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The Best 2000s ABC Shows 

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Updated December 17, 2019 1.2k votes 171 voters 3.7k views 29 items

List Rules Upvote your favorite ABC TV Series that aired on TV in the '00s

Some of the '00s series on this list of 2000s ABC shows are still on the air, but you can still rank them from best to worst alongside some of the decade's biggest bygone hits. This '00s ABC shows list is dominated by hour-long dramas, but a few sitcoms and a few of the earliest reality show mega-hits also appear. They all go head to head here, with your votes deciding just which 2000s ABC TV shows were the best.

What are some of the best ABC series that aired in the 2000s? Lost and Grey's Anatomy were two game-changing '00s ABC shows. The network was all about the drama in the 2000s, as Desperate Housewives and Boston Legal were also two of ABC's biggest hits of the decade.

'00s ABC TV series included comedies like According to Jim and My Wife and Kids, but they were overshadowed by the reality shows that really took off at the turn of the century. The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars and Wife Swap all represented reality TV on the air.

Help decide the best '00s ABC shows by voting up your favorite shows and downvoting the ones that inspire zero nostalgia. Please add any good series we may have missed, and if you watched a lot of ABC in the 2000s, rerank the whole list so you can share your definitive version.
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Starring Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson (ABC)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more
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Starring Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson (American Broadcasting Company)
8 Simple Rules is an American sitcom, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal. It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005. Ritter's character in the series ...more
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Starring Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia (American Broadcasting Company)
Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more
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Starring Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross (American Broadcasting Company, Lifetime Television)
Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. ...more
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Starring Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland (American Broadcasting Company)
Private Practice is an American medical drama television series which aired on ABC from September 26, 2007, to January 22, 2013. A spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, the series takes place at Seaside ...more
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Starring Sandra Bullock, George Lopez, Constance Marie (American Broadcasting Company)
George Lopez, also known as The George Lopez Show, is an American television sitcom created by comedian George Lopez, Bruce Helford and Robert Borden, which originally aired on ABC from March ...more
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Starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady (Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, 1998) is an American improvisational comedy show adapted from the British show. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show features Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Wayne ...more
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Starring Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II (Nick at Nite, American Broadcasting Company)
My Wife & Kids is an American television show that ran on ABC from March 28, 2001 until May 17, 2005. Produced by Touchstone Television, it starred Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin, ...more
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Starring Sally Field, Emily VanCamp, Rob Lowe (American Broadcasting Company)
Brothers & Sisters is an American television drama series that centers on the Walker family and their lives in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California. The series premiered on ABC on September ...more
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Starring James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell (American Broadcasting Company)
According to Jim is an American sitcom television series starring Jim Belushi in the title role as a suburban father of three children. It originally ran on ABC from October 1, 2001 to June 2,
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Starring Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett (American Broadcasting Company)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late-night talk show, created and hosted by James "Jimmy" Kimmel, and transmitted on ABC. The nightly hour-long show made its debut on January 26, ...more
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Starring James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen (ABC, American Broadcasting Company)
Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The series aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, ...more
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Starring Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly (American Broadcasting Company)
Alias is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as ...more
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Starring Jo Frost, Jeff Bartsch, Hunter James Mckeever (ABC)
Supernanny (ABC, 2005) is an American reality television program of the same name and with the same host as the UK version. Parenting expert Jo Frost goes around America helping parents deal ...more
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Starring America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana (American Broadcasting Company)
Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. The series revolves around the ...more
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Starring Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli (CTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company)
Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more
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Wife Swap is a British reality television programme produced by independent television production company RDF Media and created by Stephen Lambert for Channel 4, first broadcast in 2003. In the ...more
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Starring Sam Saboura (American Broadcasting Company)
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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Starring Megan Fox, Kelly Ripa, Ted McGinley (American Broadcasting Company)
Hope & Faith is an American sitcom, starring Faith Ford and Kelly Ripa. It originally aired on ABC from September 26, 2003 to May 2, 2006. During the first and second seasons, the series was ...more
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Starring Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis (UPN, Toon Disney, Disney Channel)
Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere. The series focuses on six elementary school students and their interaction with other classmates ...more
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Starring Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Kevin Dunn (American Broadcasting Company)
Samantha Who? is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from October 15, 2007 to July 23, 2009. The series was created by Cecelia Ahern and Don Todd, who also served as ...more
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Starring Wayne Brady, Missi Pyle, Sandra McCoy (American Broadcasting Company)
The Wayne Brady Show is a variety show hosted by comedian Wayne Brady that aired in two separate forms. On August 8, 2001 ABC, for whom Brady had been working as a panelist on Whose Line Is It ...more
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Starring Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride (American Broadcasting Company)
Pushing Daisies is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller that aired on ABC from October 3, 2007, to June 13, 2009. The series stars Lee Pace as Ned, a ...more
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Starring Bonnie Hunt, Mark Derwin, David Alan Grier (American Broadcasting Company)
Life with Bonnie is an ABC television sitcom that originally aired from 2002 to 2004. The show outlined the life of character Bonnie Malloy, who juggled her personal life and her job as a ...more
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Starring Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes (Comedy Central, American Broadcasting Company)
Clerks is an American animated sitcom based on Kevin Smith's 1994 comedy of the same name. It was developed for television by Smith, Smith's producing partner Scott Mosier and former Seinfeld ...more