The Ultimate TV Comedies Bracket -- Round Two, Day Two
Straight to the moon.
You know what Phoebe Waller-Bridge is trying to tell you through that enigmatic look? (Aside from the fact that voting on these brackets in church is maybe not appropriate?) That it’s time for more matchups in the second round of the Ultimate TV Comedies bracket! Don’t fact-check me on that.
(4) Frasier vs. (29) Fleabag: As I have stated already, Frasier is one of my favorite sitcoms of all time. (It’s so good and I’m so in the tank for it that upon watching the final chunk of advance screeners of the reboot, I thought “Y’know, this wound up being not half-bad.”) I realize that Fleabag is beloved in its own way, but…I vote for the good doctor.
(13) The Honeymooners vs. (20) Bob’s Burgers: I appreciate that The Honeymooners is a seminal part of American TV comedy. It stands alongside I Love Lucy as one of those shows that influenced so many more, in one way or another. But while I appreciate that show, I really just like Bob’s Burgers. It’s funny, it’s snappy, it’s clever, and my goodness, did you realize it’s been on the air for almost 15 years? It’s enduring beyond what I ever would have expected.
I vote for the Belchers. How about you?
(5) Fawlty Towers vs. (28) Sports Night: It’s more than a little disappointing to see formerly brilliant comic minds like John Cleese curdle into political reactionaries in their twilight years. But Fawlty Towers remains the gold standard of British comedy, and for good reason. I liked Sports Night well enough, but when it comes to two-season comic marvels, Basil Fawlty wins this one.
How do you vote?
(12) The Andy Griffith Show vs. (21) The Good Place: I won’t be disappointed if The Andy Griffith Show wins, but it’s one of the few elder statesmen of American sitcoms that I’ve just never gotten into. But I get why it will probably win! That said, my vote for this one is to Eleanor Shellstrop and her pals (like Maximum Derek), and The Good Place.
The Andy Griffith Show
The Good Place