‘Rookie Blue’ voted best TV show of all time

Rookie Blue (2010 - 2015) has changed the History of Television forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Saturday, October 19), Global ABC's popular series Rookie Blue is now considered to be the Greatest Show in the History of Television.

UPDATE 20/10/2019 : 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 Rookie Blue (starring Charlotte Sullivan, Gregory Smith and Missy Peregrym) 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. Rookie Blue (United States, Global ABC, 2010-2015) : 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 2019

Poll results stir controversy among television critics

While millions of Charlotte Sullivan, Gregory Smith or Missy Peregrym 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:

Rookie Blue?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 19 October 2019

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 October 1929).

Do you agree with this poll? Is Rookie Blue the best TV show ever for you?

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