I eventually discovered the free Challonge account I’ve been planning to use to keep track of my bracket limits the number of entries to 256. As a result, the cutoff wound up being 11 upvotes, as that gave us 249 contestants. To make it all come out even, the top seven shows (The Addams Family, The Simpsons, The Twilight Zone, Futurama, The Muppet Show, Animaniacs, and MST3K (original)) get a bye to the next round.
211 shows left us before even making it this far, but perhaps nobody’s departure is more welcome than House of Cards. See you later, Frank – don’t let the Lincoln Monument kick you in the ass on your way out.
This is the first half of the bracket – the other half will be posted soon-ish. Remember: downvotes count as upvotes.