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The Best Television Shows of the 2000s

Updated March 16, 2021 147.9k votes 9.7k voters 220.8k views196 items

List RulesOnly 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

    2008-2013
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    The Office

    2005-2013
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    Friends

    1994-2004
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    The Simpsons

    1989-12-17
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    South Park

    1997-present
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    Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and...  more

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    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter...  more

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    That '70s Show

    1998-08-23
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more

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    The Sopranos

    1999-2007
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    House

    2004-2012
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  • 13
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    The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and...  more

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    Futurama

    1999-03-28
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    Scrubs

    2001-2010
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    Supernatural

    2005-present
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    Drake & Josh

    2004-01-11
    Drake & Josh (Nickelodeon, 2004) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. Despite...  more

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    Criminal Minds

    2005-present
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    Dexter

    2006-2013
    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos...  more

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    Gilmore Girls

    2000-2007
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    Smallville

    2001-10-16
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    Prison Break

    2005-2009
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    The X-Files

    1993-09-10
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    Charmed

    1998-10-07
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