Congrats to the folks behind Murdoch Mysteries and The Kids of Degrassi Street; both series snagged spots in The Wit’s Top 50 list of influential television programming.
The list was compiled by the Swiss-based company, which focuses on television research and information, for MIPTV, the semi-annual worldwide convention where television shows are shopped around in hopes of scoring broadcast rights on foreign channels.
“First, we included shows that had a huge impact around the world by being distributed to different countries. Secondly, we picked shows that may be less well-known internationally but that had a big impact in their own country,” Virginia Mouseler, The Wit’s co-founder, told media outlets.
Buyers and sellers of television at the most recent MIPTV event in Cannes, France, earlier this month were asked to name TV shows that influenced them when they were younger.
CBC’s Murdoch and CTV’s teen drama — which launched the Degrassi franchise — were joined on the list by such shows as Coronation Street, Jeopardy!, The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud and The Dating Game.
Astro Boy, Star Trek, Columbo, Sesame Street, The Young and the Restless, Dallas, The Thorn Birds, The Simpsons, The Bold and The Beautiful, Friends Rugrats, The Real World, Desperate Housewives and Homeland also made the list.