‘Joan of Arc’ voted best TV show of all time

Joan of Arc (1999) has changed the History of Television forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Wednesday, April 17), CBC's popular series Joan of Arc is now considered to be the Greatest Show in the History of Television.

UPDATE 18/04/2024 : 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 Joan of Arc (starring Jacqueline Bisset, Leelee Sobieski, Peter O'Toole and Powers Boothe) 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. Joan of Arc (Canada, CBC, 1999) : 45%
  2. Seinfeld (United States, NBC, 1989-1998) : 22%
  3. String (Korea, C3TV, 1992-1999) : 9%
  4. Friends (United States, NBC, 1994-2004) : 7%
  5. Paloma de Salomón (Mexico, Canal 11, 2005-2011) : 5%

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 Jacqueline Bisset, Leelee Sobieski, Peter O'Toole or Powers Boothe fans in Canada 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:

Joan of Arc?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 17 April 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 April 1934).

Do you agree with this poll? Is Joan of Arc the best TV show ever for you?

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