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Background: Universal Television was formed in 1962 after MCA bought Decca Records, who was also the owner of Universal-International Pictures and renamed MCA's television production company Revue Studios to the then-current name. Uni TV co-produced many shows with Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited such as Adam-12 and a revival of the 1951 series Dragnet in 1967. In 1988, Universal Television and MCA TV formed a sub-division known as MCA Television Entertainment (or "MTE"). In 1990, Uni TV began the Law & Order franchise. The same year, Universal was acquired by the electronics company ********** Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (now "Panasonic Corporation"). In 1995, Universal was acquired by Joseph A. Seagram and Sons and later acquired the USA Networks. In 1996, MCA was reincorporated as "Universal Studios" and acquired Multimedia Entertainment from Gannett, Inc., and Universal Television's distribution arm, MCA TV, as well as its sub-division, MTE were renamed to Universal Television Enterprises and Universal Television Entertainment respectively. In 1997, Universal sold off its USA Networks and Universal Television to Barry Diller, who renamed it to Studios USA. In 1998, the breakup of United International Pictures' TV arm led to Universal reforming its own international television distributor, Universal Worldwide Television. It handled international distribution of Studios USA shows, while Studios USA handled domestic distribution of Universal's own library. In 1999, Seagram bought PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, which included PolyGram Television. The deal closed in 2000, and the name PolyGram was soon scrubbed and replaced with the Universal name. However in 1999, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios used its debt to acquire most of the pre-1996 films (1,300 titles) by PolyGram from Seagram. In 2001, Vivendi Universal acquired Studios USA and made Diller as CEO of VU Entertainment fully reforming Universal Television. On May 12, 2004, General Electric (GE) acquired 80% of Universal Studios and merged the studio with NBC to form "NBC Universal, Inc." (now "NBCUniversal, LLC") and merged the two television companies to form "NBC Universal Television" (now "NBCUniversal Television"). However, the company decided to keep the NBC and Universal Television names in the end credits from any series by NBC or Universal. On September 12, 2011, the name "Universal Television" was reinstated, replacing the name "Universal Media Studios".
Trivia: This was an early TV division of Universal Pictures, formed prior to their partnership with MCA, Inc, and originally named Universal Pictures Television Department. This was formed (based on Variety information; published January 2nd, 1957) with the remaining assets of the TV Production Department of United World Films, which was a Universal subsidiary created in 1946 to serve the budding home film market and to produce commercials for television. Norman Cluck was their president.
Nickname: "Rotating Globe"
Logo: We see a model of a globe rotating slowly, starting on the Pacific and ending on the Atlantic. The words "Universal International Television" in the same font as the movie logo is seen almost over the globe.
FX/SFX: The globe rotating.
Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show.
Availability: Unknown. We don't really know what series or TV movie this came from.
Scare Factor: Low. The scratchy prints or the music may startle someone.
Nickname: "Blinking Negatives"
Logo: It looks just like the 1962 Revue "Blinking Negatives" logo, without the additional animation. The company name flickers 6 times, during the first 5 bars of the fanfare and makes a stop during the rest of the jingle. The phrase is "filmed at universal city, MCA-TV EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR" with a small MCA logo bug next to the distributor's byline (which was outside the logo as always). The color version has a wallflower-type background in red with white 60s-type star designs over it. The filmstrip blocks were red and blue, the background of the tubular border was light blue, and all the block colors revert to black and white over and over. The B&W variation of the logo was the same as the B&W version of the Revue logo, but the only block colors that flicker are the black and white ones.
Variant: Some series such as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, the logo appears without the MCA byline, and then fades to the co-producer's card.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Those blinking blocks were fairly simple.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 1960 Revue logo theme. A sped-up version of the short 1960 Revue jingle was heard when Hallmark Channel reran The Virginian due to time compressing.
Availability: Rare. The B&W version is currently seen on season 2 of McHale's Navy, Suspense Theatre, and The Jack Benny Program on Antenna TV, as well as season 7 of Wagon Train on Me-TV and season two of The Virginian.
Scare Factor: Low to medium, because of the Revue theme.
(February 1964-April 1969)
Nicknames: "Zooming Globe I", "MCA Globe", "Zooming MCA Globe"
Logo: Like its then-current movie logo, the rotating globe zooms in, along with the two Van Allen radiation belts. The text:
FILMED AT THE STUDIOS OF
MCA-TV EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR
is superimposed simultaneously. The text, in the same font as the then-current movie logo (minus the texture), will usually appear in the normal near-yellow font with a shadow effect, but a bronze/brown or white color appears sometimes. The MCA union bug appears with the byline.
Trivia: The logo was designed and animated by Universal Title, who also designed and animated all of the logos by Universal until 1990 and handled all title and optical effects for all films and Universal Television series.
- The logo would either appear in color or B&W.
- On some shows, the MCA byline is not present below the Universal City name. This happens on most co-productions. This is seen on The Munsters from the Kayro-Vue logo. On the short-lived series Pistols 'n' Petticoats, this was seen before the Kayro-UTV in-credit. On The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, this logo is always seen before the Shamley Productions logo.
- Some shows (mainly those produced by Jack Webb's Mark VII, like Dragnet) would have a shot over the globe saying "In Association With (UNIVERSAL TELEVISION)" centered in the same font (and sometimes color) used in the closing credits. This text would then fade out, the globe would zoom and appear as usual. This text may or may not be written in all-caps.
- On 1967 episodes of Dragnet, the "Universal Television" text was not shown.
- Some shows would feature this logo after a Revue logo (as seen on McHale's Navy) or a Kayro-Vue logo (as seen on The Munsters). The theme would start on the Kayro-Vue logo and finish on the Universal logo.
- There is a variant that says "A UNIVERSAL PRODUCTION" or "A UNIVERSAL PRESENTATION", in the same style (but not in the same font) as the then-current movie logo. This was usually only seen on made-for-TV movies and was seen from 1966-1969.
FX/SFX: The zooming in of the globe with the text fading in.
Music/Sounds: Same as above. There are several orchestrations of this theme below for the later years.
- 1964-1965: Same as above during the Revue years.
- 1965-1967: A re-arranged version of the two previous jingles done by Jack Marshall.
- September 17, 1966-1967: A very shortened version of the theme. Played on some made-for-TV movies through the 1967-68 season, including the first Columbo movie Prescription: Murder.
- September 14, 1967-1968: A re-arranged shortened version and another long version by Marshall. Long version lasted until 1969.
- 1968-1969. Another re-arranged very shortened versions under Marshall's era. There is a warped version of this theme that was heard on The Virginian due to time compressing when it was aired on Hallmark Channel years ago.
- The opening variant uses the opening theme of the TV movie or it's silent.
Availability: Pretty common. It's currently seen on seasons 2-4 of McHale's Navy on Antenna TV, It Takes a Thief, Adam-12, and Dragnet on COZI TV, season 1 and first half season 2 of Ironside on Me-TV and season 3 and beyond of The Virginian on INSP as Universal's past logos are kept quite well. It also exists on the DVD releases of McHale's Navy, preceding the 11th Universal logo.
Scare Factor: Low to medium, mainly based on what you think of the Revue/Universal theme.
Nicknames: "Zooming Globe II", "MCA Globe II", "Zooming MCA Globe II"
Logo: Same as above, but the phrase now appears as:
FILMED IN UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. AT
MCA-TV EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR
The entire text is in a different font (which that time is Eurostile Bold, the same font also used in the opening credits of Ironside), compared to the previous logo, which Universal's name was all yellow from that point on. The MCA union bug appears with the byline.
- Just like the last logo, co-productions like those by Mark VII Limited would have the phrase "IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNIVERSAL TELEVISION" in a yellow Compacta BT font.
- There is also an opening variant that says "A UNIVERSAL STUDIOS' PRODUCTION" or for TV movies (especially pilots of TV series) "A UNIVERSAL STUDIOS PRESENTATION", in the same style (but not in the same font) as the then-current movie logo. This was seen only on made-for-TV movies from 1969-1973, such as the pilot movie of Marcus Welby, M.D., entitled "A Matter of Humanities". This is saved on the 2010 DVD release of Welbys first season.
FX/SFX: Same as the last logo.
- Jack Marshall's infamous 1967 long version theme (IAW-Universal Television starting January 1969).
- Marshall's 1968 standard theme (starting in January 1969).
- Pete Rugolo's re-arranged themes (standard and long versions starting in September 1969).
- Television movies would have either the opening theme or none.
Availability: Pretty common. Should be saved on any Universal show of the era such as It Takes a Thief, S2 of Adam-12, and the final season of Dragnet '67 as well as the second half of season 2 and seasons 3 and 4 of Ironside among others on Antenna TV, Me-TV and COZI TV as well as the 1st season of Marcus Welby, M.D as seen on COZI TV (as of January 2015) and the DVD release.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. It depends on what you think of the Revue/Universal jingle.
(September 1970-April 1971)
Nicknames: "Zooming Globe III", "MCA Globe III", "Zooming MCA Globe III"
Logo: Same as above and the phrase once again reads:
FILMED IN UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. AT
MCA-TV EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR
Trivia: This logo variation was initially made for on-location series and TV movies such as McCloud.
Variants: This one features two other variations:
- As early as 1971, it uses the phrase "FROM UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS".
- Same as above on shows co-produced by Mark VII Limited, the "IAW" version is seen.
All featuring the MCA globe bug along the company byline.
FX/SFX: Same as the 4th logo.
- The same theme from the last logo.
- Later on, it was a re-arranged and shortened jingle with ten notes by Pete Rugolo.
Availability: Saved on any Universal series during this era, such as Marcus Welby, M.D., Adam-12, Columbo, and Night Gallery as well as the final season of The Virginian and the 1st season of Alias Smith and Jones. It's also seen on the final season of It Takes a Thief on COZI TV.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. It depends on what you think about the jingle.
(September 1971-December 8, 1973)
Nicknames: "Universal Globe", "MCA Globe IV", "Still Zooming Globe"
Logo: This time, the globe is just a still picture. The shortened text fades in, in the same yellow bold font from the logo above:
FROM UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA
MCA-TV EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR
Variants: This one has four other variations:
- "IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNIVERSAL STUDIOS"
- "AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS"
- January 31, 1973?: The text "UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF." was added below the "UNIVERSAL STUDIOS" text.
- On Emergency +4, there is an in-credit that reads:
MARK VII LIMITED
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF.
MCA-TV EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR
...all sporting the MCA union bug alongside the said company byline. Was only referred to as "IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. MCA-TV EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR" during the 1971-72 season (the logo's first).
FX/SFX: Just the text fading in.
Music/Sounds: Three re-arranged jingles done by Quincy Jones, which varied over the years.
Music/Sounds Variants: There are three main versions of the theme:
- 1971-1972: The first theme was composed on strings that doesn't lean on the Wilson/Esquivel, Marshall, or Rugolo versions.
- 1972-1973: The second theme is a bit slower from Marshall and Rugolo's versions, and is composed on horns.
- September 26, 1973: Another slow theme using horns.
- Other series would have different variations.
Availability: Uncommon. It has appeared on Adam-12 starting with season four, and season one of Kojak and Columbo. This also plastered the 3rd logo on a 1968 episode of Ironside on a Me-TV rerun as well.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. It's based on what you think of the Revue/Universal theme.
(October 7, 1973-May 29, 1975)
Nicknames: "Universal Globe II", "MCA Globe V", "Still Zooming Globe II"
Logo: Same backdrop as above, but the phrase was shortened again to...
AN MCA COMPANY
AN MCA COMPANY
This time, "UNIVERSAL" is in the same font as used in that era's movie logo and also appears textured (in fact, this looks like a still of the 1963-1990 movie logo, with MCA information added in afterwards). The MCA byline is also the same, although the position is a bit shifted to the right due to the MCA union bug's appearance with the byline, and the byline may be shifted closer up in some appearances. The MCA globe bug is bigger than the recent and is seen to the left of its respective byline. The top text line sometimes reads "AND" or "IN ASSOCIATION WITH".
Variant: For their pay television division, the TV screen variant of the movie logo was used, with the MCA byline moved down a bit, and "PAY TELEVISION" below the "UNIVERSAL" text. A B&W variant of this logo exists.
FX/SFX: Only the text above and the byline below fading in. The "UNIVERSAL" name was only still. Although on one late Season 5 episode of Marcus Welby, M.D., the entire logo fades out as opposed to cutting out.
- 1973-1974: Same as the 6th logo from September 1973.
- 1974-1975: Two more re-arranged jingles done by Quincy Jones. These arrangements vary upon years.
- 1974: A rearranged theme almost the same as the 1973 version.
- Other series like Switch! and Ironside among others would have different sounding variations.
- The Pay Television variant was silent or used an announcer until the early/mid-80s, when it started sometimes using Miklos Rozsa's re-recording of the 1936 Universal Pictures theme (originally recorded for Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid).
- Later prints of the season one Rockford Files two-parter "The Case is Closed" use the 1978 logo's music.
Availability: Uncommon. Can be seen on UFO. It was also seen on Kolchack: The Night Stalker and Marcus Welby, M.D. It's currently seen on late season 1 and season 2 of Kojak on Me-TV and Chicago's local MeToo channel, late season 6 and the final season of Adam-12 on Antenna TV, Me-TV (last seen on January 2015) and now COZI TV, late season 3 to season 4 of Columbo, and season 1 of The Rockford Files on Me-TV, as well as the 1st season of Baretta on DVD. The Pay Television variant is extinct, so don't expect this logo to appear anywhere. This is also currently seen on season 4 episodes of Emergency! on Me-TV (though newer print reruns of season 3 inexplicably seemed to use the 6th logo) as well the final season and a half of Ironside and the 1st 2 seasons of The Six Million Dollar Man seen on COZI TV (as of January 2015) and currently on Esquire.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. It depends on what you think of that Revue/Universal theme. None to minimal for the Pay Television variant. But compared to the next logo below, it's absolutely nothing.
(September 4, 1975-October 18, 1991)
Nicknames: "Universal Globe III", "Globe from/of Hell/Doom", "Evil Globe", "MCA Globe VI", "Still Zooming Globe III"
Logo: Same as the 7th logo, but with a few differences from the previous logo:
- The font color seems to be mainly white, ivory, or yellow (though this may be due to film deterioration), while still a bit planetary.
- The "UNIVERSAL" font is different from the movie version, and is much skinnier and stretched out.
- The MCA globe bug common with previous logos is no longer included with the logo (as it was moved to the copyright notice on the ending credits).
- On the "AN MCA COMPANY" byline, "MCA" seems to be taller the rest of the other letters.
The top text line had the same "FROM," "AND," and "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" lines centered in from previous logos. On The A-Team, it used the "FROM" top line and added the word "AND" (which later turned green starting in the 1984-1985 season) below the MCA byline. This was done to present the Stephen J. Cannell logo that followed it.
- There is also an opening variant where the globe is animated like in the movie logo, but before the globe finishes zooming, the word, "UNIVERSAL" fades in over the globe. A second later, the byline, "AN MCA COMPANY" appears under "UNIVERSAL". That has appeared at the beginning of few TV movies from that time such as the 1979 TV movie, The Seekers.
- On the 1991 TV movie Keeping Secrets, the logo fades out instead of cutting out.
FX/SFX: Just the entire text fading in. Except on Still the Beaver, the entire logo just fades in as it's just a still image.
Cheesy Factor: On the first 2 seasons of The A-Team, starting with the season 1 episode "A Small and Deadly War", there is a very poor-looking "wipe" effect that brings forth the Cannell logo. It would get better in later seasons, as it was replaced with a straight fade. In addition, on Knight Rider, having the IAW variant appear after the Glen A. Larson Productions logo, which reads "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" underneath the company name, is rather ridiculous.
Music/Sounds: A new 5-note fanfare that retains the first four elements of the classic Revue theme, but does not feature the 9-note trademark fanfare used since the Revue days. There are many versions of this jingle, with the orchestration changing with each rendition. From 1975-1982, it was more of an orchestral arrangement; from 1982-1991, the jingles have an electronic "warbling" under the main jingle. All were arranged by Robert Prince.
- 1975-1976: The first season theme uses a timpani-roll mixed under the theme. Sometimes there's also a variant where the drumroll finishes abruptly.
- 1976-1978: Another version of the theme, but using a bass drum roll on the final note.
- 1977-1980, January 4-July 24, 1984: Third version to use a horn on the first notes with orchestration on the final note. The short-lived Domestic Life used this in 1984.
- 1980-November 24, 1981: A much slower version that has an elevator-like sound on the first note (possibly produced by a vibraphone). Much dramatic on the final note. This also introduces the first low tone version. The first episode of Simon & Simon used this variant.
- 1981-September 22, 1982, October 6, 1985, 1987-1990: Another slower version. Starting on season 2 of Charles in Charge in 1987, it used an abridged version 1981 theme.
- April 1981: On parts 2-4 of the 4-part miniseries Masada, it uses one final Universal variant based on the end-title theme. Composed and conducted by Mort Stevens.
- September 26, 1982-August 24, 1989: Another version by using a ascending/descending electronic tune played on a keyboard (almost sounds like a flute) of some sort mixed under the theme. Another low version is also included. This also introduces an abridged version of the low tone on the Charles in Charge episode "Another Saturday Night". The low toned variant was used sometimes on Magnum P.I. in 1988 and Simon & Simon until March 22, 1989, and was used on The Equalizer for that show's entire run.
- 1984-1989: On the series Still the Beaver, a quicker version of the theme was used, composed on what sounds like an organ.
- October 24, 1986-October 18, 1991: Final versions of the theme, which have a different electronic sound. This also includes abridged versions and introducing warp versions. Miami Vice first used this in late 1986. Other shows did not start using this theme until late 1987. The logo was used for the final time on October 18, 1991 on an episode of the super short-lived Princesses called "My Prince Will Gum."
- In exceptional cases, mainly on TV movies, it used only the closing theme of the show, being it less (or nothing) scary than all their counterparts. This also happened on a rerun of the season 7 Marcus Welby, M.D. episode "The Covenant."
- On the DVD print of the Murder, She Wrote TV movie South by Southwest, it uses the 1991 logo music from the 10th logo. It's probably because of an editing mistake. At least it made the logo less scary.
- On the opening variant, it's silent.
Availability: Common. It's currently seen on The A-Team and Miami Vice on Centric, season 1-early season 8 of Murder, She Wrote on TV Land, season 5-early season 10 of Columbo, seasons 2-6 of The Rockford Files, and seasons 3-5 of Kojak on Me-TV, the first three seasons of Coach after Bungalow 78 on ReelzChannel, as well as Hulu, NBCUniversal's half-owned online service. It's also seen on DVD releases such as Charles in Charge, The A-Team, Miami Vice, Knight Rider, seasons 3-5 of Kojak, and the first three seasons of Coach, among others. Local reruns and Netflix prints of the first season of Law and Order plaster this with the NBCUniversal Television Distribution logo (except on Netflix's print of the episode "Out of the Half-Light", where the logo is retained), and more recent prints of the entire run of Baa Baa Black Sheep/Black Sheep Squadron plaster this with the 1998 Universal Worldwide Television logo. One of its last appearances was on the Murder, She Wrote S8 episode "Thicker Than Water". It is also seen on the 7th and final season of Marcus Welby, M.D. on COZI TV.
Scare Factor: It can range from medium to nightmare. Many have had bad dreams about this logo. The overly-dramatic rendition of the Revue theme compared to the 7th logo was a big factor, but the different, less friendly-looking typeface and unusually dark prints used on many shows don't help either.
Nicknames: "MCA Globe VII", "Almost Still Zooming Globe"
Logo: Just the end of the 1973 Universal Pictures logo used in place of the TV logo.
FX/SFX: The rotating globe.
Availability: Extinct. Was seen on the 1980s syndicated series The Woody Woodpecker Show, which was co-produced and distributed by The Program Exchange.
Scare Factor: None.
(September 1991-May 1997)
Nicknames: "CGI Globe", "MCA Globe VIII", "CGI MCA Globe", "90s Globe", "90s MCA Globe", "CGI 90s MCA Globe"
Logo: It's nearly the same as its 1991 motion picture counterpart, but with a few differences:
- The animation seems to be a tad cheaper than the movie logo. Whereas that logo featured shiny gold lettering for "UNIVERSAL" in Copperplate Gothic Bold font, a detailed globe model (which were both models filmed with motion control), and an impressive-looking starfield, the TV version features a gradient "texture" on "UNIVERSAL", and a slightly less detailed globe (which are both in CGI), and starfield. Also, there is no flash at the beginning as well and the MCA byline is white.
- "TELEVISION" appears in white, and spaced out to fit the width of "UNIVERSAL".
- Like previous logos, "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" usually appears in white centered above all other text.
Trivia: This logo is based on the print movie artwork logo designed by Glen Wexler.
- This logo existed in two versions: a filmed version, and a videotaped version. The filmed version was more prominent at first, as most of Universal's shows were still shot primarily on film, but changed to the videotaped version as time progressed. The filmed version isn't as crisp as the taped version and features that unfortunate effect known as "Film-O-Vision" and the MCA byline is shifted up a little.
- On some shows, one of the two alternate variations of the company's phrase fades in above the Universal name, followed by the MCA byline.
- Since then, during the 1996-1997 season, the logo became bylineless, in observance to the studio's acquisition by Seagram and Sons and MCA, Inc. was reincorporated into Universal Studios during that time. Also, the "®" symbol has shifted up on the top right end of "UNIVERSAL". The 1994 MCA TV logo was replaced with the 1990-1997 Universal Pictures logo, which was also bylineless.
- On some shows such as Sliders, American Gothic (1995), and M.A.N.T.I.S. (excluding the pilot episode), there was a still version of the logo, but "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" has been replaced by a small black rectangular box with "DISTRIBUTED THROUGH" in it at the top of the globe. Plus, the starfield background is stretched more vertically.
- This logo was shown on the left alongside with the 1992 Warner Bros. Television logo on the right as seen on Family Dog.
- On the Rockford Files TV movie Friends and Foul Play, the logo is slowed down, but the music still plays normally.
- For shows by Action Pack, this logo has "PRESENTS" replacing "TELEVISION". Plus, it fades in after the logo forms instead of sliding in with "UNIVERSAL".
- On S8 and some S9 episodes of Murder, She Wrote, as well as the unaired TV pilot of Darkman: The Series and some S9 episodes of Coach, the text "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" isn't displayed above the logo.
- On some French-dubbed shows such as New York Undercover, "EN ASSOCIATION AVEC" appears on a blue bar.
FX/SFX: The CGI of the rotating globe and the name.
Cheesy Factor: The "DISTRIBUTED THROUGH" bar on said variant looks like it was crudely pasted into the picture.
Music/Sounds: A majestic 7-note French horn fanfare, based on Universal's long version of its 1990 jingle. A low tone was also included during the later years. All composed by James Horner.
- In other cases, the ending theme of the show is used.
- On the first four season 2 episodes of Law & Order, it uses the late 1986 logo theme from the previous logo.
- On the un-aired TV pilot of Darkman: The Series, it's mostly silent.
- On The Hub (now Discovery Family) airings of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, the first couple seconds of the opening theme from Action Pack is heard on the "PRESENTS" variant of the logo.
Availability: Fairly common. With most Universal logos, they are usually retained on any repeat broadcasts, although recent local reruns of a few season 3 episodes of Law & Order have this logo plastered with the 2011 NBCUniversal Television Distribution logo. However, it was used in tandem with the 8th logo until a month later after it debuted. Currently seen on seasons 2-7 of Law & Order on TNT, seasons 8-12 of Murder, She Wrote on TV Land beginning with the episode "Lines of Excellence", seasons 4-9 of Coach on ReelzChannel, and New York Undercover on Centric, among others. It is preserved on shows on NBCUni's online service Hulu. The "PRESENTS" variant of the logo is intact on early seasons of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys on The Hub. The "Distributed Through" variant can be found at the end of Doctor Who: The Movie, following the early 90's BBC Worldwide logo.
Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:
- Minimal for the standard variant.
- Low to medium for the variant with the late 1986 logo theme.
(September 1997-July 2004)
Nicknames: "CGI Globe II", "CGI Glittering Planet TV", "2000s Globe"
Logo: A near-still shot of the 1997 Universal Pictures logo used in motion pictures (with the globe still rotating and the glow shining). It looks nearly the same, and you can still see a glow from behind it. Text will appear below the logo, as listed below:
- 1997-1998: "UNIVERSAL TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT" (formerly MTE)
- 1997-1998: "IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNIVERSAL TELEVISION" (seen on co-produced programs from that era)
- 1997-1998: "UNIVERSAL TELEVISION ENTERPRISES, INC. EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR" (formerly MCA TV)
- 1998-2000: "UNIVERSAL WORLDWIDE TELEVISION"
- 1997-2000: Like the movie logo, a small copyright appears at the bottom-right. That variant was used for the first three text variants until 1998 while it was still used for the fourth text variant until 2000.
- 2000-2004: "www.universalstudios.com" (seen on such series like: Sitting Ducks, Xena: Warrior Princess, and the first two seasons of Monk, as well as the Fractured Fairy Tales short "The Phox, the Box, and the Lox" and Boo!)
- 2002-2004: "(in association with) UNIVERSAL NETWORK TELEVISION, www.universalstudios.com"
- 2002-2004: "(in association with) UNIVERSAL DOMESTIC TELEVISION, www.universalstudios.com"
- 2002-2004: "UNIVERSAL TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION, www.universalstudios.com"
- Sometimes, the logo doesn't feature the URL underneath the globe. Plus, the logo fades in and out.
- On some TV movies from 1997-1998 such as The Rockford Files TV movie Murder and Misdemeanors, there is a filmed version of the Universal Television version. Plus, the name is already there and is a bit bigger.
- On season 4 of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and season 3 of Xena: Warrior Princess, the word "PRESENTS" in spaced-out letters, fades in under the "UNIVERSAL" text. The copyright is intact.
- Sometimes for Universal Television Enterprises and Universal Worldwide Television and mostly for Universal Television Entertainment, there is a longer version of the logo, starting out with the "UNIVERSAL" name making its way to the front of the globe, and the name appears below the logo after it before the logo finally zooms back to its position before the copyright appears.
- On some episodes of the first two seasons of Monk, the tail end of the movie logo, which features the globe zooming back, is shown.
- On the 2002-2004 variants, the text's shadow is not there.
- For a very short time in late 2001 and early 2002, Universal's TV and movie departments were celebrating the 20th Anniversary of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, with a special logo featuring E.T. and Elliot flying across the globe. The TV version's logo is similar to the normal version, except that E.T. and Elliot are flying behind the bold "UNIVERSAL" text, and the words "E.T. 20TH ANNIVERSARY" with "E.T." in it's own movie logo font, are featured under the globe.
- There is also a B&W variant for classic Revue/MCA/Universal shows in B&W.
- On early S4 episodes of The Steve Harvey Show and Just Shoot Me!, the logo (minus the text and the URL) is seen on the right with the 1995 Brillstein-Grey Entertainment logo on the left inside a white outline box against a gray stone spotlight background.
- On later episodes of The Steve Harvey Show and Just Shoot Me! since season 4, the logo (minus the text and the URL) is seen on the bottom along with the Brad Grey Television logo above.
FX/SFX: The "fire" behind the globe, the globe rotating, and the name fading in until 2000.
Music/Sounds: A short version of the movie counterpart's theme. On some shows, it's silent. Variations of the theme applies. All composed by Jerry Goldsmith.
- 1997-2000: A longer version of the theme used for Universal Television Entertainment and the longer version of Universal Television Enterprises and Universal Worldwide Television. It was used for the first two until 1998 while it was used for the latter until 2000.
- 1997-1998: An odd short version only heard on Roar and Sliders.
- 1997-2004: A short version of the movie's counterpart. Standard version.
- 2002-2004: Another odd short version with four notes.
- 2003-2004: Final short version using the first three notes playing fast and the last note of the theme.
- In an extremely rare case, the ending theme of the show/movie plays over it or none.
- On season 4 of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and season 3 of Xena: Warrior Princess, the first couple seconds of the opening theme from Action Pack is heard on the "PRESENTS" variant of the logo.
- One 1996 episode of New York Undercover has the 1991 Universal Television logo theme playing on the Universal Domestic Television logo.
Availability: Common. Can still be found on most, if not all Universal-produced shows of this time such as the Law & Order franchise among others. Universal's merger with NBC put an end to this logo in 2004. Especially shown on USA Network, Cloo, WGN America, local syndication, Sitting Ducks and Maisy last aired on Qubo, the earliest episodes of House, M.D., and shows on Hulu. It's also seen on season 4 and the final season of Sliders on The Hub. The Universal Television Entertainment logo so far, has appeared on the 1997 TV movie House of Frankenstein. The longer version of the Universal Television Enterprises logo so far, has appeared on some later episodes of Jerry Springer and Sally Jesse Raphael during the 1997-1998 season and the standard version is retained on season 4 on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys on The Hub and DVD, season 3 of Xena: Warrior Princess on DVD, and Team Knight Rider on Hulu. The long version of Universal Worldwide Television was seen on reruns of In Search of... from the late 90s. The Brillstein-Grey/Universal (Brad Grey Television/Universal) combo variant is seen on The Steve Harvey Show reruns on Centric and Just Shoot Me reruns on local syndication. The Universal Domestic Television logo is retained on post-1996 episodes of New York Undercover on Centric. The Television Distribution logo can be seen at the end of Leave It to Beaver reruns on Me-TV.
Scare Factor: Minimal. This logo looks beautiful with the relaxing music and CGI.
(September 14-October 2011)
Nicknames: "CGI Globe III", "Sunburst Globe", "2010s Globe"
Logo: We zoom out from a Western Hemisphere view of a detailed globe with some clouds. As we pan out, a sunburst appears and shines in the northeastern arc of the globe. A bluish/purple starfield with a few nebular clouds appear in the background. The white text "UNIVERSALTELEVISION" without a space between and with an abstract arc above is vertically wiped in front of the Earth globe with a translucent line once we are at a comfortable distance. Strangely, the Earth globe is rotating backwards rather than forwards like it is supposed to.
FX/SFX: The zoom out of the globe, the name wiping in.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Extinct. It debuted (as a placeholder) on the 2011 fall season premieres of Parenthood, Community, and The Office, among others before the split-screen credits on network TV. This logo also appears on original prints of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Last Call with Carson Daly. Like the returning series mentioned above, it was also seen on new shows such as Whitney, Up All Night, and Prime Suspect, among others, all on NBC before the split-screen credits. On-demand prints of 2011 fall season episodes (i.e. Hulu, NBC.com) of these shows retained the Universal Media Studios logo.
Scare Factor: None.
(October 13, 2011- )
Nicknames: "CGI Globe IV", "Sunburst Globe II", "2010s Globe II"
Note: This is the enhanced, standard version of the previous logo, complete with a corporate byline.
Logo: Against the bluish starfield background that's almost similar to the one from the previous logo with some nebular clouds, we see the much more detailed Earth globe zooming from the front right to the center which is now rotating forwards this time like the other Universal logos. As the globe reaches to the center, the sunburst appears flashing on the top-right part of the globe. As this happens, the text "UNIVERSALTELEVISION", in the same font as before with the abstract arc above it, appears rotating in from the left and making a stop in front of the globe as the sunburst dims down a bit and a couple light rays are seen behind the globe and some of the nebular clouds are seen moving in front of the logo. The byline "A Division of NBCUniversal" appears under the logo.
Trivia: This logo was created and animated by Imaginary Forces. The logo has some elements from the 1991 Universal Television logo.
- There is one version of the logo where the "UNIVERSALTELEVISION" text, along with the abstract arc above, appears wiping in vertically like the previous logo instead of rotating in as the globe goes into the center. Plus, a couple of light rays are gone.
- In 2013, the logo was enhanced, with darker tones and a dimmer sun. This version is bylineless, presumably to reflect the new 100% Comcast ownership.
FX/SFX: The globe zooming out, the sunburst flashing, the words rotating or wiping in. This logo is an improvement over the previous one.
Music/Sounds: A three-note orchestrated theme, consisting on the first two notes of the three-note NBC chimes jingle and a final note that sounds similar to that of the 1997 Universal Pictures fanfare, composed by the late, great Jerry Goldsmith. This jingle sounds quite similar to the NBCUniversal Television logo music.
- On three S3 episodes of Community, the Universal Media Studios logo music is heard.
- There is also a long version of the logo theme.
Availability: Fairly common. It debuted on the October 13, 2011 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and was used in tandem with the previous logo. It is currently seen on new episodes of shows such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the Chicago franchise (encompassing Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and the short-lived Chicago Justice), as well as both seasons of Smash and later episodes of Parenthood, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Community, among other NBC shows. Also seen on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project and the final season of House, all on Fox. On cable television, it can be seen on The Jack & Triumph Show airing on Adult Swim.
Scare Factor: None. It might surprise you the first time you see it if you're expecting the previous logo to appear, but it's harmless.
Here is some information about the copyright stamps on the Universal Television series and TV movies:
- 1964-1966: Copyright © [YEAR] by Universal Television. All Rights Reserved.
- 1966-1967: Copyright © [YEAR] by Universal Television - A division of Universal City Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- 1967-1998: Copyright © [YEAR] by Universal City Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- 1997-1998: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Television Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- 1997-1998: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Television Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- 1997-1998: Copyright © [YEAR] UTE, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- 1998: Copyright © [YEAR] New-U Television LLC. All Rights Reserved.
- 1998: Copyright © [YEAR] New-U Distribution LLC. All Rights Reserved.
- 1998: Copyright © [YEAR] Studios USA Television LLC. All Rights Reserved.
- 1998: Copyright © [YEAR] Studios USA Television Distribution LLC. All Rights Reserved.
- 1999-2003: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. (Used on The Steve Harvey Show and Just Shoot Me!)
- 2002-: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Network Television LLC. All Rights Reserved.
- Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Television Enterprises LLC. All Rights Reserved.
- 2002-: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Talk Television (Productions) LLC. All Rights Reserved
- 2011-: Copyright © [YEAR] NBC Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved.
- 2014-: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Television LLC. All Rights Reserved.