Saturday, May 18, 2013


Well, we keep inching closer, towards our goal of 100 participants in this "TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS OF ALL-TIME!" poll, but, like the inchworm, it's become a slow crawl, as oppose to the great sprint that I had once hoped this poll would be. You think that would deter me, but if I've learned anything about the film industry, it's that, you have to be persistent, if you're going to get anything done. So, we continue on, even though we're only getting a handful of ballots at a time, we keep on, and eventually, we're gonna get to triple digits.

So, here's the latest ballots that we've gotten, and also, I want to note that I'm glad were getting more fellow-entertainment bloggers participating in this, thanks James the Movie Reviewer!

1. Doctor Who ('05)
2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
3. Seinfeld
4. Fringe
5. Stargate SG-1
6. Batman ('92 Animated Series)
7. Stargate: Atlantis
8. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
9. Sherlock ('10)
10. Hatfields & McCoys ('12)

1. Firefly
2. Angel ('99)
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
4. Eureka ('06)
5. Grey's Anatomy
6. The Walking Dead
7. Dollhouse
8. Friends ('94)
9. Mythbusters
10. Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Wire
All in the Family
China Beach
Mad Men
Rescue Me
The Sopranos
The Following

Arrested Development
The Wire
Law & Order ('90)
Cheers ('82)
The X-Files
30 Rock

As always, there's no requirement that everybody rank their list, as average rankings only come into play with the results, as tiebreakers, and as you can see, two of our latest entries, chose not to rank their ballots. As to the full results, well, "Seinfeld" came in, in a big lead, and they've gotten they got the most votes again; they're starting to look a little like Secretariat in the '73 Belmont Stakes. Not many changes on the Top sheet results, although the recent votes for "Breaking Bad" and "Friends" bumped them into the Top Ten, but it's incredibly close. "Seinfeld," "All in the Family", and "M*A*S*H", have practically become consensus, while after that's it's pretty much up for grabs. Out of the 281 shows that have gotten a vote, 121, have gotten at least 2 votes so far. So, there's a lot of parody, a lot of different shows getting votes, and an extra vote or two, for one show or another, can put it in the Top Ten, but still, it'll take a lot of votes, to top those three, and they keep getting them.

No matter the results right now however, we still need some more votes, and more ballots submitted, to reach our goal So, for those who haven't voted yet, now is the greatest of times to do so!

Basically, this started out as an attempt to create a television equivalent to "Sight & Sound"'s once-a-decade greatest movie poll, and I started asking for people to submit their ballots of the "TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS OF ALL-TIME!" I don't exactly have "Sight & Sound"'s readership, reputation, or for that matter, their ability to get critics and directors to participate in polls such as these, so it's open to everybody. If want to submit a ballot, just comment on this blog with your ballot, find me on Facebook, or one of the dozens of links I post of this blog, and post them there, or on Twitter, etc. However you can submit your ballot, submit your ballot.

There are a couple rules, by that's it, only two big ones, and they're fairly simple:

RULE #1: As long as it originated on television, it's eligible for the poll regardless of genre.
That means, 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, miniseries, 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.

Now, other than that, just be as specific as possible with the shows you select, in case more than one show exists with that title or some other technicality. Also, in fact I do have to ask a question about your ballot, make sure to, A. have a name (No Anonymous Ballots will be accepted), and B, a relatively easy way I can contact you.

Other than that, that's it. So, take a little time, it's more difficult than it seems, especially the narrowing to ten shows part, for some people, is quite difficult, but once you make those tough decision, submit your ballot, and be counted.

So, what do you think are the "TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS OF ALL-TIME!"

 for "M*A*S*H", the TV series, 'cause that aired on 

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