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Friday, December 11, 2009

Vote in Channel Surfing's Best TV Show of the Decade contest

Wistful for a golden age of television?

Well, you’re looking at it.

In terms of writing, acting and overall production, the quality of the small screen has never been stronger. It’s why the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Channel Surfing bloggers are raising their remotes in honor of this past decade’s greatest TV achievements.

Forty shows made the cut in our “Best TV Show of the Decade” contest, the well-rounded ballot showcasing everything from pop culture juggernauts like “American Idol” and “The Sopranos” to critically revered darlings of the “Arrested Development” and “Mad Men” vein.

Our criteria was simple: As 2009 winds down, which shows from the past 10 years will forever be etched in the pop culture annals of the decade? Programs that started before 2000 (“Sex and the City” and “South Park,” among them) were eligible, but only considered if the bulk of its creative run fell into this past decade.

Sorry die-hards, but that means “The Simpsons” and “Friends” belong to the ’90s. (though sadly, “Joey” was thrust upon us this decade.)

Also, with so much to think about in terms of not only innovation and artistry, but the lasting cultural imprint of a show like “American Idol,” some deserving candidates were given early cancellation. So, “Battlestar Galactica” and “Family Guy” fans, feel free to stuff the ballot with write-in votes and openly voice your displeasure (just don't use that naughty "Deadwood" language.)

Ultimately, we need your help in narrowing the field for a readers’ list of favorites to run in conjunction with our Channel Surfing lists in early January. So vote for your favorite shows using the print ballot in Saturday's Green Bay Press-Gazette or head online to our entertainment site, Green Bay Hub, so that an ultimate winner can be determined.

There, you'll see our photo gallery with blogger write-ups on the worthiness of each show. You'll also find official rules (sorry, relatives of Channel Surfers are not eligible). Then come back here throughout the month for updates and other fun observations.

The grand prize winner in our random drawing will receive a TV-friendly recliner from La-Z-Boy ($850 value). We also have food gift certificates from Coaches Corner and Rosati’s Pizza in Green Bay as an added TV dinner-inspired bonus.

After all, there’s no good reason to leave the house during a cold Green Bay winter. Not when there’s this much great TV to watch.

-- The Channel Surfing crew

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Can we vote as many times as we want for as many shows as we want? For example, it would be cruel to make me choose between Battlestar Galactica and Dexter...

By Blogger Ms. Quarter, At December 11, 2009 at 9:19 PM  

Ms. Q ... if I could, I'd rig it for you since you're our most devoted reader. But to answer your question, yes, you can vote once a day online until Dec. 31. The official rules are on that Green Bay Hub link in the post -- along with our photo gallery with blogger write-ups and a cool Flash presentation.

And if we get a bunch of "BG" write-in votes, we'll know it was you stuffing the ballot (sadly, no one took up its cause during the deliberation phase since none of us watch the show. But we do have "SpongeBob" lovers who walk among us ... go figure."

-- Tom

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At December 12, 2009 at 2:39 PM  

I enjoyed the flash presentation. Great job, all. That said, Arrested Development is, hands down, the greatest television of the last decade. It's one of the few shows I can see enjoying a decade from now. It's just so eminently re-watchable...I've watched the DVDs so many times and I still laugh at new things every time it seems.

By Anonymous Mrs. Fingerbottom, At December 13, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

I was just talking about this with my wife while watching last week's episode of "30 Rock." As much as I love that show, I don't think it'll make my Top 10 of the Decade, simply because it's so hard for comedies to compete with engrossing dramas like "Mad Men" or "The Wire." That said, "AD" will be in my Top 10, but will it make my top 5 ... hmmmm.

Anyway, thanks for the compliments, Fingerbottom. The contest was a ton of work, but it was a lot of fun to put together. Oh, and look out for those bangers in the mouth.

-- Tom

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At December 14, 2009 at 11:21 AM  

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