’80s Sitcom March Madness – Small Bracket

Popdose Presents: ’80s Sitcom March Madness! (The Rules)

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If there’s one thing we at Popdose love more than 1980s sitcoms, it’s March Madness. Actually that’s not true at all, but we do love ’80s sitcoms. Some of them at any rate. But since America seems to love tournaments in bracket form, we’re running one of our own this year. To make things even more fun and exciting we’re leaving it to you, our loyal readers, to determine which shows win and which get canceled!

Over the course of two-and-a-half weeks starting March 18th, you’ll be asked to vote from a field of 64 comedies to determine which is the best (i.e. your favorite) of all-time. So that you can familiarize yourself with the rules and the general process behind this whole undertaking, here is what you need to know.

The Selection Process

In order to be eligible for our field of 64, a sitcom must:

  • be an American production. Sorry other countries, no offense intended.
  • largely adhere to the traditional sitcom format. This means we did not consider variety shows (e.g. The Tracy Ullman Show) or sketch comedies (e.g. Not Necessarily the News) for inclusion, as funny as they may be.
  • be at least partially comedic. So-called dramadies are allowed here.
  • have debuted between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989 or aired a substantial portion of its original run in the ’80s. This is the clause that allows us to include shows that debuted in the ’70s but spilled over into the next decade. Otherwise it would have been a pretty desperate stretch to get 64 shows, believe us.

The Regions

Region 1: Family & Friends
Region 2: Spinoffs, Adaptations, and Revivals
Region 3: The Workplace
Region 4: Everything Else

A note on the regions — not all of the shows perfectly fit their bracket category. Don’t stress out too much over it.

The Bracket

'80s Sitcom March Madness - Small Bracket

For the full-size bracket, click here.

The Schedule

First Round, Part 1: Monday, March 18th
First Round, Part 2: Wednesday, March 20th
Second Round, Part 1: Friday, March 22nd
Second Round, Part 2: Monday, March 25th
The Sweet Sixteen: Wednesday, March 27th
Elite Eight: Friday, March 29th
Final Four: Monday, April 1st
Championship: Wednesday, April 3rd

Voting will take place only on Popdose, and only in the posts for each round. Comments on the site or Facebook will not be counted as votes, although as always we welcome your feedback. The polls for each round will be open until 12pm Popdose Standard Time (Eastern Standard Time, give or take an hour), and no hanging chads will be counted. Attempts to rig the results may result in ALF being awarded the championship by default.

With all that out of the way, be sure to mark your calendar and join us here on March 18th for the start of what we are sure will be a fun time for all!




  • mattsledge

    I’m calling it right now: The winner – as it should be – will be Sledge Hammer!

  • http://twitter.com/WhyJerryWhy Jerry Mahoney

    I am very excited about this. Much more fun than sports. Family Ties FTW!

  • http://www.drcastrato.blogspot.com drcastrato

    I know it’s just for fun and not worth arguing, BUT…that’s what these kinds of things are for, right? So here we go: Seinfeld debuted in 1989. You were right not to inlcude it as an 80’s sitcom, but the rules should be revised to allow exclusions. Also, BENSON gets a #1 seed? True, it’s a weak bracket, but I’d put Three’s Company at the top. In fact, the competition in the Family & Friends bracket is much tougher than any other category. I propose a re-seeding!

  • http://twitter.com/mordalo Mordalo

    I know it ran until ’84, but Three’s Company was always more 70’s for me.

  • Minnie

    Ugh. You have to vote by 9:00 in the morning! Yuck!

  • http://www.grayflannelsuit.net/ Chris Holmes

    Yes but the voting window is 24+ hours.