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The Best Television Shows of the 2000s

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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.

  • Breaking Bad1

    Breaking Bad


    ActorsBryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller, Neo-western, Tragedy

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  • The Office2

    The Office


    ActorsSteve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

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  • The Simpsons3

    ActorsDan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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

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  • Friends4



    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • Parks and Recreation5

    ActorsAmy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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

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  • The Sopranos6

    The Sopranos


    ActorsJames Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

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  • SpongeBob SquarePants7

    ActorsTom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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  • Dexter8



    ActorsMichael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Dark comedy, Police procedural

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  • How I Met Your Mother9

    ActorsJosh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Romantic comedy

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  • South Park10

    South Park


    ActorsTrey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider

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

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  • Prison Break11

    Prison Break


    ActorsDominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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  • House12



    ActorsHugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama

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  • Supernatural13



    ActorsJared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Misha Collins

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

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  • Family Guy14

    Family Guy


    ActorsSeth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

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

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  • The Office15

    ActorsRicky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Drama, Comedy

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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer16

    ActorsSarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action

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  • Scrubs17



    ActorsZach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Medical drama

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  • The Big Bang Theory18

    ActorsJohnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • Modern Family19

    Modern Family


    ActorsEd O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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

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  • Drake & Josh20

    ActorsDrake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove

    Genres (Tv)Teen sitcom

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  • My Name Is Earl21

    ActorsJason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • That '70s Show22

    ActorsTopher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

    Genres (Tv)Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Chernobyl23

    ActorsJared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

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  • Futurama24

    ActorsBilly West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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

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  • Rugrats25

    ActorsElizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

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

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