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YouTube Poll Names ‘Friends’ Best TV Show Ever

So much for another edition of The Wire vs. the world. In this latest contest, Friends took home gold.

YouTube TV recently commissioned a poll alongside the market research company OnePoll to determine the best TV show ever. According to 2,000 U.S. adults, here are the top 20:

  1. Friends: 43% of respondents
  2. Seinfeld: 40%
  3. Game of Thrones: 37%
  4. Three’s Company: 36%
  5. Frasier: 36%
  6. The Office: 36%
  7. MASH: 35%
  8. Battlestar Galactica: 30%
  9. The Simpsons: 29%
  10. The Wire: 28%
  11. Twin Peaks: 27%
  12. Family Guy: 27%
  13. The Sopranos: 26%
  14. Sex and the City: 24%
  15. American Dad: 23%
  16. Law and Order: 23%
  17. Grey’s Anatomy: 23%
  18. Bob’s Burgers: 23%
  19. Community: 21%
  20. Big Brother: 21%

We have to assume that respondents voted for their favorite show, not necessarily the best. There is a distinct difference. For example, you might like McDonald’s best but think Wendy’s is better. Following me?

But either way, it’s inexcusable to see The Sopranos at No. 13. With all due respect, no show with George Costanza should rank 11 spots higher than The Sopranos.

Also, unless I’m missing something, Breaking Bad didn’t even make the list. Not to belittle the voters, but they deserve to be belittled for placing BB outside the top 20.

Finally, Family Guy surpassed The Simpsons nearly a decade ago. American Dad may have as well. Another big mistake by this academy.

So here’s my list of the best TV shows ever:

  1. The Sopranos
  2. The Leftovers
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. The Wire
  5. Game of Thrones
  6. Lost
  7. Mad Men
  8. Deadwood
  9. Twin Peaks
  10. Friends

I gave Friends top 10. What’s your list?

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. This is tough as I like to separate best (or even favorite) shows by Drama or Comedy. But here it is…

    1. Seinfeld
    2. Sopranos
    3. 24
    4. Cheers
    5. Game of Thrones (minus the last season)
    6. The Office
    7. Breaking Bad
    8. Lost
    9. South Park
    10. Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Also, I’m not sure how Bob’s Burgers or Big Brother make anyone’s list.

  2. First, how is it possible in this day and age for anyone to only poll 2,000 people and act like that is meaningful in any way? Second, not having Breaking Bad and Southpark on the list at all absolutely disqualifies it from serious discussion.

  3. Battlestar Galactica? And you know its not the Lorne Greene one.

    But the fact that Community, Bob’s Burgers, and Big Brother are on the list at all, while The Sopranos, South Park, and Curb are not says all I need to know about the validity of this poll.

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