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Who is the best sitcom character of all-time?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2007 4:22PM

TV character chartIf I was to pick the Top 5 things I hate about television, the coverage of the NCAA Tournament this month would be near the top of the list. It interrupts regular shows, and I truly don't understand why people get so ga-ga over COLLEGE basketball, unless you went there or something.

But I do like the brackets set up, and we can use it for other things in life, including TV! Jacksonville.com has a tournment of their own going on. They're trying to pick the best sitcom character of all-time and they need your help. Go here and vote for your favorites in Week 1 (the second round is this Wednesday). Make sure you read the directions carefully.

Speaking of brackets, I picked up the new book The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything. It's a clever idea: get an expert in a particular field to set up a tournament about everything in life (puncuation, sports rivalries, dogs, political issues, etc) and keep on narrowing them down til you get the champ. There's a lot of TV-related ones in the book, including game show catchphrases (by Ken Jennings), animation characters (by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast), black and white TV shows, talk show hosts, and several more). Lists like these are argument starters for sure, and the entire outcome depends on how you start the brackets, which is rather random (unless you do something like talk show hosts, which you can at least start by nighttime, daytime, or region). Why are certain people/items placed together and not in another bracket? So it's probably not precise, but it's a ton of fun.

[Thanks to Toby for the tip.]

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Jim

George Costanza v. Larry David? That is a cruel match-up!

March 13 2007 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

Technically, Louden and Hartley are the same character, Kiko, as Dick Louden was a dreamscape representation of Dr. Hartley's. By the end of 'Newhart', Dr. Hartley awoke from his dream where he was Dick.

March 12 2007 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peanut

Dick Loudon and Bob Hartley are not the same character.

March 12 2007 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey S.

The NCAA tourney is one of the most important/exciting events in sports.
"And I truly don't understand why people get so ga-ga over COLLEGE basketball, unless you went there or something"
You don't have to go "ga-ga" over basketball (though being a male your are certainly in the minority) to understand why others do go "ga-ga" over it. It's a huge amount of very competitive games, with athletes that play with much more passion than most of the NBA, all in a short amount of time. Each game is do or die. It's sports at its greatest.

March 12 2007 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harry

How is Barney Fife a 1-seed and Ralph Kramden a 2?
This is a travesty!

March 12 2007 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
khamel

think of it like the emmy's but it actually, you know, matters sort of.

March 12 2007 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

OK, I fixed it. But it was a mistake on my part. Of COURSE I knew it was basketball and not football.

March 12 2007 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zhine

"It interrupts regular shows, and I truly don't understand why people get so ga-ga over COLLEGE football, unless you went there or something."

Hey, genius. It's college basketball, not football.

Of course you don't understand what the big deal is -- you don't even know what sport it is. But for the many people like me who follow college basketball (and sports in general), there aren't too many things better than the NCAA tournament. The level of excitement shown by the crowd for each and every game is unrivaled.

March 12 2007 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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