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The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s  

Rina Yun
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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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Danny Phantom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
David Kaufman, Grey Griffin, Rickey D'Shon Collins
Danny Phantom is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon, produced by Billionfold Studios. It was distributed by Nelvana, a Canadian animation company. ...more
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Ed, Edd n Eddy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
Tom Islava added Matt Hill, Tommy Karlsen, Sam Vincent
Ed, Edd n Eddy is a Canadian-American animated comedy television series created by Danny Antonucci for Cartoon Network, and the sixth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series revolves ...more
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Judge Judy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
MattJackson added Judy Sheindlin, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, Jerry Bishop
Judge Judy is an American arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired Manhattan Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin. The show features Sheindlin adjudicating real-life small ...more
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Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo
Jackass is an American reality series, originally shown on MTV from 2000 to 2002, featuring people performing various dangerous, crude, self-injuring stunts and pranks. The show served as a ...more
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Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest
American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on ...more
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Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis
Trading Spaces is an hour-long American television reality program that aired from 2000 to 2008 on the cable channels TLC and Discovery Home. The format of the show was based on the BBC TV ...more
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My Super Sweet 16 is a MTV reality series documenting the lives of teenagers, usually in the United States, Canada and UK, who usually have wealthy parents who throw huge coming of age ...more
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Parental Control is a heavily scripted "pseudo-reality" program produced by MTV. The two directors, Brendon Carter and Bruce Klassen, have also created other MTV shows. In Asia, this ...more
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Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
MattJackson added Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan
This show is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, the ...more
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Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes
Teen Titans is an American TV show based on the DC Comics characters of the same name, that premiered on Cartoon Network and The WB in 2003. It is based primarily on the run of stories by Marv ...more
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Avatar: The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
Jason Shelvy added Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman
Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which ...more
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Serena Altschul
True Life is an American documentary television series that has been airing on MTV since March 31, 1998. Each episode follows a particular topic, such as heroin addiction as in the first episode ...more
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Sam Saboura
Extreme Makeover was a television program from ABC in which individuals volunteered to receive an extensive makeover in Hollywood. The show was created by television producer Howard Schultz. It ...more
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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams
Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college. The series stars James ...more
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Mad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
bjbarwick23 added Kevin Shinick, Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson
Mad is an American animated sketch comedy produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It was inspired by its unrelated predecessor, Mad TV, where each episode is a collection of short animated parodies ...more
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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
James Englebert added John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy
The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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Donal Logue, Megyn Price, Kevin Corrigan
Grounded for Life was an American television sitcom that debuted on January 10, 2001, as a mid-season replacement on the Fox Network. It was created by Mike Schiff and Bill Martin. It ran for ...more
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Melissa Disney, Jeannie Elias, Tress MacNeille
As Told by Ginger is an American animated television series aimed at preteens and teenagers that was produced by Klasky-Csupo and aired on Nickelodeon. The series focuses on a middle schooler ...more
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MTV's MADE is a self-improvement reality television series broadcast on MTV. The series follows teens who have a goal and want to be "made" into things like singers, athletes, dancers, ...more
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Bam Margera, Vincent Margera, Ryan Dunn
Viva La Bam is an American reality television series that stars Bam Margera and his friends and family. The show was a spin-off from MTV's Jackass, in which Margera and most of the main cast had ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
MattJackson added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s
MattJackson added Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman
South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
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Bret Michaels, Big John Murray, Heather Chadwell
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels is an American reality television dating game show. It stars Bret Michaels, the lead singer from the band Poison. The show closely resembles its sister show ...more
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Tila Tequila, Amanda Ireton, Brandi Ryan
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila is an American reality television dating game show similar to the TV show The Bachelor. It premiered on October 9, 2007 on MTV starring Tila Tequila. The series ...more