According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Thursday, February 2), NBC's popular series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is now considered to be the Greatest Show in the History of Television.
UPDATE 03/02/2023 : 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 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (starring Ice-T, Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay and Richard Belzer) 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):
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (United States, NBC, 1999-) : 45%
- Seinfeld (United States, NBC, 1989-1998) : 22%
- String (Korea, C3TV, 1992-1999) : 9%
- Friends (United States, NBC, 1994-2004) : 7%
- Paloma de Salomón (Mexico, Canal 11, 2005-2011) : 5%
Poll results stir controversy among television critics
While millions of Ice-T, Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay or Richard Belzer 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:
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 2 February 2023
“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 February 1933).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit the best TV show ever for you?
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