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Sitcom March Madness: Part 2

This isn’t American Idol, so we won’t make you wait for the next round of competition after the results are announced. You’ll find below a few surprises, but a shockingly low number of shockers. Interesting fact, however: three large-number seeds were set to move on (#16 Scrubs, #15 Malcolm in the Middle, and #16 Happy Endings all had leads on their opponents), but their duel partners bested them.

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Half-Hour TV Comedy March Madness

Welcome back, folks. I hope you missed me while I was on hiatus! [Insert double segue here.] Speaking of Community, don’t you love half-hour TV comedies? Because I do. I love them so much, I wanna take them behind the middle school and get them pregnant. That’s why I decided to make this bracket and let you vote on the best half-hour TV comedies of all-time. Have fun!

I’m interested… what will my readers choose as their favorite/the best sitcom of all time. I’m not looking for general opinion… I’m looking for yours! I have carefully selected, seeded, and matched-up 64 sitcoms from all eras. Now, below the bracket itself, please vote. You’ll have 2 days to vote. Thanks so much!

Note: I messed up and added Diff’rent Strokes twice. Not to worry, though, I had an alternate, and replaced it in the poll.

2012 Bracket

Best 2011 Podcast

The runner-ups, in alphabetical order:

Culturetopia (NPR)

Culturetopia has two shows a week: a fancy, but still entertaining, pop culture interview/news show very typical of weekday NPR shows, and an entertaining, but still fancy, pop culture panel show very typical of weekend NPR shows. If you love pop culture, and feeling fancy, download Culturetopia.

Filmspotting (WBEZ)

This is definitely the best film podcast of all-time, but it could have had a more even year. Filmspotting’s goal for 2012 should be narrowing its list of co-hosts down to a manageable and rotating 5. My suggestions: Rian Johnson, Michael Phillips, Tasha Robinson, Matt Singer, and Allison Willmore.

This American Life (WBEZ)

TAL improved upon a strong 2010, proving that they still have it, even after 12 years.

The Tony Kornheiser Show (WTEM)

Now remember: this was not the year of the suspension. Even though the Reginald segments aren’t as funny as they used to be, the Andy Rooney-like lovable curmudgeon that is Mr. Tony still makes for fun morning radio. It’s like The Today Show, but not terrible.

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me (WBEZ)

I don’t mind that they’re clearly biased (perhaps because I agree with them most of the time). And I love them all (perhaps because they’re hilarious). Even and especially you, Paula. I want Larry King to be a panelist, though, now that he’s a comedian.

And the winner is…

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Worst Purchase (Made By Me) of 2011 — Shamwow Memorial Award

I once purchased a Shamwow. Guess what? It’s a towel. It’s one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made. But these two are worse:

The two co-winners of the 2011 Shamwow Memorial Award are…

My 2nd ESPN The Magazine Subscription and “Vomit Chocolates”

I missed two issues of ESPN The Magazine in January, so naturally, I assumed I had messed up when ordering my subscription. Somehow, that was wrong. The magazines came from then on, but (save for the first time) always in groups of two. I renewed for another year, but only once.

“What are ‘vomit chocolates’?” you may ask. No, they aren’t supposed to taste like vomit. Apparently, they’re supposed to taste like “Magic.” They do taste like vomit, though. If you ever see these chocolates, please do not buy them, unless you’re feeling very, very adventurous.

November Recap

Movies seen in November (top 5 noted):

  • A Little Help (2011)
  • Some Like it Hot* (1959)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind* (2004)
  • Beginners (2011)
  • Candyman: The David Klein Story (2011)
  • The Manchurian Candidate* (1962)
  • East of Eden (1955)
  • Terri (2011)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • The Bleeding House (2011)
  • The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007)
  • In the Loop (2009)
  • City Island (2009)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  • Howl (2010)
  • Life in a Day (2011)
  • Brief Encounter* (1945)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • The Red Balloon (1956)
  • Last Night (2011)
  • Attack the Block (2011)
  • Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)
  • Limitless (2011)
  • Potiche (2011)
  • Buck (2011)
  • The Arbor (2011)
  • Hugo* (2011)
  • The High Cost of Living (2011)

Other posts:

What TV I’ve been watching:

  • Community (NBC, Hulu)
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Land)
  • The Office (Netflix)
  • Retired at 35 (Netflix)
  • Running Wilde (Netflix)

Stories about Community:

Stories about TV that aren’t related to Community:

Stories about THE OSCARS:
Awesome viral videos I just discovered:
Stories about crazy people:

Random articles that fit none of the categories above:

Five Sports Figures I’d Like to See Films On

  • Marv Albert

This man lives the life. I imagine he’s so happy with his current life that he’s already bought a good spot in the next. I would be riveted by a film on him. It might get awkward when he bites a lady, though. Casting: Billy Crystal, playing all the parts. Including the lady.

  • Josh Hamilton

This one is less of a comedy, as this one involves real drama. Josh Hamilton is a rehabilitated drug and alcohol addict who was (and still is) great at baseball, even after his struggles. Go Rangers! Casting: Noah Emmerich would be the perfect choice for an older Hamilton.

  • Plaxico Burress

Imagine a comedy that revolves around someone shooting themselves in the foot, then going to jail, then getting out of jail. Hilarious stuff, right? Casting: Is Jamie Foxx too old? If not, Antonio Banderas as Mark Sanchez should happen, too.

  • Joe Paterno

This is the project I would take seriously. The guy had a half-century reputation of greatness, and it was gone in just one week. I’ll end up feeling sorry for him eventually, but what he did, or rather what he failed to do, was very wrong. Casting: Jerry Sandusky, the man who actually raped the young boys, would have no screen time in such a film.

Note: I wrote this before the lung cancer twist, and have nothing to say about it.

  • Kris Humphries

He made a great career move in marrying Kim Kardashian! And now he’s living the American Dream. Casting: he looks a little like Taylor Lautner. Just saying.