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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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-2013
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
2
House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2004-2012
House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more
3
Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
JenAnistonFriends added 1994-2004
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
4
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2008-2013
Breaking Bad is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, ...more
5
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1999-2007
The Sopranos is an American drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he ...more
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2006-2013
Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more
7
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1999-present
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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
looksharp added 1999
Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more
9
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1998
That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more
10
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2009-present
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
11
Lost is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2004-2010
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
12
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1989
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
13
Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
looksharp added 2003
Chappelle's Show is an American sketch comedy television series created by comedians Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan, with Chappelle hosting the show as well as starring in the majority of its ...more
14
South Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1997-present
South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
15
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2001-2010
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
16
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added 2000-2006
Malcolm in the Middle is an American sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000 and ended its six-year run on May 14, ...more
17
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2009-present
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
18
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2007-present
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
19
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-2014
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
20
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
looksharp added 1993
Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more
21
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2002-2008
The Wire is an American drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was ...more
22
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-present
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
23
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2003-present
Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more
24
Chuck is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 25 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