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The best shows of the 2000s

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by pa writer, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. pa writer

    pa writer Member

    Star Ledger TV critic Alan Sepinwall mentioned a while ago that Vanity Fair is listing the best TV shows of the decade. In that spirit, I was curious where people on the board stood on the best of the decade. I've ranked my top 10, with no distinction for comedy or drama. Unlike Vanity Fair, though, I'm only considering scripted, non-variety shows. No matter how much I love The Daily Show or Colbert, I'm looking at episodic television.

    Here's my list:

    1. The Sopranos
    2. Lost (This could change depending on how next season plays out)
    3. The Wire
    4. Arrested Development
    5. The Office
    6. 30 Rock
    7. Freaks and Geeks
    8. Mad Men
    9. Curb Your Enthusiasm
    10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Off the top of my head (and I won't count ER or Friends, which are 1990s shows, or pay cable channel shows, which have such an unfair edge with nudity and cussing):

    --The Shield
    --How I Met Your Mother
    --The Closer
    --Gilmore Girls
    --My Boys
  3. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Love the love for Freaks and Geeks, but I'm surprised Sepinwall--a huge Scrubs fan--didn't rank Scrubs among his top 10.
  4. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member

    Prison Break should be on the list.
  5. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    Of the shows that I have watched often, the best comedy is Arrested Development by miles. Second and third would be 30 Rock and the Office.

    Top dramas that I watch would be Rescue Me and Friday Night Lights.
  6. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    "west wing" inelegible 'cause it began in '99? i mean, it ran through '06. aforementioned and much loved "freaks and geeks" started in '99, too, but lasted just one season 'cause of the network knuckleheads, right?

    i'm fine with all the suggestions thus far.
  7. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Every one but Buffy.
  8. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I'd have CSI on my list too. (The original, not Miami or NY or the other wannabes)
  9. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' which I enjoyed, started in 1997.
    'The Daily Show' started in 1996.
    And didn't 'The Sopranos' start in the 1990s?
  10. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    "sopranos," like "ww" and "f&g," began in '99. so it can't make the cut, correct?
  11. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    1. The Wire
    2. The Sopranos (probably No. 2 simply because of the ridiculous lack of betting knowledge in episodes)
    3. Freaks and Geeks
    4. The Office (Gervais)
    5. The West Wing
    6. Six Feet Under
    7. Curb Your Enthusiasm
    8. CSI
    9. 30 Rock
    10. Lost
  12. pa writer

    pa writer Member

    I know it's hard to judge, because shows span decades like that. I'm considering any show that had at least half of its run this decade, which includes shows like The Sopranos, ER, and The West Wing. That's how Vanity Fair seems to be doing it, at least; their list was:

    Friday Night Lights
    Mad Men
    The Sopranos
    The West Wing
    The Wire

    30 Rock
    Arrested Development
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    The Daily Show
    Everybody Loves Raymond
    The Office.

    They also have categories for actors and actresses in comedy and drama.
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