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?