Game of Thrones named greatest TV show of the 21st century by Digital Spy readers

Rianne Houghton
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Photo credit: Illustration by Sean Longmore, images courtesy of AMC, BBC, CBS, HBO, Hulu, Getty Images/ABC, Netflix, Love Productions - Digital Spy
Photo credit: Illustration by Sean Longmore, images courtesy of AMC, BBC, CBS, HBO, Hulu, Getty Images/ABC, Netflix, Love Productions - Digital Spy

From Digital Spy

The official, definitive list of the greatest TV shows of the 21st century has been decided – and it's all thanks to the readers of Digital Spy. Yep, that includes you.

So, to celebrate the launch of Digital Spy's very first digital magazine on Apple News+ (which you can find out more about here), we can now reveal which series bagged a place in the coveted top 10.

Despite a divisive final season, none other than Game of Thrones has been crowned the best show of the century so far, beating stiff competition from the likes of Netflix's Stranger Things and the beloved BBC classic Doctor Who.

Photo credit: Illustration by Sean Longmore, images from Netflix - Digital Spy
Photo credit: Illustration by Sean Longmore, images from Netflix - Digital Spy

Almost 3,000 of you cast your votes in the all-important Digital Spy poll, so if you'd like to see whether your favourite show made the top 10, look no further. The top 10 greatest TV shows of the 21st century are *drum roll*:

  1. Game of Thrones

  2. Stranger Things

  3. Doctor Who

  4. Sherlock

  5. Breaking Bad

  6. The Great British Bake Off

  7. Killing Eve

  8. Gavin & Stacey

  9. Line of Duty

  10. Chernobyl

Disappointed your go-to series didn't make the cut? You can find out where it placed in the top 100 by downloading the debut issue of Digital Spy's digital magazine here.

The good news is, you can get your copy for the grand total of absolutely nothing, thanks to the Apple News+ one-month free trial, which also lets you binge on all of the platform's other titles, too.

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

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Thrilled to hear of Game of Thrones' victory thanks to Digital Spy readers, Richard Brake – better known as the Night King of seasons four and five – told us: "Honestly, I'm just incredibly honoured: A) that that happened, and B) I'm just so grateful to have been a part of that.

"It just felt like a really special, special show in the history of storytelling. So I was incredibly grateful that I got to not only be a part of it, but I got to be the baddest badass on it as well."

The Greatest TV Shows of the 21st Century can be read in full in the Digital Spy magazine on Apple News+.

Digital Spy has launched its first-ever digital magazine with exclusive features, interviews, and videos. Access this edition with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+.

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