The votes are in and Game Of Thrones has taken the title for best TV show of the 21st century.

The hit HBO fantasy series came out on top in Digital Spy’s fan-voted poll of the top 100 TV shows of the 21st century, with Stranger Things coming in second place.

Proving there was strong competition from British shows, Doctor Who and Sherlock took third and fourth place respectively, while Breaking Bad came in fifth. 

In an unexpected turn of events The Great British Bake Off came in at number six and beat the likes of Killing Eve, which placed seventh. 


Gavin And Stacey and Line Of Duty were voted into a respectable eighth and ninth place, while Golden Globe-winning Sky Atlantic and HBO show Chernobyl earned the final spot in the top ten.

Game Of Thrones was adapted from George R. R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire saga, and came to a controversial end in April last year with its eighth season.

Of the results of their poll,  Digital Spy editor Laurence Mozafari said: ‘It’s not too hard to see why Game of Thrones has resonated so strongly with the public.’

Going on to discuss his delight with there being such a strong British presence in the top ten, he admitted it was great to see shows like Gavin And Stacey picked.

‘It was interesting to see to 10 placing for UK shows like Gavin and Stacey which, despite one Christmas special, has not aired a new episode in 10 years,’ he said.

While he claimed The Great British Bake Off’s high spot in the top ten was proof that ‘quintessentially British humour and genres really do strike a special chord.’

Sansa Stark, the Queen of the North. Picture: HELEN SLOAN/HBO

Fans had to vote from 150 shows selected by Digital Spy.

The publication revealed last month that programmes that had first aired in the 20th century but were still running after the millennium, like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, were not eligible for the list. 

It is unclear yet which other shows have been selected for the full top 100 list. 

Despite reaching the top spot in the poll, Game Of Thrones’ final season was widely panned by fans and critics alike, while its ending was met with lukewarm reception.

As HBO was heading into its final season of Game of Thrones, it commissioned five pilots from different writers, but only House Of The Dragon has moved forward to series.

The show will be based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, a companion book released in November 2018, which details the history of House Targaryen.

File photo – Picture: AP

House Targaryen ruled over Westeros for 300 years, before Robert’s Rebellion ended their reign. 

The network did order a pilot for another project, an untitled Game of Thrones spin-off, set 8,000 years before the events of the show and Martin’s books. 

That pilot starred Naomi Watts, Miranda Richardson and Jamie Campbell Bower, to name a few, written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and directed by S.J. Clarkson (The Defenders), but the network passed on bringing it to series. 

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