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General Hospital’s New Opening Title Sequence

Last Friday on the May 17th episode of ABC’s General Hospital, viewers took note of a new version of the opening title sequence of the daytime drama series.

Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

So, what do you think of the new opening title sequence featuring the slides of the characters/cast in Port Charles, the pace of the new theme, and the retro use of the GH hospital image? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Bren
Bren

It’s Cool.

Rodd
Rodd

I think it’s great! I really like that the images are slower and though I was’t crazy about the music the first time I heard it, it has grown on me. I like the whole opening now. Good job, GH!

Betty Penney
Betty Penney

Enjoy the new set up

su000
su000

WOW!
The new opening is 4 days old-
0OO0OPSSY I did not notice it..
But-
it looks good by the above picture !!

aria
aria

I love the new pace and new theme song, I give it two thumbs up.

TeriCarlson
TeriCarlson

Love it

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

The music doesn’t seem to chapter the character of the show very well. Nothing distinguishing about it somehow. I like seeing the cast except I didn’t see Genie in the Wed. montage. Are they going to feature different images on different days rather than showing the entire cast each day. If so, why? I’d take a longer opening with ALL the cast members featured each day. Wouldn’t take much time at all away from the show. I think that would be fairer to all. Why not bring some recognizable music back or at least incorporate it within the newer music–or just update it. I want to hear the recognizable.

TVJeff
TVJeff

Different people depending on the day. My guess is the day you saw, Genie wasn’t on the episode so her picture was excluded.

Candy
Candy

Agreed!

view88
view88

After all of these years, GH is still hoping to mimic and surpass Hollyoaks, and is still a shadow.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

Love it so much

Jimh
Jimh

The opening is somewhat of an improvement…was Monica at the ball when they played tribute to Oscar-he is her grandson…and i commented some time ago Kevin was really Ryan…

Steve
Steve

There has never been an Oliver on GH.

Terry
Terry

It’s so much better than the previous one. Love seeing the hospital featured again. Would have been better to incorporate the “Faces of the Heart” theme music, IMO.

a. h. Waldrop
a. h. Waldrop

Love the view of the cast and the hospital, but the music is terrible. It is Not at all the General Hospital theme. We all understand change, but the music is more like elevator music… not a long running soap opera. The music for this wonderful long running soap should be upbeat like always.

TVJeff
TVJeff

Much better pace. And I do prefer the hospital over the fake skyline. It’s Port Charles, NY a fake suburb of Buffalo. No way would they have that many skyscrapers! And while still the same as the faster version, I do love the fact that non-contract actors are included. I would rather them cut the number of people down from 24 to a number that would allow the actor’s names to be included (& readable). Maybe 18 per day?

TVJeff
TVJeff

And as for the music, it’s fine. People want Faces of the Heart because that’s GH. No, it’s not. The ambulance intro and that music is GH. Faces of the Heart was created in the 90s. The first 25+ years of GH is the original music. I like Faces of the Heart, but it’s not the defining GH intro – it started in 1993ish. And in the world of short (or no) intros, it’s too long…

GHD
GHD

But Faces of the Heart is built on and starts with the same melodic line as the music that went with the ambulance intro. That opening phrase even stayed through the recent intros in some form. I’d at least like those first few notes back.

I never thought Port Charles was a suburb of Buffalo. I think it’s supposed to be a fictional big to mud-sized city. So skyscrapers make sense. But there were definitely too many.

Joel
Joel

I love it, but why hasn’t Lynn Herring (Lucy) been added yet? Both contract and non-contract actors are featured now on the day they appear, but not Lynn. I wonder why.

aria
aria

nor Tristan Rogers, yet the other day they showed dumb ass spinneli who only appeared in one episode, Tristan been on for over a week and yet he hasn’t been. featured. what’s up with that?

Joel
Joel

You’re right, but Tristan has been back for much longer than a week. He’s been recurring since he came back to help Sonny find Dante in Turkey. He deserves a spot in the opening too.

Harry
Harry

Aria, I agree. Robert Scorpio Is a legacy character and has more talent in his little finger than Spinelli dies in his whole giggley, shrill little body.

alic
alic

I thought I saw Lucy in one of the montages, but I could be mistaken.

Toscanti
Toscanti

I love it!!!!!!!!!

Deborah James
Deborah James

The only thing I didn’t like about the new opening, was the music! I think it should be closer to the previous versions. Otherwise, I loved all the rest!lol

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This is much better than the other one they had. Thank god that lasted for a short while!!!

Clb
Clb

Nice update and like the music. Best Daytime Soap with near Emmy sweep in acting categories. Should have been Best Soap! Y&R with all of its changes — no way that it should have gotten best daytime drama.

Ray
Ray

I have always thought it would be great if “DOOL” would update their opening, while keeping the hourglass. I like the opening of “Y&R” that features the star and identifies their name. It would be great to see Deidra, Drake, Kristian, Mary Beth, Abe, Maggie and Victor in the openings.

Cathy
Cathy

Nooooo…please don’t change DOOL opening…it reminds me of my childhood and Gramma shushing us so she could watch “her stories”…❤️

Davy
Davy

I like it a lot. The music is a nice change.

Davy
Davy

I think Lucy’s llama should be featured in the opening credits!

Rosie
Rosie

Yes!!

Joey
Joey

No disrespect to Mr. Glass, but while I love the shot of the hospital and the slowed cast pictures, I find the tune a bit dull. It doesn’t need to be fast paced, but it should be sexy. That being said, I don’t know that I will ever not associate GH with Faces of the Heart, so I guess I’m biased.

Steve
Steve

The slower photos and hospital image is great.

The song reminds me of the time OLTL switched from “faces of Llanview” to the “champagne popping”. Nothing inspiring.

Every version of the opening since the 70s (“ambulance”, “faces of the heart”, “sirens” and the version used until last week all incorporated Jack Urbont’s signature 3-note beginning. Those 3 notes are to GH what the syncopated opening is to DAYS. Change the rest of the song, but keep those iconic notes.

Steve
Steve

Okay, on further analysis, the song ends with the 3-note Urbont key. I can live with that lol

Gloria
Gloria

I am nearly 59 years old. I loved the old opening with the ambulance zooming up to the hospital, the dramatic music. Boy, you knew when General Hospital was coming on! There were other versions of the music in later years & that’s the theme song I love. No problem with the faces thing, not really but this new “music” is not music to me. Need the GH theme song in whatever form.

Carrie
Carrie

Gloria, I know what you mean about the ambulance theme. Some good memories!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Gloria
I so agree with you. I too remember and miss the ambulance and siren years, in more ways than one, but those sounds meant something, signifying that GH was on, with Dr. Steve Hardy and his staff. There is nothing with this in your face montage that sets it apart.
There is something to the old saying, why fix something, if it’s not broken?

Satan
Satan

The “flipbook” is slightly less seizure-inducing, and the music is somewhat better than the last version. But they really need to change the opening (among several other things) back to the pre-2012 model.

Darlene Balistreri
Darlene Balistreri

I Love it

Marie
Marie

I ❤️ it!!! Great job always GH

Tony
Tony

Really upset that Lucy is not there.

Joel
Joel

I totally agree! She is recurring, but all contract and non-contract players are now featured on the day they appear, even Amy and Spinelli, but no Lucy… and Robert too! What gives?

Loretta
Loretta

I love the slowed down pics but not the music at all. You should have stayed with the same music. Love the hospital building that’s great!!

Gail
Gail

I like it. I love gh

Gloria
Gloria

I think its great. Its nice to see the hospital in the opening sequence since the show
is called General Hospital. I have been watching General Hospital for years. I enjoy watching every day.

Tek
Tek

I like it. The other one for images of actors went way too fast. I also like being able to see the hospital at the end. The music is OK, I don’t love it but I don’t despise it either…

DMRR
DMRR

The cast is too bloated! Although, I like the opening. My favorite was “Faces of the Heart” in the 90’s.

jonny
jonny

much better……you can follow the images better and the retro hospital backdrop was long overdue. kudos for the great changes

Beverly Rexford
Beverly Rexford

Love it!

Susan
Susan

I like it, so much better then the one before, when it was so fast, and now we get the Hospital, which I love

Candy
Candy

Love the slower down version of pictures being displayed. Glad to see GH being shown as well at the end too! Actors on the show for that day would be appropriate. Not a fan of the music being played tho! Doesn’t fit GH at all. Too slow and melancholy. More upbeat and similar to previous intro’s would be nice. When I heard the first few bars of GH intro from the 80’s I would coming running!!!! Loved that old theme! Y and R still plays Nadia Theme and it’s still perfect and fits!!!! FYI!!!

Carol F.
Carol F.

Love the new opening!

Priscilla Stultz
Priscilla Stultz

I really like the new opening sequence especially the slowing down of the photos. Previously, they went by so fast that I couldn’t see who they were. And the new music is great. Nice tribute to the old opening sequence with the photo of “General Hospital” at the end. Thank you ABC!

Sally
Sally

Love the slow down of the cast. Please keep the old theme song

Coretta
Coretta

I like it way better than the previous opening. But u also liked the opening before that one.

Carlene
Carlene

Great!

Toni
Toni

I like it

Cindi Atwell
Cindi Atwell

Love it

Cindi Atwell
Cindi Atwell

Love it and love General Hospital. I’ve been watching since day one

Timmm
Timmm

I DVR the show so I dont even watch the opening. I wish this was the biggest problem with this soap but it is NOT!

Mona Bradley
Mona Bradley

Love it

Mona Bradley
Mona Bradley

I love this show

Elise Kiefer
Elise Kiefer

Love it. But slow it down just a bit.

Sophia
Sophia

I keep missing see sonny in the credit. Was he there?

Kevin C
Kevin C

I LOVE the new opening and the music…IMO Paul Glass is one of the best music composer’s/director’s.

Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson

Much, much better. But I add my voice to the chorus that wonders where Robert is! It would be nice if the montage would display ALL contract and recurring characters appearing that day. Everyone but day players. And I too am okay with the music, but I wish that it incorporated a bit more of the original Jack Urbont theme, as “Faces of the Heart” did.

E Hearts GH
E Hearts GH

I love this opening! It has the melodrama that soaps thrive off of!

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