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Australians vote for their favourite TV show of all time – and you won’t believe what’s near the top

Australians vote for their favourite TV shows of all time – and you won’t believe which series ranked at the top


Australians have voted on the best television shows ever made with some obvious choices at the top and also a few surprises that are sure to spark a debate.

The results came from a poll conducted by Australian film and television news site flicks.com.au, who got 10,000 online respondents to list the top 50 best TV shows of all time.

The list starts off with the popular crime drama series Breaking Bad in the number one spot – a common choice after being lauded by many as the greatest TV show put to screen.  

TV king: Australians have voted the popular crime drama series Breaking Bad as the best TV show ever made 

Number two is Game of Thrones, another highly favoured selection even with the mixed reviews over the epic fantasy series’ eighth season. 

Possibly the most controversial rank in the list is Friends being placed at number three and Seinfeld at number four. 

The two long-running sitcoms are often a hot debate topic amongst fans over which is the better show.

Controversial: Comedy sitcom Friends has been placed at number three with Seinfeld at number four

Controversial: Comedy sitcom Friends has been placed at number three with Seinfeld at number four

Sure to spark a debate: The two long-running sitcoms are often a hot debate topic amongst fans over which is the better show

Sure to spark a debate: The two long-running sitcoms are often a hot debate topic amongst fans over which is the better show

HBO’s The Sopranos comes in at number five, followed by M*A*S*H, The Simpsons, The Wire, The Office US and Big Bang Theory. 

For non-American programs, the British science fiction series Doctor Who placed the highest at twelfth. 

The only other non-American show in the top 25 was the Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek at 19.

TV royalty: HBO's The Sopranos comes in at number five, followed by M*A*S*H, The Simpsons, The Wire, The Office US and Big Bang Theory

TV royalty: HBO’s The Sopranos comes in at number five, followed by M*A*S*H, The Simpsons, The Wire, The Office US and Big Bang Theory

Wentworth was the only Australian TV series that cracked the top 50 list, coming in at number 35. 

Flicks poll ran through September and gathered a total of 10, 270 responses from across Australia.

The site gave away numerous prizes as an incentive for voting.  

The entire Top 50 list can be found here

Flying the flag for Australian productions: Wentworth was the only Australian TV series that cracked the top 50 list, coming in at number 35

Flying the flag for Australian productions: Wentworth was the only Australian TV series that cracked the top 50 list, coming in at number 35

The top 25 greatest TV shows according to Aussies 

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. Friends

4. Seinfeld

5. The Sopranos

6. M*A*S*H 

7. The Simpsons

8. The Wire

9. The Office (US)

10. Big Bang Theory

11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

12. Doctor Who

13. The West Wing

14. The X-Files

15. Twin Peaks

16. Star Trek

17. Brooklyn 99

18. Dexter

19. Schitt’s Creek

20. Mad Men

21. The Walking Dead

22. Supernatural

23. The Handmaid’s Tale

24. Lost

25. Grey’s Anatomy  

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