We all watch TV, and which is the “best” show is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 TV dramas from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Weeds (2005-2012) 70% at Metacritic
After the death of her husband, Nancy Botwin turns to dealing weed as a means to keep up her family’s lifestyle. This decision leads to her falling deeper and deeper into the criminal underground, eventually finding herself on the run from the most powerful cartel in Mexico (which, in real life, would have killed her within seconds of entering the drug tunnel she was warned to stay out of).
Creator: Jenji Kohan
Starring: Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Nealon, Hunter Parish
9. House (2004-2012) 75% at Metacritic
Dr. Gregory House is addicted to pain killers and about the least sociable human being on the planet. However, he’s a genius when it comes to medicine, and he routinely diagnoses and cures rare and complex diseases every other doctor and hospital seems to get wrong. Wish we had one of him in real life.
Creator: David Shore
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Lisa Edelstein
8. Desperate Housewives (2004-2012) 79% at Metacritic
A group of close-knit housewives is rocked by the suicide of one of their close friends. It kicks off a series of events that leads the entire neighborhood into a darker path, with each passing day seemingly bringing them all closer to hell. It’s worth watching for the eye candy alone.
Creator: Marc Cherry
Starring: Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross
7. Dexter (2006-2013) 77% at Metacritic
Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro PD, but he’s also moonlighting as a serial killer who kills other killers. Of course, things get a little difficult as his personal and professional lives (both of them) keep bleeding into each other (pun intended – no clue why people say it wasn’t when they know it fucking was).
Creator: James Manos Jr.
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, James Remar
6. Mad Men (2007-2015) 77% at Metacritic
Advertising firms in the 1960s were so masculine, dapper, and elegant. At least that’s what Mad Men will have you believe in its portrayal of Don Draper’s agency Sterling Cooper. He has a ton of vices making up for a ton of misgivings about his life, but he looks good doing it, right?
Creator: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones
5. Lost (2004-2010) 86% at Metacritic
Oceanic Flight 815 crashes on a mysterious island, and pretty much all hell breaks loose. Lost captured the imaginations of the country with its time-jumping, cliffhanger-laden style of storytelling. It’s the reason sooooooooo many TV dramas follow the same format these days.
Creator: J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof
Starring: Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly
4. Dead Like Me (2003-2004) 84% at Metacritic
Georgia Lass is an unassuming teen with no real goals in life, until one day it ends when she’s killed by a toilet seat that fell from Space Station Mir. Now she’s a reaper, harvesting souls assigned to her on Post-It notes by her boss Rube. It’s the most poignant look at death and the afterlife on television.
Creator: Bryan Fuller
Starring: Ellen Muth, Mandy Patinkin, Jasmine Guy
3. Breaking Bad (2005-Present) 73% at Metacritic
Walter White is just a chemistry teacher until he’s diagnosed with Stage III cancer. With a limited time left, he decides the best way to provide for his family is by selling meth. He enlists the help of a troubled student drug dealer to create blue meth that has him rising in the criminal underworld of New Mexico.
Creator: Vince Gilligan
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
2. Californication (2007-2014) 70% at Metacritic
Hank Moody is a successful author battling narcissism, a sex addiction, and self loathing. His relationship with his daughter is constantly strained, but he has the backing of his loyal agent, Charlie Runkle. It’s the part Duchovny was born to play.
Creator: Tom Kapinos
Starring: David Duchovny, Pamela Adlon, Evan Handler
1. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009) 86% at Metacritic
Pushing Daisies is the most colorful and beautiful story ever aired on television. Ned learns he has the ability to touch the dead and bring them to life for one minute before someone else dies. If he touches them again, they die, a fact that becomes annoying when he revives Chuck, his childhood crush.
Creator: Bryan Fuller
Starring: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride