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The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs 

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For many of us, shows on the WB were responsible for informing our early years, teaching us that love is complicated, your favorite actors had to start somewhere, good writing doesn’t always guarantee a second season, and that sometimes experiments in the TV lab go horribly awry. A quick scan of the list of the top WB television network shows reveals just how far showrunners, producers, and writers were willing to go to entertain us and grab those ratings. The result is a stellar and iconic list of shows that The WB should be proud of. And then there are the WB television series that will probably never be revived on Netflix, and are probably best to forget altogether.  

The best TV shows on the WB network did more than entertain us - they affected our everyday lives. Did you name your pet Lorelai or Rory? Or your daughter? Did you have a special stake you carved yourself and kept it in your bedroom just in case Buffy and Giles were right about the Hellmouth? How many family weddings and dance recitals did you tape over to keep up with the latest episodes of Supernatural, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, and Roswell?  

Sure, those are some of the superstars of The WB network shows line-up, but how about the unsung Everwood, starring a floppy haired yet adorable Chris Pratt before he guarded the galaxy? Or Jack & Bobby with a young Bradley Cooper and John Slattery pre-day cocktails on Mad Men? Young power struggled with puberty before power.  

The WB television network allowed Sex and the City’s Darren Star to go deliciously meta with Grosse Pointe, a good WB television TV series about the behind the scenes of a WB television network TV series. What’s better than making fun of big Hollywood insider stuff? Nothing.  

What was your favorite WB series? Young Americans where Ian Somerhalder first showed us a glimpse of those spellbinding eyebrows? The Wayans Brothers Show giving us Dupree? Blue Collar TV and the comedy sketch stylings of Jeff Foxworthy? A young Penn Badgely in Do Over before his days of heart robbery on Gossip Girl. Or are you forever loyal about your Gilmore Girls and squealed like it's 2000 when Netflix announced it was giving the show some new streaming time? Or does your heart lie with Felicity and that's why you're watching The Americans? Both? 

Upvote your favorite show from The WB television network and let the nostalgia in. 
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

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

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Joss Whedon, based on the 1992 film. Destined to slay vampires, a young woman (Sarah ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

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

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M. Burge. Sisters Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) discover ...more

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror Film, + more

Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, and a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel (David ...more

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Premiered: 2001

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

Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more

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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Teen drama

Dawson's Creek (The WB, 1998) is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin Williamson. Four friends (James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, and Michelle Williams) in a ...more

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. In the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a thirty-something single mother ...more

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Teen drama

One Tree Hill (The WB, 2003) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn. Half-brothers Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James lafferty) trade between kinship and ...more

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more

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Roswell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Science Fiction

Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written by Jason Katims. The series debuted on October 6, 1999 on The WB and moved to UPN for the third ...more

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Felicity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Drama

Felicity is an American prime time television drama series that was created by J. J. Abrams and Matt Reeves and produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB Television ...more

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What I Like About You is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Amanda Bynes, Jennie Garth, Wesley Jonathan

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

What I Like About You is an American television sitcom set mainly in New York City, following the lives of two sisters, older-sister Valerie Tyler and teenager-sister Holly Tyler. The series ran ...more

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Heather North

Premiered: 1969

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Mystery, Situation comedy, + more

Scooby-Doo is an American animated cartoon franchise, comprising several animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was ...more

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Reba is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Reba is an American sitcom starring Reba McEntire, which ran from 2001 to 2007. For the show's first five seasons, it aired on The WB, and crossed over to The CW for its final season. It is one ...more

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. It aired from 1994 to 1999. The premise of the show was that the girls were separated and adopted ...more

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7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama

7th Heaven is an American family drama television series, created and produced by Brenda Hampton. The series premiered on August 26, 1996, on The WB, the first time that the network aired Monday ...more

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Everwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Drama

Everwood (The WB, 2002) is an American drama television series created by Greg Berlanti. A widowed brain surgeon (Treat Williams) from Manhattan moves his young son (Gregory Smith) and daughter ...more

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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Animation, Satire, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

Pinky and the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated television series to be presented in Dolby Surround and the fourth collaboration of Steven Spielberg with ...more

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Grounded for Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Donal Logue, Megyn Price, Kevin Corrigan

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Grounded for Life was an American television sitcom that debuted on January 10, 2001, as a mid-season replacement on the Fox Network. It was created by Mike Schiff and Bill Martin. It ran for ...more

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Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1993

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

Animaniacs is an American animated television series, distributed by Warner Bros. Television and produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. Animaniacs is the second animated ...more

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Summerland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner, Lori Loughlin

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Drama

Summerland is an American drama television series created by Stephen Tolkin and Lori Loughlin. It is centered on a clothing designer in her 30s, Ava Gregory, raising her niece and nephews after ...more
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Beauty and the Geek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Mike Richards, Sam Horrigan, Nicole Morgan

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Beauty and the Geek is a reality television series that is an international franchise, the U.S version is shown on The CW. It has been advertised as "The Ultimate Social Experiment" ...more

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Jack & Bobby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Christine Lahti, Matt Long, Logan Lerman

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Political drama, Drama

Jack & Bobby is an American television series that aired on The WB network from September 12, 2004 to May 11, 2005. It starred Christine Lahti, Logan Lerman, Matt Long, Jessica Paré, ...more

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The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Wayans Bros. ist eine US-amerikanische Komödie welche als Fernseh-Serie in den Jahren 1995 bis 1999 ausgestrahlt wurde. In den Hauptrollen, die Brüder Shawn und Marlon Wayans.

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Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best WB Television Network TV Shows/Programs
Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, Jason Weaver

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

Smart Guy is an American sitcom centering on the exploits of child genius T.J. Henderson, who moves from being an elementary school student in the fourth grade to a high school student in the ...more

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