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The Best Show of the 21st Century (Round of 16)

By Dustin Rowles | | March 23, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | | March 23, 2018 |


We’ve made it into round three of our March Madness “Best Show of the 21st Century” bracket, and somehow, The Americans has managed to hang in there in spite of low ratings and the fact that none of you ever read our coverage of that show (we’re gonna give it another shot starting next week. Maybe this is one of those shows like Breaking Bad that finally finds an audience in its last season).

I’ve also run out of creative ways to pair the match-ups, so today: I’m going to pit shows together in a way designed to (hopefully) ensure that the shows I personally want to see in the Elite 8 make it. Obviously, I’m not going to tell you which shows I want to win, but hopefully, it is self-evident. But then again, you people voted The Leftovers out in the first round and West Wing in the second, so clearly I don’t know you all as well as I had assumed. I would ask, however, that as you are contemplating your choices, there’s only ONE show remaining that features Character Actress Margo Martindale (a feature in 3 of the original series). Obviously, don’t let that sway you, but don’t let it not sway you, either.

Round 1

Round 1
The Good Place
Last Week Tonight

Round 2:

Round 2
The Wire
Chappelle’s Show

Round 3:

Round 3
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Round 4:

Round 4
Parks and Recreation
Arrested Development

Round 5:

Round 5
Six Feet Under
30 Rock

Round 6

Round 6
Breaking Bad
Stranger Things

Round 7

Round 7
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Round 8

Round 8
The Americans

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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