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

Posted on: July 21, 2008 12:09 pm
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.

Western Bracket:
(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:
(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.

(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.

(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.
Category: General

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2008 7:35 pm

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


(7)C.S. I. 


Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 6:27 pm

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

GunSmoke, Twilight Zone, Seinfeld.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 6:09 pm

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

Yank It's been said a lot but THANKS 4 All Your Hard Work It's been A lot of fun!!


Dramas--Twlight Zone



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2008 5:46 pm

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

Yank, thanks a lot for doing this.  You should be commended for your efforts.

Western - Bonanza

Dramas - Twilight Zone

Comedy - M*A*S*H


Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2008 5:39 pm

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

  1. Gunsmoke
  2. CSI
  3. MASH


great blog Yank

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 5:39 pm

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







Thank you for doing this and letting me contribute.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 5:30 pm

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



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2008 5:21 pm

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

Westerns: Once again to be fair I did not see all of them so I with hold my Vote:

Drama: TwilightZone

Comedy: M.A.S.H.- It just keeps getting better each time I watch it. Seinfeld was great, but overall from show to show from season to season, M.A.S.H. never skipped a beat. early Seinfeld was not nearly as good as later Seinfeld. Plus, Last episode of M.A.S.H. was one of the best last Seinfeld, what was that?

I would suggest TV Characters in the next round if you are planning on doing one.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 3:30 pm

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

First and foremost big thanks Yank... excellent work...

The Finals ---

Western --- #1 vs #2 --- the only favorites to make it the distance...

Gunsmoke --- the favorite continues to roll... just the title alone gives it an edge, it is Western

Drama --- Upset Bracket

The Twilight Zone --- much like the bracket title suggests the upset will happen here...

Comedy --- 2 classics in the final, I was convinced I knew who was going to win, then I read your comment and it changed my mind, then I thought about it and...

Seinfeld --- only because the category is comedy, M*A*S*H was a phenomenal show and many of the episodes were classic comedy, but as you pointed out, it was a comedy surrounded by the grim realities of war. The episode when Henry Blake died would make it a winner in the drama category and they had many episodes that were very serious. With that said, my idea of comedy is laughs, laughs and more laughs... even when involving death, the Seinfeld cast pulled off humor... so it is off to the coffee shop with the gang, who knows, maybe a big salad...

As for the next contest, whatever it might be I look forward to it, as this has brought back many memories... thanks again

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 2:41 pm

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

as previosly disclosed i have no opinions on westerns

in the drama category:

the twilight zone...for being so far ahead of its time

and in the comedy cat:

seinfeld...for being so true to life in nyc

this was a lot of fun and your hard work is surely bout greatest QB-WR tandems in the past 50 years...might be tough to  beat montana to rice...but there have been so many great ones

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