Posted on: July 13, 2008 11:20 pm

Semi-Finals for the best in Television History

Well we have now reached the semi-finals and the match ups even tougher than before. The results of the last round are listed first with the vote totals and the winning show in bold type. Once again not all the match ups have the same amount of total votes. Some voters have left out a few match ups or even not voted at all for certain genres. The match ups for the semi-finals follows. Please feel free to vote even if you have not yet done so. Remember to tell your friends to vote also. As always I will only vote in case of a tie in any match up. I will also do my best to keep my choice a secret if I do need to vote. I did not vote in the last round and I am glad I didn't have to in many of these match ups.

Western Bracket:
(1) Gunsmoke 38 vs. (8) The Big Valley 5 Marshall Dillon wins in another rout. At least this time the opponent got some votes. Bet most of them were for Linda Evans.
(2) Bonanza  31 vs. (10) Maverick 12 Hop Sing and the Cartwrights cook James Garner's traveling gambler's goose.
(3) The Rifleman 31 vs. (6) Deadwood  13 Pa and his quick shooting with his rifle blast the folks from Deadwood. If more folks had HBO I think this result would have been different or at least a lot closer.
(4) Rawhide 24 vs. (12) The Wild Wild West 20 Even the Old West's version of 007 and his own Q, in Artemis, was not cool enough to beat Clint and his fellow cowhands.

Drama Bracket:
(1)Hill Street Blues 27 vs.(8)Rockford Files 22 James Garner had a nice run in 2 brackets but Frank Furillo and his cops lock down Rockford, Rocky and Angel.
(2)NYPD Blue 19 vs. (7)C.S.I. 29 We have seen the last of Sipowicz's bare butt as Las Vegas lab geeks pull off an upset. Grissom and friends use science to lead their way to victory.
(3)Hawaii Five 26 vs. (27)Magnum PI 21 Thomas Magnum in the Ferrari can't out run McGarrett and his cops in the battle of Hawaii. I must say although I watched both these shows I was surprised that either of them made it this far.
(4)The Sopranos 19 vs. (21)The Twilight Zone 30 Jersey mob whacked by Serling's masterpiece as it wins in another upset. Think of all the stars who appeared before they were known.

Comedy Bracket:
(1)Seinfeld 31 vs. (9)Taxi 22 Taxi runs out of gas against the show about nothing. This would have been a good final match up to me.
(2)Cheers  36 vs. (7)Andy Griffith 17 Barney needed more than one bullet to defeat this show. Andy and the rest of Mayberry surprised me going this far. Only Otis is not upset that Cheers prevails.
(3)M*A*S*H  36 vs. (6)Simpsons 17 D'oh Homer and the most dysfunctional town go down to defeat. Two other shows that would have been worthy finalists, though I thought Alda's Hawkeye got way too preachy for me.
(4)All In The Family 37 vs. (5)Married with Children 16 Archie and The Dingbat's family were too much for Al, Peggy and the kids. Well The Bundys always considered themselves losers and they were right in this round. I'll miss Kelly though.

Western Bracket:
Well all 4 favorites have made it to the semis and I would not be surprised to see that trend continue in this bracket.

(1)Gunsmoke vs. (4)Rawhide Can Clint upset the longest running Western ever?

(2)Bonanza vs. (3)The Rifleman How will Lucas McCain do against the West's most popular family?

Drama Bracket:
The only bracket in which we had lower seeds make it this far. Can either one of them make it to the finals. It is up to you.

(1)Hill Street Blues vs. (21)The Twilight Zone  Can Serling's masterpiece pull off its 4th upset in a row?

(7)C.S.I. vs. (3)Hawaii Five-O    TV's worst haircut ever against the beautiful science geeks from Las Vegas.

Comedy Bracket:
4 of televisions biggest hits ever in a true battle of iconic heavyweights. I can see any of these 4 worthy shows winning it all.

(1)Seinfeld vs. (4)All In The Family  Manhattan yuppies against Queens working class. Can you picture Archie and Kramer smoking cigars together? Can you imagine Edith's face if she ever over heard some of Jerry and his friends conversations?

(2)Cheers vs. (3)M*A*S*H  I can picture most of the M*A*S*H* characters stopping into the bar for a drink except the only Bostonian. Who was more naive, Woody or Radar? Who was the bigger skirt chaser, Sam or Hawkeye? Was Diane or Hot Lips more uptight?

I want to thank all of the participants so far for making this blog, so much fun for me to do despite all the work involved. It has bought back  lots of fond memories of many specific lines, scenes and characters for me and I hope it has done the same for all of you too. Some of the comments made were almost as good as the shows you are voting on.

Please remember to rate your fellow posters contributions as I am sure they will do the same for you.

Voting this period ends on Sunday July 20 at 11PM est.
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