TV Madness 2019 is officially upon us! March is one of our favorite times of the year for many reasons — spring is in the air, the days are getting longer, and the idea of a bracket is a part of our pop-culture lexicon. TV Madness is CarterMatt’s version of March Madness, where a number of fantastic shows from across the map face off against each other. There are seedings, head-to-head showdowns, and the performance of each show is based entirely on you, the reader.
In this showdown, we’re bracing for what could be one of the strongest, most-competitive ones of the entire tournament to date! We knew entering the tournament that Lucifer would be a top contender due to its passionate fanbase — this is a group that helped to push the series over to Netflix after its original cancellation! Meanwhile, SEAL Team entered the tournament as more of an underdog; it hasn’t had a breakout TV Madness performance just yet, but in the first round it actually posted more total votes than Lucifer did! It needed them, given that it had to withstand a strong competitor in NCIS: Los Angeles. Only one of these two shows will move forward to the elite eight, and we’re stoked to see how things shake out.
If you’ve taken part in CarterMatt’s TV Madness before, you likely know how this works — we spotlight the two competitors and then, on the other side of it, give you a poll for you to commence your voting! The poll is located at the bottom of this article.
How voting works – Vote however often you would like! (Technical instructions for multiple voting can be found right above the poll.) We will keep this poll open until Friday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. Whoever wins this showdown is going to be facing off against either The Blacklist or Absentia, who are also doing battle at this particular moment.
You can see the full bracket (including start dates for each individual round) in the graphic at the top of this article.
SEAL Team (#6 seed) – The David Boreanaz military drama really impressed in the first round, generating thousands of votes and establishing itself as a real contender, even though it started out as an underdog. It makes some sense why its fans would be so passionate and so ready for the challenge — this is a show in the midst of a CBS hiatus, for starters (though it’s almost over), and it is also a show currently on the bubble. We hope that viewers do find it in its later timeslot come Wednesday night.
As for why it’s so appealing in the first place, we think it’s probably due to its honest, unflinching look at what it’s like to be a part of this elite military squad, both out on deployment but also back at home, trying to piece together what are sometimes difficult, patchwork-like lives. It’s about overcoming struggle and trying to be the best person possible.
Lucifer (#2 seed) – In its own way, Lucifer is about trying to, at least, be a better person — or a better Devil in Lucifer Morningstar’s case. He’s never going to be perfect (those devilish impulses are going to get in the way here and there), but we do think that he likes this little world he’s carved for himself in Los Angeles, and he also wants the admiration of one Chloe Decker.
Lucifer fans have been waiting a really long time in order to see the fourth season — it’s been more than just a hiatus. Think of it in terms of a drought! Luckily, the show will be coming back at some point in the coming months with new episodes that are hopefully as dramatic and dark and entertaining as what we’ve seen before. Lucifer won its round 1 performance against The Gifted by a fairly-wide margin, but as we’ve noted, the competition level is rising! It best be prepared.
Let the voting commence…
Be sure to share who you want to see advance in our TV Madness Tournament below!
I can’t see the poll; what do I do? – If you are on mobile, scroll to the bottom of the page and click to view the non-AMP version. If that does not work, give the poll a moment to load! On some mobile browsers, it may take a moment.
How can I vote more than once? – If you are having trouble casting multiple votes, try switching your browser, your device, or visiting the page under private browsing or incognito mode. There should be many handy guides online explaining how to do so if interested.