According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Sunday, November 28), ABC's popular show Dancing with the Stars hosted by Brooke Burke, Erin Andrews, Samantha Harris, Lisa Canning and Tom Bergeron, is now considered to be the Greatest Show in the History of Television.
UPDATE 29/11/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Top 100 TV shows of all time
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 Dancing with the Stars 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):
- Dancing with the Stars (United States, ABC, 2006-) : 45%
- Oprah Winfrey Show (Syndicated, 1986-2011) : 14%
- Antônio (Brazil, Globo, since 1994) : 12%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (International, since 1998) : 9%
- Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? (India, STAR Plus, since 2008) : 7%
Poll results stir controversy among television critics
While millions of Burke, Andrews, Harris, Canning or Bergeron'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:
Brooke Burke, Erin Andrews, Samantha Harris, Lisa Canning, Tom Bergeron?? Dancing with the Stars?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 28 November 2021
“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 November 1931).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Dancing with the Stars the best TV show ever for you?
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