The 5 Best TV Production Stamps of All Time

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck

The production stamp. The signature at the end of a 30 or 60 minute work of art.

Here are my favorite 5 of All Time:

Gracie Films

I don’t know why, but I’ve just always liked this one. There’s no fancy animation, no funny references, but I’d bet 80% of you can instantly name which show it appears after (outside of the context of this post).

Notable shows: The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

Bad Hat Harry

Started by Bryan Singer and inspired by a scene in Jaws.

Notable shows: House

Bad Robot

Owned by JJ Abrams.

Notable shows: Alias, LOST, Fringe, What about Brian, Alcatraz

Stephen J. Cannell

Watching Stephen J. “fake type” and try to contain his amusement before he demonstratively rips the sheet of paper out of the typewriter is still fun for me.

Notable shows: Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Silk Stalkings, Hunter, 21 Jump Street

UBU Productions

So simple, yet so iconic. The fact that this stamp ran after some great shows in television history (see: Family Ties) didn’t hurt it’s stature in American pop culture. I remember going to school and reciting “Sit, UBU, sit” with my friends as if it was some hilarious joke.

Named for producer Gary David Goldberg’s dog Ubu Roi, this stamp has been referenced in Family Guy, Robot Chicken, Tosh.0 and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Notable shows: Family Ties, Spin City


Honorable mentions:

Ten Thirteen Productions (X-Files) “I made this.”

Mohawk Productions (Drew Carey, The Norm Show) The laughing ultrasound/sonogram baby.

Guntzelman Sullivan Marshall Productions (Growing Pains) The guy falling off the roof of a two-story building.

And of course, this one. Still awkward.


Howie Decker is the co-creator and editor of  He likes fantasy baseball & taco night. His family & friends’ support for & contributions to his personal blog The Upper Deck were his inspiration to assemble this site. You can read his “Letter from the Editor” here.



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