So here’s how it works

Over the next five days, I will unleash the TVpocalypse Top 25 poll (5 spots to be revealed each day…how’s that for a big dramatic build up?!). I will watch all of the shows. I will write about all of the shows. If shows are great, I keep watching. If shows suck, I stop watching and find a new show to replace said sucky show.

Now, in case you’re wondering how I have gone about creating the illustrious TVpocalypse Top 25 poll, I have assembled an imagined list of commonly asked questions to help you understand.

Hey, Scott, how the hell did you create a great TV show list and leave Mad Men off?!
Very simple, only shows that are in an active season are eligible to be on the list. For instance, if this list was created last week, Curb Your Enthusiasm would have been in the top 5. But, since that series finale went on-air last Sunday, Curb is now ineligible.

How do you decide which show is better than the other?
Again, very simple. I imagine a scenario where an episode of each of the two shows sits on my DVR. Whichever episode I would theoretically push play on first is the one I like better and is thus the one that is ranked higher.

When do you cut a show?
A few different ways actually. First would be if the network cancels the show. Duh. The next would be if a bunch of the shows start building up in my DVR’s queue. If I have 4 or 5 episodes of a show lying around unwatched, that’s probably a pretty good indication that I’m not all that interested. The last test I use is what I like to call “The Laptop Test”. My interest in a show is inversely proportionate to the amount of time I spend buried in my laptop. If I barely look up, that’s a bad sign. Of course, the other end of that spectrum would be if I don’t even bother to open my laptop (this happens once…maybe twice in a lifetime), then I know the show is top 5 material.

How does the poll work exactly?
I’m going to reveal the poll 5 spots at a time, starting with the twenty-fifth ranked show and working my way all the way up to the number one show on my DVR. The lower the number, the better the show.

Where do you find the time to watch all of this TV?
I don’t sleep.

Well, that should be about it. I hope you enjoy. I look forward to all of your comments and feedback. So without further ado, let the games begin!


About Scott Cocchiere

I'm the Creative Director at Citizen Relations. I love my daughters, Springsteen, as well as what some would argue to be an unhealthy amount of TV. You can follow me on Twitter: @scocchiere.

Posted on September 20, 2011, in Introduction and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I love the concept—and I definitely look forward to reading your reviews of shows. We (my daughter and I) are slightly TV obsessed/addicted, as well. Because we were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to DVR all of the shows we wanted, we created an Excel spreadsheet with all of the shows, times, dates airing, and dates re-airing (like on a Saturday night) so we can record everything we want to watch. How’s that for both obsessive and slightly nerdy? At least she’s learning Excel, right? Anyway, I look forward to seeing how the shows I watch line up with the ones you watch.

    • Thank Erin, now if only I can self promote half as successfully as you have on your blog….

      • You know, I owe it to you, actually. When you told me to market my blog, I had no idea what you were talking about. I googled it, and got some really great tips on how to do it. And like anything in my life, I have to do it whole-heartedly or not at all. I probably spend a little too much time trying to build a following, but I love it. If I haven’t already thanked you, I want you to know I appreciate all of your encouragement.

  2. ..I’m happy to know that you are releasing these over the course of five days 🙂
    Builds up some momentum!

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