May Madness Nominations: Past TV Dramas

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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 October 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. Last week’s poll selected great comedies like M*A*S*H, Friends, and 14 others!

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 100+ 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 20 of your favorite past TV dramas. 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 21st, and the top 16 will make it into our bracket. Update: The three-way tie for 16th place was broken by a one-day Facebook poll, and Veronica Mars secured the last spot!

Which past TV dramas deserve to be in our May Madness bracket? (Choose up to 20!)

  • Leverage (58%, 159 Votes)
  • Angel (40%, 110 Votes)
  • Dark Angel (33%, 90 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (24%, 66 Votes)
  • Firefly (24%, 66 Votes)
  • Charmed (19%, 53 Votes)
  • House (14%, 39 Votes)
  • The X-Files (12%, 33 Votes)
  • Gilmore Girls (12%, 32 Votes)
  • Magnum, PI (12%, 32 Votes)
  • JAG (11%, 30 Votes)
  • ER (11%, 29 Votes)
  • Dexter (11%, 29 Votes)
  • Dollhouse (10%, 28 Votes)
  • Moonlight (10%, 27 Votes)
  • Star Trek (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Veronica Mars (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Stargate: SGI (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Burn Notice (9%, 25 Votes)
  • Merlin (9%, 24 Votes)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (9%, 24 Votes)
  • The Ghost Whisperer (8%, 23 Votes)
  • 24 (8%, 23 Votes)
  • Eureka (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Monk (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Smallville (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Lost (8%, 21 Votes)
  • CSI: Miami (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Fringe (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Prison Break (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Chuck (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Breaking Bad (7%, 19 Votes)
  • 7th Heaven (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Stargate: Atlantis (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Pushing Daisies (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Vegas (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Miami Vice (7%, 18 Votes)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (6%, 17 Votes)
  • The Rockford Files (6%, 17 Votes)
  • Sex and the City (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Lie to Me (6%, 16 Votes)
  • One Tree Hill (6%, 16 Votes)
  • The Closer (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Matlock (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Columbo (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Tru Calling (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Northern Exposure (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Jericho (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Moonlighting (5%, 15 Votes)
  • The Twilight Zone (5%, 15 Votes)
  • V (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Battlestar Galactica (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Sliders (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Dead Like Me (5%, 14 Votes)
  • South of Nowhere (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Alias (5%, 14 Votes)
  • The West Wing (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Hart to Hart (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Terra Nova (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Hill Street Blues (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Roswell (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Gunsmoke (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Heroes (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Beverly Hills 90210 (5%, 13 Votes)
  • The Finder (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Hawaii Five-O (1968) (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Farscape (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Alphas (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Twin Peaks (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Gossip Girl (4%, 11 Votes)
  • The Waltons (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Dark Shadows (4%, 11 Votes)
  • St. Elsewhere (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Medium (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (4%, 11 Votes)
  • NYPD Blue (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Law & Order (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Perry Mason (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Le Femme Nikita (4%, 10 Votes)
  • China Beach (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Being Human (UK) (4%, 10 Votes)
  • The Sopranos (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Dallas (1978) (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Ringer (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Robin Hood (BBC) (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Six Feet Under (3%, 8 Votes)
  • The O.C. (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Rescue Me (3%, 8 Votes)
  • The Secret Circle (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Babylon 5 (3%, 7 Votes)
  • My So-Called Life (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Friday Night Lights (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Life Unexpected (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Private Practice (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Entourage (2%, 6 Votes)
  • The Cape (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Carnivale (2%, 6 Votes)
  • SGU Stargate Universe (2%, 6 Votes)
  • 90210 (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Smash (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Deadwood (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Blood Ties (2%, 5 Votes)
  • No Ordinary Family (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Oz (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Wonderfalls (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Freaks and Geeks (1%, 4 Votes)
  • L.A. Law (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Kyle XY (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Trauma (1%, 3 Votes)
  • The Shield (1%, 3 Votes)
  • The Wire (1%, 3 Votes)
  • The Event (1%, 2 Votes)
  • FlashForward (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Rome (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Life (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Last Resort (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Awake (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Life on Mars (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Journeyman (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Caprica (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Mental (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Made in Jersey (0%, 1 Votes)
  • The Mob Doctor (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Kings (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Felicity (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Terriers (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Undeclared (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rubicon (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 274

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3 Responses to May Madness Nominations: Past TV Dramas

  1. Jennifer says:

    No Psych I vote for that one also.

    • Katie Hart says:

      It is stated in the post that any show that aired episodes October 2013 or later is considered a present show. Psych is mentioned by name as a show that will be in the present TV dramas.

  2. Nki Blair says:

    Should 24 be in this list seeing as it’s been resurrected?

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