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It's reckoning time in the comedy ranks.
Like last week with dramas (the first revised Power Rankings! since the revamp) — shows rising, dropping or falling off entirely as a new batch of series jumped into the fray — comedies must fend for themselves as flux arrives.
And it has arrived, with seven new comedies making the list.
The problem is — and theoretically this is a good problem — all of the original comedies are qualitatively rock solid and that original 16 doesn't feel like budging.
Only one from that list — Fleabag on Amazon, is ineligible, having reached the one-year mark from its last episode.
Only one other — FX's Atlanta — is nearing its ineligibility date (Nov. 16), and while dropping it a couple of weeks before the deadline would certainly be the easy thing to do, this is Atlanta we're talking about; that's not happening on my watch. And all of this is my watch.
So, just as a reminder, the Power Rankings! have no problem being bloated; so long as whatever carb-and-gluten gut bomb that got gobbled down was of high quality, there won't be any guilt. Lists centered on quality — at least my lists — don't have to be held to 10 if, say, there's a shit-ton of great ones out there. On the other hand, this isn't one of my year-end, best-of lists that dutifully reflect the Platinum Age of a television industry still neck-deep in Peak TV.
No, this is about getting knocked off a list, at least until the next time, because something brilliant came along and, well, memory fades. But also there's so much science and analytics involved in the process it's scary — and dispassionate. Not everybody gets to win every week.
Note: The original 16 here had a couple of iconic entries that had what I'd call a "legacy bump" — a high ranking reflective of continued achievement. But now that we've launched, there's going to be flux.
So let's do this.
All hail the series that can hold the No. 1 ranking the longest. Below, you'll see two numbers. The number on the left is its current ranking, the one on the right is its previous ranking.
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