The Fonts of Popular TV Shows

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December 08, 2010

In this post, we take a look at a few popular TV shows — some past and some current — and the fonts that were chosen for their titles.

It’s interesting to see the large number of the classics being used, but also some more modern typefaces and there are certainly a few surprising choices.

If someone from our audience was involved in these font selections, it would be great if they could share some insight as to the reason behind a font choice.

We used various methods to determine the fonts that were being used, however, it was not always possible to establish full accuracy and in such cases a close alternative was listed.

This post is by no means a collection of the best or worst TV shows, nor is it an endorsement of any potential presidential candidates ;)

Modern Family

Helvetica 35 Thin and Didot Roman

Amazing Race

Eurostile Extra Bold or Microgramma


ITC Avant Garde Gothic


Futura Futuris Medium

The Office

ITC American Typewriter

30 Rock

ITC Blair Light





So You Think You Can Dance

Franklin Gothic Condensed and Spaceport

Grey’s Anatomy

Swiss 911 Ultra Compressed

Sarah Palin’s Alaska

Cocktail Shaker

How I Met Your Mother

FF Dax

Mad Men

Swiss 721 Heavy



The Apprentice



Soda Script Bold


ITC Fenice Oblique


Eurostile Extended

The Mentalist

Helvetica Neue Medium

Desperate Housewives

Swiss 721 Black Extended and Didot Headline (not exact)

Dancing with the Stars

Helvetica Black

What do you think of the font choices for these popular TV shows? Which ones surprised you the most? Please share with us in the comments!

WDD Staff

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