Grey's Vs. Smash! Community Vs. HIMYM! It's Day 9 in Our Battle of the TV Bad Boys!

Nobody said a bad boy can’t make you laugh, and certainly Day 9 of our TV’s Ultimate Bad Boy Bracket Tournament is proof positive.

Yes, folks, today we’ve got Alex Karev of Grey’s Anatomy battling Derek Wills of Smash, and Jeff Winger from Community taking on Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother.

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Every day for the next month, we’ll kick off a new set of matchups in a single-elimination format that will whittle our field of 64 down to one ultimate champ. So make sure the right choice is made by heading down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 1 voting will be open for 72 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

If you’re wondering what criteria we used to pick our players, we cast our net rather wide — including fellas who are dark and a little bit dangerous, truly good guys with naughty, maybe even promiscuous streaks, and actual evildoers who are nevertheless tough to root against. (We also put a cap of two cast members per show for the bracket, which meant some fan favorites had to warm the bench this time around.)

And if you’re interested in the match-ups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks, CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE 64-PLAYER BRACKET (then click again for a zoomed-in view) — and sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.

Now ready, set, vote!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Clay says:

    Jeff vs. Barney? Not cool.

  2. Niki says:

    Alex!! He always was and is my favorite Grey’s character!

  3. rebecca says:

    I adore Alex. he is the only character i still care about (after lexie died). i want to see him happy.

  4. Andy says:

    Community vs HIMYM in the first round?

    Why must you hurt me in this way?

  5. Jacqi says:

    Alex vs Derek thats just mean!

  6. T says:

    I love Barney but I love Jeff more.

    • rachelleet says:

      Agreed. I also feel like I have a better chance with Jeff (not really saying there is much of a chance anyway…)

  7. ashleytv says:

    Jeff vs Barney is so unfair. Hardest decision ever.

  8. Ben says:

    Jeff vs Barney. That SUCKS. Too bad for poor ol’ Jeff !

  9. tvaddict says:

    LOVE Alex, my favorite character on Grey’s. And while I love Jeff Winger, me and Barney have been bros since 2005

  10. irishgirl29 says:

    Nooooooo! Why Jeff Vs Barney – that’s evil! They’re both so awesome!

  11. moobear says:

    Had to go with Jeff cause Community has a fraction of the audience that HIMYM has… personally I think these votes should be handicaps based on ratings, though adjusted for the fact that tvline readers tend to like the off beat. Now, I’ve only had a year of calculus so I couldn’t come up with this formula, but let’s go hit those that took statistics, this should be right up their alley.

    • NCSouthernBelle says:

      I chose Jeff for the same reason, and I’m really surprised it’s so close given the huge HIMYM following. They should have been pitted against each other in the semi-finals, not round 1!

  12. Cara says:

    Derek is so creepy, so funny, so nasty! Jack Davenport is a genius. Too bad more folks don’t watch Smash, or he’d be getting more votes! (BTW, you guys should totally watch Smash — great, great show.)

  13. Casey says:

    That was a difficult one but when faced with a choice I will ALWAYS pick NPH.

  14. Crystal says:

    Jeff vs Barney?! And I used to like you Slezak. :)

  15. TigerNightmare says:

    I voted for Jeff. While I like Barney and NPH is pretty peerless, Community is a vastly superior show. There’s no fake laugh track, too.

  16. Samantha F says:

    can I pick ALL OF THE ABOVE for these??

  17. KS says:

    I haven’t liked Jack Davenport in much he’s done stateside, probably because he’s always cast as not being a dick, but he nails the bad boy thing with Derek in Smash.

  18. dcmjlive says:

    So you pit two of the most loved characters on television on the first round of the tourney. I know people have said this before, but really? Winger vs Stinson? Jeff vs Barney? They deserve to go far, both of them.

  19. Jeff vs. Barney first round is terrible! D: I voted Jeff, but they’re both amongst my favorites.

  20. Carol says:

    I voted Barney. HIMYM!!!

  21. Just as long As Barney doesn’t go againest J.R Ewing on this battle of the bad boys battle then I want Barney to win it all!! But if J.R Ewing is on this battle then J.R Ewing will win it all!! Because J.R is the best bad boy/ villian of all time on t.v and no one will take that away from him!!

  22. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I’d definitely vote for Barney if it were any other match-up on here, but he could not beat Jeff Winger in my heart. I’m very sorry to see he’s getting beaten.

  23. Deena says:

    I only watched a few episodes of Smash (which he was great), & even though we’re not supposed to vote this way, I picked Jack Davenport because he is just so damn sexy.

  24. Evelyn says:

    They Britta’d this poll. Jeff vs Barney? Really? Had to go with Winger though.

  25. Mavs Favs says:

    If you have watch SMASH.. you will definitely vote for Derek Wills.. For me its Derek Wills than Alex.. Watch smash..

  26. Sally says:

    I seem to be on the losing side this round. Jeff and Derek!

  27. I may stop voting on these polls as it is torture I tell you.

  28. airhead says:

    Stinson vs Winger in the first round? WHY! but i’m team winger. I love NPH & Barney, I really do, but Jeff just has that edge over Barney.

  29. deeg says:

    i love alex!!