This has been a great decade for television, so much so that the list of my favorite shows of the decade pretty much doubles as the list of my favorite shows of all time. Other than Seinfeld and the nineties-era Simpsons, I’m struggling to think of a pre-2000 show that would make the cut. It’s amazing how far television has come as a medium over the past ten years. Anyway, here they are, not the best, necessarily, but my favorite shows, 2000-2009 (clips when available and appropriate):
30) Sealab 2021 (Adult Swim, 2000-2005)
A bizarre show for a bizarre decade.
(I couldn’t get the embed code from Adult Swim to work for my favorite clip for some reason, so here’s the link. If I can figure it out, I’ll fix it.)
29) Extras (HBO, 2005-2007)
It’s not The Office, obviously, and parts of the series finale were painfully earnest. But Ricky Gervais (on television, at least) is always worth my time, and about half of the guest stars were hilarious.
28) The “House” Series (Frontier, Colonial, etc.) (PBS, 2000-2006)
It’s almost always entertaining to watch the types of people who sign up for reality television on PBS. For instance, Michelle Rossi-Vorhees, of Colonial House, is simultaneously attempting to recreate the life of a female pioneer in 1628 while staying true to her 21st-century ideas about feminism and atheism. In doing so, she basically undoes the premise of the show, but it makes for great drama, and the PBS veneer allows viewers to pretend that it’s not just a higher-class Wife Swap. Very sad that there hasn’t been a new installment since 2006.