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Best TV Series of the Decade, 2000-2009!

Thanks in large part to HBO, this decade has brought on a golden age of scripted drama on television. Here are my top five favorite TV shows of the 2000s!

1. The Wire

David Simon’s The Wire takes advantage of television’s serial nature (and HBO’s commitment to creatively ambitious material) to paint a picture of an American city crumbling – from the drug infested streets to the union docks, schools, police department, city hall, and newspaper business. The result is a show that has the depth of a great novel. The Wire engages the viewer dramatically and intellectually while clearly laying forth the seemingly insurmountable challenges of our broken system of politics, law enforcement, and education. Oh yeah, and it’s SUPER addictive.

2. Extras (Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant follow up The Office with this brilliant series about life in show business. “You having a laugh?”)

3. Battlestar Galactica (Redefined television sci-fi as a genre with potential for dark, gritty storytelling and top notch performances.)

4. Mad Men (A stylish look at the inner lives of affluent advertising execs and America’s transition from the 50s to the 60s.)

5. Rome (Ambitious and compelling, it ended too soon – but way better than the bloated Sopranos.)

What were your favorite TV shows of the 2000s?


  1. Eva-lution says:

    I would add Dexter and Always Sunny to this list. Also 30 Rock is up there.

  2. Ron says:

    In no particular order, Arrested Development, Mad Men, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter and Doctor Who. Now I know that you would argue that Doctor Who has been around since 1963, but this was almost like a new series. So there you have it.

  3. I loved 30 Rock, Robot Chicken, Californication, Arrested Development and 24. Even though it was a miniseries, Band of Brothers was my favorite TV of the decade.

  4. Nar Williams says:

    All good picks guys, guess I should of made my list a top ten but I was so conflicted!

    Good call on Band of Brothers, David, that miniseries is brilliant. Can’t wait to see “the sequel” The Pacific this year!

  5. Amelia Gray says:

    Californication is great too and involves lots of sexy stuff in this tv series.*`;

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