Next up in our May Madness tournament, recent classic The Office faces popular 2 Broke Girls, and musical soap Glee goes up against hard-boiled teen detective Veronica Mars, whose Kickstarter-funded movie releases on DVD today! (Just $9.99 as of this writing!)
These polls will be open for about 72 hours, so be sure to spread the word quickly if you want your favorites to make it to the next round!
May Madness - Comedy, Round 1.3
The Office (US) (57%, 17 Votes)
2 Broke Girls (43%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 30
May Madness - Drama, Round 1.3
Veronica Mars (74%, 23 Votes)
Glee (26%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 31
Which of these four shows do you think will make it to the finals? Leave a comment and let me know, and don’t forget to check out all of the ongoing polls on our main tournament page!
At last, it is time for the 64 TV shows YOU chose to battle it out for the best TV show of all time! Over the next few weeks, shows will face each other in 72-hour single elimination matchups! Everyone who responded to my question about whether to have comedies and dramas mixed throughout the tournament preferred to have the genres battle it out separately and the top comedy and top drama face each other in the final match, so that’s what we will do!
This post will be your go-to reference for current and upcoming matches, so be sure to bookmark it and check back daily! I will add the links as the posts go up. Or, subscribe to our RSS feed to get the latest posts!
And now we’re starting round three, as the remaining 16 shows face off! The lists will be completed as the round one matchups finish, and links to each new poll will be added after they go live! Each of the round three posts will contain two matchups: one drama battle and one comedy battle. All polls will be open 72 hours.
These will be the matchups for round one. This list was randomly generated, and each of the round one posts will contain two matchups: one comedy battle and one drama battle. I may post several times in a day during this first round so that this bracket won’t go too far into June, but all polls will be open 72 hours. If any of the choices below seem impossible, remember, your decisions will only get more difficult as the tournament progresses! Have fun!
This Monday Madness, vote for your favorite hero/villain duos! The hero of any TV show, whether comic-book-based, sitcom, or procedural drama, always faces opposition in the pursuit of his/her goals. Often, that opposition comes from the people around our hero. But sometimes, one opposing person stands out from the crowd. They may be a twisted version of our hero, or just amazing at being evil. But you can be sure that an epic battle (of wits, weapons, or fisticuffs) is about to begin!
The pairs below are some of the more popular hero/villain duos, along with several nominated by readers of this blog. Which are your favorites? Go forth and vote!
Also, this poll is not as limited as previous ones – feel free to include older shows and villains who aren’t around for very long – just be sure to nominate ones that make an impression!
This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 5 of your favorite TV hero/villain duos. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will win!
I had a hard time coming up with duos for this list, and I know there are many more epic heroes and villains out there! As always, you can cast write-in ballots by leaving a comment, and if I receive several nominations, I may add them to the poll! Want more of a say in what makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll. Stay tuned – I have something special in mind for the rest of April and May!
Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 12AM April 7th.
Which is your favorite TV hero/villain duo? (Choose up to 5!)
Elena Gilbert vs. Katherine Pierce (The Vampire Diaries) (30%, 38 Votes)
Sherlock Holmes vs. Jim Moriarty (Sherlock) (26%, 32 Votes)
The Doctor vs. the Master (Doctor Who) (23%, 29 Votes)
Emma Swan vs. Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time) (20%, 25 Votes)
Steve McGarrett vs. Wo Fat (Hawaii Five-O) (16%, 20 Votes)
Nick Burkhardt vs. Adalind Schade (Grimm) (13%, 16 Votes)
Sheldon Cooper vs. Wil Wheaton (The Big Bang Theory) (12%, 15 Votes)
Dr. Horrible vs. Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) (10%, 12 Votes)
Col. Robert Hogan vs. Col. Wilhelm Klink (Hogan's Heroes) (10%, 12 Votes)
Will Schuester vs. Sue Sylvester (Glee) (9%, 11 Votes)
Temperance Brennan vs. Christopher Pelant (Bones) (9%, 11 Votes)
Richard Castle vs. 3XK (Castle) (8%, 10 Votes)
Merlin vs. Morgana (Merlin) (8%, 10 Votes)
Patrick Jane vs. Red John (The Mentalist) (8%, 10 Votes)
Agent Phil Coulson vs. the Clairvoyant (Agents of SHIELD) (8%, 10 Votes)
Luke Danes vs. Taylor Doose (Gilmore Girls) (7%, 9 Votes)
Robin Hood vs. the Sheriff of Nottingham (BBC Robin Hood) (7%, 9 Votes)
Chuck Bartowski vs. Daniel Shaw (Chuck) (7%, 9 Votes)
Buffy Summers vs. Glory (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (6%, 8 Votes)
Nikita vs. Amanda (Nikita) (6%, 7 Votes)
Harold Finch vs. Root (Person of Interest) (5%, 6 Votes)
Veronica Mars vs. Sheriff Lamb (Veronica Mars) (4%, 5 Votes)
Sydney Bristow vs. Arvin Sloane (Alias) (4%, 5 Votes)
John Bates vs. Thomas Barrow (Downton Abbey) (3%, 4 Votes)
Annie Walker vs. Henry Wilcox (Covert Affairs) (3%, 4 Votes)
Alice vs. Jafar (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) (3%, 4 Votes)
Agent G. Callen vs. Marcel Janvier (NCIS: Los Angeles) (3%, 4 Votes)
Jane Rizzoli vs. Charles Hoyt (Rizzoli & Isles) (2%, 3 Votes)
Claire vs. Sylar (Heroes) (2%, 3 Votes)
Michael Westen vs. Anson Fullerton (Burn Notice) (2%, 3 Votes)
Dr. Lee Rosen vs. Stanton Parrish (Alphas) (2%, 3 Votes)
Tessa Altman vs. Dalia Royce (Suburgatory) (2%, 2 Votes)
Dr. Gregory House vs. Michael Tritter (House) (2%, 2 Votes)
Ryan Hardy vs. Joe Carroll (The Following) (2%, 2 Votes)
Vince Farraday vs. Peter Fleming (The Cape) (1%, 1 Votes)
Jessica Pearson vs. Daniel Hardman (Suits) (1%, 1 Votes)
The schedules are out, the promos are released – now it’s time for me to figure out what I want to watch, what I have time to watch, what I won’t miss, and which new shows I’ll give a chance to wow me. As always, shows that aren’t live-action and scripted are ignored by this site.
New shows are in bold.
Watching: Once Upon a Time
Not watching: Revenge, Betrayal, The Good Wife, The Mentalist
Only one new show is debuting on Sundays, Betrayal, and while the promo was good, the subject matter is meh in my mind.
Watching: Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Bones, Almost Human, Beauty and the Beast
Checking out: We Are Men, Intelligence , Sleepy Hollow
Not watching: 2 Broke Girls, Mom, Hostages, Blacklist, Hart of Dixie
Almost Human’s promo was so excellent, it got bumped right to the watching list. Of course, if it stinks, it’ll get bumped right back down. While Hostages and Blacklist had good promos, they’re just not something I’m interested in watching. Mom looks awful. Sleepy Hollow looks far better than I expected, so I’ll probably watch the pilot out of curiosity’s sake, but I doubt I’ll keep watching due to time constraints. Other than HIMYM, the returning shows that are on Mondays are the ones I fell most behind on (thinking about it now, why Castle and Bones got the short end of the stick was because we usually had a friend over on Tuesdays to watch previous seasons of HIMYM, so I didn’t have time to catch up).
Watching: Marvel’s Agents of Shield, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, The Mindy Project
Checking out: The Originals
Not watching: The Goldbergs, The Trophy Wife, Lucky 7, Dads, Chicago Fire, Supernatural
The only reason Supernatural is on the not watching list is because I haven’t caught up yet, and since I’m still on season one, I doubt I’ll catch up this summer. I was going to watch Dads because of Seth Green, but the promo was so awful I don’t even plan to watch the pilot (besides, it’s in a horrible time slot so I doubt it will last). I’m behind on The Vampire Diaries, so my “checking out” of The Originals may only consist of watching the planted pilot (not a huge fan of the original siblings or Haley). Agents of Shield went on my to-watch list as soon as it was announced, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the promo for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Unless the first few episodes strike a very different tone, it’ll probably stay on my watch list.
Checking out: The Tomorrow People
Not watching: The Middle, Back in the Game, Modern Family, Super Fun Night, Nashville, Criminal Minds, CSI, Revolution, Law & Order: SVU, Ironside
Wednesdays are once again my least-watched weekday. Aside from the Amell cousins’ projects, I’m passing on the entire night. Back in the Game and Super Fun Night look awful. Ironside looks excellent, but I watch so many other excellent crime dramas that new ones need a fun sci-fi twist (like Almost Human) or to cast one of my favorite actors.
Watching: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, The Big Bang Theory, The Crazy Ones, Elementary, The Vampire Diaries
Checking out: Reign
Not watching: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Millers, Two and a Half Men, Glee, Parks and Recreation, Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood
It used to be that I mainly watched NBC comedies; now I’m just waiting for Community to come back. CBS’s The Crazy Ones pairs Mork and Buffy, which pushed it onto my short list, and the behind-the-scenes promo was as hilarious as most regular trailers. Wonderland’s preview is amazing, and Reign has an interesting premise and enough actors I know for me to give it a try.
Watching: The Neighbors, Bones (once it moves), Enlisted, Grimm
Checking out: Dracula
Not watching: Last Man Standing, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, Raising Hope, The Carrie Diaries
Enlisted was one of my most anticipated series contenders thanks to a great cast, and the promo shows that it’ll be funny as well. I probably won’t watch Dracula, but I do want to see where they’re going with the story, so I should preview the pilot.
That gives me 22 shows that I plan to watch (8 comedies and 14 dramas for 18 hours total) and 7 that I want to check out (1 comedy and 6 dramas for 6.5 hours total).
What shows are you watching next fall? Vote below and spread the word!
What broadcast shows do you plan to watch during fall 2013?
It’s hard to believe Christmas will be here in about a week! One of my favorite parts of the season are the awesome holiday episodes shows put out, and now it’s your turn to vote for your favorites! I purposely saved this poll for right before Christmas so I could add in some of 2012’s holiday episodes.
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I know I’m missing some of your favorite Christmas episodes, so feel free to nominate more episodes on our Facebook page, tweeting me at @waterfallbooks, or by leaving a comment below. Please include both the show and episode name, and yes, you can nominate this year’s holiday episodes! (Be sure to stick with live-action, scripted shows, though it’s fine if just this one episode has some animation, like with a certain Community episode.) Please only nominate Christmas episodes that are part of a regular show, not one-off specials like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or movie-related specials like “Shrek the Halls.”
Without further ado, vote for up to fifteen of the episodes below! Poll will close Sunday night, December 23rd, giving you one week to spread the word!
What's your favorite Christmas episode? (Choose up to 15!)
Leverage - The Ho Ho Ho Job (56%, 154 Votes)
Supernatural - A Very Supernatural Christmas (28%, 76 Votes)
Doctor Who - The Christmas Invasion (16%, 43 Votes)
Doctor Who - Voyage of the Damned (13%, 35 Votes)
Doctor Who - A Christmas Carol (13%, 35 Votes)
Doctor Who - The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (12%, 34 Votes)
The Big Bang Theory - The Bath Gift Item Hypothesis (11%, 31 Votes)
Psych - Gus's Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy (9%, 26 Votes)
Bones - The Man in the Fallout Shelter (9%, 24 Votes)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Amends (9%, 24 Votes)
How I Met Your Mother - How Lily Stole Christmas (8%, 23 Votes)
The Big Bang Theory - The Santa Simulation (8%, 22 Votes)
Castle - Secret Santa (8%, 21 Votes)
NCIS - Faith (7%, 20 Votes)
NCIS - Newborn King (7%, 19 Votes)
Bones - The Santa in the Slush (7%, 19 Votes)
Friends - The One With the Holiday Armadillo (7%, 18 Votes)
NCIS - Silent Night (6%, 17 Votes)
Psych - Christmas Joy (6%, 17 Votes)
How I Met Your Mother - Symphony of Illumination (6%, 16 Votes)
The Vampire Diaries - O Come, All Ye Faithful (5%, 15 Votes)
Community - Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (5%, 14 Votes)
New Girl - Santa (5%, 14 Votes)
Psych - The Polarizing Express (5%, 14 Votes)
Community - Regional Holiday Music (5%, 13 Votes)
Community - Comparative Religion (5%, 13 Votes)
Eureka - O Little Town (4%, 12 Votes)
Warehouse 13 - Secret Santa (4%, 12 Votes)
Eureka - Do You See What I See (4%, 12 Votes)
Warehouse 13 - The Greatest Gift (4%, 12 Votes)
Arrow - Year's End (4%, 11 Votes)
Chuck - Chuck vs Santa Claus (4%, 11 Votes)
Veronica Mars - An Echolls Family Christmas (4%, 10 Votes)
House - It's a Wonderful Lie (4%, 10 Votes)
The OC - The Best Chrismukkah Ever (3%, 9 Votes)
Glee - A Very Glee Christmas (3%, 9 Votes)
The X-Files - How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (3%, 8 Votes)
M*A*S*H - Death Takes a Holiday (3%, 8 Votes)
The West Wing - In Excelsis Deo (2%, 6 Votes)
Seinfeld - Festivus (2%, 5 Votes)
The Office - Dwight Christmas (2%, 5 Votes)
The Office - A Benihana Christmas (1%, 4 Votes)
Go On - The World Ain't Over 'Til It's Over (1%, 4 Votes)
The Office - Christmas Wishes (1%, 4 Votes)
Monk - Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa (1%, 4 Votes)
The Mindy Project - Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party (1%, 3 Votes)
A Knight’s Tale might be remade as a TV show for ABC! I love the movie, so if the show hits the same notes I think it will be well worth watching. Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore is helming the project. Interested in seeing who they cast in the show – it has a lot to live up to with Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, and Alan Tudyk in the original movie. But ABC has done an amazing job with many pilots/shows over the past several years, so I’m hopeful that this will take the right direction. The combination of modern rock tunes and middle ages setting will help it stand out. (Just please don’t let it become Medieval Glee – that would be awful!)
This round of the TV Olympics, we’re looking at switched-body performances! It’s typical of many science fiction and fantasy shows to have an episode or two when characters switch consciousness with each other. Usually it’s a one-to-one ratio, but other episodes get more creative – three characters switching, one character played by two actors, etc.
This isn’t one actor playing two characters (if that is more of a long-term thing, it probably fits into our dual roles poll), it’s where one actor plays a role typically portrayed by another actor (or a new enemy), and usually for only one or two episodes.
I almost didn’t make this one of the mini-polls for this event, because how do I score this? Should I award negative medals for the characters that win? Award the bottom three?
In the end, I decided to award the top three, as usual. Why give an award for a negative attribute? Because most of the time, these characters are the one or two flies in the ointment of an otherwise awesome show. They seem all the more annoying because the rest of the characters are so great. Diehard fans of a show tend to be the most annoyed by these characters, as well, and to know how annoying a character is (and therefore vote for him/her), you most likely have to be already watching the show.
But I know there are tons of annoying teens who aren’t on this list yet, because there were only a few nominations in this category, and there are tons of teen-dominated shows I don’t watch. So come on, Glee fans and CW watchers – let me know which ones I missed!
Poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 3 annoying teens.
Who is the most annoying teenage character? (Choose up to 3!)
Connor - Angel (32%, 29 Votes)
Dawn - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (32%, 29 Votes)
Harmony - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (27%, 25 Votes)
This musical episode mini-poll is one of my favorites in this event, so it’s awesome that it coincides with the Olympic opening ceremonies! As I mentioned in the nominating post, this option is limited to episodes from shows that aren’t all musical episodes (like Glee or Smash). It’s not that I don’t like their episodes, it’s just that the poll would end up being far too long for this mini-poll event.
And as always, if I missed a great musical episode, please feel free to nominate it in the comments! As usual, live-action scripted shows only, please. Also, having only one or two songs doesn’t make an episode a musical, but feel free to nominate individual songs for the cast-performed songs category!
I almost wish this poll happened later, as Psych is doing a two-hour musical episode that is sure to be amazing! Also, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog gets an honorable mention, but as a stand-alone episode it doesn’t qualify for this event.
Poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to three episodes. Be sure to check out all our ongoing polls at the main event page!
Which is your favorite musical episode? (Choose up to 3!)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More With Feeling (61%, 61 Votes)
Scrubs - My Musical (36%, 36 Votes)
Grey's Anatomy - Song Beneath the Song (27%, 27 Votes)
Community - Regional Holiday Music (18%, 18 Votes)
That 70s Show - That 70s Musical (15%, 15 Votes)
Community - Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (14%, 14 Votes)
Xena: Warrior Princess - The Bitter Suite (8%, 8 Votes)
Xena: Warrior Princess - Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire (5%, 5 Votes)
We’re launching this year’s TV Olympics with the ever-so-cute (you can read that as sarcastic if you lean toward a more jaded view of the world) category of couple names! Often these are used by fans to promote their preferred pairing in shows with love triangles, but occasionally they’ve shown up in actual episodes:
The Big Bang Theory (The Zazzy Substitution):
Penny: Hey look, it’s Shamy.
Sheldon: Juvenile amalgamation of our names. Sheldon, Amy. Shamy.
Amy: Oh. I don’t like that. Don’t do that.
NCIS (Life Before His Eyes):
Tony: I remember you. Riva. No, Visa. No, no, no. Tiva!
You can vote for up to 3 options, and the top 3 answers will receive medals for their shows! Poll closes in one week. Be sure to check out our other polls and results on the main event page!
Which is your favorite couple name? (Choose up to 3!)
Tiva (Tony and Ziva) - NCIS (49%, 456 Votes)
Densi (Deeks and Kensi) - NCIS: Los Angeles (31%, 284 Votes)
Caskett (Castle and Beckett) - Castle (25%, 235 Votes)
McAbby (McGee and Abby) - NCIS (20%, 186 Votes)
Shamy (Sheldon and Amy) - The Big Bang Theory (13%, 117 Votes)
Spuffy (Spike and Buffy) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7%, 68 Votes)
Bangel (Buffy and Angel) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (6%, 58 Votes)
Shules (Shawn and Jules/Juliet) - Psych (6%, 52 Votes)
LoVe (Logan and Veronica) - Veronica Mars (5%, 45 Votes)
Chair (Chuck and Blair) - Gossip Girl (3%, 30 Votes)
Mikita (Michael and Nikita) - Nikita (3%, 27 Votes)
Clois (Clark and Lois) - Smallville (3%, 25 Votes)
This Monday Madness, we’re looking at (listening to?) awesome accents on TV! Some are real, some are pretend, but all help define the character who speaks them. Whether the accent is straight-laced British, sultry Spanish, or down-home Southern, and whether the character reinforces or subverts the accent’s stereotypes, these accents add flair and texture to their shows.
Special note: I’m choosing to feature accents that stand out in a show – aka the majority of characters in the show don’t have similar accents. Otherwise, accents from shows set in Great Britain, the southern US, India, etc. would make this poll extremely long.
This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite accents. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10! Fans have used Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, forums, Reddit, blogs, and chatboxes to get the word out about past polls. Get creative!
Even though there are 30-some options on this list, I know there are TV characters with great accents I left out! You can nominate ones I missed in the comments until Thursday night, and I may add them to the poll (from live-action scripted shows only, please, and the accents should differ from the majority of the cast).
Want more of a say in who makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter or like TV Breakroom on Facebook, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll. Please help out with nominations! There are only so many shows I can watch personally, so I’m counting on you to fill me in!
Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM July 16th.
Which character has your favorite accent? (Choose up to 10!)
I love TVLine’s spoiler posts, and this one is full of info on shows I watch, like Castle, Bones, Community, Leverage, and more! Find out about Carrie Preston’s fate on True Blood and The Good Wife, the Bones bonus episode “The Gunk in the Garage”, and where New Girl’s Max Greenfield would love Schmidt’s relationship with Cece to go.
Fun interview with White Collar’s Matt Bomer! He talks about his upcoming movie, guest-starring on Glee (yes, I just played his rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” for a friend this evening!), and how long he plans to stay on White Collar. There’s some discussion on more serious topics, including a bias against USA Network shows in the Emmys. But there are also some lighthearted yet insightful questions. For example, this:
Q: Neal Caffrey has to be one of the funnest characters to play.
A: He is. It’s so rare, especially as a younger actor, to find a role where it’s not just one-dimensional and it’s not just a stock leading man. He is smart, intelligent, slick. He has grace under fire. He’s excellent under pressure. He’s on point. He’s firing on all cylinders. But at the same time, he’s really a 4-year-old. He has terrible impulse control. He makes really irrational decisions, especially when it comes to anything romantically-inclined. He is a hopeless romantic to a fault. … It’s a real dream of a role to get to play. More and more, as I play the role over the years, I come to find so many things in my life that I thought were futile or silly at the time, that I may have studied or read about or practiced, led up to this opportunity for me.
Here are TV’s top 10 dads, as chosen by all of you! I find it especially appropriate that the on-screen daughter of this poll’s winner helped spread the word to get people to vote for her “dad”! Also of note – nine of the 10 dads are from shows that are currently airing or will return in the fall.
As chosen by you, the voters, here are the top 15 favorite non-original cast members! I expanded this list from 10 to 15 because six of the top 10 were from two related shows. Feel free to consider #11-15 honorable mentions if you’re a top 10 purist. 🙂
The poll, while it didn’t quite receive the most votes, set a new record for most-viewed poll (and post) to date – and all in one week! Thanks to everyone who voted, and especially to those who spread the word about the poll!
Here are the results!
#15 – Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) from NCIS: Los Angeles