When Profiler debuted in 1996, it caused hearts to pound during one of TV's most thrilling blocks of shows on Saturday nights. The quickening of pulse started as soon as the theme music came in, played over the Emmy-nominated main title sequence, which incorporates abstract imagery to reveal screaming faces, creepy messages and other chilling visuals that four-time Emmy-winning director Suzanne Kiley put together just for the show. And while the flashiness of Kiley's sequence is mesmerizing, it's the haunting music that draws you into it.
That music comes from gifted composer Angelo Badalamenti, best known for his Emmy-nominated scores for Twin Peaks. Since the 1990s, Twin Peaks has become a cult classic of television and when it made its big return last year on Showtime, series creator David Lynch, of course, invited Badalamenti back to keep the music as eerie as ever. Lynch has used the composer on his movies, too, including Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, but it was his theme for Twin Peaks that won him a Grammy. Perhaps the music of television just sticks with us longer?
Next time you catch Profiler on Start TV, see if you can hear the similar strains of music between these critically acclaimed TV themes.
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