Best TV Series of the '00s
Joss Whedon, Judd Apatow, HBO prominently featured
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2009 2:49 PM CST
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(Newser) – From the standard (No. 16, Friday Night Lights) to the quirky (No. 29, Wonder Showzen), the long-running (No. 8, Lost) to the canceled-too-soon (No. 4, Freaks and Geeks), The Onion runs down the 30 best shows of the '00s:

  • No. 1, The Wire: This drama “unfolded like a great American novel.”
  • No. 2, The Sopranos: A brilliant cast served up “soap opera, mob intrigue, and surrealist digressions.”
  • No. 3, Arrested Development: The cult sensation “not only makes viewers laugh, it makes them feel smart.”

  • No. 7, The Office: The BBC original; the American version lands at No. 11.
  • No. 12, Battlestar Galactica: “A powerful meditation on grief, loss, and the responsibilities of consciousness.”
  • No. 23, Undeclared: “Before Judd Apatow became the bountiful wellspring of Hollywood comedy hits he is today, he was the king of noble failures on television.”
  • No. 30, The West Wing: Managed to “maintain its optimism without completely disregarding the endless compromise of politics.”
For the complete list, click the link at right.