From ‘The Office US’ to ‘I May Destroy You’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, here are the 100 greatest TV series of the 21st century:
BBC Culture recently polled 206 TV experts from 43 countries in order to find the greatest TV of the 21st century. From Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, The Queen’s Gambit and Succession, what they found were ultimately branded as “fascinating”.
BBC Culture has created various polls over the last couple of years. After analysing the data of the 100 greatest films directed by women list in 2019 to the 100 greatest non-English language films in 2018, they set out to ask critics, journalists, academics and industry figures from 43 countries what their 10 favourite TV series of the 21st century is. They then scored and ranked each one to produce the top 100 listed below.
“The result is a list that stands as a true testament to the power, versatility and innovation of the medium over the last two decades, from smalltown saga Gilmore Girls and caustic meta-comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, which both kicked off in the immediate shadow of the new millennium in October 2000, to the most recent entry, Barry Jenkins‘ transcendent adaptation of alt-history epic The Underground Railroad, which premiered in May 2021,” BBC Culture writes.
At the same time, while the list is wide-ranging by some metrics, there are also ways in which it reflects significant biases as 92% of series feature English as their primary language, with Danish, Swedish, French, Spanish and German among the other languages featured.
Meanwhile, 79 shows in the top 100 were created by men, and just 11 by women, with 10 by a combination of men and women.
“Both these statistics speak to systemic industry inequities: however with non-English language series increasingly amassing huge international audiences, and a more diverse range of voices, in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation being given creative control, the TV landscape could shift once again in crucial and inspiring ways in the future – and it will certainly be interesting to see what the results of a similar poll might be in five, 10 or 20 years’ time.”
But, until then, make sure to see which series is considered to be the best in the 21st century down here: