I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thursday TV Tournament

Did you notice that some of the most popular television programs of the last season aired on Thursday nights? It was enough to drive a person insane. Most nights of the week, there was nothing on, but all of a sudden, come Thursday, I'd find myself with a queue of four or more television programs to catch up on.

Since Thursday night television was so fantastic this last season, I decided to make a tournament in order to find out what the best show all season was. Every Thursday I would pick out the best new episode of the evening from Big Bang Theory, Burn Notice, CommunityIt's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Office. I then determined their seeds by how good their ratings were. Finally, I matched up television episodes in the style of a classic 32 bracket tournament. Now, it's time for them to battle.

Our first battle is between the first seed, Big Bang Theory Season Four, Episode 12: "The Bus Pants Utilization," which aired on January 6, 2011, and the thirty-second seed, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season Six, Episode Seven: "Who Got Dee Pregnant?" which aired on October 28, 2010.

What did you think about these episodes? Which was the better episode? According to the ratings, it was Big Bang Theory, but just like in the NCAA, there's always that chance that the underdog will win. Weigh in here with your opinions, and come back soon to find out which of these Thursday Night Titans will win.


  1. The clear winner for this first battle is Always Sunny. In general, Always Sunny is a far better show than Big Bang (which I do enjoy), but Big Bang would have to pull out something incredible to compete with any given episode of Always Sunny. Sure, people might disagree with this. But we'll never know you truly exist unless you comment as well.

  2. My response.