It’s time to revisit some of the most nostalgic and classic TV shows of the past decade. Of course, there are numerous amounts of great shows from this time period. I will attempt to prepare a list of the 15 best shows leading up to the past few years, and perhaps even this year. Unlike my other lists, these shows will not be ranked in order of importance. (It’d take me 2 years to rank these shows in terms of which are my favorites.) So we begin….
1) Yes, Dear.
Admittedly, I picked up on Yes, Dear by watching Nick @ Nite, but the show is actually really solid. Greg Garcia, who has created some of the best comedies in recent history (Raising Hope for sure), was behind the show. Yes, Dear is definitely a lovable comedy, in my opinion.
2) The Cape
Simmer down, haters. The Cape was an awesome show, with huge amounts of potential. How can you like Arrow, but not like The Cape? The Cape was very much the ancestor show of Arrow. Given, Arrow already had a following because of the DC comics, I feel like The Cape was shot down before it even had a chance. David Lyons was still somewhat of a newbie, and he did fairly well in the show. Those were the best 10 episodes that I have ever watched…
Polar bears and smoke monsters. Ancient Egyptian like statues, and an island that can change locations. This about sums up the randomness that was LOST. However, amongst all of the nonsensical aspects, LOST was actually an emotionally gripping show. Over the course of six years, it was easy to become attached to it’s characters. (Even If Matthew Fox did go into Mel Gibson mode after the show ended) If you haven’t seen lost, you very well should check it out!
4) George lopez
George Lopez aired way back in 2002. The show followed George (Playing himself) and the rest of his family, and their daily lives. This show was actually a pretty relate-able and hilarious one. Although the show was axed in 2007, a near clone copy was rebooted as “Saint George” on FX, just this year.
5) Persons Unknown
Persons Unknown, The one show that made less sense than LOST did. Persons Unknown revolved around a group of people who are abducted and dropped into an abandoned town with some sort of force field/invisible electric wall keeping them captive in the town. (Think of Under the Dome). A Group of people have abducted the group for some sort of experiment. (Think Siberia, in that sense). Although we never quite figure out what is going on and the show is left on the biggest cliff hanger of all time, the 13 episodes of this show are definitely worth checking out.
Okay, Homeland has fallen short, recently. This I know. This is making my list based on it’s first season. I can remember watching S1 and thinking, “This is the best show that I have seen in a while”. Homeland, in its first season, presented so many mysteries and conspiracies, that it kept me engrossed until the finale. Homeland will hopefully pick up in it’s fourth season, and get back on track. Meanwhile, give it a look!
7) The Event
The Event had so many things that were never answered. The ratings killed this epic show, and ended it with an enormous cliffhanger. However, throughout the 1 season that this show had, you are taken on an entertaining journey through the alien aspect of science fiction. I definitely suggest this one!
It’s time to go indy on this next one. Rogue came out of nowhere, and surprised me with its story. Rogue really has the feel of the sopranos to it. It revolves around a criminal organization, and an undercover officer that has infiltrated it. Needless to say, Directv’s exclusive network “Audience” has the rights to the show, making it available exclusively on Directv. The network has about as much broadcasting leniency as HBO and the likes, meaning that pretty much nothing is off limits, in this show. I do recommend that you give Rogue a look!
I am once again going indy, with this one. Cracked originated in Canada, and soon made its way to the United States. The show follows a Jack Bauer type police officer that has a breakdown, and is placed on a new task force that deals with psychotic criminals, and criminals with mental disabilities. The officer is paired with a psychiatrist, and an entire team to deal with the special cases that the department receives. The show only managed to pull on for two seasons that weren’t regular length. The 1st season aired 13 episodes, while the 2nd season only aired with 8 episodes. Due to … (wait for it) Government budget cuts, Canada swung the ax on Cracked, and ended its run. However, Cracked is a nice change up in the sense of TV plots, these days. I recommend you give it a look!
10) The 100
Call me a fangirl, if you must! The 100 is by far, the best show that I have seen in a while. The show has everything that you could want, suspense, mystery, drama, all wrapped up in a nice science-fiction bow. This show is so great, that I even decided to read the book upon which it is based. Neither will disappoint, this I promise. I do recommend that you check out the 100!
11) Falling Skies
I’ve followed Falling Skies from day 1, and it has been a great 3 years. The fourth season is debuting next month, and I simply cannot wait. Falling Skies is not your average alien/Science-fiction show, as it has unique aspects, and really focuses on character development, and superb writing. Be sure to check out Falling Skies!
Chuck is a lovable comedy that redefined television during its 5 year run. The show successfully filled the role of a “Dramedy”. I must say, this cult classic took NBC by storm, and was one of their most notable series. This is one that you MUST check out.
13) The Walking Dead
Series based on comics seem to be the way to go, these days. The Walking Dead is probably the best and most notable show of the 2000’s, and it has been a huge success for AMC. With season 5 coming this fall, I suggest you get caught up, and check it out!
14) Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
I’ve only followed SVU for about 3 or 4 years, but I haven’t been able to stop watching this powerhouse drama. SVU is a magnificent procedural drama, and it has an excellent cast. Of course, It’s not quite the same without Meloni and Florek and their characters. I do recommend that you check out SVU!
Defiance is finally Syfy’s great return to, well, Scifi. The show is a science fiction great, and it intrigues throughout its first season. Defiance and Helix are the two shows that have finally put Syfy back on the map, and I suggest you check out both!
Hopefully this list was diverse enough to provide you with enough shows to watch for a while. I wish I could’ve added 10 or more shows, that deserved to make this list. Don’t forget to keep watching! Also, don’t forget to hate on all of those NBC one season shows, that made it on here!