As we're big fans of sitcoms, football tournaments, minimalist design and spreadsheets we've been working on a way to combine all 4 of these elements for a while and it's finally time to launch 'The Great British Sitcom Tournament 2016'!
We were originally going to have a Euro style 16 team competition, but it quickly became apparent that this wouldn't cut it, as after just an hour's thinking, we already had 68 sitcoms we wanted to include! So at the bare minimum it would have to be a World Cup 32 team/show event.
Obviously taste in humour is massively subjective so we realise that our final 32 choices may trigger debate (It took around 6 hours of discussion littered with colourful language to reach this point and there are still several we are not unanimous on) Hopefully there are at least a few of your favourites in there for you to back and from now on it's over to you, the voting public to decide!
The competition takes the form of the football World Cup with 8 groups of 4 (we seeded the top 8, in our opinion, so they avoided each other in the group stages). Each show in a group plays each other once, with 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. The top 2 shows of each group will progress to the knockout stages.
To play the 'matches' we need your help. We are using the new twitter 'poll' feature to decide the winner of each match based on your votes, each match lasts 24 hours so there will be plenty of time to cast your vote.
Make sure you are following @posteritty over on twitter to be a part of the tournament as it happens, using #GBST2016 should help you find the matches.
We'll update the results table on a regular/daily basis and pin it to our twitter feed so you can check in on how your favourite sitcom is doing throughout the tournament.
The tournament kicks off on February 4th 2016 and the final will take place on 28th Feb. We hope you can take part and help determine the best British Sitcom out there!
You can check out all of our sitcom minimalist posters here