TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

New York’s Vulture Takes on History of TV

FishbowlNY is a big fan of Vulture and its Approval Matrix (not the TV version though). So we’re delighted to see that for Ad Age’s TV issue, the editors at Vulture created an Approval Matrix for the entire history of television.

What rated the best? Seinfeld, Season Four of The Wire, and the Frost/Nixon debates. The worst? Jay Leno stealing Conan O’Brien’s thunder and the blundering background checks of most reality shows.

Speaking of reality shows, there was no mention of The Real World, and that is a glaring weakness in this otherwise great Matrix. If it weren’t for MTV putting a camera on seven strangers picked to live in a house, TV as we know it would be a lot different.

Quite simply, a life without seeing a man named Puck pick his nose then use the same finger to scoop peanut butter out of a jar, is not a life we would like to know.

Mediabistro Course

Overcoming Writer's Block

Overcoming Writer's BlockUse proven tools and exercises to get back to writing! Starting July 15, learn a process that will help you pinpoint your optimal writing conditions, structure your time and build a framework to increase your productivity. Register now!