The 24 TV Shows That Defined The 2000s

The 2000s are history, baby.
The sociopolitical events of the 2000 –2009 can be recalled through documentaries, news, and interviews. Once they have passed, they can't be viscerally experienced. But the decade's pop culture? That's still there, ready for the streaming. You can experience the aughts through its remarkable TV shows.
Why, you ask, should I go back to the TV shows of the 2000s when I'm steeped in the Golden Age of TV, when there's a quality and prestige show for practically every niche? Because the 2000s were a precursor to the Golden Age, that's why. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for shows like The Sopranos and The Wire of the '90s, which created space for complex, character-driven dramas, and for comedies like 30 Rock and The Office. Here's a walk through the most iconic shows that defined the 2000s.

More from TV

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Fashion
A look at the subcultures around the world that colour what we wear — and why.
Watch Now
Travel
Explore the world's most vibrant cultural and culinary centres—in 60 seconds, of course.
Watch Now
Beauty
The craziest trends, most unique treatments, and strangest subcultures in the beauty world.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Millennial survivor-woman Lucie Fink dives headfirst into social experiments, 5 days at a time.