Drowned In Sounds best TV of the 21st century - VOTE! (closes 9am Mon 14th October)

Hi guys. The third in a new and disastrous series shamelessly stolen from the Guardian, as per DrownedInSound’s Best Things of the 21st Century! .

Results so far

By no request, we’re now onto TV.

How it works:

  • You rank the best 2, 5, 10 or 20 (or whatever given the book lists) TV shows/programmes of this century so far in order.
  • Post them in here or DM them to me by 9am next Monday
  • Please don’t abbreviate the titles.
  • I’ll do some mathematical gubbins and produce the definitive DiS best TV of this century!


  • For the purposes of these lists, the year 2000 is included in the 21st century. Yes, I know it’s not technically correct, no I don’t care that it’s making your eye twitch.
  • You can nominate one offs or entire shows. You can’t nominate an individual episode or season of a long running series.
  • For a show to qualify, half of the run should have taken place since Jan 1st 2000, or the peak should clearly be after then.
  • I reserve the right to make utterly arbitrary decisions over whether a show qualifies mainly on the basis of what I think will irritate the most people.


  1. Instant Hotel.

Please don’t let me be the only one voting for Person of Interest.

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Everyone has to watch Rectify. Will be the most criminally underrated show in this whole thread

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It would be, but Person of Interest is not going to get the interest it deserves, I am feel it. I really love Person of Interest.

(I do want to watch Rectify, sounds gold from previous recommendations)

  1. The Sopranos
  2. Deadwood
  3. The Leftovers
  4. Parks and Recreation
  5. The Thick of it
  6. Mad Men
  7. Twin Peaks: The Return
  8. BoJack Horseman
  9. The Wire
  10. Better Call Saul
  11. Detectorists
  12. Breaking Bad
  13. The Armando Iannucci Shows
  14. The Americans
  15. Friday Night Lights
  1. Office (UK)
  2. I’m Alan Partridge (this should be #1, but…)
  3. Hotel Beau Sejour
  4. Trip
  5. Thick Of It
  6. Atlanta
  7. Peep Show
  8. VEEP
  9. This Is England
  10. Bojack Horseman
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Not sure whether only series 2 of I’m Alan Partridge is being rated if we include it? I can’t put series 2 in my list but series 1 would have been.

my conundrum precisely. i went rogue anyways.

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Does University Challenge count?

  1. Monkey Dust
  2. Red Riding Trilogy
  3. The Wire
  4. The Thick Of It
  5. Deadwood
  6. The Sopranos
  7. Peep Show
  8. Darkplace
  9. Nathan Barley
  10. Black Books
  11. Band of Brothers
  12. State of Play
  13. Chernobyl

I did limit myself to stuff that has finished or at least appears to hence why there isn’t any Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Atlanta, The Trip etc. and why most of these are single series tv shows.

Thinking about it this list is really difficult because there is a lot that is still going or like Game of Thrones completely fluffed the landing that I have discounted.

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The wire and match of the day are the only real standouts

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Red Riding is superb. Forgot about that. Great call. Tony Grisoni scripted - who penned the nigh impossible, and yet superb, Fear & Loathing script.

97-03: it’s in.

Half before the cut off, half after. It’s fine by the rules, but obvs up to the individual.

Not unless you can convince me that it peaked since the year 2000.

Get out of my thread.

  1. The Thick Of It
  2. The Sopranos
  3. The Wire
  4. The US Office
  5. The Office
  6. The Trip
  7. Peep Show
  8. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  9. I’m Alan Partridge S2
  10. This Is England
  11. Red Riding Trilogy
  12. Parks And Recreation
  13. Stranger Things
  14. Veep
  15. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace
  16. Grandma’s House
  17. Flight Of The Conchords
  18. Black Books
  19. Veronica Mars
  20. Early Doors

Partridge as a whole would be top 3 but only Series 2 counts. Big Train misses out on the same principle.

  1. University Challenge
  2. Happy Valley
  3. RuPaul’s Drag Race
  4. In The Night Garden
  5. Twin Peaks
  6. 24
  7. Derry Girls
  8. The Killing
  9. Human Remains
  10. Homes Under The Hammer
  11. Vera
  12. Top of the Lake
  13. The Crown
  14. Fuine
  15. That fishing programme with Bob Mortimer
  16. Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico
  17. Inside No. 9

Re: University Challenge - the Bamber Gascoigne run was on ITV from 1962-87. The BBC rebooted it in 1994 with Jeremy Paxman. That is the version I am nominating, which has had the vast majority of its run in the 21st century. It’s the only programme I’ve made the effort to watch every week for more than 20 years, so it had to be number one. If I could have had the Brass Eye paedophile special at number one, I would have

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Number 21 is Marion & Geoff btw

No I loved it too :grin:

  1. i’m alan partridge
  2. the wire
  3. spiral
  4. peep show
  5. justified
  6. buffy
  7. it’s always sunny in philadelphia
  8. state of play
  9. the shadow line
  10. curb your enthusiasm
  11. band of brothers
  12. the west wing
  13. firefly
  14. nathan barley
  15. darkplace
  16. fleabag
  17. the bridge
  18. the thick of it
  19. parks and rec
  20. nxt
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  1. Skam
  2. A Town Called Panic
  3. The Wire
  4. Robot Wars*
  5. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace
  6. South Park*
  7. Look Around You*
  8. Flight of the Conchords*
  9. Monkey Dust
  10. The Story of Film: An Odyssey
  11. Over the Garden Wall
  12. Mad Men*
  13. The Thick of it
  14. Pushing Daisies
  15. Office (UK)
  16. Arrested Development*
  17. Shameless*
  18. Limmy’s Show
  19. Adam and Joe Go Tokyo
  20. Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

*Until it got rubbish.