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The Best Shows On The CW

Updated October 13, 2020 83.5k votes 16.1k voters 221.7k views82 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 Flash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    3,715
    1,533

    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

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

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    The Originals is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    2,879
    1,399

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

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

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    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    2,662
    1,297

    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

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

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    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    3,813
    1,883

    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

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

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    Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
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    Supergirl

    Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks

    Premiered2015

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

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    The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    3,609
    1,797

    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Fantasy

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    3,633
    2,385

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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

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    DC's Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    1,286
    675

    DC's Legends of Tomorrow

    Victor Garber, Brandon Routh

    Premiered2016

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

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    Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    1,852
    1,276

    Gossip Girl

    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama

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  • 10
    Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
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    318

    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

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    Legacies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
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    61

    Legacies

    Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Adventure, Supernatural drama

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  • 12
    Smallville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    1,709
    1,239

    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

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

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    Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    854
    666

    Jane the Virgin

    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama, Telenovela, Satire

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  • 14
    One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    1,521
    1,198

    One Tree Hill

    Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Teen drama

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    Reign is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    1,050
    890

    Reign

    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Romantic drama

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    Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    424
    212

    Shadowhunters

    Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy

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  • 17
    Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    201
    101

    Dynasty

    Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera

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    Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    610
    491

    Scooby-Doo

    Casey Kasem, Don Messick

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Mystery, Situation comedy

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    The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    687
    604

    The Secret Circle

    Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker

    Premiered2011

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

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    Izombie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    840
    767

    Izombie

    rahul kholi, malcolm goodwin

    Premiered2015

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

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    Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    115
    58

    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

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    Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    1,097
    1,029

    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

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    The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    241
    172

    The O.C.

    Mischa Barton, Adam Brody

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama

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    The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    853
    962

    The Tomorrow People

    Robbie Amell, Peyton List

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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    Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows On The CW
    799
    908

    Hart of Dixie

    Rachel Bilson, Jaime King

    Premiered2011

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

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