I'm used to opening credits on TV shows being relatively short. HBO's Westworld series has an opening credit sequence that is 1 minute, 40 seconds long. Is that the longest opening credit sequence for a TV series, or is there a series with a longer credit sequence at the start of every episode?

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    Don't let the silent downvoters get you down, I think this is a great question! – Thunderforge Dec 5 '16 at 22:36
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    @Thunderforge Thanks! I was also waiting for someone to reference the YouTube video "Too Many Cooks", which is about a fictitious 80's sitcom and features an intro credit sequence that is about 15 minutes long. It's pretty funny. – BrettFromLA Dec 5 '16 at 23:03
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    A mere 1:40? How quickly we forget Twin Peaks' 2:30+ goodness... ;) – Walt Dec 5 '16 at 23:50
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    @Walt OMG that's amazing! I'd forgotten about that. – BrettFromLA Dec 6 '16 at 0:19
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    Too Many Cooks has an 11:12 intro, but the series was never aired. ;) – jejorda2 Jun 19 '17 at 20:14

The longest opening title sequence appears to be the Iranian TV show Zire Tigh at 3 minutes 21 seconds!

The longest English-language title sequence I can find is Twin Peaks at about 2 minutes 36 seconds (thanks to Walt for pointing it out in the comments).

Note that there are shorter versions of this opening as well (perhaps for syndication?) such as this 1 minute 36 second version on CBS' official YouTube channel.

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  • Why the downvote? Is there something wrong with my answer? – Thunderforge Dec 6 '16 at 1:33
  • Well, +1 from me; however, Thunderforge, did you also follow the Iranian show? – user33741 Dec 6 '16 at 5:24
  • @MAFIA36790 Unfortunately I do not understand the language, so I have not seen Zire Tigh. – Thunderforge Dec 6 '16 at 14:47
  • Fun fact: The average intro to a TV show (of the ones I polled) seems to be 1:30 – Chipster Feb 14 '19 at 1:15
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    I linked to one from "Chimes of Big Ben" (episode 2). I do recall the additional footage from Arrival, and it is not present in the version I linked to. Thus, Arrival's opening length would be a bit longer than three minutes. Only "Fallout" did away with the traditional opening altogether. I'm midway through re-watching the series - so I'll confirm they didn't become more abbreviated later into the run of the show. – sonnik Feb 14 '19 at 21:58

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