Wednesday, April 24, 2013


I'm hoping that these new followers and readers that I've acquired lately, will be more inclined to participate in my "TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS OF ALL-TIME!" poll. We're getting there, slowly but surely, but we're getting towards our goal of 100 participants. We're officially 2/3 the way there with our batch of ballots, and a few of our new ballots came from other critics and bloggers and such, and I know quite a few fellow bloggers are reading my posts, which I happy for, and I hope some of them will start participating, because I will always try to plug everybody. Besides that, I posted my life, why shouldn't other film/entertainment bloggers/critics participate. I let everyone of course participate, but I'm putting myself out there, as one of the entertainment experts and commentators, why shouldn't others, like me, also participate, and reveal our own thoughts, if nothing else, to give such a list like this, credibility. This isn't gonna be equivalent to "Sight & Sound"'s movie poll, I understand that, but still, it'd be nice to has some kind of legitimacy to this list. We've gotten a little, and hopefully, we're gonna get a little more. Just a thought. A couple other critics and bloggers participated this time, and I'm happy that they did, and that's just wanted to say. Anyway, here the latest batch of ballots, and seriously though, 2/3 the way through, still need a lot more:

The Wire
The Sopranos
Six Feet Under
Breaking Bad
The Thick of It ('05 Series)
Arrested Development
The IT Crowd
Band of Brothers
State of Play

I Love Lucy
Cheers ('82)
All in the Family
The Sopranos
The Twilight Zone ('59)
The Wonder Years
Saturday Night Live

1. Lost ('04)
2. Breaking Bad
3. Friday Night Lights
4. Veronica Mars
5. The Office ('05, US)
6. The Twilight Zone ('59)
7. Happy Days ('74)
8. Sons of Anarchy
9. The Sopranos
10. South Park

1. Friday Night Lights
2. Scrubs
3. Community
4. Sherlock ('10)
5. The Cosby Show
6. Firefly
7. Mad Men
8. Breaking Bad
9. Batman ('92 Animated Series)
10. Sports Night

Okay, so we're passed the 2/3rds point, 66 ballots in, and there's been a few patterns, but basically it's still, practically ballot-to-ballot which shows are getting top votes or not. "Seinfeld", "M*A*S*H" and "All in the Family", are way ahead for the Top three, but after that, it's just a few votes separating being in the Top 5, to not even being in the Top Ten. In fact, at this moment, on the CURRENT RESULTS, which I'm going to publish, it's actually a Top Eleven, even with the rankings as a tiebreaker, two show are tied for 10th right now. Let's see the CURRENT RESULTS:

1. Seinfeld
2. M*A*S*H
3. All in the Family
4. Cheers ('82)
5. The Sopranos
6. Breaking Bad

7. I Love Lucy
8. The X-Files
9. Sons of Anarchy
10t. Star Trek ('66)
10t. The Twilight Zone ('59)

The vote totals, are really making the first-page results tight. A few extra votes for, let's say "Friends" for instance, and they're in the Top 5, or even outside of that, there's a been few occasions where a show has barely made any ballot up until now, and suddenly, a run of them keeps coming in. That's happening right now with "The Wonder Years" for instance. A second run of votes like that show's had recently, they can jump into the Top Ten. Don't think that somebody else will vote for your favorite shows, so that you don't have to. More and more observations I see. Also, in the essence of "Full Disclosure," I have links to my Movie Reviews on, which Rob Belote runs, and I also participate in his polls quite often, and he has lately, and I released to him the vote totals to him. He's preparing a system where everybody can start ranking TV shows, the way he allows me and a few others to rank movies. Not completely sure what I think of that, but as for this poll....

We still need more participants. If you or someone you know, would like to participate in the poll, there's many ways to do it. Most people vote on FB, either in an IM to me, or on one of my many links to this blog, by posting your ballots as a comment. One person voted on twitter, my account is @DavidBaruffi_EV, and of course, you can post your ballot in the Comment section of this blog. Some have had complaints with the latter, but anyway that your are able to get me your ballot, get it to me. The more participants the better.

There are a couple rules and they're pretty simple:

RULE #1: As long as it originated on television, it's eligible for the poll, regardless of genre. That means that you can vote for anything you want. Sitcom, drama, talk show, reality show, soap opera, news magazine, children's show, animated show, instructional show, miniseries, TV movie, network, cable,... etc. as long as it originally aired on television, it's eligible. (ie. you can't vote for "M*A*S*H", the original movie, because that was first shown in movie theatres, but you can vote for "M*A*S*H", the TV series, 'cause that aired on TV.)

RULE #2: You must select 10 and ONLY 10 shows. No picking more, no picking less. Just 10.

Other than that, make sure you leave your name, and some way to contact you easily, in case or any ballot irregularities. For instance, some people have accidentally voted for something like "Tom & Jerry" which actually predates television, and was originally aired in theaters in it's original form, anyway. Haven't had too many problems, a few controversial choices, I've let through and whatnot, you can go back and check on previous Poll Update blogs I've done to find out the specifics on those.

Alright, everyone who hasn't submitted, now's your time to do it!

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