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(Some Genius)   Lose a few hours to GraphTV--a tool that mines IMDB ratings to plot the best episodes of any TV show, season by season. But how can it claim "Death Probe" was a better episode than "The Secret of Bigfoot: Part 2?"   (graphtv.kevinformatics.com) divider line 79
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2014-03-20 09:40:31 PM  
Well, MY night's shot! XD
 
2014-03-20 09:40:33 PM  
I looked at Seinfeld and the Simpsons. Seinfeld came up with two episodes I would have thought of as highest ranked. But the Simpsons interestingly said that Homer the Smithers was the highest ranked Simpsons episode, which wouldn't even be close to being in my top 10.
 
2014-03-20 09:42:26 PM  
Red Dwarf is spot on with Duct Soup from season 7 being the worst episode.
 
2014-03-20 10:53:54 PM  
Amazon Women in the Mood better than Jurassic Bark and the Luck of the Fryrish?
www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-03-20 11:10:43 PM  
season two of walking dead was the best? no way!!!!!
 
2014-03-20 11:11:27 PM  
I looked at The West Wing and ...

What?! Why is "Privateers" ranked so low?!

And "Night Five" and "Dead Irish Writers" should be ranked MUCH higher.

I've concluded that IMDB is stupid. Full of stupid, poopy heads with stupid, poopy opinions. And THIS site is stupid and poopy, too. Because, you know, reasons.
 
2014-03-20 11:28:13 PM  
This graph seems to say that Season 3 of Chuck was better than Season 2.

What? I mean...what??? Season 2 of Chuck is one of the all time great TV seasons.

IMDB users are dumb.
 
2014-03-20 11:33:13 PM  
Simply clicking on the link for BSG proves this is bullshiat.
 
2014-03-20 11:57:11 PM  
It looks like it might be fun to play around with, but I have a couple of problems in general with IMDb ratings for TV shows which will be reflected in this tool:

1) TV shows tend to get unreasonably high ratings in general.  Unlike with movies, people who don't like a TV series will tend to stop watching it fairly quickly, and are therefore less likely to bother rating it, causing TV show ratings in general to err high as they're rated mostly by fans.  People who don't like a movie will still in most cases end up finishing it and therefore movies get more honest distributions of votes.

2) Very few people rate individual episodes of TV shows relative to the number of people who rate the series as a whole.  A lot of people don't even realize that episodes are ratable individually, and amongst those who do know, few bother rating many individual episodes save perhaps for a few favorites.  Since in general a changing subset of a show's fans will particularly like any given episode, this skews high individual episodes from a set already skewed high as a result of problem #1.

The combination of these two problems has the potential to pretty severely pollute the data used to generate the tool's results.  The tool will represent data weighted toward the opinions of fans of individual episodes, selected from fans of a series.  Self-selection rarely generates great data in the first place, but when the system is designed in a way that makes the self-selection even more biased than it might seem on the surface, the data are further damaged.

That being said, I think I'm going to end up wasting a lot of time playing with this.  :)
 
2014-03-21 01:00:48 AM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Amazon Women in the Mood better than Jurassic Bark and the Luck of the Fryrish?
[www.quickmeme.com image 580x329]


Wanted to read a few comments before I visited the site.  You have just saved me the time.
 
2014-03-21 01:12:05 AM  
I think we all know the answer to that one Subby.


img.fark.net
 
2014-03-21 01:21:03 AM  
Sorry^^^  Misread headline, I'm with you Subby.
 
2014-03-21 02:01:52 AM  

HawgWild: I looked at The West Wing and ...

What?! Why is "Privateers" ranked so low?!

And "Night Five" and "Dead Irish Writers" should be ranked MUCH higher.

I've concluded that IMDB is stupid. Full of stupid, poopy heads with stupid, poopy opinions. And THIS site is stupid and poopy, too. Because, you know, reasons.


Eh, yeah, but they put Two Cathedrals and Noel as the top two, which seems right.
 
2014-03-21 02:04:36 AM  

fusillade762: Simply clicking on the link for BSG proves this is bullshiat.


For a start, it seems to show a fourth season...

Nah, but "33" was, and is, one of the best pilots ever made, and the season 1 two-parter finale had some breathtaking moments too.
 
2014-03-21 02:07:15 AM  

mikemoto: Red Dwarf is spot on with Duct Soup from season 7 being the worst episode.


Well, I don't need to look that up now

Lulz

Hardcastle and McCormick
 
2014-03-21 02:18:33 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: fusillade762: Simply clicking on the link for BSG proves this is bullshiat.

For a start, it seems to show a fourth season...


Which is rated higher than earlier seasons. There's no way in hell any of the season 4 episodes is better than Pegasus/Resurrection Ship or Exodus.
 
2014-03-21 05:19:39 AM  
Excellent graph
 
2014-03-21 05:19:48 AM  
I'm not a fan of recent TV.  But the graph for Babylon 5 looks spot on, at least at first glance.

TKO and Infection are way down there, plus Grey 17 Is Missing, good.  Severed Dreams at the top, yeah, I'll take that answer.  The Long, Twilight Struggle, Z'ha'dum, Endgame, all excellent.
 
2014-03-21 05:21:56 AM  
I glanced at the Night Court graph, but I'll be damned if I can remember the names of any episodes.
 
2014-03-21 05:23:21 AM  
The Firefly graph looks pretty accurate, if short.
 
2014-03-21 05:25:53 AM  
Deep Space Nine.. yeah, best I can tell, that's pretty accurate as well.
 
2014-03-21 05:31:54 AM  
the graph for Dexter is hilarious, just for season 8 alone.
 
2014-03-21 05:39:17 AM  
Harlan Ellison wins at Star Trek.
 
2014-03-21 05:52:33 AM  
Hmm, it thinks Battle of the Planets had just one episode.
 
2014-03-21 05:53:57 AM  
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe.  :(
 
2014-03-21 05:56:58 AM  
I'd say the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. graph is correct.. and you do need all those periods in the name to find it.  Upward trending for quality.
 
2014-03-21 06:09:51 AM  
(looks up Crusade)  Okay, that first episode was NOT a 7, 'War Zone' was terrible.  But that was TNT's fault, for insisting on a new pilot episode that really dumbed things down a lot.
 
2014-03-21 06:14:02 AM  
It's borderline stupid how much I have enjoyed putzing around on this website for the last half hour.  The most interesting timeline for me was the one for Saturday Night Live (because there's so many episodes).  I only found one thing that annoyed me in probably 15-20 searches - The least popular Sopranos episode is the Pine Barrons?  It was one of the two or three best episodes of the series!
 
2014-03-21 07:11:50 AM  
Heh, thanks subby, I just got a whole new appreciation for The Venture Brothers since I didn't know the Bionic Man and Bigfoot association was real.
 
2014-03-21 07:21:26 AM  
I was about 6-8 when the Six Million Dollar Man was on the air, but I liked the Venus Probe best.  I'm not sure if the episode 'Death Probe' was that, or a later followup version.
 
2014-03-21 07:33:21 AM  
Sherlock is kinda funny looking.
 
2014-03-21 07:35:14 AM  

Alphax: I was about 6-8 when the Six Million Dollar Man was on the air, but I liked the Venus Probe best.  I'm not sure if the episode 'Death Probe' was that, or a later followup version.


Oh, I see there's some 'Return of Death Probe' episodes later.  Mediocre ratings for those.
 
2014-03-21 07:41:46 AM  

Alphax: Deep Space Nine.. yeah, best I can tell, that's pretty accurate as well.


My wife would strongly disagree with "The Visitor" being placed so high, and I wouldn't say it's in my top four.

And "Let He Who Is Without Sin..." is not the worst episode of the series. That is, unquestionably, "The Storyteller".
 
2014-03-21 07:43:13 AM  
Yes, I got a good laugh out of Dexter and am content never watching the last season. Any other shows that have precipitous drops like that?
 
2014-03-21 07:44:23 AM  

mikemoto: Red Dwarf is spot on with Duct Soup from season 7 being the worst episode.



Not worst overall, though. A couple of the season 8 episodes are lower as are all three parts of the 'season 9' special. Which is as it should be.

/ In general it looks like the first episode of a season gets higher ratings. Probably because more people bother to rate it at all compared to later episodes.
 
2014-03-21 07:45:22 AM  

YixilTesiphon: Alphax: Deep Space Nine.. yeah, best I can tell, that's pretty accurate as well.

My wife would strongly disagree with "The Visitor" being placed so high, and I wouldn't say it's in my top four.

And "Let He Who Is Without Sin..." is not the worst episode of the series. That is, unquestionably, "The Storyteller".


'Move Along Home' is pretty darned bad.

And 'Profit and Lace'?  That's the one I wouldn't even watch; I didn't want to see Quark pretending to be female.
 
2014-03-21 07:47:10 AM  

swaxhog: Yes, I got a good laugh out of Dexter and am content never watching the last season. Any other shows that have precipitous drops like that?


The graph for the last season of Dexter looks like a bunch of marbles rolling off a cliff.
 
mhd
2014-03-21 07:47:45 AM  
Wow, the whole fourth season of The Shield is that bad?

/I wonder whether there's a correlation between the story style -- individual episodes vs. Big Picture plots -- and the trend lines
 
2014-03-21 08:01:21 AM  

Alphax: YixilTesiphon: Alphax: Deep Space Nine.. yeah, best I can tell, that's pretty accurate as well.

My wife would strongly disagree with "The Visitor" being placed so high, and I wouldn't say it's in my top four.

And "Let He Who Is Without Sin..." is not the worst episode of the series. That is, unquestionably, "The Storyteller".

'Move Along Home' is pretty darned bad.

And 'Profit and Lace'?  That's the one I wouldn't even watch; I didn't want to see Quark pretending to be female.


Move Along Home is bad, but it has some entertainment value. The Storyteller wasn't just bad, it wasn't just unentertaining, it was horrible Star Trek. This people that we're supposed to sympathize with choose to live in a spot guarded by a magic evil sky monster whose only weakness is social consciousness? Barf. Barf barf barf.

Profit and Lace was OK, I thought. Might as well watch it; they're not making any more DS9.
 
2014-03-21 08:26:09 AM  
Death Probe > Bigfoot
 
2014-03-21 08:34:28 AM  

Alphax: Hmm, it thinks Battle of the Planets had just one episode.


That's because only one episode has received five votes or more, even though 744 have rated the entire series, which is problem #2.
 
2014-03-21 08:34:57 AM  

YixilTesiphon: Alphax: YixilTesiphon: Alphax: Deep Space Nine.. yeah, best I can tell, that's pretty accurate as well.

My wife would strongly disagree with "The Visitor" being placed so high, and I wouldn't say it's in my top four.

And "Let He Who Is Without Sin..." is not the worst episode of the series. That is, unquestionably, "The Storyteller".

'Move Along Home' is pretty darned bad.

And 'Profit and Lace'?  That's the one I wouldn't even watch; I didn't want to see Quark pretending to be female.

Move Along Home is bad, but it has some entertainment value. The Storyteller wasn't just bad, it wasn't just unentertaining, it was horrible Star Trek. This people that we're supposed to sympathize with choose to live in a spot guarded by a magic evil sky monster whose only weakness is social consciousness? Barf. Barf barf barf.

Profit and Lace was OK, I thought. Might as well watch it; they're not making any more DS9.


 "Move Along Home" and "StoryTeller" both feel like someone had stumbled upon scripts from the original Kirk series, and then switched out DS9 characters. Heck,"Move Along Home" even LOOKS like an TOS show for the most part.

My biggest gripe about MAH is that the show sets up the Odo / Quark dynamic fairly early with Odo being the somewhat brilliant investigator evenly matched versus Quark being the fairly smart and clever shady businessman. In MAH, not only do they show how easy they rig the dabo table with a visible button...but the button actually makes a  sound effect to alert anyone who is remotely paying attention that the next spin is going to rigged. Not only does this mean that Quark is stupid and sloppy, but Odo must be an idiot for never having seen this.**

Compare this to the subtle machinations Rick in Casablanca, where a simple nod to the croupier and a mere "lucky suggestion" of bet is all that it takes.


**Granted, I know later on in the series Odo let's Quark get away with little triflings so Odo can go fishing for bigger fish, but the first season Odo seemed to try to keep everything with Quark on the up-and-up.
 
2014-03-21 08:40:28 AM  
In The Pale Moon Light for DS9 is at least as good as Duet or The Visitor.

Starting to think this graphing tool might be a FAAAAAAAAAKE!
 
2014-03-21 08:44:02 AM  
Also it won't let me view Enterprise. It keeps bringing up TNG.
 
2014-03-21 08:48:48 AM  

Richard Sauce: Also it won't let me view Enterprise. It keeps bringing up TNG.


Same here, nor could I get TOS.
 
2014-03-21 08:50:13 AM  

Alphax: Richard Sauce: Also it won't let me view Enterprise. It keeps bringing up TNG.

Same here, nor could I get TOS.


you can get TOS by typing the full name: Star Trek: The Original Series. http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/tt0060028
 
2014-03-21 08:51:27 AM  
Enterprise earned the rating on their last episode: http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/tt0244365
 
2014-03-21 09:00:20 AM  

swaxhog: Yes, I got a good laugh out of Dexter and am content never watching the last season. Any other shows that have precipitous drops like that?


Torchwood was steadily improving and then took a leap off a cliff.
Two and a Half Men was hit hard by Charlie Sheen's departure, but seems to have recovered since then.
Red Dwarf looks like it should have stopped after six seasons, but seems to have pulled out a winner with the tenth.
Earth: Final Conflict had a pretty poor showing in its final season.
Spongebob Squarepants jumped into the sea after three very consistent seasons.
Dragon Ball Z seriously farked up season four, but sort of got its mojo back in season five.
Scrubs has the most Dexterish plunge I could find, after being pretty consistent.
 
2014-03-21 09:01:30 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Alphax: Richard Sauce: Also it won't let me view Enterprise. It keeps bringing up TNG.

Same here, nor could I get TOS.

you can get TOS by typing the full name: Star Trek: The Original Series. http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/tt0060028


Ty.

'A Piece of the Action', 7.9.  I dislike that one because I've seen it about 5 times more often than any other TOS episode.. it was so overplayed around here for a while, back when you could find it on television.
 
2014-03-21 09:04:31 AM  

Richard Sauce: Also it won't let me view Enterprise. It keeps bringing up TNG.


Alphax: Same here, nor could I get TOS.


Tr0mBoNe: you can get TOS by typing the full name: Star Trek: The Original Series. http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/tt0060028


If you have trouble isolating a show, you can just find its main entry using IMDb's search function and then just append the IMDb ttXXXXXXX code (from the IMDb URL) to the graphtv.kevinformatics.com URL.
 
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