The 2000’s feels like a super long time ago, especially since we might not talk about this decade as much as we focus on the ’80s or ’90s. This is particularly true when it comes to television. While we praise ’90s sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld and remember this time period as having amazing teen dramas, we don’t tend to think about shows from the 2000s the same way.
Just like any other decade, there are some incredible TV shows from this time… and there are also some that don’t hold up when we try to tune in today. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and think about the best and worst entertainment from this decade.
Keep reading to find out about some 2000’s TV series that can definitely be watched today, along with some that we don’t need to bother with.
16 Still Holds Up: Mad Men Is Beautifully Crafted
The retro nostalgia of Mad Men is beautifully crafted and this show is so well done. It aired for seven seasons beginning in 2007, and if we want to dive back in, it’s definitely a good idea. The outfits and sets are so incredible and will transport us back in time.
15 Skip: Two And A Half Men Feels Sexist And Problematic
Two And A Half Men is supposed to be a funny show, but when we think about it, it’s sexist and problematic. It doesn’t hold up as well as other sitcoms from this decade, so if we’re making a list of which older shows to catch up on, this definitely doesn’t need to be on it.
14 Still Holds Up: The Wire Is A TV Classic That Everyone Should See
Have we watched The Wire? If we haven’t seen this TV drama, then chances are super high that a friend has told us “OMG, you have to watch The Wire.”
This is a classic part of the TV landscape that everyone should see. It aired for five seasons from 2002 until 2008.
13 Skip: Malcolm In The Middle Has A Problematic Family Dynamic
Another 2000s show that can be skipped is definitely Malcolm In The Middle. The family dynamic is problematic as the characters are pretty mean to each other.
The mother Lois, in particular, isn’t very caring toward her relatives, and it’s tough to watch this. We want our family sitcoms to be warm and comforting, like Modern Family.
12 Still Holds Up: We’ll Always Love The O.C.
When it comes to TV shows from the 2000s that still hold up today, The O.C. is on our list.
We’ll forever love this teen drama. Watching Ryan fall for Marissa, hang out with Seth, and become part of the Cohen clan is just so heartwarming, and the drama just keeps coming on this great show.
11 Skip: Smallville Feels Super Dated Today
Smallville aired for 10 seasons from 2001 until 2011, but it’s not a TV show that should be watched in 2020.
It feels super dated today, and while older hairstyles and clothing styles are sometimes charming on TV shows from the past, that’s not really the case here. We can skip it.
10 Still Holds Up: Gilmore Girls Is Full Of Coffee, Witty Remarks, And Love
Gilmore Girls definitely still holds up today. Airing for seven seasons from 2000 until 2007, the mother/daughter dramedy is full of coffee, witty remarks by the main characters, and also a lot of love. We can’t get enough of this show and will gladly watch every single episode a million times.
9 Skip: Nip/Tuck Is A Little Strange
Do we remember the drama Nip/Tuck? Created by Ryan Murphy, it aired for six seasons from 2003 until 2010 and focused on doctors who helped people change their physical appearance. It’s honestly a little strange and doesn’t seem like a show that needs to be re-visited, especially not when we always have a lot on our TV plates to check out.
8 Still Holds Up: Teen Sleuth Veronica Mars Is Always Funny And Smart
Veronica Mars is a truly great show. The main character, played by Kristen Bell, is always funny and smart, and she’s the best teen sleuth around.
Thankfully, this show has three seasons that we can go back and watch, and we can also check out the revival if we haven’t.
7 Skip: Laguna Beach Isn’t As Good As Its Spin-Off
We don’t need to go back and watch old episodes of Laguna Beach. While The Hills is reality TV gold, it’s much better than the original show that aired on MTV that inspired it. It’s just not as compelling and there isn’t as much drama going on. If we’re in the mood for a 2000s reality show, we can just watch The Hills.
6 Still Holds Up: The Anticipation In Each Episode Of Lost Makes It A Series You Can’t Miss
Fans of Lost know that it’s a really hard show to turn away from. You whisper to yourself, “Just one more episode…” and then you’ve watched three more.
The anticipation in each episode makes it a show that you can’t miss, and so this is another 2000s drama that is still great today.
5 Skip: Joey Doesn’t Capture Friends’ Comforting Magic
If we love TV, chances are we love Friends… a lot. We also might have checked out the spin-off Joey and wondered what we were watching.
This show only lasted for two seasons, and it just didn’t work out. It’s another show from the 2000s that we can skip, that’s for sure.
4 Still Holds Up: Arrested Development Is Quirky (But Don’t Watch The Netflix Revival)
There’s no question that the quirky family on Arrested Development is hilarious. This show, which aired from 2003 until 2006 and then returned for a revival that is available for streaming on Netflix, is always great. We don’t need to watch the Netflix episodes, though.
3 Skip: 8 Simple Rules Is Yet Another Family Sitcom
How many family sitcoms are there? It would be tough to count them all as it seems like every new TV season, there are at least a few on the schedule.
Another 2000s TV show that we can skip today is 8 Simple Rules. It’s not unique enough and doesn’t stand out from the other funny shows about families getting on each other’s nerves.
2 Still Holds Up: There’s Nothing Like The Surprising, Dark Drama Six Feet Under
Another TV show from the 2000s that still holds up today is Six Feet Under.
The drama, which stars Peter Krause and Lauren Ambrose and aired for five seasons, is surprising and also super dark. It’s about a family who owns a funeral home and every episode will keep fans guessing a lot.
1 Skip: What I Like About You Isn’t That Interesting
Do we remember What I Like About You? This show starred Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth as sisters, and it aired for four seasons from 2002 until 2006.
It’s honestly not a very interesting show, and not a lot happens in each episode. This is another 2000s series that could definitely be skipped.
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