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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.

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  • 1
    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    2,093
    1,198

    Breaking Bad

    2008-2013

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

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

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

    2005-2013

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

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

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  • 3
    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,407
    933

    ActorsDan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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

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  • 4
    Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    2,357
    1,695

    Friends

    1994-2004

    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 5
    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,229
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    ActorsAmy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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

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  • 6
    SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s

    ActorsTom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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  • 7
    The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,138
    1,005

    The Sopranos

    1999-2007

    ActorsJames Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

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  • 8
    Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    668
    576

    Prison Break

    2005-2009

    ActorsDominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

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

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  • 9
    How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,544
    1,282

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

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Romantic comedy

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  • 10
    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,213
    1,093

    Dexter

    2006-2013

    ActorsMichael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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

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  • 11
    South Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,128
    830

    South Park

    1997-present

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

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

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  • 12
    The Office is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    516
    444

    ActorsRicky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

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

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  • 13
    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    977
    861

    Supernatural

    2005-present

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

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

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  • 14
    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,289
    1,154

    Family Guy

    1999-present

    ActorsSeth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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

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  • 15
    Drake & Josh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    763
    628

    ActorsDrake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove

    Genres (Tv)Teen sitcom

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  • 16
    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,451
    1,155

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

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 17
    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,195
    1,132

    Modern Family

    2009-present

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

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

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  • 18
    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    957
    799

    ActorsBilly West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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

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  • 19
    House is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,633
    1,487

    House

    2004-2012

    ActorsHugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama

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  • 20
    Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    669
    522

    ActorsElizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

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

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  • 21
    That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,414
    772

    ActorsTopher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

    Genres (Tv)Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 22
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s

    ActorsSarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

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

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  • 23
    Smallville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    434
    346

    ActorsTom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film

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  • 24
    Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s
    1,120
    937

    Scrubs

    2001-2010

    ActorsZach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Medical drama

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  • 25
    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television Shows of the 2000s

    ActorsCole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Comedy

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