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The Best 2000s Teen Shows

Updated May 25, 2021 17.9k votes 2.1k voters 55.6k views42 items

List RulesVote up the best shows that aired in the '00s made for an audience of teenagers and young adults.

These are the best 2000s teen shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of these top '00s teen TV series follow the relationship drama of high schoolers, while other shows on this list are about superheroes during their awkward teenage years. Obviously, the greatest shows featured on this list were able to pull in audiences of all ages, even if the content and cast were young adults.

What are some of the shows that just have to be included on this list of the best 2000s teen shows? Gilmore Girls, which aired on the WB from 2000 to 2007, was such a popular young adult show that Netflix decided to revive the series to update fans on the characters' lives. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel starred as the title characters, setting the example for the perfect mother-daughter relationship. Smallville is another good teen show that aired in the 2000s.

Football, relationships, and school combined to make Friday Night Lights a hit since it premiered in 2006. Other great young adult programs that are featured on this top 2000s teen shows list include Freaks and Geeks, Veronica Mars, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

What are the best 20100s teen shows? Did the shows you think were the best make this list? Vote up the '00s teen TV shows you think are the best of the decade and see where the teen shows of the 2000s you loved to watch rank.

  • 1

    One Tree Hill

    Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2003

    One Tree Hill (The WB, 2003) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn. Half-brothers Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James lafferty) trade between kinship and...  more

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  • 2

    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    PremieredOctober 5, 2000

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  • 3

    Gossip Girl

    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester

    PremieredSeptember 19, 2007

    Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. After a mysterious...  more

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  • 4

    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Mila Kunis

    PremieredAugust 23, 1998

    That '70s Show (Fox, 2006) is an American teen period comedy sitcom created by Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, and Mark Brazill. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in...  more

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  • 5

    The Vampire Diaries

    Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

    PremieredSeptember 10, 2009

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the book series by L. J. Smith. In the fictional...  more

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  • 6

    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

    Ashley Tisdale, Dylan Sprouse

    PremieredMarch 18, 2005

    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American sitcom created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. The series was first broadcast on Disney Channel on March 18, 2005, with 4 million viewers, making it the...  more

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  • 7

    Wizards of Waverly Place

    Selena Gomez, David Henrie

    PremieredOctober 12, 2007

    Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney, 2007) is an American fantasy teen sitcom created by Todd J. Greenwald. The series centers on Alex Russo (portrayed by Selena Gomez), a teenage wizard living in...  more

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  • 8

    Drake & Josh

    Drake Bell, Josh Peck

    PremieredJanuary 11, 2004

    Drake & Josh (Nickelodeon, 2004) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. Despite having opposite personalities, stepbrothers Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck) get into...  more

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  • 9

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea

    PremieredSeptember 20, 1996

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ABC, 1996) is an American sitcom created by Nell Scovell and is based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show chronicles the adventures of Sabrina...  more

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  • 10

    Hannah Montana

    Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus

    PremieredMarch 24, 2006

    Hannah Montana (Disney, 2006) is an American teen musical comedy television series created by Michael Poryes, Rich Correll, and Barry O'Brien. It focuses on Miley Stewart (portrayed by Miley Cyrus),...  more

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  • 11

    The O.C.

    Peter Gallagher, Benjamin McKenzie

    PremieredAugust 5, 2003

    The O.C. (Fox, 2003) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz. A troubled youth (Ben McKenzie) becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the...  more

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  • 12

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    PremieredMarch 10, 1997

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Joss Whedon, based on the 1992 film. Destined to slay vampires, a young woman (Sarah Michelle...  more

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  • 13


    Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy

    PremieredSeptember 8, 2007

    iCarly (Nickelodeon, 2012) is an American teen sitcom created by Dan Schneider. The series tells the story of Carly Shay, a teenager who creates her own web show called 'iCarly' with her best friends...  more

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  • 14

    Dawson's Creek

    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes

    PremieredJanuary 20, 1998

    Dawson's Creek (The WB, 1998) is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin Williamson. Four friends (James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, and Michelle Williams) in a...  more

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  • 15

    Zoey 101

    Jamie Lynn Spears, Craig Robert Young

    PremieredJanuary 9, 2005

    Zoey 101 (Nickelodeon, 2005) is an American teen drama comedy series created by Dan Schneider. It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks and her friends as they attend Pacific Coast Academy, a...  more

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  • 16

    That's So Raven

    Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown

    PremieredJanuary 17, 2003

    That's So Raven is an American supernatural teen sitcom television series. It debuted on the Disney Channel on January 17, 2003, and ended its run on November 10, 2007. The show spawned Disney...  more

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  • 17


    Tom Welling, Erica Durance

    PremieredOctober 16, 2001

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  • 18

    Even Stevens

    Shia LaBeouf, Christy Romano

    PremieredJune 16, 2000

    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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  • 19

    7th Heaven

    Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks

    PremieredAugust 26, 1996

    7th Heaven is an American family drama television series, created and produced by Brenda Hampton. The series premiered on August 26, 1996, on The WB, the first time that the network aired Monday...  more

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  • 20


    Shenae Grimes-Beech, Mack Wilds

    PremieredSeptember 1, 2008

    90210 (The CW, 2008) is an American teen drama television series developed by Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, and the fourth series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise created by Darren...  more

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  • 21

    Freaks and Geeks

    John Francis Daley, Linda Cardellini

    PremieredSeptember 25, 1999

    Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by Paul Feig. A gifted high schooler (Linda Cardellini) starts hanging out with a group of burnouts, while her...  more

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  • 22

    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2004

    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father (Enrico Colantoni) is...  more

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  • 23

    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton

    PremieredOctober 3, 2006

    Friday Night Lights (NBC, 2006) is an American sports drama television series developed by Peter Berg, inspired by the 1990 nonfiction book by H. G. Bissinger. A drama that follows the lives of the...  more

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  • 24


    Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr

    PremieredOctober 6, 1999

    Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written by Jason Katims. The series debuted on October 6, 1999 on The WB and moved to UPN for the third season....  more

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  • 25


    Kaya Scodelario, Jack O'Connell

    PremieredFebruary 15, 2007

    Skins (E4, 2007) is a British teen comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain. The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and...  more

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