2000 – 2010 was a decade that also made its mark in pop culture despite the pressure of coming after the grand decade that was the 1990s. The decade produced a lot of memorable TV shows, many of which are still running today. Let’s take another trip down memory lane and see if you remember these best TV shows of the 2000s!
61. The Wire
Pilot episode: June 2, 2002
What it is about: Created by former police reporter, David Simon, The Wire, which is set in Baltimore, uncovers the drug scene in the city using the law enforcers’ perspective.
Pilot episode: November 6, 2001
What it is about: The crime series follows the life of counter-terrorism agent, Jack Bauer. Each episode covers a day of Bauer’s missions, thus 24. Aside from high-profile crimes, his romances are also a highlight.
Jack Bauer: You are gonna tell me what I wanna know, it’s just a matter of how much you want it to hurt.
59. Shaun the Sheep
Pilot episode: March 5, 2007
What it is about: In this British animated series, Shaun (the sheep) is a sheep that thinks and acts like a person. Much to the sheepdog’ dismay, he also doesn’t follow the flock but lead the others to trouble!
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58. Criminal Minds
Pilot episode: September 22, 2005
What it is about: The show features FBI agents whose primary task is to analyse the minds of the country’s most notorious and most twisted criminals. The purpose? To anticipate and thwart the plans before they even do it.
57. The Mentalist
Pilot episode: September 23, 2008
What it is about: This crime series follows the life of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant for the CBI or California Bureau of Investigation, who uses unusual methods and sometimes psychic abilities to solve crimes.
Pilot episode: September 23, 2003
What it is about: NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the show is about the investigations of Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his team of colourfully quirky but equally brilliant specialists.
Pilot episode: March 9, 2009
What it is about: Castle is about the life of the widely successful mystery writer, Rick Castle who, bored with his lifestyle, teams up with Detective Kate Beckett to solve the murders that are done copying his novels.
Richard Castle: Let me tell you something about crazy people. The sex is unbelievable.
54. Modern Family
Pilot episode: September 23, 2009
What it is about: This sitcom portrays a family who is as unique and “modern” as any truly modern family should be. It follows tha fun and challenges that having an absolutely diverse family brings!
Pilot episode: May 19, 2009
What it is about: One of the most well-known and loved musical TV series, Glee is about a school glee club that is not just a glee club. Despite being sabotaged, the students are able to find acceptance and their own voice within it.
Rachel Berry: You might think that all of the boys in school would want to tap this, but my MySpace schedule keeps me way too busy to date.
52. The Bold and the Beautiful
Pilot episode: March 23, 1987
What it is about: Set in Los Angeles, with the spotlight on its world of fashion and glamour, this show follows the life of the Forrester family and their company, Forrester Creations, as well as their rivals.
Brooke: All I ever did, Stephanie, was to love Ridge.
Stephanie: And his father, and his brother, and your son-in-law. Is it any wonder Bridget is confused? I mean, is it any wonder your daughter would confuse natural feelings of respect and affection for romance? You have blurred the lines of socially-acceptable behaviour. And you stand here and you tell me you’re proud. What are you proud of? Having your son-in-law’s baby? I know what you’re proud of. Chasing after a man whose wife’s body is barely cold in the ground.
51. Sons of Anarchy
Pilot episode: September 3, 2008
What it is about: Set in the town of Charming, California, the show is about Jax Teller, who finds himself in a dilemma involving his principles and his loyalty to Sons of Anarchy, a club operating illegal businesses.
50. Judging Amy
Pilot episode: September 19, 1999
What it is about: The drama series follows the life of Amy Gray, a corporate lawyer in New York, who has to go back to her childhood home in Hartford, Connecticut after her divorce and work for Hartford’s family court.
Maxine: Men look in the mirror just as much as women do. They just conclude they always look great.
49. One Tree Hill
Pilot episode: September 23, 2003
What it is about: The series revolves around the lives of half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott. Set in the town of Tree Hill in North Carolina, the drama involves family, basketball, small-town rumours, and romance.
Lucas Scott: Do you ever wonder if the we make the moments in our lives or if the moments in our lives make us?
48. Veronica Mars
Pilot episode: May 22, 2007
What it is about: This crime series is about the life of titular character, Veronica Mars, who used to be the popular girl until a series of events turned her into an outcast and, eventually, the assistant of her dad who is a private investigator.
Pilot episode: August 13, 2007
What it is about: This adult sitcom follows the life of Hank Moody, an alcoholic writer who is also a womaniser and sex addict. His struggles include attempting to reconnect with his daughter, a longing for his ex, and a string of bad decisions.
Pilot episode: November 16, 2004
What it is about: Dr. Gregory House is the Sherlock Holmes of the medical world. Working in the fictional Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, Dr. House has made a reputation by solving medical puzzles and unknown afflictions.
Pilot episode: October 16, 2001
What it is about: The series tells the story of a teenage Clark Kent before he was Superman and when he was still discovering his powers. We see how he goes through high school and struggles with his identity.
Chloe Sullivan: This is the story of an amazing boy who grew up in the fields of Kansas in a little town called Smallville. When he became a man, he believed the only way to seize his destiny was to turn his back on both his parents and refused to see the darkness descending on earth. But all that was about to change. He was about to face his greatest challenge.
44. Sex and the City
Pilot episode: June 6, 1998
What it is about: One of the most popular shows with a movie franchise, Sex and the City follows the life of sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw, and her friends as they navigate New York’s glamorous life and tumultuous dating scene.
43. Gilmore Girls
Pilot episode: October 5, 2000
What it is about: Gilmore Girls is a story about the Gilmores, Lorelai and her daughter, Rory, who live in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The show features their relationships, their romances, and multiple dramas.
Pilot episode: October 1, 2006
What it is about: This crime series follows the life and adventures of Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter expert. Set in Miami, unknown to others, Dexter lives a double life: he solves murders and commits them.
Pilot episode: July 5, 1999
What it is about: Set in the beautiful town of Harmony in New England, Passions is a soap opera that revolves around the lives, lies, and secrets of the wealthy and powerful families living in the town.
Ethan: Studies I’ve seen say the number one reason marriages are successful is because the two people involved have a lot in common. You have a lot. Luis is common.
40. Nurse Jackie
Pilot episode: June 8, 2009
What it is about: The series follows the life of title character, nurse Jackie Peyton. She is a reliable nurse who is committed to giving her patients the best service; she’s perfect other than the fact that she is also a drug addict.