Friday, May 2

The CDP TV25 Tournament - Round 3/4 Recap.

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Hello, and welcome back to the CDP TV25 Tournament to decide the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. We started with 128 shows, and we're finally down to a mere 8.

We're ending the week with a recap of the tournament thus far, as Round 4 voting has concluded. Here's what went down (and trust me, there was plenty):

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DAY 15

The Simpsons vs. Seinfeld
Winner: SEINFELD

Down go The Simpsons! The three most quoted works in the English language are The Bible, Shakespeare and The Simpsons. There’s no overstating their influence and magnitude; in fact, they were my personal pick to win the entire thing. However, if there was one 90’s sitcom that could dethrone Springfield’s finest, it would be Seinfeld, and that’s exactly what happened. The Show About Nothing (and maybe my favorite live-action sitcom ever), won by a single vote (no tiebreakers needed), making them our Q1 Champion and sending them into next week’s Quarterfinal showdown.

Parks and Recreation vs. Community
Winner: PARKS AND RECREATION

In the most modern of our Sitcom Brackets, we had a matchup of two ‘Must-See Thursday’ favorites in Parks and Recreation against Community. In the battle of Pawnee vs. Greendale, Leslie Knope and a flawless ensemble cast won handily over what could be the most ambitiously odd network sitcom in existence. Hey, Parks deserves it, though, and their title of Q2 Champion earns them a tough date against Seinfeld on Monday.

30 Rock vs. The Office (US)
Winner: 30 ROCK

One thing this tournament is telling me is that Must-See Thursday is, was and (hopefully) always will be a beacon of classic network sitcoms. In fact, I highly recommend Warren Littlefield’s outstanding oral history of Must-See Thursday, Top Of The Rock. In addition to being an NBC Thursday night sitcom, 30 rock was essentially a love letter to the mechanics behind creating a great NBC comedy. Containing a healthy amount of real-life network drama, satire and realism (a lot of what Jack Donaghy did actually happened), 30 Rock gathered Emmys at a rapid clip, even when their ratings were struggling. The Office was an all-time classic sitcom (with Michael Scott being one of Television’s all-time great characters, comedy or drama), but in the end, Dunder Mifflin fell to Tina Fey by a single vote, making 30 Rock our Q3 Champion.

Friends vs. South Park
Winner: FRIENDS

Friends also won.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - Nope!

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DAY 16

The X-Files vs. The Wonder Years
Winner: THE X-FILES

If The Wonder Years never existed, I'm not entirely sure I would have ever written an essay in my life. It's as personally influential to me as any piece of art- TV, music, film, books, you name it- I've ever cared about. It's one of my favorite television shows of all-time, and quite frankly, I was surprised to see it get this far in the tournament. In the grand scheme of Television History, we seem to remember The X-Files more fondly (minus the final season). It ushered sci-fi back onto mainstream, network television (a trend that has continued to this day), and it is now your Q1 Champion and moving on to the Quarterfinals. I did once name it the Greatest TV Series of the 90's, after all.

Breaking Bad vs. The Walking Dead
Winner: BREAKING BAD

You'd think that this matchup would be a nailbiter until the final whistle, but Breaking Bad actually claimed the easiest victory of the round over AMC's The Walking Dead. Zombies, gore, insane action and decapitations a'plenty have made TWD a ratings darling, but in the end they could not stop the Masterpiece (with a capital 'M') tale told by Vince Gilligan. Breaking Bad is our Q2 Champion, and deservedly so.

Lost vs. Friday Night Lights
Winner: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. And you know what? If this had been a tiebreaker situation, I probably would have made the same choice. I've said it many times before: Season 1 of Friday Night Lights is the greatest season of television ever produced. If you haven't watched it yet, consider this your intervention. The Dillon Panthers (or the East Dillion Lions, if you wish) are your Q3 Champions, and Lost has finally left the Church of Purgatory to meet their maker.

The Sopranos vs. The Wire
Winner: THE SOPRANOS

In the battle of wildly influential HBO dramas that ushered in the new Golden Age of Television, we saw in The Sopranos a show that had been voted by TV Guide as the Greatest Drama of All-Time, versus The Wire, a show the majority of TV viewers have unofficially voted the Greatest Drama of All-Time. In the end, TV Guide won out, and The Sopranos took the Q4 title by a single vote. Better luck next time, Baltimore.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - You ain't gonna believe it, but I had to pick The X-Files over The Wonder Years. That hurt like hell, but it was for the greater good.

Thus completes ROUNDS 3 AND 4 of the CDP TV25 Tournament: 120 shows have been eliminated; only 8 remain. THE CONCLUSION OF THE TOURNAMENT WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK, as the final surviving shows continue their quest (with your votes) for Pop Culture immortality. Here's the schedule for next week:

5/5 - QUARTERFINALS
5/6 - SEMIFINALS
5/7 - FINALS (Day 1)
5/8 - FINALS (Day 2)
5/9 - WINNER ANNOUNCED

Sound off in the comments section, let us know what pissed you off (or made you happy) about Rounds 3 and 4, and the matchups you're looking forward to in the Quarterfinals. To view the entire tournament as one cohesive bracket, CLICK HERE. Thanks for all the votes this week, and thanks in advance for all the votes next week.

Quarterfinal voting begins Monday. Let's do this.

Thursday, May 1

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 16 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 16 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on THE FINAL 8 SHOWS of the DRAMA BRACKET.

Before we get to the voting, however, let's quickly recap the shows that won on Tuesday to advance to today's Round 4:

DAY 14

In the biggest mismatch of the round, sci-fi masterpiece The X-Files made short work of My So-Called Life. In a result that I was personally ecstatic (and surprised as hell) about, The Wonder Years took out Law and Order to advance to the Drama Bracket Quarterfinals. Breaking Bad defeated Game Of Thrones in a match that was destined to piss a ton of people off, and AMC's The Walking Dead ended the run of Netflix's House Of Cards on their way to the Sweet 16.

The nerds have spoken, and Lost has sent Battlestar Galactica packing. Also, CDP fan favorite Friday Night Lights finally stopped Mad Men, setting up a gut-wrenching matchup against Lost today. Finally, two HBO classics are moving on, as The Sopranos and The Wire claim victory over ER and Six Feet Under.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? -Yes! The Wire over Six Feet Under. I picked Six Feet Under in a tiebreaker last week, but it just wasn't enough to save them this time around.

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That all being said, today’s matchups are:

Q1 Final - The X-Files vs. The Wonder Years
Q2 Final - Breaking Bad vs. The Walking Dead
Q3 Final - Lost vs. Friday Night Lights
Q4 Final - The Sopranos vs. The Wire

Holy shit. Winners advance to next week's Quarterfinals.

1. Voting for this portion of the tournament begins today at 12:01am CT and ends today at 11:59pm CT.

2. You may submit your votes one of three ways:
A. In the comments section below.
B. Through Facebook.
C. Through Twitter.

3. Vote only once per matchup, please.

Questions, comments or concerns? Want to make an argument for a show and sway some opinions? Sound off in the comments section and let your voice be heard. Tomorrow, we will recap this week's Rounds 3 and 4, and prepare for the FINAL THREE ROUNDS OF THE TOURNAMENT, ALL taking place next week! Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Wednesday, April 30

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 15 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 15 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on THE FINAL 8 SHOWS remaining in the COMEDY BRACKET.

Before we get to the voting, however, let's quickly recap the shows that won on Monday to advance to today's Round 4:

DAY 13

Thank God for The Simpsons. The Cinderella-esque run of Saved By The Bell hit a steamroller in Round 3, and we were all the better for it. Seinfeld accomplished a similar feat, sending The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air back to Nick At Nite. Parks and Recreation defeated Modern Family in a showdown of the two best sitcoms currently on TV (or at least two of the Top 3), and NBC's Community sent FOX's Bob's Burgers packing.

Instant classic 30 Rock beat cult classic Freaks and Geeks, and in the most interesting matchup of the day, The Office (US) defeated Arrested Development by the slimmest of margins. The defining sitcom of the 90's, Friends, defeated Boy Meets World, and in the final match of the day, the over-the-top satire of South Park seized victory over the more subtle satire of King Of The Hill.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - Nope!

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Today’s matchups are:

Q1 Final - The Simpsons vs. Seinfeld
Q2 Final - Parks and Recreation vs. Community
Q3 Final - 30 Rock vs. The Office (US)
Q4 Final - Friends vs. South Park

1. Voting for this portion of the tournament begins today at 12:01am CT and ends today at 11:59pm CT.

2. You may submit your votes one of three ways:
A. In the comments section below.
B. Through Facebook.
C. Through Twitter.

3. Vote only once per matchup, please.

Questions, comments or concerns? Want to make an argument for a show and sway some opinions? Sound off in the comments section and let your voice be heard. Tomorrow, we will vote on THE FINAL 8 SHOWS of the DRAMA BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Tuesday, April 29

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 14 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 14 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on ROUND 3 of the DRAMA BRACKET. Today's matchups are stacked, so every vote counts.

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Today’s matchups are:

The X-Files vs. My So-Called Life
The Wonder Years vs. Law and Order
Breaking Bad vs. Game Of Thrones
House Of Cards vs. The Walking Dead
Lost vs. Battlestar Galactica
Friday Night Lights vs. Mad Men
The Sopranos vs. ER
Six Feet Under vs. The Wire

1. Voting for this portion of the tournament begins today at 12:01am CT and ends today at 11:59pm CT.

2. You may submit your votes one of three ways:
A. In the comments section below.
B. Through Facebook.
C. Through Twitter.

3. Vote only once per matchup, please.

Questions, comments or concerns? Want to make an argument for a show and sway some opinions? Sound off in the comments section and let your voice be heard. Tomorrow, we will vote on ROUND 4 of the COMEDY BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Monday, April 28

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 13 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 13 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on ROUND 3 of the COMEDY BRACKET. The matchups are stacked, so every vote counts.

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Today’s matchups are:

The Simpsons vs. Saved By The Bell
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air vs. Seinfeld
Parks and Recreation vs. Modern Family
Community vs. Bob’s Burgers
30 Rock vs. Freaks and Geeks
The Office (US) vs. Arrested Development
Friends vs. Boy Meets World
King Of The Hill vs. South Park

1. Voting for this portion of the tournament begins today at 12:01am CT and ends today at 11:59pm CT.

2. You may submit your votes one of three ways:
A. In the comments section below.
B. Through Facebook.
C. Through Twitter.

3. Vote only once per matchup, please.

Questions, comments or concerns? Want to make an argument for a show and sway some opinions? Sound off in the comments section and let your voice be heard. Tomorrow, we will vote on ROUND 3 of the DRAMA BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!