We all watch TV, and which is the “best” show is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 TV comedies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-Present) 64% at Metacritic
Four warped friends run a bar called Paddy’s Pub, owned by the disgusting father of two of them (although he’s actually not their father and may actually have fathered another of them). Their twisted world views often lead them on hilarious misadventures nobody sane should ever want to emulate.
Creator: Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
Starring: Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito
9. Malcolm in the Middle (2000-2006) 88% at Metacritic
The dysfunctional Wilkerson family is seen through the eyes of its middle child, a super genius who just wants to be left alone. Throughout the series, they learn valuable lessons about family togetherness while Malcolm repeatedly broke the fourth wall to keep viewers abreast of what’s happening.
Creator: Linwood Boomer
Starring: Frankie Munoz, Bryan Cranston, Jane Kaczmarek
8. My Name Is Earl (2005-2009) 77% at Metacritic
Earl was never a great person – in fact, he was the epitome of white trailer trash. That was before he won $100,000 in the lottery, got hit by a car, and decided his karma needs to be fixed. So he embarks on a journey to right all the wrongs he caused in life.
Creator: Gregory Thomas Garcia
Starring: Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples
7. The Bernie Mac Show (2001-2006) 83% at Metacritic
Bernie Mac plays a fictionalized version of himself living the good life when his sister is sent to rehab and he’s given custody of her three kids. Now he’s struggling to understand how to raise kids who love getting into trouble at every turn.
Creator: Larry Wilmore
Starring: Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Dee Dee Davis
6. 30 Rock (2006-2013) 67% at Metacritic
Based on Fey’s experience on Saturday Night Live, Liz Lemon runs a late-night sketch comedy show called The Girly Show. When Jack Donaghy is made the new EVP of NBC, he places his focus squarely on Lemon and turning the sketch show into a hit for the network.
Creator: Tina Fey
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski
5. Community (2009-2015) 69% at Metacritic
A former lawyer is discovered to have faked his bachelor’s degree, so he goes back to community college to make things right. He forms a study group to impress a woman he wants to have sex with and ends up bringing them together in a familial bond.
Creator: Dan Harmon
Starring: Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover
4. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-Present) 80% at Metacritic
Playing a fictionalized version of himself, David is the wealthy creator of Seinfeld who can’t seem to escape the comedic effect named after him. Everything he does ends up with him being chastised, making the wrong move, and stirring up more trouble than it’s worth.
Creator: Larry David
Starring: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin
3. Scrubs (2001-2010) 79% at Metacritic
Sacred Heart Hospital has a class of new doctors, including J.D. and his best friend Chris Turk. They’re doing their best, but it’s never good enough to impress hard-nosed attending physician Dr. Perry Cox.
Creator: Bill Lawrence
Starring: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke
2. Archer (2009-Present) 78% at Metacritic
Being a secret agent is (probably) hard, but it’s even worse when your mom’s the boss and your organization’s name is hijacked by a real-life terrorist group. Simultaneously the world’s greatest and worst agent, Sterling Archer always manages to use his training and skills to get the job done at any cost. He’s as handsome as James Bond but sorely lacking on the sophistication.
Creator: Adam Reed
Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Aisha Tyler
1. Arrested Development (2003-Present) 89% at Metacritic
The Bluth family used to be wealthy until father George Sr. was arrested for embezzlement. Now their assets are frozen, the government is investigating them, and they have to overlook their dysfunction and help each other survive. It’s the best TV comedy to come out of the 2000s, redefining the genre by eschewing traditional production values.
Creator: Mitchell Hurwitz
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett