The Ultimate TV Comedies Bracket -- Round One, Day Five
Good morning, friends! We’re just one-quarter of the way through the first round of the Ultimate TV Comedies Bracket, which means…well, it means there are still lots of votes for you to get through before we whittle 128 seeds down to 64.
Including four matchups right here…so let’s go!
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(2) Arrested Development vs. (63) The Brady Bunch: At some point in the bracket, we can talk about how much the two Netflix seasons of Arrested Development may have screwed with the show’s initial legacy. But for now, it’s an easy choice. Sorry, Bradys.
The Brady Bunch
(31) South Park vs. (34) Girls: So, if I am being real, this is a challenging one because it brings up something that is absolutely going to weigh heavy on your votes moving forward: longevity. I don’t think it’s controversial to suggest that some of the greatest long-running sitcoms of all time are marked more specifically by great seasons within their overall run as opposed to being perfect from start to finish. Has South Park been scabrously funny during its nearly three-decade run? It has! And it’s also had a lot of misses as well, due as much to Parker and Stone’s political bent as to their intentionally rushed production process.
The flip side is Girls, which was not remotely as long-running, had a different aim, and was in its own way massively controversial. I watched Girls for…I want to say the first three seasons. Certainly the first two. There were aspects of the show I liked, and many I just didn’t…get? I don’t know. The point is, Girls is a show I watched for a while because it felt like I had to if I wanted to engage in a hot topic of pop culture.
Maybe the larger point is that this is a coin flip for me. How do you vote?
(15) The Golden Girls vs. (50) The Odd Couple: Though both of these sitcoms are iconic in one way or another, it’s likely going to be a lopsided rout in favor of Bea Arthur and company, no? I shouldn’t even have to tell you to vote for The Golden Girls.
The Golden Girls
The Odd Couple
(18) The Office (US) vs. (47) The Bernie Mac Show: The good news? A show that featured Larry Wilmore in the writers’ room will move onto the next round. But while I did like The Bernie Mac Show (America), I do think we all know that Agent Michael Scarn has yet to reach Threat Level Midnight in this bracket.
The Office (US)
The Bernie Mac Show