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Planet Earth And Planet Earth II Are Highest Rated TV Series Of All Time

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Planet Earth And Planet Earth II Are Highest Rated TV Series Of All Time

BBC's Planet Earth and Planet Earth II are the highest rated TV shows of all time on IMDb.

For those living under a rock, the series is narrated by the great David Attenborough and is 'the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition'.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

The show's description reads: "Each 50-minute episode features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth (Polar, Mountain, Cave, Desert, Plains, Fresh Water, Seas, Ocean, Forest).


"It is then followed by a ten-minute featurette which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of filming the episode."

Well, which version of the show is the top rated and which one is second, you ask?

The 2006 edition of Planet Earth happens to sit in second place with a mega rating of 9.4/10.

That means that 2016's Planet Earth II was voted at the best TV show of all time in first place, with a 9.5 rating.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Planet Earth premiered on BBC One on 5 March 2006 and by June 2007 had been shown in 130 countries.

Other honourable mentions go to Breaking Bad in third place, Band of Brothers in fourth with Chernobyl and The Wire in fifth and sixth, respectively.

However, according to a poll from TV critics, The Wire was actually voted as the best show of the last 21 years.

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

"We hope you are as inspired and exhilarated by reading the results as we are - as collectively, they not only offer a celebration of TV itself, but a view of the modern era like few others," the BBC wrote.

Reacting to the win, The Wire creator David Simon said: "I'm glad the show has a shelf life.

"We weren't interested in whether characters were good or bad.


"The writers had in their heads the idea, 'If a society is going to have a law enforcement arm, what's the job of that institution?

"'What are the police doing?'

"If you write a show like that, it will have a shelf life for as long as those systems are in play."

The synopsis for The Wire, which lasted from 2002-2008, reads: "In the city of Baltimore, Detective James McNulty and his team investigate crimes and try their best to solve the bridge that exists between the drug kingpins and the law enforcement agencies."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV and Film, BBC

Anish Vij
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