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The Best Shows On The CW

Updated April 7, 2021 74.2k votes 17.9k voters 237.6k views60 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 Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

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    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

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    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

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    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

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    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

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    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

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    DC's Legends of Tomorrow

    Victor Garber, Brandon Routh

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    Supergirl

    Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks

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    Gossip Girl

    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester

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    Jane the Virgin

    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo

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    Legacies

    Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis

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    Reign

    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows

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    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

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    The Secret Circle

    Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker

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    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

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    Dynasty

    Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley

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    Izombie

    Rahul Kholi, Malcolm Goodwin

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    All American

    Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs

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    The Tomorrow People

    Robbie Amell, Peyton List

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    Superman & Lois

    Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch

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    Hart of Dixie

    Rachel Bilson, Jaime King

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    Tom and Jerry Tales

    Don Brown, Jake D. Smith

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    Beauty & the Beast

    Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan

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    Dawson's Creek

    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes

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    Nikita

    Maggie Q, Shane West

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