linda Cardellini and John Stamos throughout its history. With so many characters over the years, it needed stability and consistency, which was achieved with this unforgettable theme tune.