Alright, we’re nipple-deep in the March Madness Basketball tourney. 64 teams battle it out for that One Shining Moment, where they are crowned kings of the college basketball world. So I thought what better time than now to hold a March Madness Sitcom tourney, allowing 64 sitcoms to duke it out for the crown of Least Objectionable Sitcom Evar! One Shining Moment, indeed.
A friend and I compiled a list of 64 sitcoms, from the 1960s through the present day. They’ve been arranged into four regions (there’s gonna be overlap):
I. 1960s & 1970s
II. 1970s & 1980s
III. 1980s & 1990s
IV. 1990s & 2000s
Every sitcom is paired up with another sitcom, and it’s your job to vote.
Here’s the voting criteria: In each sitcom matchup, imagine those are the only two options on TV right now; between those two shows, vote for the ONE that you would watch. Pick one show from each matchup. Simple as that. Only vote once per round.
I’ll tally the votes, and the winning shows will move on to the next round.
Polls for the first round will be open from 10 pm EST on Thursday, March 23 until 8 pm EST March 24 (22 hours).
If all goes according to plan, we’ll have a champion by next Wednesday at 8 p.m. Ties will be decided by me flipping a coin (hey, this ain’t rocket surgery).
Beverly Hillbillies vs. Goodtimes
The Andy Griffith Show vs. The Dick Van Dyke Show
Leave it to Beaver vs. Mr. Ed
The Donna Reed Show vs. Laverne and Shirley
The Mary Tyler Moore Show vs. The Bob Newhart Show
Gilligan’s Island vs. Green Acres
The Jeffersons vs. The Brady Bunch
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis vs. I Love Lucy
Mork & Mindy vs. Happy Days
MASH vs. The Facts of Life
What’s Happening vs. Diff’rent Strokes
All in the Family vs. Bosom Buddies
Soap vs. WKRP in Cincinnati
The Wonder Years vs. Cheers
Who’s the Boss vs. Three’s Company
Newhart vs. ALF
The Cosby Show vs. Friends
Night Court vs. Seinfeld
Murphy Brown vs. Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Growing Pains vs. Golden Girls
Everybody Loves Raymond vs. The Drew Carey Show
The Simpsons vs. King of the Hill
Will & Grace vs. Married With Children
Roseanne vs. Family Ties
Scrubs vs. Malcolm in the Middle
Bernie Mac vs. Arrested Development
Home Improvement vs. Frasier
Futurama vs. Family Guy
News Radio vs. Just Shoot Me
Spin City vs. The Office
Martin vs. 3rd Rock From the Sun
My Name is Earl vs. That 70s Show
Hope this works…get voting!