Good afternoon, and welcome back to March Madness! Thanks to the help of our readers, we’ve all come together to defeat the shows we love that weren’t quite cutting it. Or maybe the show we loved more by only the thinnest margin.
Some races were closer than others. Top Chef won its fight against The Bachelor with 93 percent of the vote, and will now face The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which trounced the newest American “housewives,” The Real Housewives of Potomac, with 83 percent of the vote. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee slaughtered The View with 88 percent of the vote. Broad City, which might go on to win the whole thing, beat SNL with 75 percent of the vote. Also in the 75 Percent Club are Bob’s Burgers (vs. The Simpsons) and Superstore (vs. Telenovela).
As for closer races, Shameless eked out a 53 percent, beating Togertherness (which, to be fair, is only in its second season, and isn’t available on Netflix). Maron also won with a small margin at 53 percent, against It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In a Marvel vs. DC faceoff, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. beat Gotham with 57 percent. Daredevil, the competition’s third superhero show (sorry, Arrow, The Flash, and Jessica Jones) lost, having secured only 35 percent of the vote to Orange is the New Black, forcing the ensemble casts of these unlikely competitors to fight through the weekend.
Other races of note foe the weekend are Last Week Tonight vs. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, two late night, current events and media commentaries who hail from The Daily Show and likely share similar audiences. Party Down and Arrested Development, two beloved, offbeat comedies who found new, fervent audiences post-cancellation via DVD releases and increasing availability via Netflix and Hulu. Black Mirror and Orphan Black, two British dramas with sci-fi elements that see a sci-fi future in the modern day, through a blending of imagination and technology, face off over the weekend. Will the clones win, or will Britain’s new modern take on The Twilight Zone?
There are 32 teams, with a staff and crew we assume are unionized. The survey is embedded below. Pick your favorite, shed a tear, and get ready, the Sweet 16 will be here soon!