I had high hopes for "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (and I'm still giving it a chance), but one thing I had no hope for was an opening credits sequence. Like most shows nowadays, "Sarah Connor" does not have opening credits or a theme song, although you can see numerous fan-made examples on YouTube that utilize the apocalyptic score from the movies and clips of the TV show's cast.

A few shows are exceptions to this sad and inexplicable trend. "Friday Night Lights" opens with a theme and images that evoke wide-open spaces and small-town struggles. "Medium" hits a viewer with dark, bizarre notes suited to a show about a woman who dreams of real crimes - it immediately draws in "X-Files" (now there's a classic opening sequence) fans looking for a spooky fix. And "Law & Order" still has that classic cha-chug theme and credits that close with the cast walking briskly toward important business of some kind.

"The Sarah Connor Chronicles" features Lena Headey (left), Thomas Dekker and Summer Glau, but no opening credits sequence.

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One of this season's most intriguing new shows, "Pushing Daisies," has no opening credits, although it deserves one as quirky as those from Bryan Fuller's previous shows. "Dead Like Me" featured a grim reaper going through various daily chores and "Wonderfalls" had that cute and catchy "boppin' along in our barrels" tune. "Life," "Lost" and "Heroes" are other shows that supposedly need no introduction.

Just for the record: The coolest opener from a good show is "Angel's" rocking cello theme. And the best opener from a bad show is the scratchy riff from "Charmed." Many YouTubers have placed that song with credits from other shows; their creations are fun to sift through if you have a spare minute.

That's something the creators of current shows apparently don't have. Otherwise, they'd spend that minute to give us the opening credits we want.

- By John Hansen,Entertainment Editor