Preschool TV Showdown: Round 1 Nick Jr
It’s March and with March comes the madness and the brackets and the basketballs. Every year, my family printed brackets for the basketball tournament and had a little friendly family competition. Well, it actually wasn’t very friendly by any stretch of the imagination. I normally lost save for one glorious year.
I’ve been loving all the pop culture march madness-style tournaments that have popped up over the years and Suzanne and I thought it would be fun to do one of our own with kids’ television shows. And because we let our kids watch a smdige too much television, both of us find most of them sort of annoying. Or a lot annoying. Whatever. And since we know we aren’t alone in this annoyance, what could be better than a WORST PRESCHOOL TELEVISION PROGRAM SHOWDOWN. I know people have strong opinions on the matter. Don’t believe me? Just ask twitter about Max & Ruby sometime.
The game: we made “divisions” based on four channels (Nick Jr, Disney Jr, Hub and Sprout/PBS) and tried to keep it sort of limited to shows aimed at preschoolers, just to narrow it down. We will each host two channels and voting will narrow things down to a final four, once from each channel, which will narrow down to an ultimate showdown deciding the worst preschool show on television. The full bracket can be viewed here.
I’m hosting the Nick Jr & Hub divisions and Suzanne has Disney Jr & Sprout/PBS.
After you vote, head over to bebehblog for the Disney Jr polls!
Voting ends Sunday at Midnight. Come back tomorrow to vote on Hub and then I think the next round’s voting will open on Tuesday.
Disclaimer: This is just for fun and not an exact science. Obviously. The brackets were loosely seeded (very roughly ranked best to worse), but no attention was paid to how the rankings would pair up. The Fresh Beat Band Yo Gabba Gabba pairing was a hilarious accident and unrelated to their crossover show. Shows selected were based on current US airings. Some shows might not exactly be “preschool” but we just filled things in the best we could to round out the numbers. No kids’ shows were harmed in the making of this showdown. It is not sponsored or endorsed (or probably encouraged) by any of the tv networks or shows. Yes, I now realize we forgot the UpsideDown Show. It isn’t currently airing, but man that show sucks.