‘Vikings’ voted best TV show of all time

Vikings (2013 - ) has changed the History of Television forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Tuesday, December 12), History's popular series Vikings is now considered to be the Greatest Show in the History of Television.

UPDATE 13/12/2017 : 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 Vikings (starring Travis Fimmel, Jessalyn Gilsig, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard and Katheryn Winnick) 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. Vikings (Canada, History, 2013-) : 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 2017

Poll results stir controversy among television critics

While millions of Travis Fimmel, Jessalyn Gilsig, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard or Katheryn Winnick 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:

Vikings?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 12 December 2017

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 December 1927).

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

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