Fatherly Stuff: Fatherly Stuff Bracket Preview! (Children's TV Shows)

Mar 22, 2013

Fatherly Stuff Bracket Preview! (Children's TV Shows)

Ladies and Gentleman: March Madness is upon us.

All over the country people are setting up their own tournament brackets in an attempt to predict who will win the NCAA college basketball championship. This tournament is a source of fun, excitement and frustration for many: Even though the teams are supposedly ranked based on a seeding system, every team on the bracket has the potential to make to the big dance and win it all. This is what makes the tournament so awesome to watch.

In the spirit of this, I decided to create my own tournament. Children's TV has had somewhat of a boon in recent years. Companies nowadays pay millions of dollars in order to create focus groups and research studies to produce the best educational TV for our kids (not out of the kindness of their heart of course, but I digress).  Most of us let our young children watch these TV shows, but have you ever wondered which one was the best? Well, we're about to find out. The "players" will be 16 popular children's educational TV shows that we watch with our kids and they will be separated based on the channel that they are broadcasted on. I wanted to call it March Dadness, but sadly it was already taken. Here is the breakdown:

Region 1 (Disney Jr)
Doc McStuffins
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Jake and the Neverland Pirates
Chuggington

Region 2 (PBS Kids)
Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That
Super Why
Dinosaur Train
Sesame Street

Region 3 (Nick Jr)
Yo Gabba Gabba
Team Umizoomi
Dora The Explorer
Wonder Pets

Region 4 (Sprout)
The Wiggles
Calliou
Bob the Builder
Thomas and Friends

Starting Monday, I will go through each region and list each of the shows strength's and weaknesses based on the quality of the programming and educational value. Readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite during each match up. By the end of the voting period, the show with the most votes will move on, the loser will be eliminated. There is a picture of the bracket:
 
 
So get ready because on Monday, the battle for supremacy begins!