Sony Pictures Television

1st Logo
(1948-1952)

Logo: It's just an in-credit disclaimer that reads:

A
SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
PRODUCTION

FX: None, it's superimposed.

Music/Sounds: The end title theme from any show.

Availability: Extinct. Was only seen on the early seasons of The Ford Television Theatre.
As silly as it may sound, the current logo has edited this logo out as well.

Scare Factor: None.




2nd Logo
(1952-1955)


Nickname: "The TV Tube"


Logo: We see a TV tube-like shape (outlined in dark gray and filled in black) over a light gray background. There are a couple of stars shining inside (like stars in the sky) under the phrase "A Sony Pictures Television Presentation/(Film) Production".

Variant
: There is one version that the stars shining are more animated and differently shaped. Also, there isn't any glow sorrounding them.

FX: The little stars twinkling.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme for whatever slow played over it, or silent.

Availability: Extinct on TV; only appeared on the first season of Father Knows Best. It was last seen when TV Land reaired episodes of that show. Was also seen on The Ford Television Theatre. As silly as it may sound, the current logo has edited this logo out as well.

Scare Factor: Low to medium.



3rd Logo
(1955-1960)


Nickname: "Torch Lady (of Doom)"

Logo: Like the then current Columbia Pictures logo, we see a lady (Columbia, a representation of the USA) holding a light torch on top a pedestal with a backdrop of clouds over her. The torch lady's head is between the words "SONY PICTURES" with "A" above it and "Television Presentation" or "
Television Production" below it. The byline "Television Subsidiary: Columbia Pictures Corporation" appears below that.

FX: The lady's torch "shining".


Music/Sounds: A majestic horn fanfare at the begin/end of some syndicated programs (nicknamed the "Fanfare of Doom"). Usually, on the closing variant, you will hear the ending theme for whatever show played over it with Harry Cohn announcing, "This has been a Sony Pictures Television Production, from the Hollywood studios of Columbia Pictures".

Availability: Near extinction. Can probably still be seen on reruns of various SPT shows of the era, as it would look silly to cover up the logo as it blends in with the ending theme of the show before it. As silly as it may sound, the current logo has edited this logo out of many classic programs reran on TV Land.


Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:
  • Medium to high; the old B/W film and scary drawing might send some chills, but the fanfare has been considered by many to be overly bombastic and scary.
  • Low to medium for the closing theme variant.



4th Logo
(1960-1963)

Nickname: "Torch Lady II"

Logo: Same as the 1955 logo, excluding the clouds and the additional captions. Only the name "Sony Pictures Television" remains, and the words are smaller and somewhat stretched out, and the words are shown on each side of the lower body and legs.


Variants:
  • An updated version of sorts can be seen on reruns on the "Screen Gems Network", the syndicated package of classic SG, Columbia, and ELP shows.
  • A rare color variant of this logo was seen on Hazel.

FX: The lady's torch "shining".

Music/Sounds/Voiceover: Usually, the end title theme from any show has played over this with Harry Cohn, the longtime president of Columbia Pictures announcing:
  • "This has been a Sony Pictures Television Presentation; Herbert B. Leonard, Executive Producer".
  • "This has been a Sony Pictures Television Production, from the Hollywood studios of Columbia Pictures".
  • Other shows would have a fanfare with a different announcer saying, "From Columbia Pictures, A Sony Pictures Television Production".

Availability: Rare. Last seen on reruns of Hazel, Dennis the Menace, The Naked City and Route 66, to name a few. Surprisingly, this has been edited over with or followed by the 1996-2002 SPT or the current SPT logo on some shows recently.


Scare Factor: Low to medium.




5th Logo
(1963-1965)


Nicknames: "The Dancing Sticks", "Stars and Spotlights"

Logo: A group of animated lines "drop down" at the right of the black screen to ascending jazz notes as a swarm of circles scatter near the middle of the left side leaving behind the words "Sony Pictures Television." (These circles were what one rec.arts.animation post described as the "spotlights." The "stars" may come from the fact that the circles sparkle like stars.) As this happens, the lines shrink somewhat and spread out, filling the right half and shaking slightly back and forth. As the logo completes, an announcer says "A Screen Gems Production (or) Presentation".

Color Variant: When broadcast in color, the sticks are pale rainbow colors and the dots are brighter. Also, on one color variant, the dots are rainbow colors as well.


FX: The lines dropping and shrinking.


Cheesy Factor: The lines' animations. Also, what are the dancing sticks supposed to represent?


Music/Sounds: A jazzy trumpet fanfare that ascends as the sticks drop in, and ends with a stinger when the logo finishes. An announcer states that the production is "A Sony Pictures Television Presentation/Production.". One extremely rare version of the logo does not use an announcer spiel. This was often used for Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the era, as Sony Pictures Television syndicated these from 1957-2001 whose year concided the death of William Hanna.

Availability: Ultra rare; it does appear in color without the signature music on the 1999 Columbia Pictures documentary The Lady with the Torch. However, due to replacement with various newer logos, both SPT related and syndication, this is very hard to find on television.


Scare Factor: Low to medium; dramatic music and spooky announcers may make some jumpy. But pretty tame, especially compared to its successor.




6th Logo
(1965-1974)


Nicknames: "The Spiral S", "The Filmstrip S", "The Creepy Screen Gems Logo", "The S From Hell", "The Spiral S (From Hell)", "Burning S", "The S of Death", "The Personification of All That Is Evil"

Logo: Two parallelograms come from the top and bottom of the screen, and the upper one is at a distance while the lower is closer. They fly towards each other, and the higher moves forward while the lower backs away. As they do so, they grow in length and wrap around a space where a dot appears, forming a stylized "S." Under that the words "SONY PICTURES TELEVISION" zoom in.


Variants:

  • Starting in late 1973, "a division of COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES, INC." zooms up with "SONY PICTURES TELEVISION".
  • When shown in Black and White, the standard scheme seems to be a light gray screen and black S and words. When shown in color, the standard scheme seems to be a yellow screen, red S, and black words. The words may or may not have actually been red at one time as well. Later on, the S and the words were both black, attributed by some to film deterioration. However, when the Columbia byline was added, everything was changed to a light gray, and that color change seemed more natural.
  • Several shows in 1970 didn't have the name in bold.
  • There is also a still variant of this logo with the phrase "DISTRIBUTED BY" in small print above "SONY PICTURES TELEVISION".

FX: The parallelograms wrapping around the dot, "
SONY PICTURES TELEVISION" zooming in.

Cheesy Factor: Really rough animation all over.


Music/Sounds: Composed by Eric Siday and Van Alexander, it is an synthesized tune said to be produced by violins. It consists of six notes followed by two oversynthesized tones. In 1970, it was shortened so only three notes came before the tones. A variation of this was also used for the short-lived 1974-1976 SPT logo.

Music/Sound Variants:
  • There is a version of the logo where no music is played.
  • Another version consists of a static rendition of the logo, which was seen on the first season of Police Story with and without Columbia bylines respectively.
  • The latter version had the end theme of Police Story playing over the logo.
  • On Batfink, a customized trumpet fanfare played over the logo.
  • In other cases, it used the closing theme of the show.

Availability: This logo was seen for a few years beautifully restored on Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie reruns on TV Land and now on WGN America.
It was also shown in an edited form on Fox Family reruns of The Partridge Family and in a sped-up form without music on The Hallmark Channel reruns of Bewitched. HBO's print of Brian's Song (original) had the silent version, played in full. The 1973-1974 episodes of The Young and the Restless haven't been reran since for some reason. Also, the still variant is very rare, being seen originally on the TV show Soupy Sales. A good few episodes of Bewitched when aired on the UK satellite channel Living have this logo, often followed by the current SPTI logo.

Scare Factor: Medium to nightmare for the full music variant and low to high for the 1970-1974 variants. Numerous people have very unfond memories of this logo, mostly due to the creepy theme music combined with the animation, which is very in-your-face (though it's less scary for those who are used to seeing it). Possibly one of the scariest logos ever made. The scare factor is low to medium for the Batfink variant.

7th Logo
(1974-1976)


Nicknames: "SPT Pretzel", "SPT", "The Pretzel"

Logo: Against a red background, the letters "S-P-T" appear one by one. They are all yellow, and as the picture moves outward, each initial appears on screen. The "T" is in the middle of and on a higher plane than the "S" and "P," which slide upwards diagonally to merge with the "T" to form a stylized logo, which looks like a pretzel. On either side of the logo's stem are the words "SONY" and "PICTURES," and below that "TELEVISION." Under all that is the message, "A DIVISION OF COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES INC.".

FX: The letters appearing, screen backing away, the letters "combining".

Cheesy Factor: Animation that looks about as rough as its predecessor, the S From Hell. The design also looks somewhat rushed, leading many to believe that this may be a placeholder logo.

Music/Sounds: For the first year, it used an abridged version of the SPT '65-'74 theme. The three opening notes bring forth the three initials in the logo, and appear to be played faster than on the SPT version. For the second year, the same music was heard being played on an organ.

Availability: Extinct on TV; the only recent sighting of this logo was on an airing of Police Story on Black Starz! years ago. Otherwise, the current logo may plaster it. The second version has only appeared on the TV movie The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case.

Scare Factor: Medium; if it was as well known as SPT '65-'74, it would probably not be well liked because of the presence of that music. Low for the second version, as the organ music used sounds less scary. Both are otherwise tame compared to the "S from Hell" logo.



8th Logo
(1976-1984)


Nickname: "Sunburst"

Logo: We see a bright torch light appear against a black screen and as it shrinks, it changes into a more "abstract" torch light: an orange or red half circle, or a semicircle, with thirteen white rays in the center and the words "Sony Pictures Television" under it. The entire logo then slowly backs away as it fades out. This logo is actually the second half of the 1975-1981 Columbia Pictures movie logo, and aside from a different color for the abstract torch, the footage also seems to be played faster than it is in the movies.

Variants:
  • There is a weird "glowing" version of the logo.
  • It is rumored that "A Unit of the Coca-Cola Company" was seen at some point on the Sunburst logo. Many members of the CLG have thought they saw the Coca-Cola info at some point, but no video evidence has been found yet. It was used from 1982-1985. Coca-Cola may have used the Sunburst for distribution only. It is said that this was used on What's Happening!! reruns in 1985 and spring 1982 episodes of The Young and the Restless.
  • An orange sunburst was used for network programming. Used until 1982.
  • A red sunburst was used for syndication and would last until 1984 on Shadow Riders.

FX: The sunburst shrinking and turning into the abstract torch. Nice effects, but are even better when combined with the Torch Lady in the movies.

Music/Sounds: The television theme is a variation of the theatrical inspirational music. Was also written by Suzanne Ciani. Some people find it appropriate for the company that would be owned by Coca-Cola, as the effects in the song resemble the sound of pouring and fizzing soda.

Music/Sound Variants:
  • Some syndicated showings of this logo have a shorter version of the music, only playing the second half.
  • In exceptional cases, it used the closing theme of the show.

Availability: Near extinction; As with other SPT logos, it will be hard to find because of the chronic plastering. Otherwise, the current logo may plaster it. It did turn up at the end of the TV movie A Killing Affair on Encore back in 2006.


Scare Factor: Low; this is a favorite of many.



9th Logo
(1982-1993)


Nicknames: "'80s Torch Lady", "Coke Bottle Torch Lady"

Logo
: We see the then-current Columbia Pictures logo, the lady holding a light torch on top of a pedestal (Columbia, a representation of the USA), in her 1981-1993 incarnation, and almost resembling Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The words "Sony Pictures" appear on either side of the torch lady, the word "Television" underneath, and underneath that, either "A UNIT OF THE Coca-Cola COMPANY" (with "Coca-Cola" in their logo font) or sometimes nothing at all. The woman's torch "shines" after the music ends. Many shows stopped using this logo in 1992, although The Young and the Restless continued to use the blue/ivory logo until 1993. The words also shine lightly.


Variants: There are several versions of this logo, namely in bylines, company name, and animation:
  • 1982-1987: Gold company name, byline is "A UNIT OF THE Coca-Cola COMPANY" with "Coca-Cola" in its familiar logo font.
  • 1982-1987: Gold company name (alternate with no byline).
  • 1982-1987: Another version features darker clouds.
  • 1985: Gray alternate 1982 logo.
  • 1986-1987: Gold company name, smaller Coca-Cola byline with "Coca-Cola" in its familiar logo font.
  • 1986-1987: Gold company name, normal Coca-Cola byline, dark and muddy Torch Lady, little shining animation.
  • 1987-1991: Blue/ivory company name as seen in the movies, byline is changed to "A Unit of Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc." (network version, 1987; syndication prints have "Distributed by" on top in 1988).
  • 1987-1991: Blue/gold company name, Columbia Pictures Entertainment byline, animated.
  • 1988-1991: Purple/gold (alternate 1988 network logo).
  • 1988-1992: There was a phrase "In Association With" that was seen above the blue/ivory logo on Screen Gems shows. This was followed by either the 1987 or 1989 LBS Communications logo. On Days of our Lives, the logo used the IAW variant in Souvenir font and was used from 1991-1992.
  • 1991-1992: Blue/gold and purple/gold company name, no byline, animated.
  • 1991-1993: Blue/ivory company name, no byline (network version; syndication prints have "Distributed by" on top from 1991-1992).
  • There is also a B&W rendition of this logo to plaster the Screen Gems logo on classic shows.

Bylines:
  • 1982-1987: "A UNIT OF THE Coca-Cola COMPANY".
  • 1987-1991: "A Unit of Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc.".
  • For television distribution, the logo had the words "Distributed by" over the Torch Lady.
  • "In Association With" was also seen over the Torch Lady on some shows produced in association with other companies.

FX: The Lady's torch "shining".

Cheesy Factor: For the 1988 IAW variant, the words "In Association with" look unprofessional on the logo. It looks like the words has been pasted and using the Times New Roman font rather than using the Souvenir font. Would look very professional on the 1991 version. Also the second 1986 variation with the muddy and dark Torch Lady and the little shining animation is EXTREMELY cheesy.

Music/Sounds:
  • From 1982-1987, a shortened, slightly higher pitched version of the Sunburst music was used by Suzanne Ciani. The 1976 version was also used on this logo for a long version.
  • Around November 1987, when the byline changed from Coca-Cola to CPE, the music was changed to a 6-note horn-driven jingle mixed with twinkles composed by Tim Thompson. Also consider that Columbia's logo editing habits were so sloppy during this era that sometimes this logo was plastered over a Screen Gems or Embassy Television/Communications logo with the original logo's music still intact.
  • Sped up and slowed down versions of the Thompson music have been spotted, too.
  • Sometimes, the end theme of the show is played over the logo.

Music/Sound Variants:
  • On Married... with Children: The Most Outrageous Episodes: Volume 2, at the end of the episode "A Man's Castle", the 1993 music from the 1993-2001 logo is heard.
  • On the season 4 DVD set of Punky Brewster, at the end of the episode, "The Nun's Story", the short Columbia TriStar Television Distribution theme is used in the 1982 CPT logo.

Availability: Rare; most of these logos have been plastered by the current logo, but it just might pop up on some older prints of shows. It can still be found on some episodes of Designing Women on TV Land (followed by the current). It was also recently spotted when Chiller aired reruns of the short-lived series Werewolf. When USA reran My Two Dads years ago, this logo was intact on most episodes. Comedy Central's print of the movie Hairspray used the 7th variation listed in the opening (w/the 87-93 jingle). Local reruns would have the 1988 Distributor logo on several Good Times episodes, which would also appear on S1 on DVD. This can also been seen at the beginning of Village of the Giants when it was shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as Mike, Crow and Tom Servo were entering the theater. The 1982 logo can be seen on most episodes on the season 4 DVD release of Punky Brewster from Shout! Factory while the 1987 and 1991 logos can be found on Married... with Children: The Most Outragous Episodes Volumes 1 & 2. The 1987 logo can be seen on the VHS release of All in the Family: The Twentieth Anniversary Special.

Scare Factor: It depended on the music used:
  • 1982-1987: Low with the "sunburst" music; the music and the Mona Lisa torch lady don't mix, but most will not mind.
  • 1987-1993: Low to medium; the loud music/dark background combination might startle some people.



10th Logo
(1992-1998)

Logo: It's a custom in-credit SPT logo only used for Beakman's World. We have the Torch Lady in white with the words "Sony Pictures Television Distribution" in Souvenir font (later Bank Gothic MD BT font in 1993) under the Torch Lady.
Underneath that is the phrase "In Association With".

Variants:
  • 1992-1993: The 1981-1993 Torch Lady with the sunburst behind her.
  • 1993-1998: The 1992-present Torch Lady with a cloud BG placed inside a box.

FX: None; it's a superimposed in-credit logo.

Music/Sounds: The end title theme of Beakman's World.

Availability: Only commonplace on Beakman's World on syndicated and international prints, and on Univision. The first variant is also seen on The Best of Beakman's World on VHS and DVD.

Scare Factor: None whatsoever.



11th Logo
(1992-2001)


Nicknames: "'90s Torch Lady", "Majestic Torch Lady"

Logo: We see a still picture of a brand new Columbia Torch Lady (designed by Michael J. Deas, and modeled by actress Jenny Joseph; some think it looks like Annette Benning) holding a light torch on top of a new pedestal. The word "SPT" appears in giant chiseled silver letters behind her at the very top, similar to the classic Columbia Pictures logo from 1936-1975. Underneath the lady are the words "SONY PICTURES TELEVISION," or, until 1998, "SONY PICTURES TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION" (in Bank Gothic MD BT font) and underneath that, the byline "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company." The Young and the Restless did not begin using this logo until 1993. It should also be noted that movies did not begin using this new Torch Lady until 1993, as well.

Variants:
  • On Beakman's World, there is a yellow-orange CGI rocket which flies clockwise around the Torch Lady and makes its way to the center of the Torch Lady.
  • There is a black & white variation that was used to plaster Screen Gems logos on classic shows.

FX: None; it's a still logo. Except when it fades out, the name along with the byline below dims out and later fades out completely.

Music/Sounds: Depending on the variant:
  • 1992-1993: The 1987 music from logo 3.
  • 1993-2001: A 6-note majestic tune is heard; full of brass instruments composed by Dave Grusin. For the black & white and color versions of CPTD, they sometimes used a warped version of the 1993 theme.
  • In other cases, the ending theme of the show plays over it.
  • There is a silent version of the logo.
  • The Beakman's World variation used the 1987 music for Season 1 and the first part of Season 2, and then used the 1993 music for Season 2 and beyond. Another variant of this logo had no music but kept the flying rocket and its sound, though it may have been an editing mishap.

Music/Sound Variants:
  • On The Greatest '70s Cop Shows, the short Sony Pictures Television Distribution theme was heard on the pilot of Police Woman and the long Sony Pictures Television Distribution theme on the pilot of Starsky & Hutch. This was the fact that it was a rush due to bad plastering.
  • In the early to mid 90s, the short-lived series Ivanhoe, used the second half of this logo.

Availability: Uncommon on TV. On television, it appears on several final season episodes of Designing Women on TV Land and occasionally on Nick @ Nite and several 1998 episodes of Just Shoot Me! both on TV Land. Also on local stations, it's spotted on a majority of Good Times reruns. The SPTD logo can also be found on the 1987 movie Withnail & I on the Showtime Networks. As for the Beakman's World variation, it survives in reruns on Univision (usually followed by the current logo), but the 2002 logo plasters it over on local TV airings. The black & white version appeared on I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched, but is now extinct. On VHS and DVD, this logo is available on DVD releases of All in the Family, Good Times, and Sanford and Son complete first seasons. Also on Married... with Children: The Most Outrageous Episodes and The Greatest '70s Cop Shows. The version with the 1987 music can be seen on the VHS release of Married... with Children: It's a Bundyful Life and The Best of Beakman's World on VHS and DVD.

Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:
  • 1992-1993: Minimal because the 1987 theme is still there, but a bit tamer.
  • 1993-2001: None.
12th Logo
(1994-2002)

Nickname: "CGI Boxes"

Logo: On a solid blue background, we see two boxes, the left one contains the Columbia Torch Lady (90s version), and the right one contains the TriStar Pegasus (again, 90s version over Columbia cloud BG). Above the logo, "SONY PICTURES" is seen,
with the words positioned over their respective logos, and on the bottom is the word "TELEVISION" and the standard Sony Pictures Entertainment byline.

Variant: A rare variant just like the 1996 logo. Charlie O'Donnell says "Sony Pictures Television" over the fanfare. This is also presumably done to blend in with the spiel at the end of the program and cover up the end reference to King World.

Announcer Variants: From 1994-1996, there were different announcements over the logo and fanfare.
  • Wheel of Fortune (Charile O'Donnell) Created by Merv Griffin. (On the Wheel of Fortune/Califon card with the drumroll) Wheel of Fortune is produced by (on the SPT logo) Sony Pictures Television! (on the King World logo) Distributed by King World.
  • Jeopardy! (Johnny Gilbert) This is Johnny Gilbert speaking...Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin. (on the Jeopardy! title card) Produced by (on the SPT logo) Sony Pictures Television (on the King World logo) Distributed by King World.
This was the time when both game shows were taken over by Sony Pictures Television.

Trivia: This is basically Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's home video logo, but "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" is edited out to put "TELEVISION" in, and a Sony byline is added.

FX: No animation used for this logo.

Music/Sounds: A re-arranged version of the infamous SPT '93 theme done by Steven Kaplan.

Availability: Actually quite rare; appeared on GSN up until their infamous "Dark Period", then was replaced with the current SPT logo. Also could have been spotted on Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune (until July 1996), and some network shows. Generally during this time, however, whatever logos the shows were always using were used; C-Tmania did not start until 1997. Was last seen back in 2002 on reruns of Men in Black: The Series on Nickelodeon's short-lived "SLAM!" block. It can also be found on VHS releases of the 1998 movie Godzilla on a Godzilla: The Series promo. Was also last seen on season 4 of Early Edition and Malcolm & Eddie from 1999-2002.

Scare Factor: None; you either love it or hate it.



13th Logo
(1996-2002)

Nicknames: "The Sliding Boxes", "The Boxes of Boredom"

Logo: We start out with a background of clouds, which happens to be a lighter conception of the 1993 CTHV intro logo, and a blank square is shown. The square divides into 2 where the current Columbia Torch Lady appears in the left square and the TriStar Pegasus in the right. The words "SONY PICTURES" appear above the boxes and "TELEVISION," "TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION," or "DOMESTIC TELEVISION" on the bottom with "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company" below everything else.

Variants:
  • On some Game Show Network reruns (mostly old episodes of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune), Charlie O'Donnell says "Sony Pictures Television" over the fanfare. This is presumably done to blend in with the spiel at the end of the program and cover up the end reference to King World.
  • There is another version where a darker box zooms back and then splits to form the logo. This version was seen on Walker, Texas Ranger and Seinfeld.
  • A silent version existed for the short version of CTTD.
  • A strange variant was featured on Spain on a television broadcast of the theatrical film Torrente: El Brazo Tonto de la Ley, on which this logo was silent, and said "DISTRIBUIDO POR SONY PICTURES DE ESPAÑA, S.A"., with the Sony byline also in spanish. The DVD version doesn't retain this version, so it's a hard call.
  • The company name identified itself as Sony Pictures Television Distribution in 2001. The logo was also expanded in ratio size in observance to High Definition programming. This version has been nicknamed "Enhanced Boxes of Boredom". An early variant of this doesn't feature "DOMESTIC" underneath.
  • There also was a variant featuring an "in association with" on the top left corner of the logo on SPTD.
  • There's also a black & white variant.

FX: The box fading in and splitting.

Music/Sounds: Same as the last logo.

Music/Sound Variants:
  • Sometimes a shorter version of the jingle is used, only about the second half of the long version. This version of the music sounds like a reorchestration and not a truncation of the regular logo. This is mostly seen on the "TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION" variation of the logo.
  • On some TriStar produced shows (especially Mad About You and Early Edition) the ending of the original TriStar movie theme from 1992-1993 or even TriStar's '93-'99 television theme was played. This was started in 1997.
  • The 1987 SPT theme was also heard on this logo on several Three Stooges shorts part of Stooge TV on The Family Channel. Short version of SPTD only.
  • The 1993 SPT theme was also heard on the 2001 SPTD logo only on Phantom Investigators.
  • On several 2001-2002 episodes of Jackie Chan Adventures, there was a high and a low tone included based on the theme song.
  • On Married... with Children: The Most Outrageous Episodes: Volume 2, at the end of the episode "If Al Had a Hammer", the Sony Pictures Television music is heard.
  • In other cases, the ending theme of the show plays over it.

Availability: Common, but not very common as in years past. With the current logo plastering over older logos, it will no longer appear on new prints of classic Sony-owned shows or those in production. However, this logo is still not hard to spot, although it's mainly on near-recent prints of shows reran on cable, like All in the Family, The Jeffersons, several Sanford and Son episodes and majority Just Shoot Me! episodes on TV Land including 1998-2002 episodes of Dawson's Creek on The N, Walker Texas Ranger on USA, 1999-2001 eps. of Dragon Tales on PBS Kids and PBS Kids Sprout, occasionally on Sony owned programs on GSN like Russian Roulette, and local TV like The Jeffersons, who would have the SPTD logo after 1979-1981 episodes. However, the SPDT logos can also be seen on season 2 DVD releases of All in the Family & Sanford and Son and a couple episodes on the season 4 DVD release of Punky Brewster among others. SPTD or SPDT can also be spotted on several Sony classic movies on TCM occasionally. As for the high and low tones, they're extinct and were last seen on most season 2 episodes of Jackie Chan Adventures when it was reran on Cartoon Network.

Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:
  • None with the standard, long, short version, and high tone themes; this is a good logo, but it was also wildly hated by many people for several years due to its over-common presence and use of plastering old logos, until the current logo came around in 2002, and that's when things went from tolerable, to bad, to worse, MUCH WORSE.
  • Minimum with the 1987 and 1993 TriStar Television themes.
  • Low with the 1987 SPT theme. Some may still have bad memories with the 1987 SPT logo and fanfare.

14th Logo:
(2002-Present)

Logo: On a black BG, we see 11 silver bars that are the same lengh fly back from the viewer. They settle back at a comfterbale position away from the camera. It looks like the Bars of Boredom. The background changes to a background that is someone's backyard. (Which is mine.) A child comes in and writes "SONY PICTURES TELEVISION" in silver in a crayonised font with a line between "PICTURES" and "TELEVISION" under the bars. A Lysol wipe comes in, hits the text, and falls down after a few seconds. It reveals the same text, but it's in Sony's font. We hear the child laughing.

FX: TBA

Music: TBA

Avalibility: Seen on everything rated G made or distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Scare Factor: Low, it's family friendly, but the bars zooming out from the viewer may catch you offguard.

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