By James Fabiano
1st (known) Logo
Nickname: "Red Lion Wallpaper"
Logo: We see Leo, the infamous MGM lion, inside a black circle border, which reads "METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER TELEVISION". The lion roars once. The background has drawn versions of the roaring lion ala the "blue MGM" logo seen on record labels.
SFX: Leo roaring
Music: The ending music to the show plays throughout; the roaring lion SFX is heard.
Availability: Extremely Rare,appeared on "Dr. Kildare", "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", and "Please Don't Eat The Daisies". Survives on the Dr. Seuss cartoon special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and on reruns of "Tom & Jerry" cartoons on Boomerang.
Scare Factor: Median, due to the lion's roar.
Nickname: "Leo The Lion"
Logo: It's the standard MGM logo, which has its origins in the 1950s. A live-action lion named Leo is in a circle of a ribbon-like filmstrip which flows out on the bottom sides in twos. Underneath the circle is a red clown's mask. The circle has the phrase "ARS GRATIA ARTIS" (Latin for "Art for the Art's Sake") written on the top, and above it are the words "Metro Goldwyn Mayer." On the left side is "TRADE," and the right "MARK" and on the bottom is the word "TELEVISION." Leo roars once.
Variations: First here are the little differences in the logo, along with dates in which they were used:
SFX: Leo roaring, as usual.
Music: Just the Lion's roar
Availability: Can still be seen on some shows such as "thirtysomething", "CHiPs" and "In The Heat of The Night" on Bravo, TBS and TNT respectively. When VH1 did a Fame marathon in 2001, all MGM logos were retained. Also on "Stargate: SG1" and "The Outer Limits".
Scare Factor: Median, one of the best-known logos, but high on the scary side for people who don't like roaring lions.
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