Friday, July 5, 2013


Sorry for being a little bit late with my latest "TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS OF ALL-TIME!" Poll Update, but it's partly your guys' fault. You see, I got so many ballots this time around, that I actually fell asleep, after I finished counting them. I didn't have the energy and/or wherewithal to even begin writing this post until the morning. Needless to say, being harder on myself than anybody I ever criticize, I usually can't stand it, when I post my blogs, even just a few hours later than I plan to, but today, it doesn't bother as much, 'cause now, we're almost finished with the poll, and I'm so happy that so many have gotten the word out about the poll, and have participated themselves, including many fellow entertainment bloggers. We are closer than ever to our goal, and never have we been more rapidly approaching it, and I just wanted to begin this post by saying, "Thank you." More than anything else. Keep it up, and we may be done in no time, at which point, I'll post the entire results of the poll, as well as every single person's ballot, on one blogpost for everyone to find. I hope you all are finding this as rich an experience and journey about oneself and ourselves, as much as it is, about the television shows we watch and admire above all others. While compiling and polls, can at times seem tedious, at their core, if it wasn't something we didn't care enough about to begin with, we wouldn't make them, and if nothing else, it's good to know that we still care so deeply about great television, whatever that may entail.

Alright, here's the latest ballots, and a special thanks to Jack Shrute, Daniel Hernandez, Jacob the Movie Reviewer, and Matt Wells, the four newest entertainment bloggers, or in Matt's case, vloggers, who participated. Thank you all very much.

JACK SHRUTE ("The Cinema Jack", )
Afro Samurai
Arrested Development
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (cka Aqua United Patrol Squad 1)
Batman ('92 Animated Series)
Case Closed ('96)
House, M.D.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
The Office ('05)
South Park

DANIEL HERNANDEZ ("Random Mexican's Movie Review Extravanga", )
1. Battlestar Gallactica ('03 Miniseries---> '04 Series)
2. Arrested Development
3. The Wire ('02)
4. Rome
5. Peep Show ('03)
6. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
7. The Simpsons
8. Batman ('92 Animated Series)
9. Cheers ('82)
10. Breaking Bad

MATT WELLS (Matt's Movie Madness; )
1. Spaced ('99)
2. Sherlock ('10)
3. Freaks and Geeks
4. Friends ('94)
5. Batman ('92 Animated Series)
6. Scrubs
7. The Sopranos
8. Entourage
9. Sons of Anarchy
10. Breaking Bad

JACOB THE MOVIE REVIEWER ("J and J Productions; )
1. Doctor Who ('06)
2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
3. Firefly
4. Seinfeld
5. Fringe
6. Stargate: SG-1
7. Batman ('92 Animated Series)
8. Stargate: Atlantis
9. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
10. Sherlock ('10)

1. Star Trek ('66)
2. Wild Wild West
3. Cosmos
4. Sesame Street ('69)
5. Breaking Bad
6. Sanford and Son
7. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show
8. The Andy Griffith Show
9. Mystery Science Theater 3000
10. The Twilight Zone ('59)

1. Twin Peaks
2. The Muppet Show
3. The Simpsons
4. Rocky and His Friends (aka Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends)
5. Community
6. Grimm
7. South Park
8. Freaks and Geeks
9. Late Night with Conan O'Brien
10. One Step Beyond

1. I Love Lucy
2. The Andy Griffith Show
3. Rocky and His Friends (aka Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends)
4. The Flintstones
5. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
6. City Confidential
7. Cold Case
8. Hawaii Five-O ('68)
9. Despierta America!
10. Huckabee

The Wire ('02)
The Cosby Show
The Sopranos
Three's Company
Chappelle's Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Star Trek ('66)
Doctor Who ('05)
Magnum, P.I.
Fantasy Island
Sherlock ('10)
Foyle's War
The Muppet Show
Sons of Anarchy

1. House, M.D.
2. Dexter
3. Firefly
4. Scrubs
5. Married...with Children
6. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
7. South Park
8. Entourage
9. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
10. The Walking Dead

The Andy Griffith Show
All in the Family
Law & Order ('90)
Magnum, P.I.

The West Wing
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Carol Burnett Show
Planet Earth ('06)
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Northern Exposure
Fawlty Towers
Game of Thrones
Taxi ('78)
Hill Street Blues

Whew! Lots of ballots, lots of work, all of it, wanted, all of it good. As to the Current Results, despite all these new entries, not a lot has changed actually. "Seinfeld" is still number one, however "M*A*S*H", is catching up, and it's a lot closer than it was a month ago. The Sopranos, has also firmly placed itself, into the Top Five, in fact, it just lost a tiebreaker a tiebreaker with "Cheers" for the 4th place spot. After that, it's the usual clusterfuck of shows trying to break into the Top Ten, and yes, the despite the amazing push that  "Batman: The Animated Series" got this time around, no new shows have broken into the Top Ten this week, although a few have come close. More new shows keep getting added as well. With 86 ballots casted, over 300 different TV shows, have gotten at least one vote, and well over 100 shows, have gotten at least 2 votes.

For those who haven't participated yet, or are just finding out about this poll, here's what we're doing: Basically this started last year, as I decided to created a television equivalent to "Sight & Sound"'s once-a-decade poll of the Greatest Movies of All-Time. I wasn't "Sight & Sound", so I couldn't invite every critic and TV star/filmmaker to participate, so I'm opening the poll up to anybody who wants to participate. We're aiming for 100 Ballots, and we've never been closer, and we still need a few more to fully reach our goal.

Basically, if you want to participate, it's real simple, you can submit your ballot to me, in many different ways, including commenting on this or any of my blogposts below, or any link on FB to my blog, which are all posted numerous times on my FB page, as well as in numerous FB film groups. You can message me on FB with your ballot, and one person even sent me their ballot, to my Twitter account, @DavidBaruffi_EV. Basically, however means you can get to me with your ballot, get it to me, and be as specific as possible with your votes. Keep in mind for instance, when multiple TV shows have the same title for instance. Even still, just in case, make sure that there's some way, in case I need to, to get in contact with you, to clarify something on your ballot.

There are a couple rules but they're pretty damn simple:

RULE #1: As long as it originated on television, it's eligible for the poll, regardless of genre.
That basically means, you can vote for anything you want. Sitcom, drama, talk show, reality shop, soap opera, news magazine, children's shows, animated shows, instructional shows, miniseries, TV movies, network shows, cable shows,.. 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 theaters,  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!

Those are basically it. Most of the time, I haven't had too many problems, but occasionally one has come up. For instance, somebody voted for "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show" up there, that is eligible, because that is a specific TV show, however, had he voted simply for "Looney Tunes", in general, I would've had to disqualify the vote, because those actually predate most of television, and were originally shown in movie theaters, so there's a few things like that to keep an eye on, but other than that, there isn't too much that isn't eligible.

Some have chosen to rank their ballots, that is optional. The way this is scored is just like "Sight & Sound" magazine does it, each time a show comes up, it gets a vote, regardless of where it's ranked. The only time rankings come into play, is in cases of a tiebreaker, and I collect the mean average of where a show is ranked on ballots, to break the tie. (Shows on unranked ballots, count as 10 during tiebreakers)  I recommend ranking your ballots, however it is certainly required. I know, just like everybody else, to rank narrow it down to ten TV shows, much less, having to rank such shows.

Well, that's the basics of it. We're almost there, and again, thanks to everyone who's participated so far, but we need a few more people to SUBMIT THEIR BALLOTS! I'm very hopeful and excited that we should be able to finish this poll soon, but I can only be so excited, if more ballots come in. So readers out there, take a little time and SUBMIT YOUR BALLOTS, and tell others to do so as well. Thank you all!


David Baruffi said...

Cory Stotland, has submitted his ballot on Annette's Debate. Thank you Cory.

Star Trek ('66)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
Frontline ('83)
Sesame Street ('69)
Bill Moyers' Journal
Austin City Limits

David Baruffi said...

I'm sorry, CARY STOTLAN, not Cory. Sorry about that CARY!

David Baruffi said...

CARY STOTLAND! Sorry, don't know why I'm misspelling your name so much. I'll make sure to get it right when I post my next blog.

David Baruffi said...

Ralph Politic, has now, submitted his ballot.

Dallas ('78)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
L.A. Law
Law & Order
All in the Family
The Twilight Zone ('59)
Barney Miller

David Baruffi said...

Ralph has corrected his ballot. "Cheers", replaces "Barney Miller.

David Baruffi said...

Chris Jamieson, has now submitted his ballot, thank you Chris.

The Ed Sulliva Show (oka "Toast of the Town")
ABC's Wide World of Sports
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Sesame Street ('69)
60 Minutes
All in the Family
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Saturday Night Live
The West Wing
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

David Baruffi said...

Ed Sullivan! Ah, stupid keyboard. "The Ed Sullivan Show".

David Baruffi said...

Patricia Conway has submitted her ballot, thanks Patricia

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Star Trek ('66)
Criminal Minds
Lie to Me
The Cosby Show
Reading Rainbow
Dr. Who ('05)
Supernatural ('05 Drama Series)

David Baruffi said...


"Star Trek" has been replaced with "Star Trek: The Next Generation"!

jay ray east said...

From Jay R East
1 All in the Family
2 Seinfeld
3 Sopranos
4 Cheers
5 Boardwalk Empire
6 China Beach
7 Breaking Bad
8 Walking Dead
9 Hell on Wheels
10 Taxi