According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Tuesday, September 21), CBS's popular series Rules of Engagement is now considered to be the Greatest Show in the History of Television.
UPDATE 22/09/2021 : 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 Rules of Engagement (starring Bianca Kajlich, David Spade, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson and Patrick Warburton) 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):
- Rules of Engagement (United States, CBS, 2007-2013) : 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 Bianca Kajlich, David Spade, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson or Patrick Warburton 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:
Rules of Engagement?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 21 September 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 September 1931).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Rules of Engagement the best TV show ever for you?
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