For Women Only! Who's Hotter Than Who?

McDreamy or McSteamy? Grey's Anatomy
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It's the Ultimate Rorschach Test
What starts out as Who's Hotter than Who? is ultimately an experiment in self-discovery.

It is a journey within, where our reactions reveal more about ourselves than the images and characterizations we judge.

As they say, there are no right or wrong answers here. Your opinions are all that matter.

We provide no analysis, conclusions nor judgments about your choices.

But we're betting that when you've finished reviewing this list, you'll learn something about yourself. (We did in the Men's Only version)

And, hey, it beats looking at inkblots!

Email us to tell us about your choices.

Shawn or Gus?

Napoleon or Illya? The Man from UNCLE

Neal or Peter? White Collar
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Darrin #1 or Darrin #2? Bewitched

Luke or Han? Star Wars
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Dean or Sam? Supernatural

Dean or Jerry? Martin and Lewis
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Sheldon or Leonard? The Big Bang Theory
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Crockett or Tubbs? Miami Vice
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Starsky or Hutch? Starsky and Hutch
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G or Sam? NCIS LA
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John or Paul? The Beatles

Butch or Sundance? Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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Butch or Sundance? The Real Butch and Sundance
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For Men Only! Who's Hotter Than Who?

It's the Ultimate Rorschach Test
What starts out as Who's Hotter than Who? ends as an experiment in self-discovery.

It is a journey within, where our reactions reveal more about ourselves than the images and characterizations we judge.

As they say, there are no right or wrong answers here. Only your opinions -- and mine.

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We provide no analysis, conclusions nor judgments here about your choices (or our own).

But we're betting that when you've finished reviewing this list, you'll learn something about yourself. (We did.)

And, hey, it beats looking at inkblots!

Email us to tell us about your choices.

Britta or Annie? Community

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Jennifer or Bailey? WKRP in Cinncinatti

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Janet or Chrissy? Three's Company
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Janet or Terry?
Three's Company
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Still Janet!
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Xena or Gabrielle? Xena, Warrior Princess


Electra Woman or Dyna Girl? Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

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Cagney or Lacey? Cagney and Lacey
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Lucy or Ethel? I Love Lucy
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Laverne or Shirley? Laverne and Shirley
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Betty or Veronica? Archie Comics


Wilma or Betty? The Flintstones


Addison or Naomi? Private Practice
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Addison!, wait... Naomi! Too Close to Call... Tie!
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Leia or Mara Jade? Star Wars: Expanded Universe
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Mara Jade!
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The Old Spice Guy: The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

Who is the Old Spice Guy?
He's Isaiah Mustafa, a former rookie wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks and NFL Europe.

Who came up with this ad?
Wieden+Kennedy, one of the world's largest independently-owned ad agencies. It was introduced at the 2010 Super Bowl.

How did they do it?
It took three days to shoot but the final print is one continuous take. Yeah, they actually built a shower set on a boat set and crane-lifted the guy onto a real horse.

Check out the 20 minute "Making of" video at the end of this post. The two guys who wrote the ad explain how it was done.

What else has W+K done?
This firm is a heavy hitter. They were the brains behind Nike's Just Do It and vintage Bo Knows campaigns. They also masterminded the inventive This is SportsCenter commercials for ESPN.

What's the lowdown on Old Spice?
The Shulton Company first introduced Old Spice in 1937 as a fragrance for women. Old Spice for Men didn't drop until the following year.

Proctor & Gamble bought Old Spice 20 years ago and over that time has done some makeover work on the brand.

What kind of changes did P&G bring to the party?
Part of the shift in positioning was to incorporate humor in the marketing of Old Spice.

Back in the 70's, Old Spice commercials were all about shore-leave.
A sailor would pull into port hook up with four different women then hurl the empty container of his magic love potion at an adoring voyeur.

By the 80's, Old Spice was trying to define its ideal customer.
Humor was starting to creep in, but the goal was to be somewhat amusing, not hilarious.

But lately, all hell has broken loose.
Old Spice, in our opinion, is responsible for some of the funniest, most clever commercials on the air.

The Bruce Campbell commercial is a classic.
Is there almost subliminal audio here which is exactly the opposite of what you'd expect in a commercial for men's fragrance?

"Ees it Right for Heem?"
Apparently, Old Spice Hair and Body Wash is right for everybody.
More quasi-subliminal messaging in the final frame.

Before "I'm on a horse" came "I am a horse."
Yeah, there's something subliminal going on here too, right?

A man of few words

The Making of the Old Spice I'm on a Horse commercial:

Men of the Apocalypse: Drifters

The Fugitive:
An innocent victim of blind justice...freed by fate to search for a one-armed man..freed to run from a policeman obsessed with his capture.

You don't see this kind of character on TV much anymore more but in the mid-20th century it was one of the most popular of all.

The Drifter...
He -- always he -- had no home and was constantly on the move, whether driven by need for excitement, justice, survival or inner peace.

And over the course of each episode, strangers would become friends or lovers as the Drifter found some lost jigsaw piece of his own self-mystery.

The Seven Types of Drifters:

The Running Man Drifter

The Running Man Drifter is accused of a crime he didn't commit and must find the true killer to prove his innocence.

Ripped from the same cloth as The Fugitive was the Incredible Hulk series. David Banner was the sci-fi twist of Richard Kimble.

Banner's first name was Bruce in the comic book that spawned this series, but that wasn't considered macho enough for TV.

Like Kimble, David/Bruce Banner ran to escape those who had falsely accused him.

On the way, he experienced one extreme wardrobe-malfunction after another.

The Gadabout Drifter

Warner Brothers cornered the market on old-west drifters in the 50's.
Maverick was a classic Gadabout, always in search of whiskey, women and a fast hand of five-card stud. This Drifter was motivated by thirst for risky adventure.

James Garner portrayed Bret Maverick, a card shark with a heart of gold. But because each episode took more than a week to crank out, Bret's brother Bart -- played by Jack Kelly -- was soon introduced. Most episodes featured Bret, some featured Bart.

Roger Moore, playing English cousin, Beau, joined the show when Garner left over a contract dispute.

Oh yeah, the WB was turned down by their first choice for Beau, Sean Connery.

The Crusader-Drifter

The Crusader Drifter was a man on a mission.
He was a tortured soul who could not rest until every wrong had been righted and every perp put in prison.

Batman never left Gotham and Superman stayed close to Metropolis. But the Crusader Drifter was always journeying from town to town, hoping to be there when justice had to be done.and there was no one else there to do it.

The Crusader-Drifter sometimes had a sidekick.
The Lone Ranger had Tonto and Batman had Robin. But the Crusader Drifter's sidekick was generally motivated by loyalty to his Kemo-Sabe, as opposed to the same kind of justice-jag that spurred on the main character.

The Lonesome Road Drifter

This kind of Drifter wasn't running from anyone nor toward anything .
He was called by the open road, that endless ribbon of highway.

He wasn't yet ready to settle down and he had the money and means to take some time to ... drift.

On CBS's Route 66, Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock restlessly searched for adventure in an inherited convertible Corvette, which was somehow always the latest model each of the show's four seasons on the air. (Chevrolet was a sponsor).

Route 66 was the last chance for viewers to see a regionally diverse America that just doesn't exist anymore. As stars Martin Milner and George Maharis commented in interviews, "Now you can go wherever you want ... and it's a Denny's"

The Dead-Man-Running Drifter

This Drifter has only so much time and he's trying to grab for all the gusto he can.

He wasn't out to save the world yet each week he found a way to bring resolution or meaning to lives he touched as he wandered from one city to the next.

NBC's excellent, but ironically short-lived, Run For Your Life starred Ben Gazzara as Paul Bryan, a man afflicted with a never identified terminal illness.

Paul Bryan now had to squeeze thirty years of living into one...or two...

The "If I'm Not Me Who Da Hell Am I?!" Drifter

This Drifter suffered from some kind of amnesia.
He had no idea who he was. All he knew was that he had to keep on the run because someone, for some reason, was trying to kill him.

Coronet Blue was a short-lived series in the mid-60's. It didn't last long enough for the lead character to figure out his mystery.

The main character crawled out of the ocean, cold, alone and afraid, with no memory of his past and only the knowledge that he was being pursued by dangerous people.


Do you think if the series lasted longer he might have discovered that his real identity was that of Jason Bourne??!

No one described this Drifter better than Arnold...

The Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Drifter

Like, far out, man
This Drifter was like, you know, tired of that whole button-down corporate thing, man. He had to, I don't know, like bust loose and maybe like, you know, find himself and stuff.

Maybe he would, maybe find some chicks along the way and dig that groovy scene. But then he'd have to cut out, like space. Leave, even.

Like, you know?

Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref: Yadda Yadda Yadda

I see dead people...all the time...
After seeing the M. Night Shyamalan film, The Sixth Sense, I saw it again the very next week. I was sure the movie had cheated its brilliant conceit somewhere along the way. It hadn't.

Could a movie be this good? Could a filmmaker be this brilliant?

Then I saw M. Night's subsequent movies, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village. One hokey, sophomoric bomb after another.

If those movies had been that bad, could The Sixth Sense have possibly been that good?

Not that there's anything wrong with that...
Jerry Seinfeld's long-running NBC hit, Seinfeld was the bedrock of Must-See-TV in the Go-Go 90's. It redefined the TV sitcom and was the fountainhead of ongoing syndication and DVD franchises.

Jerry Seinfeld has a secure position in the TV Comedy Hall of Fame, right?

Now, I'm starting to wonder...

The first chink in the armor was that shorter-than-intended series of embarrassing Microsoft commercials.

While many viewers expected a clever pushback to the long-running PC/Mac Apple campaign, what they got was rambling stream-of-consciousness, featuring Seinfeld and, surprisingly, an equally funny (or unfunny) Bill Gates.

Then came the Marriage Ref.

Seinfeld produces this curiosity but he isn't really identified as the star of the show.

Tom Papa plays Ryan Seacrest to a judging panel of three celebrities that more-often-than-not includes Seinfeld.

And what are they judging?

Pre-recorded -- most definitely scripted/directed -- vignettes of couples playful sparring over one insipid, trivial thing or another.

Then the panel judges spout off what sounds like scripted ad-libs that generate surreal and wholly unbelievable laugh-track-enhanced studio audience guffaws.

Note to Marriage Ref producers:
Compare the quality of your celebrity quips with those of NBC's vintage Hollywood Squares.

How could NBC replace one night of the disaster that was the Jay Leno Show with a program that accomplishes the seemingly impossible feat of being less funny and less clever?

How indeed.

Here's what the critics are saying about The Marriage Ref:

NPR / Linda Holmes: "terrible" ... "heinous"
(Interesting since The Marriage Ref does have the vibe of a witless version of NPR's "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!")

Time Magazine / James Poniewozik: "the most God-awful mishmash of a comedy-variety show to lead into local news on NBC since immediately before the Olympics." / Alan Sepinwall: "ugly, unfunny, patronizing mess."

Maybe the Must-See-TV Seinfeld show just wasn't as funny as I thought it was...