Hollywood votes Friends its favourite show of all time beating Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and The Simpsons

 2,800 industry people, including 779 actors, 365 producers and 268 directors, voted in the poll

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When you think of the most critically applauded TV shows of all time you’re probably thinking The Sopranos, The Wire and numerous other serious dramas. You wouldn’t be wrong, Metacritic holds those shows, as well as the likes of Breaking Bad and Twin Peaks as the highest rated shows of all time.

But what’s your favourite show is a completely different question. You may rate Homeland above The Simpsons but that doesn’t mean it’s the show you want to snuggle up with on the sofa every evening.

You can only really have one favourite show, and while you may suspect those in Hollywood would say one of the above dramas is there's, you would be wrong. Just like millions of us, even Hollywood insiders have a soft spot for Rachael, Joey, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Monica.

Hollywood Reporter asked over 2,800 industry people - including 779 actors, 365 producers and 268 directors - what their one favourite show was and, funnily enough, Friends came up top.

Close behind the Manhattan comedy was Breaking Bad, the recent drug fuelled drama that spawned the spin-off Better Call Saul.


In third comes The X-Files, which is getting a re-boot very soon, while in fourth is HBO’s blood soaked Game of Thrones. Rounding off the top five is Seinfeld, with Sopranos coming in sixth.

Many of the shows in the top 20 including Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Modern Family, Lost and Arrested Development only began airing in the last 12 years, while older comedies - such as Fawlty Towers, Monty Python and even Frasier - came a lot lower.

What's also interesting is that some more serious dramas, like the Wire (30) and Homeland (45) lost out to comedies such as Modern Family (14) and The Big Band Theory (25).

Here are Hollywood’s top 10 TV shows:

1. Friends

2. Breaking Bad

3. The X-Files

4. Game of Thrones

5. Seinfeld

6. The Sopranos

7. Saturday Night Live

8. I Love Lucy

9. Mad Men

10. The Simpsons

Vote on your favourite show below