May Madness Nominations: Past TV Comedies

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Update: Nominations are over, vote in the bracket tournament!

I love TV-related bracket tournaments. What I don’t love is said tournaments leaving out so many great shows (yes, Hulu, I’m looking at you), and not giving TV fans a chance to pick which shows are included.

So in preparation for TV Breakroom’s May Madness bracket tournament, you, this site’s readers, get to choose which 64 shows will battle it out for the best show of all time!

I’m dividing this competition into four sections (though the bracket itself will be randomized), between past and present shows, as well as comedies and dramas. Present shows will include renewed shows and any shows that have aired episodes fall 2013 or later (even if they have since been canceled). Comedies will include all 20-30 minute shows, while dramas will include 40 minute plus shows, even if they are very funny. So Psych, which you might consider a past TV comedy, will actually be among the present TV dramas. Each of these 4 sections will have their own nomination poll, in consecutive weeks.

This site’s typical guidelines (scripted, live-action, primetime shows) apply. So don’t look for (or nominate) The Simpsons, Whose Line is It Anyway?, or daytime soaps. Online shows like those created by Netflix and Amazon are eligible, web series with episodes shorter than 20 minutes (no matter how much we love The Guild) are not. Shows must have aired either a full season or at least 5 episodes to be eligible as well.

Especially for these past show nomination rounds, there are dozens of shows that aren’t included in the 60+ options below. Feel free to nominate any great ones I missed, and if they meet the guidelines I’ve outlined above, I will add them to the poll.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 10 of your favorite past TV comedies. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into our bracket tournament next month!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s May Madness nominations! Voting ends around 12AM April 14th, and the top 16 will make it into our bracket.

Which past TV comedies deserve to be in our May Madness bracket? (Choose up to 10!)

  • M*A*S*H (33%, 18 Votes)
  • Hogan's Heroes (28%, 15 Votes)
  • Friends (26%, 14 Votes)
  • Gilligan's Island (22%, 12 Votes)
  • Scrubs (22%, 12 Votes)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (20%, 11 Votes)
  • The Cosby Show (19%, 10 Votes)
  • 30 Rock (19%, 10 Votes)
  • Will & Grace (17%, 9 Votes)
  • The Andy Griffith Show (17%, 9 Votes)
  • That 70s Show (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Golden Girls (17%, 9 Votes)
  • I Love Lucy (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Get Smart (17%, 9 Votes)
  • The Office (US) (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Seinfeld (15%, 8 Votes)
  • The Addams Family (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Full House (13%, 7 Votes)
  • Arrested Development (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Happy Endings (11%, 6 Votes)
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Night Court (11%, 6 Votes)
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (11%, 6 Votes)
  • The Bob Newhart Show (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Laverne & Shirley (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Home Improvement (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Taxi (7%, 4 Votes)
  • The Office (UK) (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Fawlty Towers (7%, 4 Votes)
  • All in the Family (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Happy Days (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Saved By the Bell (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Fraiser (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Boy Meets World (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Cheers (6%, 3 Votes)
  • The Brady Bunch (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Roseanne (6%, 3 Votes)
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Married . . . with Children (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Newhart (4%, 2 Votes)
  • NewsRadio (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Better Off Ted (4%, 2 Votes)
  • The IT Crowd (4%, 2 Votes)
  • My Name is Earl (4%, 2 Votes)
  • WKRP in Cincinnati (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Gomer Pyle: USMC (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Outsourced (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Guys With Kids (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Mr. Bean (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Reno 911! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Go On (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Party Down (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Up All Night (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sanford and Son (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Malcolm in the Middle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Honeymooners (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Weeds (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ben & Kate (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Bernie Mac Show (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

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4 Responses to May Madness Nominations: Past TV Comedies

  1. rehabber says:

    Where is WKRP?

  2. Dan says:

    No Carol Bernett???

  3. Katie Hart says:

    I added WKRP, but The Carol Burnett Show, as an hour-long variety show, does not fit the guidelines for this poll.

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