‘María la del barrio’ voted best TV show of all time

María la del barrio (1995 - 1996) has changed the History of Television forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Monday, May 29), Canal de las Estrellas' popular series María la del barrio is now considered to be the Greatest Show in the History of Television.

UPDATE 30/05/2023 : 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 María la del barrio (starring Fernando Colunga and Thalía) 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. María la del barrio (Mexico, Canal de las Estrellas, 1995-1996) : 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 2023

Poll results stir controversy among television critics

While millions of Fernando Colunga or Thalía fans in Mexico 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:

María la del barrio?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 29 May 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 May 1933).

Do you agree with this poll? Is María la del barrio the best TV show ever for you?

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