Monday, December 24, 2012


Happy Holidays Everyone! I'll be giving a special treat for this latest update on the poll to find the "TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS OF ALL-TIME"! I'll be giving a rare look at the complete CURRENT RESULTS of the POLL, so far. Right now, as Christmas is fast approaching, there's currently been 42 ballots submitted, which is good. It's well-short of the 100, that I'm aiming for, but it's good. Only five new ones came in this week, that's a little short of my quota, so that's worrying me, however, it was enough to have a major impact on the current results. And there was no shortage of no shows either. The number of shows that have gotten at least vote, has passed the 200 number. Clearly, your ballots are pretty diverse. Here's the list of the latest ballots that have been submitted, most of them are from Annette's Debates, and the members of these Facebook group, have been wonderfully participatory, and I can't say enough about them.

1. The Carol Burnett Show ('67)
2. American Bandstand (oka Bandstand, aka "The New American Bandstand 1965--->...)
3. Laverne & Shirley
4. Roots
5. The Civil War
6. Deadwood
7. The Untouchables ('59)
8. Columbo
9. Dalls ('78)
10. Perry Mason ('57)

1. The Walking Dead
2. Dexter
3. Family Guy
4. American Dad!
5. Breaking Bad
6. Monty Python's Flying Circus
7. Sanford and Son
8. Married... with Children
9. Key and Peele
10. South Park

1. Doctor Who ('05)
2. The X-Files
3. Freakylinks
4. Firefly
5. Monk
6. Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
7. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
8. Arrested Development
9. Monty Python's Flying Circus
10. The Whitest Kids U'Know

ZOE MATULONOS (Entertainment Consumers Exchange)
1. Topper ('53)
2. The Carol Burnett Show ('67)
3. The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (aka The Dean Martin Show)
4. The Andy Griffith Show
5. Happy Days ('74)
6. American Bandstand (oka Bandstand, aka The New American Bandstand 1965--->...)
7. The X-Files
8. The Young and the Restless
9. The Twilight Zone ('59)
10. Sesame Street ('69)

1. Battlestar Gallactica ('03 Miniseries ---> '04 Series)
2. Family Guy
3. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
4. Monty Python's Flying Circus
5. Damages ('07 Series)
6. Married...with Children
7. Saturday Night Live
8. The Universe
9. The Blue Planet
10. Ancient Aliens

Okay, all the new votes have been counted. There's hasn't been a lot of change in the poll, but there's been some. The magic number right now, is 7. Every show that has gotten 7 votes so far, is in the Top Ten. There are 3 shows that have 6 votes that have just missed the current cut, and everything else is behind them.

1. M*A*S*H
2. Seinfeld
3. All in the Family
4. Cheers ('82)
5. The Simpsons
6. The Sopranos
7. The X-Files
8. Sons of Anarchy
9. Monty Python's Flying Circus
10. The Twilight Zone ('59)

The top of the poll, hasn't changed much in the last few weeks. "M*A*S*H", has 13 votes, and is 2 ahead of "Seinfeld" with 11. "All in the Family" has 10, and "Cheers" is barely in fourth with 8. The rest have 7 votes, with "The Simpsons", edging out "The Sopranos," due to the tiebreakers. The biggest jumper into this Top Ten, was definitely, "Monty Python's Flying Circus", getting to the magic number of 7, with multiple votes coming in for it. The tiebreakers were due to rankings. Remember, I don't require the polls be ranked, but right now, with 6 shows with 7 votes, it's making the difference.

For those who haven't participated, I don't know why you haven't yet, it's real simple. For the last few months, I've been conducting a poll to determine the "TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS OF ALL-TIME!" I'm using the "Sight & Sound"-model, the one they use for their once-a-decade poll to find the Best Films of All-Time, only with television. My goal is 100 ballots, a nice round, hopefully feasible number that seems likely to create a relatively legitimate poll. I would ask all the leaders and major names and critics of television to participate, and in some cases I've tried, but we're still an upstart, so I'm opening the poll up to everybody.

If you would like to submit a ballot, there's two rules that the poll has.

RULE #1: As long as it originally aired on television, it's eligible for the poll, regardless of genre. There's no limit on what can be picked, it's all allowed. Sitcom, drama, soap opera, reality, variety, talk show, news magazine, cable, broadcast, documentary, miniseries, TV movie, TV specials... etc. As long as it originated on TV, it's allowed. (ie. You can vote for "M*A*S*H", the TV series, you just can't vote for "M*A*S*H", the original movie, because that was shown in movie theatres).

There's been a few tough calls involving that rule. For instance, "Monday Night Football", was declared eligible, but random sporting events aren't. "Tom & Jerry", in their original form, were declared ineligible, because they were shown in movie theatres, (Although some later shows involving the characters are eligible) and a few other things that have come up, but I'm throwing as wide a net as possible.

RULE #2: You must vote for 10, and ONLY 10 shows. No voting for more, no voting for less.

A couple other notes, no anonymous ballots will be accepted, so have your name somewhere, and all ballots will be published, so I can't help you if people see that you really like "The Care Bears", or whatever, embarassing show you may vote for. Oh, and try to be specific, a lot of times, multiple TV shows, have the same title. For instance, there's been multiple reincarnations of "The Twilight Zone" over the years, so specify which one, usually it's the original '59 series. If I do need a clarification of some kind, I'll do my best to contact you.

Well that's it. You can submit your ballot, in many ways. I'd recommend either in the Comment Section, under this blogpost, or anywhere on my blog, I will read it. Also, in the Comment Section of the Facebook link to this blog, there'll be a lot of them in a few different groups, but you can always check my Facebook wall to find one. You can also vote on twitter, @DavidBaruffi_EV, although nobody's done that yet, and that can get tricky. However you can get ahold of me to submit your ballots, I'd recommend doing it. Whether you want to make sure one of the leaders win, or you want to submit some votes for shows that might not have that many votes at all, submit your ballots, and let your voice be heard!

Oh, and once again, Happy Holidays!

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