Friday, April 18

The CDP TV25 Tournament - Round 1 Recap (Drama).

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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're ending the week with a recap of the tournament thus far, as Round 1 voting for the DRAMA BRACKET (and Round 1 overall) has concluded. Here's what went down:

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Day 5

Monday began with a route, as one of the greatest SciFi shows of all-time, The X-Files, defeated Homicide. The groundbreaking NYPD Blue won impressively over Party Of Five (not Cop Rock), and My So-Called Life won big over China Beach. And in the matchup of campy, anthology horror series, HBO's Tales From The Crypt beat the more kid-friendly Are You Afraid Of The Dark? by a decisive margin.

I was surprised to see that Quantum Leap remained fresh enough in people's heads to take down 90's classic Beverly Hills, 90210, but not at all surprised to see The Wonder Years decimate Melrose Place. Law and Order defeated Northern Exposure by less than three votes, and the David Lynch masterpiece Twin Peaks won big over the similarly-weird Picket Fences.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - Nope.

Day 6

This bracket is all about modern Drama, so it kicked off with perhaps the best of the best, Breaking Bad, soundly defeating Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the opener. FX's Sons Of Anarchy took down Scandal, Boardwalk Empire impressively went over The Americans, and The Newsroom didn't stand a chance against Game Of Thrones.

House Of Cards, the only show in the tournament not featured on an actual television network, defeated American Horror Story, and in the closest vote of the day, Homeland beat True Detective by just one vote. ABC's fairy tale drama Once Upon A Time took out Nashville, and it wasn't even close as AMC's The Walking Dead nearly shut out Revolution, who had a single vote to their name.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - Nope.

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Day 7

We opened Day 7 with Lost, easily the most discussed and scrutinized show in CDP history, winning big over NCIS. The critically-acclaimed Deadwood edged out Supernatural, House MD destroyed (to my chagrin) Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, and Battlestar Galactica got the nerd vote over the perpetually-disappointing Heroes.

Veronica Mars looked strong over Grey's Anatomy, a show I'm surprised to hear is still on the air. True Blood didn't stand a chance against the impossible-to-overstate masterwork that is Friday Night Lights, and Fringe made short work of Desperate Housewives. And in our final matchup of the day, Mad Men defeated Dexter in the very first tiebreaker of the tournament.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - Yes! Mad Men over Dexter.

Day 8

The show that rang in the latest Golden Age Of Television, The Sopranos, obliterated The O.C. in today's opener, while CSI put the brakes on Sex and The City's run to the finals. In the closest match of the day (but not close enough to be a tiebreaker), Firefly defeated The West Wing in a match that has officially rendered the tournament Sorkinless. Also, the NBC classic ER handily beat Ally McBeal in a runaway.

Smallville never came close to matching Buffy The Vampire Slayer in a contest of classic WB Network shows. Critical darling Six Feet Under took out another critical darling in The Shield, and Oz sent Dawson, Jen, Pacey and Joey fleeing from Dawson's Creek in sheer, unbridled terror. And finally, in the last match of Round 1, The Lone Gunmen fell to what many feel is the greatest Drama series of all-time, The Wire.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - Nope.

Thus completes ROUND 1 of the CDP TV25 Tournament: 128 shows whittled down to 64. ROUND 2 (ALL of it, Comedies and Dramas alike) takes place next week, and it only gets faster from here, as the surviving shows continue their quest (with your votes) for Pop Culture immortality. Here's the schedule for next week:

4/21 - Comedy Bracket (First Half)
4/22 - Comedy Bracket (Second Half)
4/23 - Drama Bracket (First Half)
4/24 - Drama Bracket (Second Half)
4/25 - Round 2 Recap

Sound off in the comments section, let us know what pissed you off (or made you happy) about Round 1 and the matchups you're looking forward to in Round 2. 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.

Round 2 voting begins Monday. Let's do this.

Thursday, April 17

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 8 of 20).

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

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Today’s matchups are:

The Sopranos vs. The O.C.
Sex And The City vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
The West Wing vs. Firefly
ER vs. Ally McBeal
Buffy The Vampire Slayer vs. Smallville
Six Feet Under vs. The Shield
Oz vs. Dawson's Creek
The Wire vs. The Lone Gunmen

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 the tournament thus far and prepare for ROUND 2. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Vote now!

Wednesday, April 16

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 7 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 7 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on the THIRD QUARTER of the DRAMA BRACKET.

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Today’s matchups are:

Lost vs. NCIS
Supernatural vs. Deadwood
House MD vs. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip
Battlestar Galactica vs. Heroes
Veronica Mars vs. Grey's Anatomy
Friday Night Lights vs. True Blood
Fringe vs. Desperate Housewives
Mad Men vs. Dexter

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 FOURTH QUARTER of the DRAMA BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Vote now!

Tuesday, April 15

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 6 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 6 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on the SECOND QUARTER of the DRAMA BRACKET.

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Today’s matchups are:

Breaking Bad vs. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Scandal vs. Sons Of Anarchy
Boardwalk Empire vs. The Americans
Game Of Thrones vs. The Newsroom
House Of Cards vs. American Horror Story
True Detective vs. Homeland
Nashville vs. Once Upon A Time
The Walking Dead vs. Revolution

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 THIRD QUARTER of the DRAMA BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Vote now!

Monday, April 14

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 5 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 5 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on the FIRST QUARTER of the DRAMA BRACKET.

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Today’s matchups are:

The X-Files vs. Homicide
NYPD Blue vs. Party Of Five
My So-Called Life vs. China Beach
Tales From The Crypt vs. Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
Beverly Hills, 90210 vs. Quantum Leap
The Wonder Years vs. Melrose Place
Law and Order vs. Northern Exposure
Twin Peaks vs. Picket Fences

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 SECOND QUARTER of the DRAMA BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Vote now!

Friday, April 11

The CDP TV25 Tournament - Round 1 Recap (Comedy).

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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're ending the week with a recap of the tournament thus far, as Round 1 voting for the COMEDY BRACKET has concluded. Here's what went down:

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Day 1

We kicked off the First Quarter of the Comedy Bracket with a landslide, as The Simpsons easily dispatched 3rd Rock From The Sun to move onto Round 2. The Ren and Stimpy Show fared well against the more subtle animated styling of Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, and The Adventures Of Pete and Pete walked through the even more obscure cult classic, Eerie, Indiana.

In what I felt were the first slight upsets of the tournament, Saved By The Bell took out Roseanne, and The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air handily defeated Beavis and Butthead. Also, Mystery Science Theater 3000 sent Home Improvement packing in a matchup that would have sent me screaming into the rafters had it gone the other way. Thanks for that.

In the closest matchup of the day, NewsRadio narrowly defeated Murphy Brown by a mere two votes. And rounding out the day was 90's classic Seinfeld over Family Matters.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties?  - Nope.

Day 2

Q2 of the Comedy Bracket started with the biggest blowout to date, as Parks and Recreation soundly sent Shameless packing. In a matchup I thought would be far more competitive, Adventure Time easily advanced with a victory over Cartoon Network neighbor Regular Show. FX's Louie reigned supreme over HBO's Veep, and the Emmy Award-gobbling Modern Family decisively took out the faux geeks of The Big Bang Theory.

In the battle between a show I should be watching (Archer), and a show you may be surprised to hear I do watch (The Middle), Archer took a late lead to clinch victory. The uber-ambitious Community defeated Girls, and the Golden Globe winner for best Comedy Series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, ran over my favorite new comedy of the season, The Goldbergs.

Finally- a show I feel might be the best animated series on TV right now- Bob's Burgers, knocked Glee out early.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - Nope.

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Day 3

Q3 featured some intriguing pairings, but most were runaways as massive favorites 30 Rock, Futurama, Freaks and Geeks, The Office, Family Guy and Arrested Development leveled the short-lived Pushing Daisies, Metalocalypse, My Name Is Earl, The Tick, Monk and Weeds, respectively. I have absolutely no idea the show that's going to emerge from this portion of the bracket.

In two of our closer matches of the day, Scrubs barely squeaked by Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Adult Swim mainstay Aqua Teen Hunger Force edged How I Met Your Mother by a single vote.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - Nope.

Day 4

Q4 is almost exclusively 90's comedies, and one of the most popular of all-time, Friends, sailed by Hey Arnold! to secure a place in Round 2. In the closest vote of the day, Daria slipped by Malcolm In The Middle by a single vote, and Boy Meets World easily defeated SpongeBob SquarePants. And in the battle of Shows My Mom Likes, Will and Grace took out Everybody Loves Raymond.

The lower half of the bracket was full of mismatches, as Frasier, King Of The Hill, That 70's Show and South Park had no trouble walking through Home Movies, Sports Night, The Critic and The Larry Sanders Show, respectively.

Did You Have To Break Any Ties? - Nope, none so far.

Thus completes Round 1 of the Comedy Bracket: 64 comedies whittled down to 32. We'll be back for Round 2 on April 21, but next week is devoted entirely to ROUND 1 of the DRAMA BRACKET. 64 of the greatest TV dramas of the last 25 years begin their quest (with your votes) to Pop Culture immortality.

Sound off in the comments section, let me know what pissed you off about the Round 1 voting so far and the matchups you're looking forward to. To view the entire tournament as one cohesive bracket (and for a refresher on the Drama Bracket), CLICK HERE. Thanks for all the votes this week, and thanks in advance for all the votes next week.

Thursday, April 10

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 4 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 4 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on the FOURTH QUARTER of the COMEDY BRACKET.

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Today’s matchups are:

Friends vs. Hey Arnold!
Malcolm In The Middle vs. Daria
SpongeBob SquarePants vs. Boy Meets World
Everybody Loves Raymond vs. Will and Grace
Frasier vs. Home Movies
King Of The Hill vs. Sports Night
That 70's Show vs. The Critic
South Park vs. The Larry Sanders Show

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 the tournament thus far and prepare for the DRAMA BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Vote now!

Wednesday, April 9

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 3 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 3 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on the THIRD QUARTER of the COMEDY BRACKET.

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Today’s matchups are:

30 Rock vs. Pushing Daisies
How I Met Your Mother vs. Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Futurama vs. Metalocalypse
Freaks and Geeks vs. My Name Is Earl
Curb Your Enthusiasm vs. Scrubs
The Office (US) vs. The Tick
Family Guy vs. Monk
Arrested Development vs. Weeds

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 FOURTH QUARTER of the COMEDY BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Vote now!

Tuesday, April 8

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 2 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 2 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on the SECOND QUARTER of the COMEDY BRACKET.

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Today’s matchups are:

Parks and Recreation vs. Shameless
Adventure Time vs. Regular Show
Louie vs. Veep
Modern Family vs. The Big Bang Theory
The Middle vs. Archer
Community vs. Girls
Brooklyn Nine-Nine vs. The Goldbergs
Bob's Burgers vs. Glee

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 THIRD QUARTER of the COMEDY BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Vote now!

Monday, April 7

The CDP TV25 Tournament (Day 1 of 20).

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Welcome to Day 1 of the CDP TV25 Tournament to determine the Greatest Television Show of the Last 25 Years. Today you will be voting on the FIRST QUARTER of the COMEDY BRACKET.

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Today’s matchups are:

The Simpsons vs. 3rd Rock From The Sun
The Ren and Stimpy Show vs. Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist
The Adventures of Pete and Pete vs. Eerie, Indiana
Roseanne vs. Saved By The Bell
Beavis and Butthead vs. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Mystery Science Theater 3000 vs. Home Improvement
NewsRadio vs. Murphy Brown
Seinfeld vs. Family Matters

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 SECOND QUARTER of the COMEDY BRACKET. Vote now and come back tomorrow, as we work our way through the tournament!

Vote now!