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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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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2008-2013

Actors: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-2013

Actors: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Romantic comedy, + more

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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Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
JenAnistonFriends added 1994-2004

Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Romance

Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-2014

Actors: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 184

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1989

Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Number of Seasons: 31

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2009-present

Actors: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Number of Seasons: 7

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama, + more

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1999-present

Actors: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Number of Seasons: 18

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy, + more

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2007-present

Actors: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2009-present

Actors: Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 244

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2006-2013

Actors: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Suspense, + more

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2001-2010

Actors: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 181

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Medical drama, Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1998

Actors: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

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House is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2004-2012

Actors: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 177

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Medical drama, Procedural drama, Drama, Mystery, + more

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
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Actors: Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 151

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1997-present

Actors: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider, + more

Number of Seasons: 16

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon, + more

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1999-2007

Actors: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 86

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1999-present

Actors: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 474

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama, + more

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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18
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1999

Actors: Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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19
Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1997-2003

Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-present

Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Misha Collins, + more

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-present

Actors: Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: A&E, CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
looksharp added 1999

Actors: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 140

Network: Comedy Central, Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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23
Drake & Josh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2004

Actors: Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 64

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Farce, + more

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24
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1991

Actors: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 172

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

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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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1996

Actors: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 163

Network: The WB Television Network, ABC Family, TeenNick, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

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