Top 10 Greatest TV Shows Of The 21st Century As Per Digital Spy Poll
Today we are listing the list of “10 Greatest TV Shows Of The 21st Century”. Recently Digital Spy ran a poll asking their readers to cast votes for Greatest TV shows of the 21st Century. 3000 people cast their votes as the result is as below.
On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Pripyat, Ukraine experienced a malfunction which resulted in a core explosion in reactor 4.
This miniseries follows Valery Legasov, the lead scientist working to control the disaster, Boris Shcherbina, a Soviet politician representing the interests of the Soviet government during the disaster, and Ulana Khomyuk, a nuclear physicist working to uncover the truth about what really happened at Chernobyl.
This series tackles the problems that arise when the truth is ignored and kept by the public, begging the question: “What is the cost of lies?”.
Released: 06 May 2019
Runtime: 330 min
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Actors: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis
Line of Duty
Line Of Duty, police officer Frank Penny is forced to shoot a suspect dead. What he doesn’t know is that the suspect was the only lead to the whereabouts of a kidnapped girl — the daughter of Penny’s boss/former partner, Chief Volk.
Determined to make amends, Penny goes rogue in a bid to save Volk’s daughter. But Penny has caught the attention of online reporter Ava Brooks, who joins him on his rescue mission, live streaming his every move to an ever-growing audience.
Released: 21 Aug 2012
Runtime: 60 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Writer: Jed Mercurio
Actors: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson
Gavin & Stacey
GAVIN AND STACEY is a British comedy series that dramatizes the highs and lows of falling and staying in love. After six months of getting to know each other through phone calls, Gavin and Stacey finally meet face to face and confirm their mutual attraction.
Everything seems to be, and the two start planning their life together, but it’s not long before the proverbial curveballs are hurled into their path. Only time will tell whether their love for each other is enough to see them through life’s uncertainties and the discrepancies between their personalities.
Released: 26 Aug 2008
Runtime: 29 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Writer: James Corden, Ruth Jones
Actors: Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Alison Steadman, Ruth Jones
Adapted from Luke Jennings’ Villanelle novellas and written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, KILLING EVE is a British thriller about an undervalued security agent’s efforts to find an international killer. MI5’s Eve Polastri wishes her professional career was more exciting.
When her unit, which is headed up by annoying boss Frank Haleton, is informed by MI6 Operative Carolyn Martens that a Russian politician is murdered, her boss, Bill Pargrave, puts Eve in charge of protecting the only witness to the crime.
What transpires is a series of events that lead her to the highly skilled assassin known as Villanelle, a young, arrogant killer who keeps her handler, Konstantin, on his toes. As time goes on, the story gets more twisted, and the connection between Eve and Villanelle gets more complicated.
Language: Catalan, Polish, Russian, Romanian, English, French, Spanish
Released: 08 Apr 2018
Runtime: 42 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Writer: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Actors: Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia
The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show (known across the pond as The Great British Bake Off), is an award-winning reality competition that tests people on their ability to create delicious, creative, and technically perfect baked concoctions.
Twelve contestants of all ages and backgrounds compete in 30 challenges over the course of 10 weeks in the show’s signature “big tent,” under which state-of-the-art baking stations await them. There they spend two days of every week completing three challenges that revolve around a specific baking category.
Though two of the challenges require them to present their personal versions of the baked good using their own personal methods, one requires them to follow a recipe created by one of the show’s two renowned judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Throughout it, all hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins offer their thoughts and humorous banter. At the end of each episode, a contestant is named star baker for the week and another is eliminated. The last person in his or her oven is crowned Britain’s best amateur baker.
Released: 17 Aug 2010
Runtime: 60 min
Actors: Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins
Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White, a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife and teenage son who has cerebral palsy. White was diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live.
With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis and a desire to secure his family’s financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world.
The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White’s releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from a mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.
Language: English, Spanish
Released: 20 January 2008
Runtime: 49 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Writer: Vince Gilligan
Actors: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
A modern adaptation of the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Sherlock Holmes lives in 21st century London, a city filled with mystery, crime, and deceit. The back streets are alive with robbers, blackmailers, smugglers, and serial killers.
When the police are desperate they call upon Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his unconventional methods of deduction to shed light on the matter. Ably assisted by Doctor John Watson, a recently returned Afghanistan vet, Sherlock attempts to solve some of the country’s most intriguing puzzles.
Released: 24 Oct 2010
Runtime: 88 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Writer: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves
The original BBC program Doctor Who began airing in 1963, and continued into 1989, making it the longest-running sci-fi program, and indeed one of the longest of any genre in TV history. An unsuccessful attempt was made by Fox to revive it in 1996.
BBC tried again in 2005, and this attempt proved successful. The program follows the adventures of a Timelord, one of a race of humanoid alien beings from the planet Gallifrey. His/her name has never been revealed–he/she is known only as “The Doctor”.
He/she travels through time and space in a “Tardis”, which stands for “Time And Relative Dimensions In Space”. It is much bigger inside than outside. In his/her travels, he encounters various monsters such as the Daleks, the Cybermen, and a renegade Timelord who is known only as The Master (or Missy as timelords can change gender too).
Several different actors have starred as the Doctor over the years. This is explained in the storyline as “regeneration”. When the Doctor faces death, he/she cheats it by literally becoming a new person. The supporting cast also changed periodically.
Released: 17 March 2006
Runtime: 45 min
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Writer: Sydney Newman
Actors: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Peter Capaldi, Nicholas Briggs
Stranger Things centers on the mysterious disappearance of young Will, who vanishes in the woods while biking home from a Dungeons & Dragons session with his friends.
His terrified mother, Joyce, and his brother, Jonathan, are certain something terrible has happened to him, and the detective leading the search team, Chief Hopper, is increasingly worried, too.
Meanwhile, a mysterious young girl, Eleven, has escaped from a shadowy experimental facility; one that seems connected with an otherworldly creature that dispatches its victims from above, grunts and growls when near, and leaves behind pulsing webs of gray matter.
Where is Will? What is the creature we hear but don’t see? And just what are those officials up to in their secret laboratory?
Language: English, Russian
Released: 15 July 2016
Runtime: 51 min
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Writer: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Actors: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown
Game of Thrones
Adapted from the popular series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is set in the fictional medieval kingdom of Westeros and follows a large cast of intertwined characters through political intrigue, emotional drama, and fierce battles.
Lord Eddard Stark begins as the show’s central figure, acting as chief adviser for his boyhood friend King Robert. Stark must act as protector and patriarch of his family and the throne itself as threats emerge from both distant lands and nearby traitors.
As the series progresses, betrayals of large and small changes in the political landscape of Westeros are irreversible, leading to ever more complicated alliances and plot twists; not to mention brutal battles and struggles for survival.
Released: 17 Apr 2011
Runtime: 57 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Writer: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Actors: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington
That’s a wrap of the list of “10 Greatest TV Shows Of The 21st Century”. I bet most of you are pissed seeing Game of Thrones at number 1 after the abysmal final season. I know I am. Which other show you think didn’t deserve in the Top 10? Do let us know in the comments below.