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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

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House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2004-2012
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
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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

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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

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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

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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
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1999
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Lost is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2004-2010
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1998
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2009-present
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1989
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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
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2003
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1997-present
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
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2000-2006
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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2001-2010
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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2007-present
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-2014
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
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1993
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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2002-2008
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2005-present
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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
2003-present
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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
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2007-2012
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
1997-2003
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