I'll Be Number One for You: Survey Shows 'Friends' Remains Most Popular TV Show Ever
14:29 GMT 01.02.2022 (Updated: 13:28 GMT 06.08.2022)
© AP Photo / REED SAXONFILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002 file photo, the stars of "Friends," from left, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc pose after the show won outstanding comedy series at the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Almost 15 years after it was canceled, "Friends" is still there for British viewers
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Around 45% of respondents confessed they still had copies of their favourite show on VHS tapes or DVDs.
Friends is considered to be the most popular TV show in American history, according to a survey of 2,000 adults conducted by OnePoll. The poll, which featured the 35 most popular TV shows of all time, was dominated by two major 90s sitcoms - Friends received a 43% approval rating, while "Seinfeld" came in at a close second with 40%. Other shows on the top of the list were Game of Thrones (37%), Three's Company (36%), Frasier (36%), The Office (36%), and MASH (35%).
The top-20 also included several animated shows such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, and Bob’s Burgers.
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What does the audience consider "appealing"? Well, the poll suggests that 60% believe that a show’s cast and writing are the most important, followed by aesthetics (46%) and plot (46%).
According to the poll, the 80s and 90s were the peak decades for television, as 19% of respondents said it was the best time for TV shows - while only 7% think we’re currently living in the golden era of television.