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The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s 

Ariel Kana
Updated October 1, 2019 12k votes 758 voters 18.1k views 74 items

List Rules Vote up the best 2000s TV shows that make you feel nostalgic for the aughts

The 2000s was a decade of great technological achievements. During this time, we left behind the simpler comforts of the '90s in order to make way for the high tech tools of tomorrow. Kids traded in their roller blades and scooters for iPods and cellphones, and even started changing what they watched on TV. Goodbye Rugrats, hello Spongebob! We've put together a list of the best TV shows of the 2000s for the next time you're feeling a little aughts nostalgia. 

2000s TV was all about reflecting on how we were able to experience "the best of both worlds." Some '00s shows, like As Told By Ginger and Even Stevens, held on to that '90s vibe while shows like Rock of Love and Charm School paved the way for guilty pleasure viewing. Shows like Grounded for Life and Lizzie McGuire depicted what real life was like for teenagers and kids growing up in the 2000s, while Slime Time Live and Double Dare 2000 took their old-school approaches up a notch for bigger, better entertainment.  

What were your favorite TV shows in the 2000s? Maybe you loved the dark, creepy world of Invader Zim, or maybe you were all about the laughs on Punk'd. Perhaps you wanted to prank your friends and family, like the guys on Jackass and Viva La Bam, or maybe you wanted A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila. Vote up your favorite 2000s TV shows below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. Feel free to add any of your favorite '00s shows that we may have missed at the bottom of the list. 
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Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, Daran Norris

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Animation, Satire, Animated cartoon, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

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Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Teen sitcom

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Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy, Family Film

SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of ...more

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Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

Kim Possible is an American animated television series created by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle for Disney Channel. It centers on Kim Possible, a teenage fighter who has the task of dealing ...more

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Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Comedy

Lizzie McGuire (Disney Channel, 2001) is an American live-action teen sitcom. Lizzie (Hilary Duff) has a sarcastic animated alter ego that represents her feelings and talks to Lizzie as she goes ...more

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Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

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Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Horror comedy, Animation, Animated cartoon, Mystery, Adventure film, + more

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Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Computer Animation, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, + more

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, often shortened to just Jimmy Neutron, is an American computer animated television series created by John A. Davis. It is the first spin-off to the ...more

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Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon

The Proud Family is an American animated television sitcom that ran on the Disney Channel from September 21, 2001 to August 19, 2005. In 2011, reruns of The Proud Family were shown on the ...more

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Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Malcolm in the Middle (Fox, 2000) is an American television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer. A gifted young teen (Frankie Muniz) tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

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Joe Rogan

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare reality game show. It originally aired between 2001 and 2006, when it was cancelled. It was later revived in 2011, only to be cancelled again on May 13, ...more

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Shia LaBeouf, Christy Carlson Romano, A.J. Trauth

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Comedy

Even Stevens is an American comedy television series that aired on Disney Channel with a total of three seasons and 65 episodes from June 17, 2000, to June 2, 2003. It follows the life of the ...more

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Su-chin Pak

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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Ashton Kutcher, Brian Fitzpatrick, Andrew Santino

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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Pimp My Ride Xzibit, Buck

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Automotive, Reality television

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Sandra Bullock, George Lopez, Constance Marie

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Double Dare 2000 Jason Harris, Tiffany Phillips, Tia Marrie

Premiered: 2000

Double Dare 2000 (Nickelodeon, 2000) is an American television game show based on the original Double Dare. The new show used a revamped set and bigger physical challenges. It also featured the ...more
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Zoey 101 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Christopher Massey

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Drama, Children's television series, + more

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Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Comedy, Action, Reality television

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Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Dating, Reality television

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David Kaufman, Grey Griffin, Rickey D'Shon Collins

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Supernatural, Animation, Action/Adventure, Animated cartoon, + more

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Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

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Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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MattJackson added Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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