Inside Pulse » best TV shows http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » best TV shows http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com Best TV Show March Madness Bracket Tournament 2012 – Championship Round Voting Begins with Modern Family and The Walking Dead Facing Off http://insidepulse.com/2012/04/23/best-tv-show-march-madness-bracket-tournament-2012-championship-round-voting-begins-with-modern-family-and-the-walking-dead-facing-off/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/04/23/best-tv-show-march-madness-bracket-tournament-2012-championship-round-voting-begins-with-modern-family-and-the-walking-dead-facing-off/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:00:35 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=297308 After a record number of votes, the Final Four has ended. There was plenty of back and forth leads in both matchups. But in the end, we are left with one #1 seed facing off against an unseeded show.

The battle between #1 Modern Family and #2 The Big Bang Theory was a tight one. It looked like The Bang Theory was going to pull off the victory. But some late votes for Modern Family proved to be the difference. Modern Family won, but just barely, with only 51% of the vote.

The Cinderella Story continues as The Walking Dead has pulled off another upset. But it didn’t look like that in the beginning. Burn Notice was on cruise control early. It was well on its way to victory, until Walking Dead fans woke up and voted for that show by the hundreds. In the end, The Walking Dead easily won this matchup with 68% of the vote.

The Walking Dead has defeated a #1, #2, #3, and #5 seed on its way to the final round. Modern Family defeated two #2 seeds, a #4, and #8 seed on its way to the finals. Can the cable drama with less viewers defeat one of the most watched and most beloved comedies on TV for the crown of “Best Show on Television Today”? Only you can decide!

If you don’t know what this is all about, go back to the First Round Voting Page, Second Round Voting Page, and Third Round Voting Page, Sweet 16 Round Voting Page, Elite 8 Round Voting Page, and Final 4 Round Voting Page and get all of the details there. If you did vote in the six rounds, you should already know, so go check out the updated bracket for yourself by going here:

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Now on with the final matchup and let the voting begin!


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Best TV Show March Madness Bracket Tournament 2012 – Final 4 Round Voting Begins with Burn Notice, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, and The Walking Dead Facing Off http://insidepulse.com/2012/04/09/best-tv-show-march-madness-bracket-tournament-2012-final-4-round-voting-begins-with-burn-notice-modern-family-big-bang-theory-and-the-walking-dead-facing-off/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/04/09/best-tv-show-march-madness-bracket-tournament-2012-final-4-round-voting-begins-with-burn-notice-modern-family-big-bang-theory-and-the-walking-dead-facing-off/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:00:27 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=295643 The Elite 8 round voting has ended and there is still one Cinderella show that has made it to the Final Four. But it was fight to get there for sure. The rest of the final four features two #1 seeds and one #2 seed. That means another #1 seed went down this round. Lets breakdown what happened.

The final matchup of the ABC Region saw the #2 seed Big Bang Theory defeat the #1 seed Breaking Bad. It wasn’t really much of a contest as BBT won with 64% of the vote. This simply came down to the major network show having more viewers and votes than a cable show, because if every voter would have seen both shows the result would likely be the opposite. That’s just my opinion, though.

The final matchup of the FOX Region also had another lopsided #1 vs. #2 seed battle. This time it was the #1 seed Modern Family taking down the #2 seed New Girl. This came down to an established award-winning comedy beating a brand new comedy. Modern Family has a two year head start on New Girl and that showed in the voting results as Modern Family won with 75% of the vote.

The CBS Region has been officially blown up. It came down to 2 votes, but the unseeded show, The Walking Dead, has moved on to the Final Four. The last remaining seed from this region, #5 Justified, almost came back but its comeback wasn’t enough. The Walking Dead has defeated a #2, #3, and #5 seed to get to the Final Four. Now it will have to face a #1 seed.

The final matchup of the NBC Region was another no contest. #1 Burn Notice easily defeated #3 True Blood with 78% of the vote. The likely reason behind this victory could be simply that Burn Notice is a basic cable show and True Blood is on the premium pay channel HBO.

So looking ahead to the Final Four, we have a couple of interesting matchups. One matchup features a #1 vs. #2 seed. Both Modern Family and Big Bang Theory are on major networks, ABC and CBS respectively. On the other side of the bracket we have two cable shows facing off. One is a #1 seed that has been nearly unstoppable, Burn Notice. Its opponent is the unseeded, The Walking Dead, that has surprised everyone by looking unbeatable as well. One of them has to lose in this round, though.

If you don’t know what this is all about, go back to the First Round Voting Page, Second Round Voting Page, and Third Round Voting Page, Sweet 16 Round Voting Page, and Elite 8 Round Voting Page and get all of the details there. If you did vote in the four rounds, you should already know, so go check out the updated bracket for yourself by going here:

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Now on with the matchups and let the voting begin!


Final Four 4 Matchups

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Best TV Show March Madness Bracket Tournament 2012 – Elite 8 Round Voting Begins with Burn Notice, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, New Girl, Big Bang Theory, True Blood, Justified, and The Walking Dead All Facing Off http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/26/best-tv-show-march-madness-bracket-tournament-2012-elite-8-round-voting-begins-with-burn-notice-modern-family-breaking-bad-new-girl-big-bang-theory-true-blood-justified-and-the-walkin/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/26/best-tv-show-march-madness-bracket-tournament-2012-elite-8-round-voting-begins-with-burn-notice-modern-family-breaking-bad-new-girl-big-bang-theory-true-blood-justified-and-the-walkin/#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:00:45 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=294218 The fourth round voting has ended and one Cinderella show keeps on piling up the wins against top-ranked competition. The rest of the bracket looks about what was expected. There are 8 shows left. Let breakdown what happened in this past round.

The ABC Region has held true to form. The final matchup of this region will feature a #1 vs. #2 matchup. #1 Breaking Bad defeated #4 The Office by just 3 votes. A close call for sure. #2 The Big Bang Theory didn’t have much of a problem defeating #3 Parks and Recreation, though. Big Bang Theory had twice as many votes as Parks and Recreation. This leads to an interesting Cable show drama vs. CBS sitcom battle.

The final matchup of the FOX Region will also feature a #1 vs. #2 matchup. The results were also pretty similar. #1 Modern Family had an easy time with #4 Chuck winning with 71% of the vote, the most of any winner from this round. On the other hand, #2 New Girl won by just 4 votes over #3 Once Upon A Time. We are left with two major network sitcoms battling here.

The CBS Region was almost completely blown up. But it still doesn’t look like any of the other regions. Another top ranked show, #2 Dexter, has been eliminated. The unranked show, The Walking Dead, continued its Cinderella run by beating Dexter by 4 votes. In another close matchup, Criminal Minds almost made it a unranked final. But #5 Justified pulled out the victory by just 1 vote. So from this region only one seeded show is left, and it’s a #5 seed at that. A couple of cable channel dramas will now fight for their chance to make it to the Final Four.

The NBC Region also pretty much looks like you would expect. It will feature a #1 vs. #3 matchup in the final. #1 Burn Notice won with 62% of the vote against #4 How I Met Your Mother. #3 True Blood won the battle of the premium channel shows by 9 votes over the unranked Weeds. So that finally leads to a cable show drama vs. premium channel drama.

So out of the final 8 shows, 7 of them were ranked. Two matchups will feature the top seeds from those regions facing off. Another has a #1 vs. #3. Then, there is one region that features a couple of wildcard shows. If you really look at it, it’s pretty similar to what the real NCAA Basketball Tournament looks like this year. Just 5 dramas and 3 comedies left.

One last interesting thing to note. There is only 1 channel that has more than 1 show among the final 8 shows. If you would guess that channel, it probably would take about 8 guesses before you could get it right, though. Maybe more than that. The cable channel, AMC, is the only channel with 2 shows in the final 8. FOX, ABC, and CBS each have 1 show left. As does the USA Network, FX, and HBO.

If you don’t know what this is all about, go back to the First Round Voting Page, Second Round Voting Page, and Third Round Voting Page, Sweet 16 Round Voting Page and get all of the details there. If you did vote in the four rounds, you should already know, so go check out the updated bracket for yourself by going here:

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Now on with the matchups and let the extra long voting begin!


ABC Region – Elite 8 Round Matchup

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Best TV Show March Madness Bracket Tournament 2012 – Sweet 16 Round Voting Begins with Burn Notice, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, New Girl, Dexter, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, True Blood, Weeds, Justified, Parks and Recreation, Once Upon A Time, The Office, Chuck, The Walking Dead, and Criminal MInds All Facing Off http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/19/best-tv-show-march-madness-bracket-tournament-2012-sweet-16-round-voting-begins-with-burn-notice-modern-family-breaking-bad-new-girl-dexter-big-bang-theory-how-i-met-your-mother-true/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/19/best-tv-show-march-madness-bracket-tournament-2012-sweet-16-round-voting-begins-with-burn-notice-modern-family-breaking-bad-new-girl-dexter-big-bang-theory-how-i-met-your-mother-true/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:00:46 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=293442 The third round voting has ended and there was only real one MAJOR upset. But it was a big one as one of the #1 seeds went down to a unseeded show this round.

The ABC Region saw all of its top 4 seeds make it to the round of 16. Breaking Bad, The Office, and The Big Bang Theory each won by at least 60% of the vote. But the matchup between Fringe and Parks and Recreation came down to a single vote. In the end, Parks and Recreation pulled out the victory. The Big Bang Theory was the biggest winner from this region but it was only with 66% of the vote.

The top 4 seeds from the FOX Region also advanced. But there were two matchups that came down to less than 5 votes. Chuck defeated The Voice by just 3 votes. Once Upon A Time then defeated Mad Men by 5 votes. Modern Family was the biggest winner with 68% of the vote.

The CBS Region, which already has lost most of its top seeds in earlier rounds, lost its #1 seed in this round as well! Community loses by just 5 votes to the unseeded Criminal Minds. This was truly a shocker. The battle of the unseeded shows ended up being a no contest at all. The Walking Dead easily defeated Grimm with 75% of the vote. Dexter and Justified also easily won their matchups with at least 60% of the vote. This Region is definitely the most wide open with just a #2 and #5 seed left.

The NBC Region had 3 of its top seeds advance to the next round. Burn Notice and How I Met Your Mother each won their matchups with at least 60% of the vote. Burn Notice had the biggest margin of victory with 69%. The #3 seed True Blood actually had the closest margin of victory. It only won by 3 votes over Family Guy. The second battle between two unseeded shows was more of a battle. But in the end Weeds proved to be the king of Showtime when it defeated Homeland by just 7 votes.

So out of the final 16 shows, 13 of them are one of the top 32 seeds. The top half of the bracket again looks to be the most interesting as the four top seeds from each of those regions will face off. The same can be said for the NBC region, because it also has 3 of its top 4 seeds still in there as well. But down in the CBS Region, we will have a couple of battles between a seeded show and unseeded show. Can the these unseeded shows continue their Cinderella run to the Final Four?

It’s also interesting to note the network breakdown among the final 16 shows. CBS and NBC are tied with the most shows at 3 shows each. Another major network, ABC, is right behind them with 2 shows each. Two other networks, cable network, AMC, and premium channel, SHOWTIME, each have 2 shows in the final 16 as well. Then, we have FOX, FX, HBO, and USA Network rounding out things with 1 show each. There is also a fairly even balance of comedies and dramas.

If you don’t know what this is all about, go back to the First Round Voting Page, Second Round Voting Page, and Third Round Voting Page, and get all of the details there. If you did vote in the three rounds, you should already know, so go check out the updated bracket for yourself by going here:

2012 Inside Pulse Best Television Show Tournament Bracket

Now on with the matchups and let the voting begin!


ABC Region – Sweet 16 Round Matchups

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Best TV Show March Madness Bracket Tournament 2012 – Third Round Voting Begins with Top Seeds Burn Notice, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, Community, New Girl, Dexter, Big Bang Theory Facing Off http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/12/best-tv-show-tournament-2012-round/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/03/12/best-tv-show-tournament-2012-round/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:00:50 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=292599 The second round voting has ended and a handful of the top seeds were upset by non-seeded shows including one #2 seed!

The ABC Region only had 1 upset, though, and that was just the #8 seed Sons of Anarchy barely losing to South Park. The remaining top 7 seeds easily won their matchups with at least 60% of the vote. The Office had the most dominating win by defeating Hawaii Five-0 with 85% of the vote.

The FOX Region had ZERO upsets. All of the top 8 seeds advanced to the next round. Once Upon A Time had the closest call. New Girl and Curb Your Enthusiasm also had close fights. Modern Family had the most dominating victory. But that now sets up an interesting round 3 with all the top seeds battling it out in this round.

The CBS Region saw half of its top seeds go down! Besides #8 Smash losing to Criminal Minds, the #3, #4, and #6 seeds also lost. #3 White Collar, #4 Revenge, and #6 Glee all lost by 5 votes to The Walking Dead, Cougar Town, and Grimm, respectively. The remaining top seeds pretty much dominated their competition with Community having the largest margin of victory.

The NBC Region also had 4 of its top seeds lose as well. #2 Survivor was the victim of the biggest upset when it lost by 2 votes to a SHOWTIME show, Homeland. Other Surprise winners were Family Guy over #6 The Middle and Weeds over #7 American Horror Story. They each won by 2 votes as well. The most dominating upset was 30 Rock easily defeating #8 Top Chef. We could have easily saw 3 more upsets this round, though. #1 Burn Notice, #3 True Blood, and #5 Bones all barely got past their opponents with each only winning by 3 or 4 votes. So in a region that was almost completely blown up, How I Met Your Mother had the biggest margin of victory with only 67% of the vote.

We started with 32 top seeds and we are now down to 23. The top half of the bracket only had 1 upset between two regions. So we should see some exciting battles between top shows up there. But the bottom half of the bracket features 8 top seeds and 8 non-seeded shows. There are even two battles between two non-seeded shows including Weeds and Homeland squaring off. One of those SHOWTIME shows is guaranteed to make it the Sweet 16. The winner between unseeded Grimm and The Walking Dead will also advance to the final 16 as well. So there will at least be a couple of Cinderella shows looking to upset things more.

If you don’t know what this is all about, go back to the First Round Voting Page and Second Round Voting Page, and get all of the details there. If you did vote in the first round, you should already know, so go check out the updated bracket for yourself by going here:

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Now on with the matchups and let the voting begin!


ABC Region – First Round Matchups

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The ABC featured pretty much all blowouts, except for three matchups that came down to less than 3 votes each. Hawaii Five-0 and Celebrity Apprentice each won by just 1 vote over American Dad and Being Human respectively. The Big Bang Theory had the largest margin of victory from this region as it beat The Glades with 94% of the vote.

The FOX Region only had a few of matchups that were close. Curb Your Enthusiasm and Pretty Little Liars had the most slim margin of victory. The one surprise was that the #2 seed New Girl had a harder than expected time with The Mentalist. It was closer than many would thought going into it. There were a couple of blowouts, including The Voice with 91% over 90210 and Modern Family over Treme with 89%. The rest of the winners won around an average of 65%, which is a comfortable margin for sure.

The CBS Region was closer than any other region. The highest margin of victory was only 87% which belonged to Revenge over Intervention. Some of the more closer matchups were Dancing with the Stars/Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries/Luck, Damages/Big Brother, and Criminal Minds/Pawn Stars. Each of those only won by 2 or 3 or 4 votes. But the closest matchup could have been our first upset of the tournament with #6 seed Glee only won by 1 vote over Person of Interest.

The NBC Region had only a couple blowouts, mainly Burn Notice with 91% over Drop Dead Diva. Most of the winners here won by a comfortable margin. But Mike & Molly won by a single vote over The Soup. Top Chef made a big comeback to beat Private Practice by two votes. NCIS also barely got by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Also, in the battle of the “Pay Networks” the well-established Weeds from SHOWTIME defeated the newer Boardwalk Empire from HBO

So only a few surprises in the first round, but now things could get interesting. The second round voting has begun. We have 64 shows left, so go vote and remember to tell everyone you know to vote too!

If you don’t know what this is all about, go back to the First Round Voting Page and get all of the details there. If you did vote in the first round, you should already know, so go check out the updated bracket for yourself by going here:

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2010 Inside Pulse Best Television Show Tournament – First Round Voting http://insidepulse.com/2010/03/21/2010-inside-pulse-best-television-show-tournament-first-round-voting/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/03/21/2010-inside-pulse-best-television-show-tournament-first-round-voting/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 02:40:52 +0000 http://tv.insidepulse.com/?p=180997 It’s that time again! It’s the month of March and that could only mean one thing…time to drink green beer! Oh yeah, and it’s March Madness time! The biggest and most talked about tournament is the NCAA Basketball championship tournament. It kicked off first round action this past weekend, and by now most of your brackets have been completely destroyed and shredded. A select few might still be left in the running for all the money in your office pool, but for everyone else it’s time to start filling out a new bracket.

Everyone loves brackets. Four years ago, I picked out 32 television shows and had Inside Pulse readers vote on which show was the best one on TV. The top four seeds were Lost, 24, American Idol, and The Sopranos. In the end, the final four ended up being #1 – Lost, #2 – 24, #6 – Grey’s Anatomy, and #12 – My Name Is Earl. My Name Is Earl almost did the impossible and won, but lost out to 24 in the finals. Four years later, though, My Name Is Earl and The Sopranos are no longer on the air. You check out that bracket here.

A lot of things have changed since then. The real NCAA Basketball tournament appears to be expanding from 64 to 96 teams in the not too distant future. Many people don’t like that idea, including myself, but just picking out 32 teams this time around would be hard with the increased number of original shows on various networks including the “Big 5″ and about 10 – 20 cable networks. So I have decided that 96 shows should be included in this year’s tournament.

Here is how the shows were selected. Back in early February, the staff unveiled their Top 10 Shows of 2009. I used all of their individual lists to create our overall Top 15 Shows of 2009 list. So for this tournament I started out using those rankings as a starting point for seeding and ranking these shows. But since the start of the year, Inside Pulse has hired about 10 more writers on the staff. So I asked them for the individual top 10 lists. It should be noted that, though, that any show that got cancelled or hasn’t aired any new episodes since the Fall of 2009 is not eligible. The ultimate goal is to decide what is the best television show on the air today? As long as a new season has started since the summer of 2009 or their our plans to start a new season this year, that show is eligible.

After all the individual top 10 lists were compiled and calculated, there were 22 shows that rose above the rest. There were all on at least 4 or 5 different lists and ranked high enough on each of those lists to rank high in the overall rankings. So those 22 shows automatically earned a bye into the second round of the tournament. But we still needed 10 more shows to receive a bye, so that there would be an even 64 shows facing off against each other in the first round and then face off in the second round with the 32 shows with an opening round bye. So since I couldn’t really see giving shows a bye that wasn’t ranked high by enough people, I looked to what shows people are watching the most each week. Using the Nielsen Ratings, I saw that there were 11 shows in the overall top 20 that weren’t among the previous 22 shows that our staff ranked high. But one show, Undercover Boss, is relatively new and the only reason it is in the top 20 for this season is because it got the coveted post-Super Bowl spot on CBS. So I decided that should be the show to leave out of the opening round bye. But I did give Undercover Boss the top spot outside of the top 32. The top 4 or 5 spots after them were also filled by shows that were in the top 20 for the 18-40 demographic, but weren’t already in our rankings.

So with all that background out of the way, it’s time to reveal the 96 shows that made it into this year’s best show tournament. Even with 96 shows, I’m sure there are still some of your favorites that didn’t make into the field. But among the opinions of 25 staffers with a variety of tastes, the majority of your favorites should be there. Take a look at the bracket yourself by going here:

2010 Inside Pulse Best Television Show Tournament Bracket

As you can see there are four different regions with 24 seeds each. 8 teams from each bracket have already gotten a bye as described above. That still leaves 8 different matchups from each region that need YOUR vote. So the time is now. Tell all your friends. We may have decided the rankings for these shows, but it’s up to YOU to VOTE for which show you think is the best on TV. Make sure to vote for all the matchups as every vote counts.


ABC Region – First Round Matchups

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Each of these polls will stay open for one week. Next week the next round begins and we will continue until the final show is crowed as the best some time in May. Remember to tell all of your friends to vote as well!

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