Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #64: Decision 2008, Part 2

Thirteen Pop Culture Showdowns

Last week, millions of Americans took part in the election process to decide the next President of the United States. In that same (although much lighter) vein, I have listed 13 pop culture showdowns on which you can cast your votes.

After each selection, I have listed my choice. Feel free to join in on the decision-making process by listing your choices from the 13 showdowns below in the comments section.

Also, please take a moment to vote in the current Sesame Street poll in the left sidebar. If you have any comments about your choices for favorite Sesame Street Muppets, click here.

1. American Bandstand vs. Soul Train- Soul Train gets my vote. It wasn't called "The Hippest Trip in America" for nothing.

2. The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones- Because they knew when to call it a day, The Fab Four trumps The Bad Boys of Rock and Roll.

3. The Brady Bunch vs. The Partridge Family- Better pop tunes (featuring the sterling tambourine/triangle playing of little sister Tracy), plus a psychedelic bus! It's The Partridges by a narrow margin.

4. Coke vs. Pepsi- This one was almost a draw. In addition to enjoying their taste equally, I couldn't give an edge to either of them when comparing their commercials over the years. However, Pepsi wins the "Cola Wars" because they had the good sense not to change their formula.

5. The Flintstones vs. The Jetsons- Since a flying car is always preferable to an auto that has to be started with your bare feet, The Jetsons get my vote.

6. Ginger vs. Mary Ann- Ginger was a little high maintenance and she tried too hard to be sexy. Mary Ann never had to try, which made her all the more sexier. Plus, Mary Ann's coconut cream pie was in a class all by itself!

7. The Go-Gos vs. The Bangles- This is a tough one, but The Bangles have the edge. The reason boils down to two words... Susannah Hoffs (top center in the Bangles' RS cover).

8. I Dream of Jeannie vs. Bewitched- I Dream of Jeannie wins this one. Tony Nelson (aka Master) had a good thing in Jeannie and didn't mind using her powers to his advantage.

Durwood (aka Darrin) on the other hand was always trying to suppress Samantha's witchy ways (wtf?). If I was Darrin, Samantha would have been twitching that nose of hers so much she would have wound up like Jack Nicholson in Chinatown.

9. McDonald's vs. Burger King- McDonald's... the fries have it.

10. Prince vs. Michael Jackson- His Royal Badness comes out on top over The Gloved One. Although Mike has the best dance moves by just a bit, Prince has a slight edge when it comes to their song catalogs and is more musically talented (dude can play over 25 instruments). Plus, the present-day Prince actually still resembles his 80s-era self.

11. Star Trek vs. Star Wars- You can try coming after me with your light saber if you want, but Star Trek gets my vote. I don't care how much dough those Star Wars prequels (Episodes 1, 2, and 3) made, they were mediocre at best.

12. Superman vs. Batman- My choice goes to The Dark Knight over The Man of Steel. Reason: his arsenal of gadgets. Like Nicholson's Joker asked, "Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

13. The Temptations vs. The Four Tops- Although I have much love for The Tops, my choice of The Tempts is a surprise to no one who knows me.

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The Gal Herself said...

LOVED your comment on the Beatles vs. the Stones. Reminds me of that Lennon quote, "Why do people ask why the Beatles broke up? A better question is why do the Stones stay together?" (Or words to that effect.)

And kudos for being the only person I've ever seen connect Sam's nose twice with Jake Gittes' nasal issues.

Tobias said...

See, I think Superman wins just because Batman isn't so much a superhero as a very rich vigilante. Plus, Superman's an alien, that's cool.

Sue said...

I am definitely the Pepsi type. Fun list idea :)

Nicholas said...

I grew up in England so I don't know a lot of those shows/people you mention but I would like to vote for the Beatles and Star Trek.

Adelle said...

1- Soul Train
2- The Rolling Stones
3- The Partridge Family
4- Pepsi
5- The Jetsons
6- Mrs Howell hehehe
7- The Bangles
8- Bewitched
9- Burger King
10- Prince
11- Star Trek
12- Spiderman lol
13- The Temptations.
Fun list! Happy T13!

Michelle said...

Awesome theme for your TT. I really enjoyed it. I'd have to say Pepsi over Coke and Prince over Michael Jackson. Happy TT!

On a limb with Claudia said...

wow that's a list! We're voting right? Here's my votes:
1.Soul Train
2. Beatles - never liked the stone
3. Brady Bunch - long story
4. Neither - don't drink them
5. Jetson - love the Jetsons
6. Ginger
7. Go Go Girls
8. I dream of Jeannie - love that show
9. Mc Donalds - addicted to big macs
10. Prince - don't like pedophiles
11. Star Wars
12. Batman
13. Temptations

Hey Malcolm, thanks for opening up comments to everyone instead of just blogger! :)

Lazy Daisy said...

1. Bandstand
2. Beatles
3. Partridge Family
4. Coke
5. Jetsons
6. Ginger
7. The Bangles
8. Burger King
9. I Dream of Jeannie
10.Michael Jackson
11.Star Trek
12. Superman
13. Temptations

SandyCarlson said...

Love it! I think Dr. Pepper beats Coke and Pepsi...and I think you're dead on about Mary Ann!

FickleMinded said...

love your list!
i like the Beatles,Teh brady bunch and the Batman!
My Thursday Thirteen

Randy said...

1. Soul Train
2. The Beatles - not even close
3. The Partridge Family - had hit songs
4. Pepsi - gotta love the lemon
5. The Jetsons
6. Mary Ann - Malcolm nailed the reason
7. The GoGo's
8. Bewitched - better stories and characters like Paul Lynde
9. McDonald's
10. Prince - again Malcolm nailed it
11. Star Trek
12. Batman
13. The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone ... need I say more?

Linda said...

Fun TT! Mine has a Thanksgiving Theme this week.

Journeywoman said...

Beatles definately. I disagree about the Bradys. And I am with you on Star Trek.

Paula said...

This was fun! I am a Pepsi girl myself

Mama Pajama said...

Almost all of those were tough choices. But, I would have chosen MJ, The Brady Bunch, and Coke.

Once again, a great idea for TT!

*yea...I can finally leave my Name/URL and hide my "other" name.

pjazzypar said...

I have to take Coke over Pepsi and definitely Samantha over Jeannie, possibly because of the supporting cast and I got to go with Flintstones. Michael and Prince is a toss up for me. I seen video tape of Michael making grown men cry!

Barbara(aka Layla) said...


Kristine said...

I give Batman the edge because the latest round of Hollywood movies has been much better.

I agree about the Beatles. But, I think they're simply the best band ever.

Btw, thanks for catching my mistake. I was posting in the wee hours of the morning and slipped.

clnmike said...

1- Soul Train (the clothes, women, music?)
2- Beatles
10- Prince
11-Star Trek
12-Batman (where is the drama if your the baddest man in the universe?)

Janet said...

1- Soul Train
2- The Beatles...their songs are vastly superior!
3- The Partridge Family; the Bradys skeeved me out
4- Coke (first to have lime!)
5- The Jetsons
6- Ginger
7- The Bangles, Walk Like An Egyptian was awesome!
8- Bewitched
9- Mickie D's
10- Prince
11- Star Trek
12- Batman, esp in The Dark Knight omg!
13- The Temptations, LOVED Papa Was A Rolling Stone.

Kirstie says..... said...

Thanks for the visit! I LOVED Tour of Duty and wish it were still on - and "Reflections" by the Supremes! Awesome blog! I agree with all your votes but #7 - the GoGos for me!

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