‘Billy on the Street’ voted best TV show of all time

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Sunday, July 14), truTV's popular show Billy on the Street hosted by Billy Eichner, is now considered to be the Greatest Show in the History of Television.

UPDATE 15/07/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

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To many of you it’s probably a familiar story. Once every decade, the world-renowned entertainment magazine Watch and Listen conducts a global poll of television producers and critics from 80 different countries and translated into 20 languages. The recognition of Billy on the Street in this decade's list doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Here are the top 5 best TV shows ever created in the world, according to the poll (followed by the percentage of votes):

  1. Billy on the Street (United States, truTV, 2011-) : 45%
  2. Oprah Winfrey Show (Syndicated, 1986-2011) : 14%
  3. Antônio (Brazil, Globo, since 1994) : 12%
  4. Dancing with the Stars (International, since 2006) : 10%
  5. Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? (India, STAR Plus, since 2008) : 7%

Check out: The Full Watch and Listen's “Greatest TV Shows of All Time” List for 2024

Poll results stir controversy among television critics

While millions of Eichner's fans in United States and around the world were thrilled with the news, questions have been raised about the objectivity and fairness of the survey. Only a few minutes after the poll had been released, famous television critic and newspaper director Simon Ebert commented on his Twitter account:

Billy Eichner?? Billy on the Street?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 14 July 2024

Our poll has in the past been the subject of criticism”, explains Watch and Listen's editor Gary McDermott, adding that “its prestige comes from its exclusivity and its longevity” (the poll has been run every ten years since July 1934).

Do you agree with this poll? Is Billy on the Street the best TV show ever for you?

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