I just ran across this gimmick that a publication or a Web site (I’m not sure which) called Vulture is doing. It is conducting his own NCAA-tournament like playoff to determine the greatest TV dramatic series of the last quarter century.
Each day, the outfit has a notable television writer decide the winner between the two playoff contestants. I don’t know which show is the winner yet — New York Magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, no less, is expected to make that decision sometime later today, but it looks like it’s going to be a contest between my favorite two shows of all time: The Sopranos and The Wire.
Anyway, a second round of this tournament featured a contest between The X-Files and The Wire with critic Marc Bernadin deciding the outcome. I found this essay Bernadin wrote on the subject to be a particularly good read and I especially recommend it for the multitudes who have yet to discover the sweep, the grandeur and the Dickensonian overtones of The Wire.