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The Best Shows On The WB

Updated November 23, 2020 3.2k votes 550 voters 17.1k views71 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on The WB.

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

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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  • Dawson's Creek3
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    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes

    Premiered1998

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  • Angel4
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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter

    Premiered1999

  • Beauty and the Geek5
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    Beauty and the Geek

    Mike Richards, Sam Horrigan

    Premiered2005

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  • Charmed6
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    Charmed

    Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered1998

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  • Roswell7
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    Roswell

    Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr

    Premiered1999

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  • What I Like About You8
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    Amanda Bynes, Jennie Garth

    Premiered2002

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  • Felicity9
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    Felicity

    Keri Russell, Scott Speedman

    Premiered1998

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  • The Steve Harvey Show10
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    Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer

    Premiered1996

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  • Everwood11
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    Everwood

    Treat Williams, Gregory Smith

    Premiered2002

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  • Reba12
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    Reba

    Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher

    Premiered2001

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    Summerland

    Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner

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    Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks

    Premiered1996

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  • Pinky and the Brain15
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    Pinky and the Brain

    Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen

    Premiered1995

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  • Animaniacs16
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    Animaniacs

    Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell

    Premiered1993

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  • The Oblongs17
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    Will Ferrell, Pamela Adlon

    Premiered2001

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    Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain

    Ben Stein, Nancy Cartwright

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    Tara Strong, Rob Paulsen

    Premiered1997

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    Jack & Bobby

    Christine Lahti, Matt Long

    Premiered2004

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    Ivan Sergei, Amanda Peet

    Premiered1999

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    Penn Dayton Badgley, Tom Everett Scott

    Premiered2002

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    Brian Posehn, Nick Jameson

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  • Grosse Pointe24
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    Grosse Pointe

    Lindsay Sloane, Bonnie Somerville

    Premiered2000

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    Rescue 77

    Christian Kane, Richard Roundtree

    Premiered1999