TV show showdown: 'The Brady Bunch' versus 'Cheers'
Were you a fan of the Brady family, or a regular at Cheers?
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They're two of the most popular programs of all time, but they couldn't be any more different. Alas, both The Brady Bunch and Cheers are up against each other in the first round of Me Madness, where we ask you to choose the most memorable classic television program. Before you go to vote for your favorite, let's take another look at how these shows stack up against each other. You might be surprised by some of their strengths and weaknesses.
Number of Seasons:
The Brady Bunch: 5
Winner: Cheers. During its 11 year run, the program accumulated a massive following, becoming the highest rated show of 1991. But don't put this loss past The Brady Bunch, the show also accumulated a huge following thanks to syndication since the 1970s.
Ratings During Season One:
The Brady Bunch: Outside the Top 30
Cheers: 74th out of 77 shows
Winner: Although both shows didn't dominate in the ratings during their first season, we'll give the slightest edge to The Brady Bunch.
Number of Emmy Awards:
The Brady Bunch: Zero
Winner: There's no competition here: Cheers blows The Brady Bunch out of the water. The program holds the record for most nominations for a Comedy Series.
The Brady Bunch: 291,244 likes
Cheers: 398,370 likes
Winner: Despite the broad appeal of The Brady Bunch, Cheers wins this round yet again. More than 100,000 likes separate this one.
Number of Spinoffs and Reunions:
The Brady Bunch: 5
Cheers: 2, the long-running Frasier and the short-lived The Tortellis.
Winner: Although Cheers produced the massively successful Frasier, we're giving this one to The Brady Bunch because the sheer number of spinoffs over the course of 20 years proves audiences were hungry for more of the Bradys.
Cheers earns the slight 3-2 victory, perhaps predicting an advance to Round 2. But with the enduring popularity of The Brady Bunch, anything is possible.
So, which show do you think is going to win Round 1 of Me Madness? It's up to you to decide! Vote here to make sure all your favorites go through.