Seriable Hall Of Legends: May 2011 Voting


If you’re here, the chances are you love serialized, mythology-fueled or high-concept television shows. Over the years, these Seriable treats have provided us with some truly unforgettable scenes, legendary characters, moments of poignancy that transcend the screen, and much, much more.

On such journeys, entire fandoms are built. Indeed, Seriable is home to all of these shows – an ever-growing community where “serialized” and “mythology” are not dirty words to be shamefully whispered at the side of the mouth. They are descriptions of pride and honor – a preference, a philosophy.

So, what better way to pay homage to these brave, meaningful stories, than to induct the most treasured into a Seriable Hall Of Legends! Eligible for the month of may are: 24, Alias, Breaking Bad, LOST, The Wire, and The X-Files.

(Firstly, I know the banner says “hall of fame” but “legends” came to us in a flash after our Seriable Bots had already designed the banner. They’ll update it once they’ve stopped sulking).

Here’s how it works:

Each month, Team Seriable will select SIX of the best, most loved serialized/mythology television shows from the past couple of decades and place them in a SHOL nomination poll. You, the Seriable community, will then have the chance to vote for the show you’d like to see inducted into the Seriable Hall of Legends!

Voting will remain open for 7 days. At the end of that period, the winner (the show with the most votes) will be inducted into the SHOL, which will be a special section of where all the legends will be pictured and listed. We’ll do this each month, and over time we should have a fine, ever-expanding hall of Seriable shows which have been collectively chosen by the Seriable community as being the standard-bearers of television the way we like it.

That’s right, you can help your favorite shows to receive legend status!

Just a quick note: We’ll mix up the shows that we select for the SHOL poll each month, but only those that we feel have attained a certain standard will make it. Also, a tip of the Seriable hat goes to our good chum Page 48 for part-inspiring this idea.

Without further ado, here are some reminders from the shows featured in this month’s SHOL nominations, followed by the poll itself.







Now it’s over to YOU. Which Seriable contender will you induct as our first-ever Legend? Feel most free to vote in the poll below and offer your reasons/views in the comments.

Seriable Hall Of Legends: May 2011

  • Lost (34%, 66 Votes)
  • The X-Files (26%, 50 Votes)
  • 24 (17%, 32 Votes)
  • Alias (8%, 16 Votes)
  • Breaking Bad (8%, 16 Votes)
  • The Wire (7%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

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Voting closes Sunday May 29th at 23:59 EST. We’ll announce the winner the following day.


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  1. Page 48 says

    It was quite by accident that I found “Truth Be Told” on the night that it debuted (Sept. 30, 2001). This was right smack in the middle of the aftermath of 9/11 and like most people, I had been consumed with wall-to-wall coverage on CNN and other 24 hour news stations. It was a simple act of channel-surfing that led me to this crazy scene of a girl with bright red hair being interrogated in a most ungentlemanly manner by a guy who came to be known as Suit And Glasses.

    Thanks to the magic of satellite dishes and time-shifting, I was able to watch TBT twice that night, and I knew that, from that night on, I would be glued to Sydney Bristow like white to rice.

    “Alias” was movie-quality week in and week out. It changed my expectations of what TV should be. Never again would I be able to settle for shows that were popular years earlier. JJ Abrams (and, unbeknownst to me at the time, Joss Whedon) saw to it that we could never, would never have to settle for shows like “Magnum, P.I.”, “Diagnosis Murder”, or “Murder, She Wrote”, which pale in comparison to the efforts of Bad Robot and Mutant Enemy.

    My deepest regret about “Alias” is that it never had a chance to benefit from the kind of promotion (gorgeous 720p teasers, resource-rich blogs, viral campaigns, easter-egg laden posters, etc…) that many shows are treated to today. It was born too soon and gone before we knew it, long before shows like “24” and “Smallville”, which debuted at roughly the same time.

    “Alias” faded to black 5 years ago tonight with a finale that left many (including me) shaking their heads. As controversial an ending to “Alias” faithful as the hazy, crazy church scene that left “Lost” fans slack-jawed a year ago. Who ever said it was easy to end a great seriable show in a satisfying way?

    So, that’s a long way of saying that I voted for “Alias”, although I spent many an enjoyable hour in front of “24”, “Lost”, and “The X-Files” as well. In fact, in the early days of “Alias”, it was aired on Sunday evenings in Canada, as was “The X-Files”, so I was a BIG fan of Sunday night TV.

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  2. chrispatt86 says

    I think FIRST EVER LEGEND has got to be Lost, it was the first show i really got addicted to! X-Files was my favourite show when i was young and i really love Alias (im in process of watching it) but Lost was the first BIG thing for me :)

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  3. mlj102 says

    I was recently thinking that it would be a neat idea if you did a sequence of posts paying tribute to some gone but not forgotten seriable shows. Nothing big, just doing a little review on some of the bigger seriable shows of the past. It’s easy to focus on the shows that we are currently watching, but the shows that paved the way for them deserve some credit, too. I was debating if I should make the suggestion to you, then you started up this… I suppose it’s close to the same thing. Of course, as a fan of The Pretender, I would love to see it featured on here, but I imagine that so few people have even heard of it, that it wouldn’t stand a chance. Oh well. I’m still looking forward to seeing which shows are featured here for these polls.

    So a couple of questions: First, are canceled shows the only ones eligible for entering the Hall of Legends (ie, does Fringe have to wait until it ends — many years down the road — before it would be “nominated”)? Second, I’m guessing there will be repeats, right? Meaning, for example, if Alias doesn’t win this time around, it could still be included in a future poll, right?

    As for my vote, I had to go with The X-Files, as it is the only show listed that I ever watched and consider myself a fan. While The X-Files lost much of it’s appeal in later seasons, I think the first few seasons had a lot of things going for them. As for the other shows, I’ve never seen the majority of them, so I can’t really say one way or another. I’m sorry, Roco, but I just can’t get into Lost. And I wanted to like it. But despite the fact that it was certainly a well put together show, I just don’t find it engaging or compelling, and the characters just don’t matter to me. I just don’t see how it is everything that most people make it out to be… No disrespect, of course. As for Alias, that is one show that I have heard a lot about and I find it intriguing. The trick is actually getting around to watching it. But it looks promising.

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    • Page 48 says

      mlj102, I haven’t seen “The Pretender” (okay, I’ve seen a couple of eppies), but we had a discussion several years ago at “Let’s Talk Alias”, where blogger uncle111 (also a fan of “The Pretender”) enumerated many of the similarities between “Alias” and TP.

      There is little doubt that JJ Abrams was very familiar with “The Pretender”, to the extent that even many of the character names (Sydney, Vaughn, Weiss, Sloane, Marcus) appear in both shows. Jennifer Garner herself appeared as Billie Vaughn in one episode. Those familiar with “Alias” will recognize the name Bill Vaughn as being Michael Vaughn’s father’s name.

      TP ended in May, 2000. “Alias” debuted in September of the following year. I think the influence of TP on “Alias” is undeniable, and at that time, would have been fresh as a daisy in JJ’s head.

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      • mlj102 says

        Interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing! I had known Jennifer Garner had been a guest star in an episode of The Pretender — I actually really like that particular episode — but I had no idea there were so many other similarities between the two. I’m particularly fond of the suggestion that The Pretender was one of the shows that influenced J. J. Abrams’ projects, including Alias, so thanks for putting that out there!

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    • Pierce says

      Don’t feel bad about not liking Lost, because in retrospect while it had great moments throughout, I can honestly say as a viewer who stuck it out all six seasons, only S1 truly captures just how unique the show was and had the potential to be. Characters came and went that were captivating (Ben Linus, Dr. Juliet Burke, Mr. Eko, Desmond Hume) but their individual stories just got crushed in the wheel of what I can only assume was eventual narrative give up.

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