Well after 6 weeks of eliminations the voters here have made their choices on which shows were the best in the history of television. While I didn't agree with all the choices made here over the past rounds I was happy to tally the votes and report on the choices made. As I have said before doing this bought back a lot memories. Some of them of the shows, the actors, scenes and dialog but also of family sitting around the set.
I want to thank all of you for your participation along with many great comments made about the shows that were being voted on. Of course I want to add my thanks for all the compliments you nice people gave me when you cast your votes. They were greatly appreciated. With that said I guess it is time to tell all you good folk what choices you made. Once again not all voted in every category.
(1)Gunsmoke 23 vs. (2)Bonanza 22 This final to me was a lock to occur from the day I posted the bracket for westerns. As you can see this was a very close race until the end. Both were predictable in their own ways. You knew Matt Dillon was always going to get the bad guy and that whichever Cartwright brother fell in love was never going to get the girl. If it was true love you knew she was going to die. Gunsmoke would have gotten my vote here, though Deadwood in its 3 seasons on HBO was incredible.
(7)C.S. I. 15 vs. (21)The Twilight Zone 38 This was a runaway from the start. Serling's masterpiece pulled one upset after another. One of the most original shows in the history of television versus a show that was basically an updated copy of Quincy. As I stated previously neither of these shows would have been my choice to win this, but in this match up I would have gone with The Twilight Zone. My choice for the final would have been Hill Street Blues against The Wire
(1)Seinfeld 26 vs. (3)M*A*S*H 27 This was a tight battle the whole way. If I had not asked for final votes this morning the results would have been reversed. One of these shows was original, the other a copy of a movie. One was strictly a comedy that never took itself seriously, it even made fun of itself. The other very serious at times seeming to forget it was supposed to be a comedy. One's sole purpose was to make you laugh while the other show seemed to want to preach to you especially in the later years of the show. How many lines or sayings do you remember from M*A*S*H* compared to Seinfeld? As you can tell by my comments Seinfeld would have been my choice here.
During the nomination process I also asked for your favorite specific memories from all the television viewing you have done in your life. There were many sporting events chosen but all of them but one were of your favorite teams winning a title. So that meant no Red Sox fan mentioning Bucky Dent, a Bills fan talking about Norwood and wide right etc. The only sports memory that crossed that line was the Miracle On Ice of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team. These are the moments in history as documented on television that received the most mentions. These choices of course depended a lot on the age of the responders.
Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
Armstrong walks on the moon
Berlin Wall Falls
Bernard Shaw--Night One of the Gulf War
J F K Funeral
I will have new topic up in a few days and appreciate any more suggestions.
A few have been submitted to me that I am thinking about. They are Cartoon Characters, Stand-Up Comics and Television Characters.
It was also suggested that the people choose the best show from the 3 Winners. If you would like to submit your choice from among these 3 shows I will gladly tally the votes.
Thanks once again to all of you for the interest you showed this series of blogs, even if I disagree with your choices.