To be great is no small feat; to be the greatest is near impossible. Very few will argue when somebody declares some thing as “good.” It’s a casual word that holds little weight. But, greatness exists in its own category.
There have been handfuls of quality television shows in the last twenty years, but certain shows will always float to the top. While there may be disagreement (and there always is disagreement), there seems to be no question that the best shows are Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Wire. I found, however, that when I asserted these four shows as being the best (and by a wide margin) others relentlessly, viciously, and threateningly disagreed. Once the interlocutors put down their knives and took off their brass knuckles, I felt it was safe to ask what television show might be their favorite.
The disagreement comes as no surprise: taste is subjective, but so personal that it appears to individuals as objective truth. Television is both intimate and universal, and as a consequence people become attached to certain shows or characters with exceptional ferocity. Nobody likes to see their favorite show disparaged; they feel a personal obligation to it. When I claimed the top four shows (and selected Battlestar Galactica as the greatest), people immediately levied irrational, melodramatic critiques of a show they ostensibly would enjoy. To them, it’s okay for me to say Battlestar Galactica is “great,” but to call it the “greatest” is villainous. Why? Because to raise my show to the top is to lower theirs a rung—an act of interpersonal aggression.
In the spirit of such debate, The Airspace has decided to give away your favorite television show.
Update: Entries are now closed. Feel free to comment and voice your opinion, though.
Here’s how it works:
Then you can leave a comment (login with the Facebook or Twitter account you used previously) on this article containing three important bits of information: Your favorite television show, your favorite season of that show, and why your show is the greatest.
It’s pretty simple. Entries will be closed on Tuesday night, after which we will randomly select a winner (or winners) and send their favorite season of the greatest television show their way.
Notes about the giveaway: 1. We love comments, but leaving more than one does not increase your chances of winning. 2. To keep track of entries, you must use the same account to comment as you did to like or follow The Airspace. 3. If you work for The Airspace, you cannot win the giveaway, but you can still voice your opinion. 4. If the number of comments is astronomically high, we will increase the number of giveaways. We want everybody to win. 5. Winners will be selected at random, but comments that don’t meet the three requirements of show, season, and reason will be discounted. So, make your comment count. 6. All entries must be made before 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 21. 7. We will only ship to the United States.