17 Early '00s TV Shows That Prove They Just Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

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Television has changed so much in the past decade. With the growth of streaming services, original content has taken on a whole new meaning and reviving classic shows has become common place. While I'll always have a soft spot for the '90s, early '00s TV shows were some of the best series my generation has been lucky enough to experience. So, what are some of the '00s shows that fans have never forgotten? It's time to prove that content at the turn of the millennium was totally awesome.  

The best example of an early '00s show that no one quite got over is Gilmore Girls. Luckily, with its 2016 Netflix reboot, the series proved that it has staying power and its story lines are just as fresh today as they were a decade ago. Eagle-eyed Chris Pratt fans will likely remember his turn as Bright Abbott in Everwood, another classic early '00s show. Back then, Pratt had curly blond ringlets, but his razor sharp wit kept the show alive.  

And, of course, Dawson's Creek ran through the early '00s, encouraging a whole generation of kids to be overly chatty and dream that they too, one day, would get to make the most difficult decision of all time — Dawson or Pacey? Here are some of the other shows that made the world a better place.  

1. Dawson's Creek (1998-2003)

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My personal favorite show of all time started in the late '90s and ran through the early '00s. Katie Holmes was my style icon, and when the series ended, I cried for 40 minutes straight. Nothing can compete with the fast-talking teens from the Creek, as far as I'm concerned.

2. Everwood (2002-2006)

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Everwood — or as my brother likes to call it, Neverwood — was the quaint, mountain town drama we never knew we needed. Plus, Chris Pratt was as super cute and hilarious as always.

3. The O.C. (2003-2007)

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The O.C. needs to be rebooted immediately. End of discussion.

4. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

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Thanks to Netflix, we all got to return to Stars Hollow in 2016, and there will hopefully be even more Gilmore Girls at some point in the future.

5. Six Feet Under (2001-2005)

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As dark and twisty as they come, Six Feet Under changed the face of television and influenced so many of the series broadcasting today.

6. Lizzie McGuire (2001-2004)

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Currently living it up in Younger, Hilary Duff proved early on that she could headline a show.

7. The West Wing (1999-2006)

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The West Wing would not work today, as the world has seemingly gone mad.

8. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer was the feminist icon of the early '00s. We should all bow down to Sarah Michelle Gellar.

9. The Sopranos (1999-2007)

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I'm still not over The Sopranos.

10. Sex And The City (1998-2004)

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Another HBO classic, Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw inspired a generation of journalists. Instead of making another movie sequel, the series should definitely come back to TV.

11. The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)

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Everyone knows that The Powerpuff Girls is great. So great that it's been rebooted already.

12. Drake & Josh (2004-2007)

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Can there be a Drake & Josh reunion soon? Please?

13. Laguna Beach (2004-2006)

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Before The Hills, there was Laguna Beach. In the early '00s, MTV was making seriously great reality TV.

14. Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica (2003-2005)

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The show that spawned several unforgettable Jessica Simpson moments, such as the Chicken of the Sea debacle.

15. The Osbournes (2002-2005)

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The Osbournes was peak '00s TV, and reintroduced the family to the world.

16. The Simple Life (2003-2007)

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Paris Hilton. Nicole Richie. What else do you need to know?

17. Veronica Mars (2004-2007)

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Veronica Mars was canceled too soon. Kristen Bell is perfect.

Early '00s TV was the best TV, giving us some of the most re-watchable shows of all time.