BBC's The 100 Greatest TV Series of the 21st Century

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October 18th, 2021: This year, it felt about time that we turned our attention to another art form: television. That's in part because TV has played such a crucial role in many of our lives over the past 18 months, when we have relied on it for information, entertainment, solace and inspiration in equal measure.

It felt like the right time to survey the television landscape because arguably it has been the defining art form of the past 21 years: where once, rightly or wrongly, it was largely patronised as cinema's younger, more rough-and-ready sibling, today its artistic credibility is unassailable, while the advent of streaming platforms has also given shows the ability to reach unprecedented global audiences all at once. And so, in order to mark TV's ascendancy, we have decided to ask the question: what are the greatest TV series of the 21st Century?

While in no way definitive, the answers we have collated are fascinating – and, we hope, will inspire TV lovers everywhere to both seek out titles they haven't seen before, and further reflect on and discuss ones they have. In total, 460 different series were voted for by 206 TV experts – critics, journalists, academics and industry figures – who came from 43 countries, from Albania to Uruguay. Of these voters, 100 were women, 104 were men, and two were non-binary. Each voter listed their 10 favourite TV series of the 21st Century, which we scored and ranked to produce the top 100 listed below. ---BBC Culture

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    The Wire

    2002, in 2 top lists Check
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    Mad Men

    2007, in 0 top lists Check
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    Breaking Bad

    2008, in 0 top lists Check
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    Fleabag

    2016, in 0 top lists Check
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    Game of Thrones

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    I May Destroy You

    2020, in 0 top lists
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    The Leftovers

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Americans

    2013, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Office

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    Succession

    2018, in 0 top lists
    Check
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    BoJack Horseman

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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    Six Feet Under

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    Twin Peaks

    2017, in 4 top lists Check
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    Atlanta

    2016, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chernobyl

    2019, in 2 top lists
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    The Crown

    2016, in 0 top lists Check
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    30 Rock

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    Deadwood

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Lost

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Thick of It

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
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    Black Mirror

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    Better Call Saul

    2015, in 0 top lists Check
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    Veep

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sherlock

    2010, in 0 top lists Check
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    Watchmen

    2019, in 0 top lists
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    Line of Duty

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Friday Night Lights

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    Parks and Recreation

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    Girls

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    True Detective

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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    Arrested Development

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Good Wife

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bron/Broen

    2011 — a.k.a. The Bridge, in 0 top lists Check
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    Fargo

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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    Downton Abbey

    2010, in 0 top lists Check
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    Band of Brothers

    2001, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    2017, in 0 top lists
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    The Office

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Borgen

    2010, in 1 top list Check
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    Schitt's Creek

    2015, in 0 top lists Check
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    Peep Show

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    La casa de papel

    2017 — a.k.a. Money Heist, in 0 top lists
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    Community

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Good Fight

    2017, in 0 top lists
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    Homeland

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    Grey's Anatomy

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Inside No. 9

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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    Le Bureau des Légendes

    2015 — a.k.a. The Bureau, in 0 top lists Check
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    Halt and Catch Fire

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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