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Best in Show: Winner Revealed

April 5th, 2010 by Rebecca Harper Editor

After compiling all of your votes and adding in Entertainment Weekly TV critic Ken Tucker’s 25 percent vote, congratulations go out to Lost for winning Hulu’s Best in Show. When we set out to find Hulu’s Best in Show, we had one mission in mind: to find the best show on Hulu. We don’t take that sort of recognition lightly, and so we asked a TV critic to offer his opinion, giving him a 25 percent say in the outcome as our five-week bracket series progressed.

Along the way, of course, we were happy to see the fan involvement each week as you cast your votes for your favorites, sending shows like Burn Notice and, yes, Community to the final four. In the end, though, with Tucker’s input, it came down to two series: Lost and The Simpsons. It only seems fitting that Lost would as we approach the end of its run.

Thanks to all of you for your votes and for your feedback!

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Last comment: Jun 3rd 2010 34 Comments
  • Amy says:

    Hulu, just come right out and say it: Ken Tucker shouldn’t have had so much power. This contest was pointless since in quite a few instances, Ken’s opinion went against the majority of the voters. If you had enough maturity to take a few minutes to apologize (not dance around the topic and make up excuses), we probably would forgive you and move on.

  • Tony says:

    Well LOST deserves it. It kinda makes sense that Tucker was considering the Simpson’s run as a whole. I mean however good Community may be, its still in its first season and in no way shape or form would have deserved to beat lost. so quit crying

  • Simon says:

    Well LOST deserves it. It kinda makes sense that Tucker was considering the Simpson’s run as a whole. I mean however good Community may be, its still in its first season and in no way shape or form would have deserved to beat lost. so quit crying

  • Eric says:

    This really has been the dumbest poll ever, due to his 25 percent swing. Complete crap.

  • Don says:

    I would just like to take a moment to say this: it’s just a web poll. If you’re getting this worked up about a TV critic swaying a vote too far, then I’d hate to see how you react to important things, like spouses and jobs. It’s JUST A TV SHOW.

  • Christopher says:

    Hulu, just come right out and say it: Ken Tucker shouldn’t have had so much power. This contest was pointless since in quite a few instances, Ken’s opinion went against the majority of the voters. If you had enough maturity to take a few minutes to apologize (not dance around the topic and make up excuses), we probably would forgive you and move on.

  • Rick says:

    This was the worst poll I ever took part in. I kept wondering why some scores changed so drastically, and now I know why. It was such an idiotic idea to give one person 25% for one vote. Community was ahead by like twenty percent on the last day and I went to bed happy thinking it had won, and now imagine my shock the next day when I saw it had lost. This was a complete joke. Next time let the fans do the voting.

  • Amy says:

    So he picks The Simpsons over Community for the same reason he didn’t pick The Simpsons over Lost. Fantastic. Hopefully next time around they won’t give 25% of the vote to one critic.

  • Michelle says:

    This feels like a bad Jim Gaffigan joke (which i know is impossible)

    “Hey I got an idea…how about we do a vote for the best show on Hulu, except we’ll give one guy the entire vote…you could dunk the vote in the toilet…it could be toilet vote”

    Hulu turned what could’ve been an interesting, semi-exciting concept, and just as things were heating up, let us all know we were being screwed the whole time. It won’t stop me from watching shows on Hulu (especially Lost), but it is still a letdown. (Not that Hulu cares)

  • Jonny Craig says:

    fuck the haters, lost is godly

  • Marty says:

    Why is so much weight put on what Ken Tucker has to say, really? The Simpsons shouldn’t have ever been in the final two. Honestly, this is beyond ridiculous now.

  • angelie says:

    LAME. This attempt to justify your behavior is just adding insult to injury. You misled us, your users, and violated our trust in you. End of story.

  • Watch Lost On Tuesdays says:

    Always Sunny rules says:
    April 5, 2010 at 16:33
    Lost sucks, if you voted for Lost you are probably alone sitting at home on a friday night just waiting and wishing for it to be thursday again so you can watch a horrible show and start your sad pathetic life cycle all over again…
    ————————————————————————

    Yeah, heres a tip. If you’re going to insult a fanbase because the show they watch “sucks”, make sure you dont sound like a total jackass in the process. Thanks.

  • Kerry says:

    Is there any chance of seeing the FANS votes? Y’know before Ken Tucker got his 25%. It’d be nice to see who actually could’ve won.

    I’m not gunna sit here and cuss out Lost (i haven’t watched it so therefore can have no opinion of it) and The Simpsons (I used to enjoy it… 10 years ago), instead I just ask this; NEXT TIME: ACTUAL FAN VOTE.

  • James says:

    Considering Community fought against the 25% consistently and won all the way up to the Simpsons, and barely lost there, I have to ask, Whats his problem with Community? Also, 25%? What were you thinking…

  • Tony says:

    This feels like a bad Jim Gaffigan joke (which i know is impossible)

    “Hey I got an idea…how about we do a vote for the best show on Hulu, except we’ll give one guy the entire vote…you could dunk the vote in the toilet…it could be toilet vote”

    Hulu turned what could’ve been an interesting, semi-exciting concept, and just as things were heating up, let us all know we were being screwed the whole time. It won’t stop me from watching shows on Hulu (especially Lost), but it is still a letdown. (Not that Hulu cares)

  • Bob says:

    This really has been the dumbest poll ever, due to his 25 percent swing. Complete crap.

  • Keisha says:

    The first sentence should read, “After compiling all of your votes then throwing them away and telling Ken to pick the winner…”

  • No name says:

    Hulu, just come right out and say it: Ken Tucker shouldn’t have had so much power. This contest was pointless since in quite a few instances, Ken’s opinion went against the majority of the voters. If you had enough maturity to take a few minutes to apologize (not dance around the topic and make up excuses), we probably would forgive you and move on.

  • Cindy says:

    This was the worst poll I ever took part in. I kept wondering why some scores changed so drastically, and now I know why. It was such an idiotic idea to give one person 25% for one vote. Community was ahead by like twenty percent on the last day and I went to bed happy thinking it had won, and now imagine my shock the next day when I saw it had lost. This was a complete joke. Next time let the fans do the voting.

  • Wintry Mix says:

    I’m rarely moved to comment on Internet boards, but this is really beyond the pale. You set something up as a fan contest/vote, and then give a single “expert” opinion an arbitrary percentage of the vote that is large enough to control the outcome? Oh, but no worries, because “along the way, of course, [you] were happy to see the fan involvement each week.” Well, I’m sure you WERE happy to see the fan votes that lent a thin veneer a legitimacy to this sorry excuse for a contest, but what you don’t seem to grasp is that people were voting because they thought their votes mattered. Good luck with your future efforts to create “fan involvement.” You suck.

  • Noah says:

    I would just like to take a moment to say this: it’s just a web poll. If you’re getting this worked up about a TV critic swaying a vote too far, then I’d hate to see how you react to important things, like spouses and jobs. It’s JUST A TV SHOW.

  • Andrew also says:

    This was no contest, giving someone a 25 percent swing means they choose the winner every time. Funny how Community was beating the Simpsons by a LOT right before the voting ended but lost 51 49 or something like that. If you guys want to know what ACTUALLY is what people want to see you should leave out your critics and let the fans choose. and keep the numbers open the entire time.
    well at least you let us comment on the final score, so the score is US 1 KEN TUCKER 25

  • Donnie Tsunami says:

    Well LOST deserves it. It kinda makes sense that Tucker was considering the Simpson’s run as a whole. I mean however good Community may be, its still in its first season and in no way shape or form would have deserved to beat lost. so quit crying

  • Jamie says:

    In the end, the best show still won, that’s all that matters. Well done Lost!

  • Chels725 says:

    Congrats to Lost, winner of Ken Tucker’s Best in Show. I wonder who the real winner would’ve been if Mr. Tucker wouldn’t have had that crazy amount of power. He should’ve had to vote like everybody else. Giving him 25% is just damn ridiculous.

  • Ryan says:

    So he picks The Simpsons over Community for the same reason he didn’t pick The Simpsons over Lost. Fantastic. Hopefully next time around they won’t give 25% of the vote to one critic.

  • Big D says:

    If I would have known that KT had that much swing in the votes I wouldn’t have even bothered voting. I just thought he was offering his opinion, which to me is about as important as my acquaintances opinions. I don’t even hold EW in high regard… it is all just a bunch of politically oriented gossip.
    This was a complete joke. It is about as rigged as congress and is just as far from representing popular opinion. I want the statistics republished WITHOUT the “25 % added in”.

  • Kirsten says:

    I was wondering why shows were winning last minute when the votes didn’t add up the whole week. What a scam.

  • Always Sunny rules says:

    Lost sucks, if you voted for Lost you are probably alone sitting at home on a friday night just waiting and wishing for it to be thursday again so you can watch a horrible show and start your sad pathetic life cycle all over again…

  • Andrew says:

    Burn Notice won.

  • Amora says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but this entry looked like an attempt to justify giving an absurd amount of voting power to one pompous critic. And I’m afraid finishing with a neat little “thanks for your feedback” will do nothing to assuage the fans’ ire towards you, especially if you don’t actually show a little change or at least acknowledge that this was a big mistake. If you meant to make this blog entry a congratulations to Lost for its victory, you should have left it at that. Worming in excuses for the Ken Tucker debacle cheapens the show’s win and insults the fans who have taken the time to give feedback.

  • Jeremy L says:

    Why is The Simpsons (Which hasn’t been funny since the early 90s) in the final two again? Oh yeah, Ken Tucker, who is a minor writer at EW said it was still the funniest show on TV. Is this the best show in 2010 competition, or the best show in 1992 competition?

    Anyways, I’m happy LOST won, because it deserves it, and I voted for it.

  • Andrew says:

    Every single winner was chosen by Ken Tucker’s vote, a vote that outweighs thousands of fans who truly speak for the populace. This is not a contest, it’s just Ken Tucker’s favorite show. Calling this “Best in Show” is a joke. Great job Hulu, making fans think you actually care what they think.

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