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The Best Shows On The CW

Updated February 23, 2021 71.0k votes 17.2k voters 231.4k views59 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on The CW or moved to CW from WB and UPN.

This list of the top current and canceled The CW TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best The CW shows of all time include the most viewed shows on The CW Television Network, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list. There are tons of CW shows on Netflix now, such as Supernatural CWTV. In fact, some of the most-watched sitcoms have the highest CW show ratings. There's tons of information below about CW TV shows, so check it out! 

The CW is home to some of the best shows on television today. Some of the best CW shows premiered on The WB or UPN and then moved to The CW. If you're interested in an action-packed superhero thriller, try Arrow, or The Flash. If fictional monsters and paranormal activities are more your speed, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural might top your list. If you're looking for a laugh, Jane the Virgin or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will definitely do the trick. Some of the most viewed TV shows on the CW are reality shows, like America's Next Top Model, which first aired on UPN. Old CW TV shows, like Gossip Girl and Smallville (originally a WB show), still pass the test of time.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with The CW Television Network on different channels, the top TV shows on the CW should be pretty familiar to everyone. The list of top The CW Television Network television shows below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on The CW Television Network network, even canceled CW shows. Vote up the best shows on the CW below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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  • The Flash1
    3,904
    1,826

    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

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  • The Vampire Diaries2
    4,048
    1,937

    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Fantasy

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  • The Originals3
    3,265
    1,552

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Romance Film, Supernatural drama, Teen drama, Suspense, Drama

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  • The 1004
    2,941
    1,416

    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Action

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  • Arrow5
    4,017
    1,979

    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action

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  • Supernatural6
    3,860
    2,412

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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

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  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow7
    1,419
    807

    DC's Legends of Tomorrow

    Victor Garber, Brandon Routh

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Superhero fiction, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

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  • Supergirl8
    1,424
    688

    Supergirl

    Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Drama, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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  • Legacies9
    560
    213

    Legacies

    Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Adventure, Supernatural drama

  • Gossip Girl10
    2,083
    1,342

    Gossip Girl

    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama

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  • Riverdale11
    963
    537

    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

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  • Jane the Virgin12
    970
    742

    Jane the Virgin

    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama, Telenovela, Satire

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  • Reign13
    1,126
    942

    Reign

    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Romantic drama

  • The Secret Circle14
    750
    669

    The Secret Circle

    Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural drama, Teen drama, Drama, Fantasy

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    #24 of 35 These Teen Screams Are Your Watchlist Dreams: The Best Of Teen Horror TV#80 of 129 Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies

  • Izombie15
    876
    812

    Izombie

    Rahul Kholi, Malcolm Goodwin

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction

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    The Best Seasons of 'iZombie'#23 of 97 The Best Dramedy TV Series

  • Black Lightning16
    196
    125

    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

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  • Dynasty17
    310
    169

    Dynasty

    Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera

  • All American18
    249
    81

    All American

    Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Sports

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  • Hart of Dixie19
    832
    920

    Hart of Dixie

    Rachel Bilson, Jaime King

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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  • The Tomorrow People20
    861
    981

    The Tomorrow People

    Robbie Amell, Peyton List

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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    #208 of 300 The Best Sci-Fi Television Series Of All Time#19 of 59 The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series

  • Tom and Jerry Tales21
    436
    426

    Tom and Jerry Tales

    Don Brown, Jake D. Smith

    Premiered2006

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

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    #57 of 644 The Best Cartoons of All Time#51 of 222 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

  • Beauty & the Beast22
    783
    806

    Beauty & the Beast

    Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction

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  • Dawson's Creek23
    432
    505

    Dawson's Creek

    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama

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    #255 of 339 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years#207 of 538 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

  • Nikita24
    637
    759

    Nikita

    Maggie Q, Shane West

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Adventure film, Action

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    #26 of 87 The Best TV Shows Based on Movies#23 of 124 TV Shows with the Hottest Casts

  • Nancy Drew25
    106
    55

    Nancy Drew

    Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Drama, Supernatural, Supernatural mystery

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    #150 of 284 The Best Female-Led TV Shows#261 of 402 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time