October 3, 2004

Poll Results. The top current TV franchise is:

Weekly Poll 9/26/04: The top current TV franchise is:
  • CSI 0% 0
  • Law & Order 100% 2
  • Star Trek 0% 0
  • Stargate SG-1 0% 0
  • The Practice 0% 0
  • Friends 0% 0
  • Other 0% 0
  • No preference 0% 0
  • total votes: 2
Well, this sure was a bomb of a poll. I had trouble thinking of something and this is what I was saddled with. I voted for Law & Order, but let's take a brief look at each of these.
CSI. Spawning spinoffs faster than Law & Order did, it appears they want to have a different CSI every night of the week. I like the original, and sort of like NY, but Miami never really clicked with me. The franchise is degenerating into just another cop show than the investigation show it started as.
Law & Order. This formula seems very durable. Each series has it's own feel, yet you can tell they all belong to the same family. I only started watching them a couple years ago, but it is easy to see why it has lasted so long.
Star Trek. What a varied success rate this franchise has had. The current torch bearer is Enterprise, an interesting if somewhat weak entry. The concept is good, but the result doesn't fit in so well. This franchise has been slipping for awhile, Voyager was OK, DS9 was arguably the best of the new series, and there is no denying the classic status of the first series.
Stargate SG-1. The latest to join the sci-fi franchises, Atlantis is the first spinoff for this show. It's done a pretty good job of stepping away from the original show, but it's going to take a little while for the cast to gel. I still think it's amazing what they have done with this show based on a mediocre movie.
The Practice. It's first spinoff, Boston Legal, has just started. I'm not much of a fan of the first, so I probably won't be watching this.
Friends. I never thought this would become a franchise, but here we are at the dawn of the age of Joey. If there was one character I would have liked to have his/her own show, it would be Joey. I've liked the first few episodes, it's not at the same level as Friends, but I'll give it some time.


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