The Best Television Series of 2000s

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1. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 226,041

2. Arrested Development (2003– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

Votes: 239,690

3. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson

Votes: 81,027

4. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers.

Stars: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

Votes: 79,418

5. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,087,763

6. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 76,521

7. Once and Again (1999–2002)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A divorced father and a soon-to-be divorced mother meet and begin a romantic courtship which is always complicated by their respective children and their own life problems.

Stars: Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Jeffrey Nordling, Julia Whelan

Votes: 2,318

8. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 167,140

9. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 80,275

10. 30 Rock (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful television show without losing her mind.

Stars: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 99,651

11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 112,700

12. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 158,967

13. Party Down (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A group of actors move to Los Angeles to make it big, but end up working as caterers.

Stars: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr

Votes: 25,026

14. The Comeback (2005– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

An ex A-list celebrity attempts to rekindle the flame of her once prominent acting career with nothing but a camera crew and some determination.

Stars: Lisa Kudrow, Lance Barber, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman

Votes: 5,239

15. The Colbert Report (2005–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello

Votes: 35,000

16. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

A New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 228,220

17. The Amazing Race (2001– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Multiple teams race around the globe for $1,000,000 to 'amazing' locations.

Stars: Phil Keoghan, Joyce Agu, Uchenna Agu, Jet McCoy

Votes: 12,480

18. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 181,511

19. Angels in America (2003)

TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-1980s and centers the story around a group of separate but connected individuals.

Stars: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 23,560

20. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 134,613

21. Project Runway (2004– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

Heidi Klum hosts a reality series where aspiring fashion designers compete for a chance to break into the industry. Each week, a designer is eliminated from the competition after exhibiting their work in front of a judges' panel.

Stars: Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors

Votes: 9,122

22. Sex and the City (1998–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the '90s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 90,311

23. Broken Trail (2006– )

Not Rated | 184 min | Western

A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi, Chris Mulkey

Votes: 5,145

24. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Sport

The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Aimee Teegarden

Votes: 48,416

25. Coupling (2000–2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Six best friends talk about all aspects of sex and relationships on their never-ending quest to find true love.

Stars: Jack Davenport, Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Kate Isitt

Votes: 38,558

26. The Daily Show (1996– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver

Votes: 39,801

27. Slings and Arrows (2003–2006)

60 min | Comedy

In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Gross, Martha Burns, Stephen Ouimette, Susan Coyne

Votes: 2,210

28. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.

Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 509,411

29. Out of Order (2003)

R | 200 min | Drama, Romance

An unsatisfying marriage leads a man to consider a relationship with someone else.

Stars: Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman, Kim Dickens, Dyllan Christopher

Votes: 635

30. Reno 911! (2003–2009)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Crime

An irreverent look at what goes on behind-the-scenes in Reno, Nevada's Police Department.

Stars: Cedric Yarbrough, Niecy Nash, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon

Votes: 14,456

31. King of the Hill (1997–2010)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A straight laced propane salesman in Arlen, Texas tries to deal with the wacky antics of his family and friends, while also trying to keep his son in line.

Stars: Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon, Johnny Hardwick

Votes: 39,550

32. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

Five friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia.

Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 158,589

33. In Treatment (2008–2010)

TV-MA | 25 min | Drama

A psychotherapist questions his abilities and gets help by reuniting with his old therapist, whom he has not seen for ten years.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes, Blair Underwood

Votes: 13,922

34. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 213,449

35. The Sarah Silverman Program. (2007–2010)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Sarah Silverman stars as Sarah Silverman, an unemployed single woman who still behaves like a child. Sarah depends in everything on her sister (played by her real sister Laura). Sarah is ... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee

Votes: 6,687

36. Alias (2001–2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college, trained for espionage and self-defense.

Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman

Votes: 40,441

37. Grosse Pointe (2000–2001)

30 min | Comedy

Satire centers on the off-camera antics of five actors who star in a fictional high school drama called "Grosse Pointe".

Stars: Irene Molloy, Lindsay Sloane, Bonnie Somerville, Kohl Sudduth

Votes: 627

38. Andy Richter Controls the Universe (2002–2003)

30 min | Comedy

Andy is a short story writer, who makes his living by working at a huge faceless company in present day Chicago, writing Technical Manuals. In his active, fertile, writer's imagination, we ... See full summary »

Stars: Andy Richter, Paget Brewster, Irene Molloy, Jonathan Slavin

Votes: 1,465

39. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra

Votes: 58,859

40. Ed (2000–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Ed Stevens is a contracts lawyer at a high-profile New York City firm. Around the same time he splits with his wife (she slept with a mailman), he makes a single error in punctuation when ... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen, Josh Randall, Jana Marie Hupp

Votes: 6,022

41. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 431,307

42. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Drama

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Finn Morrell

Votes: 7,508

43. The Bernie Mac Show (2001–2006)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A stand up comedian suddenly becomes a father when he takes custody of his sister's three children.

Stars: Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez, Dee Dee Davis

Votes: 5,992

44. Generation Kill (2008)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, War

A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.

Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas

Votes: 40,152

45. Undeclared (2001–2003)

22 min | Comedy

College freshman Steve Karp, his girlfriend and their fellow dormmates embark on one the greatest experiences of their lives. Unfortunately for Steve, his lonely and recently divorced father is tagging along for the ride.

Stars: Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, Monica Keena

Votes: 15,426

46. Samurai Jack (2001–2017)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.

Stars: Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett

Votes: 36,162

47. Huff (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

Psychiatrist Craig Huffstodt (Azaria) experiences his own midlife crisis.

Stars: Hank Azaria, Paget Brewster, Anton Yelchin, Blythe Danner

Votes: 3,162

48. Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001–2015)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance

The lives of the kids at Degrassi Community School dealing with the serious and sometimes taboo issues that plague teenagers.

Stars: Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar, A.J. Saudin

Votes: 9,804

49. Chopped (2007– )

TV-G | 60 min | Reality-TV

It's a Chopped All-Stars tournament event! Through four preliminary competitions, sixteen celebrities battle it out for a spot in the $50,000 finale!

Stars: Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy

Votes: 2,732

50. The Rachel Maddow Show (2008– )

Not Rated | 60 min | News, Talk-Show

Air America's liberal talk show host discusses current events, with an emphasis on politics.

Stars: Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Richard Engel, Andrea Mitchell

Votes: 1,345

51. Top Chef (2006– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV