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The Best Television Shows of the 2000s  

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List Rules Only TV series that aired between 2000 and 2009

Some great TV shows came out of the 2000s, while some have even lived on. Here's a list of the best shows that aired from 2000-2009, as ranked by television fanatics and critics. Television has been steadily evolving over the past few decades. What used to be simply an entertaining way to spend a half hour with the family has transformed into an elevated art form. Movies have been usurped by the television medium due to a continued rise in content quality. Starting in the 2000s, when cable networks like HBO and Showtime were introduced, the focus moved to quality in writing, directing, and acting more than ever before. People in the entertainment business who used to focus on movies began to move into television.

In the '00s, there were more quality television shows on the air than ever before. Cable networks introduced shows like Six Feet Under, Dexter, and The Sopranos that revolutionized the way television was made. Other shows, like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and Supernatural, changed the way people watched television, by including fan involvement and discussion as part of the experience. Comedies like Arrested Development and The Office and reality shows like American Idol also reigned supreme in the television universe.

What are your favorite TV shows from 2000-2009? This list includes the top shows from the 2000s from a variety of genres from sitcoms to science fiction.

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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
WarrenMitchell added 2007-2012
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
27
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1999-present
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
28
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1997-2003
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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Drake & Josh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2004
Drake and Josh are two guys with different personalities. REALLY different. Going to the same school is about the only thing they have in common. But that's about to change--in a BIG way. See, ...more
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1999
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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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1991
Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently ...more
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The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
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, ...more
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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1996
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more
34
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2008-present
Sons of Anarchy is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's ...more
35
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-present
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more
36
Wizards of Waverly Place is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2007
Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to January 6, 2012 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena ...more
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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1956
The Price Is Right is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win ...more
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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-2009
Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has ...more
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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1969
Scooby-Doo is an American animated cartoon franchise, comprising several animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was ...more
40
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-present
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more
41
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2000-2007
Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more
42
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2000-present
This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...more
43
Monk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
looksharp added 2002
Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. It originally ran from 2002 to ...more
44
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2006
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
45
The Fairly OddParents is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2001
The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around the everyday adventures of Timmy Turner, a boy who is granted ...more
46
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1988
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
47
Psych is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2006-2014
Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more
48
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1998
The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007. The show was produced by Hanley Productions and CBS Productions, CBS Paramount ...more
49
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
looksharp added 1993
The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1998
Charmed is an American television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The ...more