TONY's top 50 TV shows of the decade

The best stuff on the boob tube from 2000 to 2009.

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  • TV shows of the decade: Deadliest Catch (2005–present)

  • TV shows of the decade: Sons of Anarchy (2008–present)

  • TV shows of the decade: 24 (2001–present)

  • TV shows of the decade: The Soup (2004–present)

  • TV shows of the decade: Carnivàle (2003–2005)

  • TV shows of the decade: Justice League/Justice League Unlimited (2001–2006)

  • TV shows of the decade: Strangers with Candy (1999–2000)

  • TV shows of the decade: Yo Gabba Gabba! (2007–present)

  • TV shows of the decade: Glee (2009–present)

  • TV shows of the decade: CSI (2000–present)

TV shows of the decade: Deadliest Catch (2005–present)

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Deadliest Catch (2005--present)

Deadliest Catch (2005–present)

Of all the places reality-show cameras have taken us, none is as flat-out impressive as the deck of an Alaskan crab boat in the dead of winter. Hardened fishermen just doing their job is the anti–Real Housewives, the anti–The Hills, the anti–stupid reality show.—Allison Williams

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Sons of Anarchy (2008--present)

Sons of Anarchy (2008–present)

Call it the son of The Shield; when a writer-producer from that intense police drama crafted a show about outlaw bikers, he was smart enough to cast his wife, Katey Sagal, as the brittle matriarch. The twisted web of brotherhood and ruthlessness has been riding under the radar, but this Sopranos-on-Harleys saga is dirty, serious fun.—Allison Williams

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24 (2001--present)

24 (2001–present)

Between Jack Bauer and Dick Cheney, we'd definitely think twice before engaging in domestic terrorism. The adrenaline-pumped series should be commended not only for its tricky format, but for the fact that it featured the escape of a ravenous cougar as a major plot point and it still survives five seasons later.—Allison Williams

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The Soup (2004--present)

The Soup (2004–present)

It's the Friday night show everyone considers their own personal guilty pleasure: Comic Joel McHale snarks on the week's worst television moments in a revamped Talk Soup. Try to crib a Kim Kardashian–bashing joke from the master, though, and you'll find that all your friends recognize the reference.—Allison Williams

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Carnivle (2003--2005)

Carnivàle (2003–2005)

The story of a Depression-era kid with special powers and a weird destiny was cut short just as it was about to blow the lid off of its good-versus-evil battle. We don't know whether to blame the Christian mythology, the Masonic stuff or some roving carnival freak.—Drew Toal

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Justice League/Justice League Unlimited (2001--2006)

Justice League/Justice League Unlimited (2001–2006)

The epic culmination of the DC Animated Universe, Justice League was a veritable comics-geek orgasm, balancing Technicolor action with multishaded character development, and succeeding where nearly every superhero movie has failed. The triumphant finale—Superman, Batman and Lex Luthor unite against Darkseid—reminded us why these characters became icons in the first place.—Noah Tarnow

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Strangers with Candy (1999--2000)

Strangers with Candy (1999–2000)

Following the disturbing exploits of 46-year-old former junkie and prostitute Jerri Blank, who returns to high school after having run away two decades earlier, this send-up of After-School Specials launched the careers of Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert.—Ethan LaCroix

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Yo Gabba Gabba! (2007--present)

Yo Gabba Gabba! (2007–present)

DJ Lance Rock and his furry pals teach moppets manners, morals and the joys of dancing in Nickelodeon's trippiest show for kids (and, apparently, late-night clubbers). We'd like to have seen Mister Rogers pull off a form-fitting orange bodysuit.—David Fear

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Glee (2009--present)

Glee (2009–present)

Whether these high-school glee kids are going for over-the-top emotion (the "Defying Gravity" diva-off), humor (the mash-ups) or poignancy ("When You're Smiling"), they always hit the right notes. And Jane Lynch as the cheer coach from hell is particularly delicious.—Amy Plitt

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CSI (2000--present)

CSI (2000–present)

It's easy to take the procedural behemoth for granted now, but the first CSI was originally a Friday night show about forensic science, starring, uh, a bunch of nobodies. Even after the two spin-offs and massive ratings, the focus is still on clever whodunits rather than the actors, and the three-show empire has changed the way juries approach criminal evidence.—Allison Williams

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Jennifer
Jennifer

Glad to see Alias, Gilmore Girls, HIMYM, and FNL in the list but you forgot ER ;)