Monday, November 12, 2012


One of the ways that I've been trying to get people to participate in this poll, to determine the "TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS of ALL-TIME", was to join a couple Facebook groups, filled with TV and movie lovers, like myself, and other fellow entertainment bloggers, and ask them to submit their own ballots. So far, I've had some success doing this, and joining AD's TV Critic, a group on Facebook run by Annettes Debates, has given me the most new ballots so far, from update-to-update, so many in fact, that I felt it was okay to update weekly, as oppose to every two weeks as I had been on. My recent blogs have been posted there, and of the eight new ballots I've recieved, up from 6, the week before, seven were submitted on AD's TV Critic. Now, there's actually including 157 members of that group, so, I still haven't gotten a huge portion of that group, but it's still a lot, and I'm trying to join more everyday, and encouraging others to submit their ballots. I know I'm getting a lot of readers, I'm currently averaging 100 hits/day, so I know there's more than these eight readers out there. Anyway, to those whose ballots I'm about to publish and have participated in this poll, thank you very much, and please tell others to participate in this poll. Here are the newest submitted ballots for the TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS OF ALL-TIME!

Arrested Development
The Wire ('02)
The Sopranos
The Walking Dead
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

1. The Wire ('02)
2. Oz
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
4. Battlestar Gallactica ('03 miniseries ---> '04 series)
5. Doctor Who ('05)
6. MI-5
7. Six Feet Under
8. The Sopranos
9. Deadwood
10. Firefly

1. Seinfeld
2. Hill Street Blues
3. Cheers ('82)
4. L.A. Law
5. The Honeymooners ('55)
6. St. Elsewhere
7. The Cosby Show
8. ER
9. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
10. NYPD Blue

1. The Simpsons
2. That '70s Show
3. ER
4. Friends ('94)
5. Lost ('04)
6. Dead Like Me
7. Carnivale
8. Family Guy
9. The Walking Dead
10. Little House on the Prairie

The Dukes of Hazzard
Cheers ('82)
Sons of Anarchy
The X-Files
Tour of Duty
Jericho ('06)
The Unit

1. Sons of Anarchy
2. Dallas ('78)
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
5. The Sopranos
6. Happy Days ('74)
7. M*A*S*H
8. The Cosby Show
9. New York Undercover
10. Frasier

LESUS NATURAE (aka Patti HoovilleHats)
Game of Thrones
Friends ('94)
True Blood
The 4400
Millennium ('96)
How I Met Your Mother
The X-Files
American Horror Story
Supernatural (Drama Series '05)

1. Seinfeld
2. The X-Files
3. 24
4. Doctor Who ('05)
5. Mystery Science Theatre 3000
6. The Walkind Dead
7. The Twilight Zone ('59)
8. Moonlighting
9. Star Trek ('66)
10. Monty Python's Flying Circus

That's a lot of ballots, and all of them are quite fascinating and intriguing, and have included many different TV shows. So many in fact, that even I've been stumped by a few of these choices, and honestly had to look them up, myself, 'cause I didn't know them. The show "Millennium," I barely remembered at all, and I certainly didn't recall it as being a spin-off of "The X-Files". However, the completely-over-my-head Award has to go to "Tour of Duty". Nothing personal Eric Troll, but I tend to take pride in my vast knowledge of television old and new, and most of the time, if I've never seen, I've at least of heard of it, but somehow, I apparently missed that show completely. So kudos, for totally stumping me, the only other show that's gotten a vote that I absolutely had no idea what it was, was when someone voted for "Invader Zim", earlier. That's only 2 shows, out of 121 different shows that have gotten at least one vote in this poll. Out of these votes, as I've explained before, the show(s) with the most votes, get to the top of the ballot. Last week, I posted the current Top Ten, in it's entirety; I won't do that this week, I want that to be a once-a-month update, at best, but here's the shorthand update, and that is that, Number 1 on the list last week, is still number 1. "Seinfeld," is the only show currently, with 6 total votes, it's still atop the poll. Two shows have five votes apiece, "M*A*S*H" and "Cheers," with "M*A*S*H", getting the #2 spot, over "Cheers," barely, due to their average ranking, which is the tiebreaker. After that, there are five show, with 4 votes, and 1,2,3... 14 shows by my count, that have 3 votes each. So, that's still only 20 ballots in, I'm aiming/hoping to eventually get 100 people to participate, so these are very preliminary results. Certain themes are developing though. For one thing, newer shows are doing well. Over 80% of the shows, maybe 90% even, selected so far, were on the air, in the '90s or later. A few exceptions, but not a lot. Curiously, given that stat, not one, reality-competition show has been chosen yet. No "American Idol," no "The Amazing Race," no "Project Runway," nothing so far, for any reality-competition shows at all, and not a lot of reality shows, period. There's one vote for "This Old House," and that's it. A few talk shows, but not a lot of them either. I think a lot of people are picking "Favorites," as oppose to "Greatest" sometimes. I understand that of course, and I can't prove otherwise, and disqualify any picks for that reason, so that's perfectly acceptable. (Although, I really am, aiming for Greatest Shows, and not favorites, but what are you gonna do?) Definite themes developing, and as more ballots will come in, I'm sure I'll sound more and more like a Nate Silver impersonator as this goes on, but definitely things to look at.

Well, for those of you who haven't submitted their ballot yet, obviously there's plenty of time to do so. Everybody is allowed to, and the more the better, especially if you don't see some of the shows that you think should be on this list, and aren't showing up, or you want to make sure some of the shows that are on the top of this poll, get more votes, than I suggest participating as soon as you can. (I can suggest it also if you don't think one way or another.) Here's the rules, there's only two of them, so this should be easy.

Rule 1: As long as it originated on TV, it's eligible for this poll, regardless of genre. So everything is eligible here. Sitcom, drams, talk shows, soap operas, childrens shows, variety, animated, cable, broadcast, news magazines, TV movies, miniseries, reality, reality-competition, documentary etc. Nothing is off-limits. If you want to pick "Yo MTV Raps," you're allowed to. (BTW, series whose premise(s) originated in another medium, are allowed. For instance, "M*A*S*H" the series, is eligible, but you can't vote for "M*A*S*H" the original movie, cause that played in movie theatres.)

Rule 2: You can pick ten, and only ten shows. No picking 11, no picking 9, only 10.

Most people have ranked their ballots 1-10, that's not necessary, but I do recommend doing that, if you can, because that determines tiebreakers. The way I'm counting this, is that shows that get picked the most times, are the highest on the list. If more than one show, is picked the same amount of times, than I look the rankings. The reason I'm using this structure of each picking 10 programs, is that I'm attempting to emulate the famous "Sight & Sound," magazine poll for movies, but doing one for television. So these are the same rules as them, essentially, and I believe this poll can be of equal stature, in determining the TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS of ALL TIME!

Other than that, everything else is your decision. To submit your ballots, either comment on my blog, preferably this blogpost, but anywhere on my blog is fine, I'll eventually read it. Most people can, I've gotten a couple people saying they've had trouble with it. If that's the case, then, I recommending contacting me on Facebook, there's plenty of ways to submit your ballot to me there. Commenting under a link to my blogs for instance, or message me. Nobody's submitted on twitter yet, I don't blame them. It isn't really conducive for this, but my twitter is @DavidBaruffi_EV, you can send ballots to me there. Don't post anonymously, I won't accept anonymous ballots. I publish all the ballots, with everybody's names, this isn't secretive, it's just television shows folks. If you don't want people knowing how great you think "Red Shoes Diaries" or "The Jerry Springer Show" or whatever other embarassing thing you want to pick, is, well, I can't really help you there.

Alright, time to submit your ballots everybody! What do you consider the TEN GREATEST TV SHOWS of ALL-TIME!?


David Baruffi said...

Chuck Reichmuth has posted his ballot on AD's TV Critic, he's the 8th person from the group to do so.

1. Seinfeld
2. The Sopranos
3. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
4. Star Trek: The Next Generation
5. The Cosby Show
6. Deadwood
7. St. Elsewhere
8. All in the Family
9. The Twilight Zone ('59)
10. Game of Thrones

paloma smith said...

Paloma Smith

The newsroom
curb your enthusiasm
x files
True blood

paloma smith said...

Oops last one is all that!

David Baruffi said...

Thank you Paloma for your ballot. I'll make sure "All That," will be added. Do you want to rank your list, or leave it unranked?

David Baruffi said...

I still need confirmation on this ballot, because a couple of the choices aren't particularly clear, but for the time, I've decided tocall this, our first PROVISIONAL BALLOT entry, submitted by Meme Elaiho Achebo.

Boston Legal
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Mission: Impossible ('88)
Star Trek: The Next Generation
House, M.D.
Modern Family
30 Rock

David Baruffi said...

My friend Terrence O'Flaherty has submitted his ballot, finally.

Happy Days ('74)
The Rockford Files
Wide World of Disney
Cheers ('82)
Davey and Goliath
Star Trek ('66)
Speed Racer ('67)
Barney Miller

David Baruffi said...

I'm proud to say that my Dad has entered has submitted his ballot into the poll!

Dallas ('78)
Two and a Half Men
The World at War
L.A. Law
All in the Family
Saturday Night Live

David Baruffi said...

I'm not sure why I couldn't post this under my own blog/google account, however. Having trouble with that for some reason. If anybody knows why that's problematic all of a sudden let me. Checked with blogger posts, apparently I'm not the only one.

David Baruffi said...

A late ballot has come in from Laura Hunt Manville. Thanks for participating, Laura. Tell others.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Law & Order
60 Minutes
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
Saturday Night Live
The Carol Burnett Show

David Baruffi said...

More late ballots coming in, as I count for the latest update. Here's one from Tyree Hunt, thank for participating.

1. Columbo
2. Have Gun, Will Travel
3. The Jeffersons
4. Dallas ('78)
5. Perry Mason
6. Kojak ('73)
7. Mission: Impossible ('66)
8. Sanford and Son
9. Criminal Minds
10. All in the Family

David Baruffi said...

One more ballot coming, this one from Cj Williams, who had to go through a few questions before I could post this one, so sorry about that, but here's his final ballot. Thanks for submitting!

1. All in the Family
2. M*A*S*H
3. Crime Story (86 TV Movie---> '86 Series)
4. 12 O'Clock High
5. The Time Tunnel ('66)
6. Dragnet ('67)
7. The Twilight Zone ('59)
8. Monty Python's Flying Circus
9. The Untouchables ('59)
10. Nip/Tuck

jennifer caldwell said...

The Cosby Show
Criminal Minds
Tom and Jerry
Sons of Anarchy

David Baruffi said...

Jennifer Sinclair Caldwell, most of your ballot is okay, however, I cannot accept your vote for "Tom and Jerry". Rule #1 states that a show is eligible, if it originally aired on TV, now there are later reincarnations of "Tom & Jerry", such as "The New Tom and Jerry Show", "The Tom & Jerry Kids Show", "Tom and Jerry Tales", "The New Adventures of Tom and Jerry", a few TV movies and specials as well, however, the original Tom & Jerry cartoons, were short cartoons that originally aired in movie theatres, back when going to the movies, often involves, things like cartoons and newsreels and such, so technically, they didn't originally air on television, at least in regards to the original Hanna-Barbera directed shorts, even up to the late '50s, they were made for, and shown first, in movie theatres. If I'm mistaken, and you wanted to pick, one these later incarnations of "Tom and Jerry", then you're allowed to, and I apologize, but if not, I have to ask you to pick another TV show to replace in order for me to accept your ballot. Other than that you're okay. "Spartacus" is a little complicated, 'cause they are technically three different series, with a new name, each year, but there's precedent for that, so that's acceptable. I do need a replacement for "Tom and Jerry" however.

David Baruffi said...

Jennifer Sinclair has changed her ballot, after "Tom & Jerry" was ruled ineligble, and has replaced it with "Hogan's Heroes", ballot is now accepted.

David Baruffi said...

After some clarifications, Kyle Armstrong has submitted his ballot!

1. The Simpsons
2. All in the Family
3. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
4. Nova
5. Battlestar Gallactica ('03 miniseries--->'04 series)
6. Star Search ('83)
7. Friends ('94)
8. Tales From the Crypt ('89)
9. Match Game 73 (aka "Match Game 74",..."Match Game '79 and "Match Game")
10. The Sopranos