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We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

Posted on: July 21, 2008 12:09 pm
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Well we have now reached the finals. I have really enjoyed doing this blog and am sad to say that this is the last round. Please feel free to share a favorite memory of the shows you choose and or reasons why the shows got your vote.

The results of the last round are listed first with the vote totals and the winning show in bold type. Once again not all the match ups have the same amount of total votes. Some voters have left out a match up or even not voted at all for certain genres.

Please feel free to vote even if you have not yet done so. Remember to tell your friends to vote also. As always I will only vote in case of a tie in any match up. I will also do my best to keep my choice a secret if I do need to vote. I did not vote in the last round and I am glad I didn't have to in many of these match ups.

Remember that these shows were not of my choosing but were selected by all of your fellow posters. My choices would have differed on many of the shows in every round. Without me going back and checking I believe I only had one the 4 dramas that made the semi finals on my initial list of 10 shows, though I do think I had all of the Westerns and Comedies on my list of 10.


Semi-Finals:
Western Bracket:
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(1)Gunsmoke 24 vs. (4)Rawhide 7 No surprise here that Clint and his fellow cowhands not able to defeat Marshall Dillon, Ms. Kitty, Festus and the rest of the townsfolk. This show wasn't the longest running prime time entertainment show for no reason.

(2)Bonanza 25 vs. (3)The Rifleman 5  Ben and his boys win big against Lucas  and his boy Mark. This was surely not a surprise setting up an expected showdown between by far the 2 biggest Westerns in the history of Television. This was the first show I ever saw in color.

Drama Bracket:

(1)Hill Street Blues 11 vs. (21)The Twilight Zone 26 Serling's masterpiece continues its incredible run of upsets. I am surprised by both the outcome and margin of victory. Without Hill Street I am not sure what drama on television would look like today. It was the first show that I remember as an adult that I could not wait to see the next episode of.

(7)C.S.I. 23 vs. (3)Hawaii Five-O   14  That either of these shows made it this far really was shocking to me.I would not have considered either of them in my top 20 ever despite having watched both of them, but you the voters have spoken. The lab geeks join Twilight Zone in the finals of what I am dubbing the upset bracket.

Comedy Bracket:

(1)Seinfeld 21 vs. (4)All In The Family  19  This match up's leader changed just about every time I tallied the votes. I doubt that either of these shows success will be matched again. Both of them came so close to being canceled very early in their run and in today's market would not have lasted 6 weeks. Either of the shows would have been a worthy winner of the whole tourney. Classic lines and characters versus a show that showed sitcoms could tackle the serious issues of the day.

(2)Cheers 16 vs. (3)M*A*S*H  24  The show that produced the most watched episode in history vs. a show that created the character(Frasier) with as long a life as anyone ever in television entertainment. Both shows had cast  changes and carried on. As in the previous match up one show obviously was much more serious at times than the other.

The Finals:
Westerns:
(1)Gunsmoke  vs. (2)Bonanza  This is the match up I expected to see when this bracket was formed. The 2 longest running and most iconic of all westerns battle it out.

Dramas:
(7)C.S. I.  vs. (21)The Twilight Zone  This bracket has surprised me with this pairing. I knew the show I thought was the best in history would not make it to the finals but I did like the chances of the show I thought would win but it ran into the upset king in the semis to make to here. So here we have a show that has spawned 2 spin offs versus a show that inspired a Movie, a remake and more than a few copycat shows.

Comedies:
(1)Seinfeld  vs. (3)M*A*S*H  Well here we have the show that was proud about nothing against one that tried to have a serious vein to go along with its comedic roots. To me the best way to compare and contrast the shows is how they dealt with death. Think of when Henry Blake died and how sad and serious M*A*S*H* was and then how Jerry and the gang reacted to the  death of George's fiance Susan.

I want to thank all of the participants for making this blog, so much fun for me to do despite all the work involved and apparently somewhat of a success as the blogs here go. So be sure to give yourselves a round of applause. It has bought back lots of fond memories of many specific lines, scenes and characters for me and I hope it has done the same for all of you.

The big question is what do I try next. Any suggestions?

Please remember to rate your fellow posters contributions as I am sure they will do the same for you.

I will be keeping this round up for a little longer than a week and will be posting the final results July 31 by noon est.
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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2008 10:28 am
 

We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

Dramas:
(7)C.S. I.  vs. (21)The Twilight Zone  This bracket has surprised me with this pairing. I knew the show I thought was the best in history would not make it to the finals but I did like the chances of the show I thought would win but it ran into the upset king in the semis to make to here. So here we have a show that has spawned 2 spin offs versus a show that inspired a Movie, a remake and more than a few copycat shows.

Comedies:
(1)Seinfeld  vs. (3)M*A*S*H  Well here we have the show that was proud about nothing against one that tried to have a serious vein to go along with its comedic roots. To me the best way to compare and contrast the shows is how they dealt with death. Think of when Henry Blake died and how sad and serious M*A*S*H* was and then how Jerry and the gang reacted to the  death of George's fiance Susan.


-Thanks again, Yank, for all the hard work-  as you know, I appreciate well what an effort it all can be, nd again, you've done a superlative job...

-The voting?  Well, I am again going to abstain from the western bracket.  I've quite justifiably pleaded ignorance all along, and it ain't going to change just because it's down to the final, lol...

Dramas:

The Twilight Zone  -As I have said all along, I've never been a huge fan of the entire CSI franchise, and am pretty surprised it made it along this far.  But when it comes down to a another cop show with rather formulaic writing, and rather wooden acting (the two can go hand in hand, and very often do with this show, IMO..) vs. a show where none of that is applicable, and that broke as much new ground as any in TV history?  Well, the choice is pretty obvious to me...   Heck, if you can stomach Bill Curtis, A&E's "Cold Case File"s is a more interesting hour of your TV time if you're into that kinda thing, IMO.   Aside from a movie, etc., Yank, "The Twilight Zone" also inspired a great tune by Rush from their 2112 album...

M*A*S*H  -I think that I appreciate good, original comedy-  anyone ever hear of "The Trailer Park Boys?"  The first couple of seasons were priceless...    Anyway, "Seinfeld" often grated on me in a way, and I could never really get in to it.  Not so with M*A*S*H unitl some episodes late where, as Yank put quite well ealier it got a tad "preachy".   Having said that, M*A*S*H in it's prime had better acting, better stories, and genuinely human touch that transended all the ridiculaousness that might have happened that Seinfeld quite lacked-  as Yank put quite well with his example.   Both could be ridulously funny in their better moments (in their primes), but M*A*S*H had other human dimesions such as comapssion that were pretty lacking from Seinfeld, and was part of the reason that it made for  richer viewing and a more genuine slice of human experience.  Seinfeld is certainly fresher in people's minds now, but M*A*S*H was just simply better TV, IMO...




Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2008 10:22 am
 

We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

Great Blog Yank.. keep the good work flowing..

Gunsmoke - Twilight Zone --  M*A*S*H*




Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2008 9:49 pm
 

We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

(1)Gunsmoke 

(1)Hill Street Blues 

(7)C.S.I. 

(1)Seinfeld




Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2008 6:54 pm
 

We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

I'll go with...
(1) Bonanza (my dad watches old tapes of this all the time)
(2) CSI (I watch it!)
(3) MASH (both my parents watch this show)



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2008 4:00 pm
 

We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

1) Gunsmoke - great western and down and dirty imagry

2) Twilight Zone - ahead of its time, imaginative and scary (imagine if Steven King could have written for this show - wow)

3) Seinfeld - so many classic lines and sequences, although MASH was fantastic as well

 

how about for your next blog the greatest commercials ever?  i liked Wendys "Where's the Beef?"




Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2008 1:08 pm
 

We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

The Finals:
Westerns:
 (2)Bonanza 


Dramas:
(7)C.S. I.  

Comedies:
(3)M*A*S*H 




Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 3:53 pm
 

We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

Western: Gunsmoke

Drama: The Twilight Zone (CSI is crap tv)

Comedy: Seinfeld (A moment of silence for Cheers...................)




Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2008 3:12 pm
 

We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

Westerns: no vote

Drama: Twilight Zone

Comedy: Seinfeld



kmgonz0826
Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2008 2:04 pm
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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2008 11:25 am
 

We have reached the finals for TV's best ever.

#1, Have to go with Gunsmoke, and I say that because on Bonanza some of the sets were really cheesy.

#2. Twilight Zone. Just because I am tired of police dramas.

#3. MASH. My favorite show of all time. (would have liked to seen All in the Family faceoff here, that show was classic)



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