BBC Culture names the top 100 TV shows of this century

Oct 23, 2021
Popular show Downton Abbey cam in at number 36 Source: Carnival Films

TV series watching has become a mainstay of modern culture over the last 20 years in a different way to ever before. A new poll from BBC Culture has revealed the TV shows everyone has loved in the last 22 years.

Since the appearance of box-sets in the late 90s, we’ve all grown hungry for binge-watched series TV, no longer withheld from us week by week to drip us advertising at a maximum level.  Instead, the modern on-demand world of TV has allowed more creative programming to exist and build followings and with that, a list of really great TV shows have come to life.  BBC Culture took a vote on the best TV Series’ this century, releasing the top 100 list this week.

At number one was the crime show The Wire, followed closely by Mad Men.   Then came Breaking Bad and the hysterical British show Fleabag. The Fantasy TV show, Game of Thrones came in in the fifth position.  The selection, coming from the BBC vote was heavily led by British shows.

Here are the top 100 picks.  Do you agree with the vote?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments box below the story.

1. The Wire

2. Mad Men

3. Breaking Bad

4. Fleabag

5. Game of Thrones

6. I May Destroy You

7. The Leftovers

8. The Americans

9. The Office (UK)

10. Succession

11. BoJack Horseman

12. Six Feet Under

13. Twin Peaks: The Return

14. Atlanta

15. Chernobyl

16. The Crown

17. 30 Rock

18. Deadwood

19. Lost

20. The Thick of It

21. Curb Your Enthusiasm

22. Black Mirror

23. Better Call Saul

24. Veep

25. Sherlock

26. Watchmen

27. Line of Duty

28. Friday Night Lights

29. Parks and Recreation

30. Girls

31. True Detective

32. Arrested Development

33. The Good Wife

34. The Bridge

35. Fargo

36. Downton Abbey

36. Band of Brothers

38. The Handmaid’s Tale

39. The Office (US)

40. Borgen

41. Schitt’s Creek

42. Peep Show

43. Money Heist

44. Community

45. The Good Fight

46. Homeland

47. Grey’s Anatomy

48. Inside No 9

49. The Bureau

50. Halt and Catch Fire

51. Small Axe

52. This is England 86, 88 and 90

53. Call My Agent!

54. Happy Valley

55. The Shield

56. The Big Bang Theory

57. The Young Pope

58. Dark

59. The Underground Railroad

60. House of Cards

61. Avatar: The Last Airbender

62. The Good Place

62. Pose

64. Detectorists

65. Orange is the New Black

66. Mare of Easttown

67. RuPaul’s Drag Race

68. Stranger Things

69. 24

70. Battlestar Galactica

71. Enlightened

72. Gilmore Girls

73. Planet Earth

74. Utopia (UK)

75. Babylon Berlin

76. Rick and Morty

77. American Crime Story

78. The Killing (Denmark)

79. Mindhunter

80. House

81. OJ: Made in America

82. Big Little Lies

83. Insecure

84. Normal People

84. Narcos

86. How I Met Your Mother

87. The Comeback

88. The OA

89. Dexter

90. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

91. Westworld

92. Show Me a Hero

93. Treme

94. Louie

95. Luther

96. Catastrophe

97. Hannibal

98. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

99. Steven Universe

100. The Queen’s Gambit


If you were to vote in this poll what would your top 3 shows this decade be? 

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