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The Best 2000s NBC Dramas  

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These are the best 2000s NBC dramas, ranked from best to worst by your votes. Some good 2000s NBC drama shows follow crime-fighting detectives and others explore the personal lives of tightly knit families. A few of the greatest 2000s NBC drama shows are groundbreaking political masterpieces that perfectly balanced drama with storylines ripped from the headlines.

What shows will you find on this best 2000s NBC dramas list? Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing combined clever writing with current headlines to create big drama. Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Jimmy Smits and more all were members of the series' talented cast. Heroes is another good drama show that aired on NBC in the 2000s.

Supernatural talents helped Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) solve crimes on the hit NBC drama show Medium. Other great series featured on this top 2000s NBC dramas list include Law & Order, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Third Watch.

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ER is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies
ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that aired on NBC from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009. It was produced by Constant c Productions and ...more

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina
Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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Crossing Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor
Crossing Jordan is an American television drama series that aired on NBC from September 24, 2001 to May 16, 2007. It stars Jill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a forensic pathologist ...more

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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez
Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. When a twenty-something computer geek (Zachary Levi) inadvertently downloads ...more

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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia
Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that appeared on NBC for four seasons from September 25, 2006 through February 8, 2010. The series tells the ...more

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Law & Order: Crimina... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
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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Third Watch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Coby Bell, Skipp Sudduth, Jason Wiles
Third Watch is an American drama series which first aired on NBC from 1999 to 2005, for a total of 132 episodes, broadcast in six seasons of 22 episodes each. The show was set and filmed in New ...more

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Josh Duhamel, James Caan, James Lesure
Las Vegas is an American television series broadcast by NBC from September 22, 2003 to February 15, 2008. The show focuses on a team of people working at the fictional Montecito Resort & ...more
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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney
The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco
Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more

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Medium is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Medium is an American television drama series that premiered on NBC on January 3, 2005, ending its run on that network on June 1, 2009. The series then moved to CBS on September 25, 2009, airing ...more

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Studio 60 on the Sunset ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is an American comedy-drama television series created and primarily written by Aaron Sorkin. The series takes place behind the scenes of a live sketch comedy show ...more

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Providence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Melina Kanakaredes, Mike Farrell, Seth Peterson
Providence is an American television drama series that aired on NBC starring Melina Kanakaredes. The show ran for five seasons from January 8, 1999 until December 20, 2002.
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Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin
Life is an American crime drama television program created by Rand Ravich that aired for two seasons on NBC. It was produced by Universal Media Studios under the supervision of executive ...more

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American Dreams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Gail O'Grady, Tom Verica, Brittany Snow
American Dreams was an American television drama program broadcast on the NBC television network, produced by Once A Frog and Dick Clark Productions in association with Universal Network ...more
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Boomtown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Lana Parrilla, Donnie Wahlberg, Neal McDonough
Boomtown was a U.S. television action/drama series produced by NBC. Created by Graham Yost, the show's title is a nickname for its setting, Los Angeles, California.

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Medical Investigation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Neal McDonough, Kelli Williams, Christopher Gorham
Medical Investigation is an American medical drama television series that began September 9, 2004, on NBC. It ran for 20 one-hour episodes before being cancelled in 2005. The series was ...more
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Titans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Yasmine Bleeth, John Barrowman, Victoria Principal
Titans is an American prime time soap opera that debuted on October 4, 2000 on NBC. Thirteen episodes were filmed, of which eleven were actually aired. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the series was ...more
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UC: Undercover is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Vera Farmiga, William Forsythe, Oded Fehr
UC: Undercover was an action-drama television series that focused on the secret lives and private demons of an elite Justice Department crime-fighting unit that confronted the country's ...more
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Surface is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Lake Bell, Jay R. Ferguson, Carter Jenkins
Surface is an American science fiction television series that premiered on NBC on September 19, 2005. The program aired ten episodes before going on hiatus on November 28, 2005 due to NBC's ...more

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Mysterious Ways is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Rae Dawn Chong, Adrian Pasdar, Alisen Down
Mysterious Ways is a Canadian/American television science fiction/drama series that was produced in-house by what was once PAX TV, in association with Lionsgate Television and CTV. The show ...more
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Lipstick Jungle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Lindsay Price
Lipstick Jungle is an American comedy-drama television series created by DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler for NBC Universal Television Studio. The hour-long series was based on the best-selling ...more

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Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Sam Neill, Philip Winchester, Tongayi Chirisa
Crusoe is a television adventure drama based loosely on the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. The series' 13 episodes aired on NBC during the first half of the 2008–2009 television season. ...more
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Deadline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s NBC Dramas
Oliver Platt, Bebe Neuwirth, Lili Taylor
Deadline is a television series which was shown on NBC in the 2000–2001 season. It starred Oliver Platt as Wallace Benton, who worked for the fictional New York Ledger. This was a daily ...more