The B1G List: Ranking the Best TV Shows of the Big Ten

By Johnny Ginter on June 10, 2013 at 4:00p
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The B1G List: Ranking the Best TV Shows of the Big Ten

TV.

Probably the hardest thing for a television show producer or writer to do is to try and capture the feeling or attitude of a certain place or time. If your show is set in, say, Washington DC, you need to make sure that there's plenty of fast talking people in suits. If your show is set in New York, you need to make sure that your show has plenty of fast talking people in suits who eat hot dogs from street vendors (because their lives are very fast paced you see). If your show is set in LA, it had better have plenty of fast talking people in suits who also wear sunglasses.

But let's say that your show is set in the heartland of America. How do you capture the nuance of a part of the country that features one of the biggest clashes between old world and new world sensibilities? How do you convey the angst that comes with the death of one way of life and the birth of another? How do you portray the interaction between established homogeneously white communities and large influxes of immigrants into those communities?

Well, I mean, that's stupid. You don't. People from the Midwest are simple rubes, probably fat, and are completely unacquainted with the complexities of life in the 2010's. Showing a television audience a program about people from the Midwest dealing with mature, emotionally complex material is the equivalent of asking them to buy into a dog reviewing opera for a living or an elephant in a sexy dress.

The following are a bunch of shows that made a noble, but ultimately futile effort to convince the rest of the country that people from the flyover parts of the US are anything but the blobs of easily swayed goo that they are.

11. Iowa- "Julie"

"Remember Julie Andrews? Now she's back, in TV form! And she's married to veterinarian or something! And she's gonna sing a duet with a monkey! YES WE ARE AWARE THAT MONKEYS CAN'T SING JUST WATCH IT YOU SLACK JAWED YOKELS"

Canceled after six episodes. A seventh episode was produced, and rumor has it that the tape was buried somewhere in the vast farmland of Iowa. Kirk Ferentz has been frantically combing the state for its existence, knowing that he only has a mere seven years left on his contract as time slips through his fingers like so many kernels of corn.

10. Nebraska- "Rachel Gunn, RN"

Rachel Gunn, RN was kind of perfect in a kind of calculated beauty through its amazingly transparent attempt to get middle America to watch it.

To begin with, it starred Christine Ebersole, which was exactly the kind of pan-faced, non-sexual protagonist that TV executives imagine all Midwesterners can relate to. Also the name "Rachel Gunn" is only two steps removed from something like "Prudence Wontmakeyoufeellikeyourdesperatelysadexistenceisaresultofpoorlifechoices."

Actual funny person Megan Mullally was on this show, and I guess I'll throw it a bone by saying it's cool they cast an actual Native American dude in the role of a Native American (and that alone puts it above every other show set in Nebraska). On the other hand, the show is unfunny and blows.

9. Wisconsin- "Step by Step"

No, they weren't all happy days when Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Sommers, in a play for some steamy 80s celebrity sex, moved their combined seven kids into a house together in this mid-90s TGIF staple. Oftentimes, their brood would tell each other to sit on it, but in their hearts of hearts they loved each other like a hardware store owner loves his 1949 DeSoto.

Step By Step is remembered for its famous episode where a shirtless Cody Lambert drove his van over a shark tank while yelling his famous catchphrase as female members of the audience screamed until their throats filled with blood.

Step By Step is also notable for having one of the highest mullet to normal hair ratios in the history of television, which is something that I tried very hard to ignore as I fostered a nascent crush on Staci Keanan.

8. Pennsylvania- "My So-Called Life"

No disrespect to My So-Called Life by placing it 8th! It was a groundbreaking show that treated teenagers like actual human beings, rather than mildly entertaining screw-ups who learned weekly life lessons after the Dramatic Music came on and dad sat them down on the couch to talk about Serious Stuff.

It was also one of the first shows to treat both gay kids and kids with learning disabilities with any sort of nuance, and star Claire Danes was easily the best part of the show, portraying teenage angst in a painfully realistic way. In retrospect, the acting holds up way, way better than the material they had to work with, but overall My So-Called Life was a genius addition to the TV landscape at a time when it was sorely needed.

Which is why Claire Danes saying "screw this" and peacing out after less than a full season was really, really funny.

7. Michigan- "Freaks and Geeks"

Basically My So-Called Life with jokes, Freaks and Geeks had an absolutely insane amount of actors who would go on to star in Judd Apatow movies, and then later in better movies. This isn't a shock, since the series was conceived by Apatow and Paul Feig, but it's still fun to watch Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Busy Phillipps, and superstar Samm Levine all onscreen together.

Freaks and Geeks is about two siblings who make up part of the "freaks" and "geeks" cliques at their high school in Michigan during the early 80s, and it does a pretty remarkable job at making protagonists out of D&D playing nerds and AC/DC listening stoners without either making them too depressingly serious or too broadly comic. At its core, Freaks and Geeks is a show about inclusion and making friends, and the last of the show's 18 episodes is pretty easily my favorite because of this.

Also there's this one episode where the mega geek gets to kiss a girl in a closet oh man I hope that happens to me one day oh man oh maaannnnnnnn!

6. Illinois- "Roseanne"

Screw it, Roseanne Barr yelling at John Goodman to get off his big fat butt and make sure her daughter is using birth control was about a thousand times more brutal than anything George Clooney pulled out of the windpipe of an asthmatic three year old on ER.

Another thing that I love about Roseanne was its' final season, where it was revealed that all the ridiculously happy and over the top positive developments in Roseanne's life were all BS she made up in her head to keep her from slipping into depression. Viewers and critics hated this and panned the show mercilessly, but to me this was a stroke of genius that took to task every "dumb rednecks from flyover country hit it big" trope that the show was trying to deconstruct in the first place.

5. Indiana- "Parks and Recreation"

Treat yo' self. Stop. Pooping. Cuz I got run over byaLexuuusssss! The 69 train to Humpsville station. A hamburger, with meat, on a bun, with nothing. Never half-ass two things. Whole ass one thing. I'm never gonna be a cop... I'm gonna have to be a robber. I'm gonna need a different metaphor to give this nine year old.

Etcetera. Parks and Rec is pretty easily one of my favorite shows on TV right now. Co-created by Michael Schur, aka Mose on the Office, aka Ken Tremendous from FireJoeMorgan.com, the show gives me hope that people can be best buds and still be funny. It also gives me hope that maybe I'm also some kind of secret genius who just happens to be blogging about sports and will some day parlay that into creating a syndication-ready television show that will make me tens of dollars.

4. Minnesota- "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

The Mary Tyler Moore show starred a woman named Ed Asner, who dealt with her generally annoying underlings at TV station WJM in Minneapolis.

Considered to be one of the most important and groundbreaking shows in television history, it followed Asner through the ups and downs of her love life, but also portrayed her as an independent woman who garnered respect from her coworkers, including Asner's gruff (but loveable) boss, played by Mary Tyler Moore.

It helped that Ed Asner was also easy going on the eyes, sporting fashionable miniskirts that showed off her legendarily pale and hairy legs, and frequent combover style changes that made her the talk of watercoolers around America.

3. New Jersey- "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"

Sopranos creator David Chase wanted us to think about hero worship and power structures in an inherently violent and disgusting system, which is great and all, but think about this David:

A show about talking fast food, including a big lump of meat literally called "Meatwad" and a carton of fries that shoots lasers out of its eyes, says more about the American dream than you ever could. Boom!

I mean, in some ways, don't we all want to taste from the Broodwich? Don't we all want candy, as part of an extensive pyramid scheme to raise the dead? Isn't there just a little Mooninite in all of us? Finally, I submit that Carl Brutananadilewski is the most authentic New Jerseyite to ever appear on TV.

By the way, for anyone over the age of 40 reading this, remember that people now approaching legitimate positions of power in government watched this amazing crap all through high school and college. Just so you have something to think about tonight.

2. Maryland- "The Wire"

"I gotta ask ya: if every time Snot Boogie would grab the money and run away, why'd you even let him in the game?"

"What?"

"Well, if Snot Boogie always stole the money, why'd you let him play?"

"Got to. This is America, man."

That is the opening scene of the first episode of The Wire, a show about crime and corruption at all levels of government in Baltimore. It is also David Simon's thesis statement, which he developed as a police reporter in the city, and later as one of the producers and writers of Homicide: Life on the Street.

The Wire is melodramatic, bleak, and filled with outlandish and oversized characters that seem beyond the reality that Simon was trying to present, but the corruption and despair that the show so relentlessly portrays feels as real and authentic as any documentary that has ever been shot.

Nothing like it has ever really been attempted on such a wide scale, and by showing the struggles of politicians, stick up artists, teachers, drug addicts, kids, the police, and every day people living on the streets of Baltimore, it gave people who don't have to deal with that desperation a look at why change in our inner cities has to be a priority for us as a society.

The Wire is possibly the greatest achievement in American television drama history. It never won a single Emmy.

1. Ohio- "Clarissa explains it all"

You probably wanted me to go with Family Ties or WKRP in Cincinnati here, didn't you? But you forgot that this is an objective list, detailing the plusses and minuses of various television shows through careful and thorough analysis, and shows about hippies raising Republicans or a radio station that Loni Anderson's boobs work at just don't pass the mustard.

No, that distinction goes to easily the best piece of media ever produced by human hands, Clarissa Explains It All. Melissa Joan Hart starred as the titular Clarissa, who, over the course of 173 seasons, explained literally everything anyone could possible need to know about how to function as a human being. Scientists have begun incubating children in extended Learn-O-Pods where they will be exposed to the show 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they reach 21 years of age, at which point they will be fully prepared to enter human society.

Clarissa Explains It All is also important for two other things, first being that it is totally cool for the guy friend of your 14 year old daughter to climb into her window via ladder whenever he damn well feels like. Secondly, the show is also responsible for the creation of the best, most hateable villain in history: FERGUSON.

This loathsome toad was the ultimate fly in the ointment, and represented the bane of every cool kid's existence. A money loving, grubby little suck up, Ferguson was and remains the only TV character I have actively plotted the death of. Your time will come, Ferg-face. Oh yes. It will.


And that does it for this week! Clarissa Explains It All is clearly the best television show in B1G history, and maybe the best show of all time. Clearly. Anyway, next week join us as we look at the best state trees of the Big Ten. I wonder who's going to win!!

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THE_JUICE's picture

The Wire was one of the best shows I've ever seen.  I showed one episode to my roommates when we were at OSU...over the next few days we watched back to back episodes until everyone had seen the entire series.  Great television.

Jhesse17's picture

I was heated when they killed Wallace. I was real life mad about the death of a fictional character. Any show that can do that should be considered great.

CincyOSU's picture

Was this your reaction?

thatlillefty's picture

I believe that was McNaulty's reaction after learning of Bodie's death.

Maffro's picture

Agreed. This one got me the most out of all the deaths on that show. In fact, it's probably the death I was mad about the most on any show, including the ones in a currently-running series.

cKnecht's picture

I'm guessing you don't watch Game of Thrones

Maffro's picture

That is exactly the show I was referring to.

dan_isaacs's picture

Agree.  Any list of TV shows that doesn't put The Wire on top is offensive.  Whether in jest or not. 

Dan Isaacs

AndyVance's picture

Because you asked for it, I give you an elephant in a sexy dress:

AndyVance's picture

...as opposed to an elephant dressed as a slack-jawed yokel, of course:

thatlillefty's picture

where... where does this happen?

MN Buckeye's picture

Dammit, Andy, you did it again!

AndyVance's picture

We could also go with, elephant masquerading as a pretty dress:

AndyVance's picture

OR, sexy girl dressed up like an elephant:

OSUStu's picture

Oh my god.  Nice tusks.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Rapping Bum's picture

Come on.

Help is on the way.

buck-I.8's picture

The fact that "The Office" neither Pennsylvania's entry, nor the number one entry, is a true travesty.

AndyVance's picture

I totally would have bought it if he'd gone with WKRP. I mean, does it get any better than the infamous Thanksgiving Turkey Drop?

Squirrel Master's picture

one of the best cinematic events ever!
that and Loni Anderson's breasts were epic! definitely the cause of my cashmere sweater fetish.
 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

AndyVance's picture

Here's a photo, for nostalgia's sake (if you're in to that sort of thing, since not everyone here is, of course).

Buckeyeneer's picture

WKRP was good but I hold a slight grudge against it because I am a huge Newsradio fan and people would always give me grief about how it wasn't as good as WKRP.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
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AndyVance's picture

I'm a huge Newsradio fan, too, and shame on whatever sorry people gave you grief - the two are gems in their own right, and should never be compared to one another.

lamplighter's picture

WKRP - without a doubt

Denny's picture

If you think The Dead Horse Office is better than The Wire, you should never be allowed to make a decision of any significance.

Taquitos.

Jack Fu's picture

Well, if it was the Gervais version we could at least have an argument. But it's not set in the Big Ten's footprint.

buck-I.8's picture

If you make an objectively worded "rebuttal" in seriousness to an objectively worded statement in satire, you are very confused/contradictory/both.

Denny's picture

What happens if I objectively rebut your objective comment about my objective rebuttal of your objective comment

ETA: My first comment isn't in disagreement with your first comment, btw.

Taquitos.

Tanner's picture

I know these are fighting words in a certain (small) circle but Parks & Rec is really ovverrated. i would call it an amusing show but I certainly wouldn't come close to calling it the best comedy on TV like its supporters do.
Also, slap yourself for making a list and putting 6 things ahead of Freaks & Geeks on that list. I don't care what kind of list it is, Freaks & Geeks needs to be in the top 3.

BuckeyeSki's picture

I know these are fighting words in a certain (small) circle but Parks & Rec is really ovverrated.

Slowclap.jif
Couldn't agree more

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Son of a Vondruke's picture

 Parks and Rec is overrated.

Then I met some friends for a beer. We went to a Bodeans concert. And son of a Vondruke if I didn't leave him at the concert hall.

babbski's picture

+1. I totally agree about Freaks & Geeks. My all-time favorite show. Johnny needs a slappin'.

toad1204's picture

Sarah Hardy is going to be paying you a visit about putting Parks and Rec at #5.  You might want to barricade yourself in or get a one way ticket to parts unknow.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Jack Fu's picture

I don't understand.This goes from jokey and sarcastic in the intro, then lists a bunch of legitimately awesome, pantheon-level TV shows, then puts Aqua Teen above The Sopranos, and then ends on freaking Clarissa Explains it All? What is going on here?

Also there's this one episode where the mega geek gets to kiss a girl in a closet oh man I hope that happens to me one day oh man oh maaannnnnnnn!

Not just any girl. A young, adorable Joanna Garcia.

Earle's picture

I don't think Melissa Joan Hart is that titular.  Certainly not as much as Loni Anderson, or even Justine Bateman.

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Earle's picture

And you're welcome for not mentioning Tina Yothers in that context.

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buck-I.8's picture

Do you not know what titular means?

Earle's picture

Sigh.

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buck-I.8's picture

My apologies, I didn't look to see that it was you that posted that and assumed that whomever it was wasn't capable of the satirical misuse. Carry on

Earle's picture

I'm not sure whether to be offended at the presumption that most posters here are idiots, or honored that you don't regard me with the same contempt as the rest.

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buck-I.8's picture

Don't be offended that I'm a douchebag, we've both been here long enough that it should come as no surprise.

Earle's picture

Forgive my mock outrage.  To thine own self be true...

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buck-I.8's picture

...and to thine neighbors, be a dick.

MN Buckeye's picture

Yep, this is why I hang out here waaaay too much!

AndyVance's picture

Where's the link to the instant rimshot sound when you need it...

causeicouldntgo43's picture

.............he said "titular"..............

OSUStu's picture

The Broodwich is the best episode of anything.  Ever.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

OSUStu's picture

I must say... bacon aside, this is the best damn sandwich I've ever had in my life.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Hovenaut's picture

What's television?

I know there's this cool box downstairs I look at on Saturdays and Sundays (and some other nights) from August to February.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

rjenkins26's picture

I think The Drew Carey Show deserves some consideration to represent Ohio...

brandonbauer87's picture

I mentioned this last week in the other state list. I also would have gone with Home Improvement for M*chigan. I grew up on that shit. 

bukyze's picture

Home Improvement - a show about some dipshit guy who thinks he knows it all (just like every scUM male), when in reality, he's just a loser who knows absolutely nothing, and screws everything up (just like every scUM male).  Well, leave to his neighbor, Wilson (who is Ohio, scUM's neighbor) to talk intelligently, solve all the dipshit's problems, and make everything A-OK.  I think that about sums it up.

Earle's picture

So does it follow that all Michigan fans have insufferable know-it-all spouses and annoying smart-aleck children?

That's a rhetorical question.

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AndyVance's picture

Can we be really, really honest about why I, I mean we watched Tool Time?

MN Buckeye's picture

Tim Allen was pretty funny at the Venetian in Las Vegas on Saturday night!

harleymanjax's picture

WKRP! Any show set in Cincy automatically beats a show set in Cleveland!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Maffro's picture

I held off on The Wire and I got sick of people asking me if that's what Baltimore was really like, but then I decided to give it a go and I was hooked. Phenomenal television. I was a few seasons behind, but my brother and I would stay up until like 6AM watching episodes. In a few weeks we were actually caught up in time for Season 4. Although if I knew beforehand that David Simon was behind it, I probably would've watched from the beginning, because I loved The Corner.
Also, Michigan's show should be Martin and it should be higher.

ATXbucknut's picture

This article could tear the 11W community apart.

Hovenaut's picture

Think I hear the M...igan regulars coming up the street.

Doing that Tim "The Toolman" Taylor man-grunt.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Buckeyeneer's picture

You probably wanted me to go with Family Ties or WKRP in Cincinnati here, didn't you?

I would have also accepted the Drew Carey Show for Ohio.
EDIT: Gaaaaaaaa rjenkins26 beat me to it. That's what I get for not refreshing before commenting. Ok, swap out Drew Carey Show and put in 3rd Rock from the Sun.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

d1145fresh's picture

Good job. Good effort. However, The Wire should be #1 (of all time not just B1G states). I agree The Office should represent Pennsylvania, although Boy Meets World would also hold a special place in my heart and is set in Philly. I could also see Its Always Sunny but some people don't care for it. I've never been a fan of Aqua Teen so I would drop that one especially when you have Soprano's from NJ that is available. I really like Freaks and Geeks but I don't know if I would put it on this list. To me Home Improvement was far more relevant to the state and a very good show. I also would go with That 70s Show for Wisconsin. 
Most importantly (and perhaps one of the biggest mysteries of TV history) Indiana could be represented by Good Morning, Miss Bliss (aka Saved By The Bell, Middle School). I have always wondered how and entire school packed up and moved to California but that is neither hear nor there. 

COB's picture

Seriously, what the fuck.  
 
Family Ties and The Drew Carey Show were both better than Clarissa Explains It All.  Shit, 3rd Rock From the Sun was better than Clarissa Explains It All.  What I'm saying here is that Clarissa Explains It All was bad and you should feel bad for saying otherwise.  
 
Top 2 are absolute locks for me...
1-New Jersey, The Sopranos
2-Maryland, The Wire
***Gap the size of the cosmos***
(after the B1G 2, no particular order)
Ohio, Family Ties
Pennsylvania, The Office
Minnesota, Coach
Michigan, Freaks and Geeks
Indiana, Parks and Rec
Pennsylvania, The Office
Illinois and Wisconsin is another WTF situation.  For Wisconsin, Step by Step was total shit.  Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, That 70's Show were all better.  Illinois, I mean, this is obviously debatable because there were like 1000s of shows set in Chicago.  ER most notably but  Married with Children, Family Matters were both at least in the same echelon of Roseanne (maybe not ratings-wise). What about Perfect Strangers?  For shits and giggles, I'll go with Balky and Larry.  
And rounding out the also-rans, Iowa and Nebraska with seriously whatever TV shows that were ever based there.  
 
 

Yamosu's picture

ER and Married with Children could both be top 5

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I fully agree.  Johnny WTF!?!?!?
Clarissa Explains It All as the best show from Ohio?  I'd have to put Drew Carey, Family Ties and 3rd Rock from the Sun ahead of it.  Family Ties back in the 80s was a huge show!  The Cosby show would come on then lead into Family Ties and that was the number 1 line up for a long long time back then. 
 

BuckGnome's picture

I'd put The Wire at a solid #1 and The Sopranos #2, and yeah, a HUGE gap between those and the rest of the list.

COB's picture

I'm at least willing to say that can be an acceptable alternate but none of the other shows should even be considered for top 2.  

Yamosu's picture

I am not saying its above WKRP or Family Ties, but I really liked "Ed" that lasted just 4 seasons on NBC which was based in the fictional town of Stuckeyville, OH.
And I love Aqua Teen Hunger Force as much as anyone, but it should really be number 14 on this list. 
Might I recommend Shawshank Redemption for number 1 in the Movie rankings list.

Hovenaut's picture

I'm eager to see a B1G movie list....

So I watched the Shawshank Redemption for the first time

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Oh yes, now Shawshank is on all time classic!! 

Johnny Ginter's picture

i almost put the PJs for michigan because then they really woulda been piles of midwestern goo

ATXbucknut's picture

What about Glee? 

buck-I.8's picture

Boy Meets World would've also been an excellent entry for PA

Ohio1St81's picture

Aqua Teen Hunger Force is the least entertaining thing I have ever seen in my life. 

thatlillefty's picture

Johnny trolled hard this week.

Michael Citro's picture

The best show set in Illinois is The League.

thatlillefty's picture

that show has gone down hill since the first two seasons

Earle's picture

Mission accomplished, Johnny!  Well done. Very well done, indeed.

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

Are you purposely doing Michigan a disservice by leaving out Home Improvement?

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TheBadOwl's picture

Freeks and Geeks at 7?
I know it's set in Michigan, but seriously, it's fantastic.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

airborne082385's picture

"The Wire" was epic transforming Baltimore Maryland into "Bodymore Murdaland" great series!!!

Maffro's picture

Uh, believe me when I say the city created the show and not vice versa...

BuckeyeSki's picture

Let us never forget "Hamsterdam"

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

Baltimore sucked before "The Wire" and has sucked similarly bad since "The Wire"

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Young_Turk's picture

Was gonna suggest Coach over MTM, but then I remembered the original MILF.  Betty White.
 
Boomshakalaka.

shadybuck's picture

good entertaining read johnny, i also enjoyed the simpsons references in the article, i knew when you put ATHF on the list you were going to get a lot of trolling, but kudos for putting it in there, i have the bad habit of referencing MC pee pants just about every time i so much as hear the word candy because of that show, and once again johnny gave rock solid proof which state in the B1G footprint is and always will be best, i wouldnt trade this list for ALF pogs

gwalther's picture

Family Ties should've carried the day for Ohio. 

Class of 2008

1MechEng's picture

If the shows are going based on popularity/ratings, then Glee should be nominated for Ohio. It is set in Lima, Ohio.
<Now scrubbing my eyes with bleach after seeing what I just typed.>
 

AndyVance's picture

I suppose I should feel bad that I didn't know that little piece of television trivia, but strangely enough, I don't feel bad at all...

frozen buckeye's picture

It's only June 11 and look at us.  This is football jonesing to a new extreme. 

JasonOSU_UNI's picture

And because of this list, I will not be returning to 11W until late August.
Good day, sirs.