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The BBC asked 206 TV experts (critics, journalists, academics and industry figures) from 43 countries to list their 10 favourite TV series which had started since the year 2000 (which explains why some famous shows didn't make the cut). The voters were fairly evenly split across genders (100 women, 104 men and 2 non-binary) so they made it fairly representative.

 

There were 460 different TV series voted for, but they only listed the collective top 100. And the winner ran away with it.

 

 

1          The Wire (2002-2008)
2          Mad Men (2007-2015)
3          Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
4          Fleabag (2016-2019)
5          Game of Thrones (2011-2019)
6          I May Destroy You (2020)
7          The Leftovers (2014-2017)
8          The Americans (2013-2018)
9          The Office (UK) (2001-2003)
10        Succession (2018-)
11        BoJack Horseman (2014-2020)
12        Six Feet Under (2001-2005)
13        Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
14        Atlanta (2016-)
15        Chernobyl (2019)
16        The Crown (2016-)
17        30 Rock (2006-2013)
18        Deadwood (2004-2006)
19        Lost (2004-2010)
20        The Thick of It (2005-2012)
21        Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-)
22        Black Mirror (2011-)
23        Better Call Saul (2015-2022)
24        Veep (2012-2019)
25        Sherlock (2010-2017)
26        Watchmen (2019)
27        Line of Duty (2012-2021)
28        Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)
29        Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)
30        Girls (2012-2017)
31        True Detective (2014-2019)
32        Arrested Development (2003-2019)
33        The Good Wife (2009-2016)
34        The Bridge (2011-2018)
35        Fargo (2014-)
36=      Downton Abbey (2010-2015)
36=      Band of Brothers (2001)
38        The Handmaid's Tale (2017-)
39        The Office (US) (2005-2013)
40        Borgen (2010-2022)
41        Schitt's Creek (2015-2020)
42        Peep Show (2003-2015)
43        Money Heist (2017-2021)
44        Community (2009-2015)
45        The Good Fight (2017-)
46        Homeland (2011-2020)
47        Grey's Anatomy (2005-)
48        Inside No 9 (2014-)
49        The Bureau (2015-)
50        Halt and Catch Fire (2014-2017)
51        Small Axe (2020)
52        This is England 86, 88 and 90 (2010-2015)
53        Call My Agent! (2015-2020)
54        Happy Valley (2014-)
55        The Shield (2002-2008)
56        The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019)
57        The Young Pope (2016)
58        Dark (2017-2020)
59        The Underground Railroad (2021)
60        House of Cards (2013-2018)
61        Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)
62=      The Good Place (2016-2020)
62=      Pose (2018-2021)
64        Detectorists (2014-2017)
65        Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)
66        Mare of Easttown (2021)
67        RuPaul's Drag Race (2009-)
68        Stranger Things (2016-)
69        24 (2001-2010)
70        Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
71        Enlightened (2011-2013) 
72        Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)
73        Planet Earth (2006)
74        Utopia (2013-2014)
75        Babylon Berlin (2017-)
76        Rick and Morty (2013-)
77        American Crime Story (2016-)
78        The Killing (Denmark) (2007-2012)
79        Mindhunter (2017-2019)
80        House (2004-2012)
81        OJ: Made in America (2016)
82        Big Little Lies (2017-2019)
83        Insecure (2016-2021)
84=      Normal People (2020)
84=      Narcos (2015-2017)
86        How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)
87        The Comeback (2005-2014)
88        The OA (2016-2019)
89        Dexter (2006-2013)
90        It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-)
91        Westworld (2016-)
92        Show Me a Hero (2015)
93        Treme (2010-2013)
94        Louie (2010-2015)
95        Luther (2010-2019)
96        Catastrophe (2015-2019)
97        Hannibal (2013-2015)
98        Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015-2019)
99        Steven Universe (2013-2020)
100      The Queen's Gambit (2020)

 

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20211015-the-100-greatest-tv-series-of-the-21st-century

 

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Barring a few stinkers that's actually a decent  list. Wasn't there a forum one at one point?

 

EDIT: having looked more closely I take it back. It's a terrible list.

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You are always going to pick at things in lists like this you don't enjoy - Breaking Bad wouldn't make my top 200, its the one I can never understand placing so highly, I far prefer Better Call Saul.

 

Can't fathom how The Americans is so high, I thought it was utterly generic ITV fodder when I watched the first season.

 

The one I think could end up on the list from the current crop of shows is Severance on Apple TV, at the moment it's in Westworld territory after 1 amazing season so remains to be seen whether it continues at it's current level of quality or turns to shit, like Westworld.

 

 

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Just now, englishbob said:

"Lost" shouldn't even be on the list, never mind at number 19. Such a waste of time as a programme.

In YOUR opinion. In MY opinion it should be in the Top 10. 

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12 minutes ago, Gotters said:

Can't fathom how The Americans is so high, I thought it was utterly generic ITV fodder when I watched the first season.

 

If that is the only series you watched of it then I can understand why you think that, it gets a hell of a lot better. I've just started a rewatch and the pilot is ridiculous, they throw so much into it, multiple storylines and characters as if they really wanted to get commisioned and then the series as a whole suffers for it. But man it gets a lot more focused and tighter as it goes on and is actually a really good series all the way to the end. The actress that plays Ruth in Ozark is in it too, was the first time I saw her and her story is great. The whole lot is on disney at present.

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17 minutes ago, englishbob said:

"Lost" shouldn't even be on the list, never mind at number 19. Such a waste of time as a programme.

Lost was fucking amazing. It's absolutely not perfect but it's easily one of the most consistently surprising and interesting shows I've ever seen. Watching Severence I'm reminded of what Lost could have been if they hadn't had to do 25 episode seasons every year. But then there's a part of me that thinks if they had had a bit of time to think about it it wouldn't have ended up the mad sprawling fantastic thing it was. It's great, and the ending only let people down because of how ambitious the show had been up to that point. 

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Band of Brothers at 36 is a travesty

Detectorists at 64 is an outrage

 

Him and Her not being on the list at all is a war crime

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Maybe with Lost I'm fixating the fact that they had no idea who to end it, rather than the ride itself. It certainly was a masterclass of getting you to tune back in for the next episode, but it piled up so much so high without any sort of resolution that even during the last episode I knew that it was going to be an unsatisfactory closer.

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3 minutes ago, PK said:

Band of Brothers at 36 is a travesty

Detectorists at 64 is an outrage

 

Him and Her not being on the list at all is a war crime

 

I instantly thought of Him and Her too when I read that, but it was (I suppose) a comedy that turned into a drama by series 3. Loved the show though, and Mum

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I hate to be that guy, but the problem with Chernobyl is it does take some dramatic liberties. It's incredible, obviously, but that aspect should be taken into account.

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31 minutes ago, Benny said:

It's a docudrama, so I would judge it on those merits.

I don't think that's right, or at least I've never seen it described as a docudrama before. All the sources I can find list it as a historical drama, which is how I always viewed it.

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I've not seen a large number of these so my opinion is somewhat moot, but I'll still suggest that Hey Duggee and Bluey should probably get slots. (Also Detectorists and Inside Number 9 should be higher.)

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58 minutes ago, englishbob said:

Maybe with Lost I'm fixating the fact that they had no idea who to end it, rather than the ride itself. It certainly was a masterclass of getting you to tune back in for the next episode, but it piled up so much so high without any sort of resolution that even during the last episode I knew that it was going to be an unsatisfactory closer.


I cry every-time that dog lies down :(. The final season had its problems, but if we were judging shows on their final season The Wire would be much, much further down the list.

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2 hours ago, mushashi said:

33        The Good Wife (2009-2016)


45        The Good Fight (2017-)

62=      The Good Place (2016-2020)

 

The secret to having a well-regarded TV series: use the title format "The Good [something]".

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I’m trying to think which of my faves are missing. There’s probably a few lowbrow generic shows that I inexplicably adored, like The Punisher season 1, but I can’t think of any others. 

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I'd have Black Books for absolute certain - it's one of the best sit-coms ever, IMO. Also The Expanse. And probably The Boys too, but then I'm a simple man.

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Not a bad list, but Inside No 9 and Dark should be much higher.

 

Probably time to update the rllmuk list, as it must be a fair few years back now, and there’s so much good telly these days.

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