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the-west-wingTV took off last decade with shows that we will appreciate for the rest of our lifetime. As technology has developed, more and more stations have been able to create shows with a wide range of topics and story lines. From shows that are still playing to shows that ended years ago, this list compiles the best of the best for the first decade in the 21st century.

30 Rock (2006-2013)

  • Creator: Tina Fey
  • Cast: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan
  • IMDB Overview: “Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show “TGS with Tracy Jordan”, must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful TV show without losing her mind.”

The West Wing (1999-2006)

  • Creator: Aaron Sorkin
  • Cast: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney
  • IMDB Overview: “Inside the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House.”

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

  • Creator: Vince Gilligan
  • Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
  • IMDB Overview: “A chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal lung cancer teams up with his former student to cook and sell crystal meth.”

Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)

  • Creator: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco
  • IMDB Overview: “A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.”

Family Guy (1999- )

  • Creator: Seth MacFarlane, David Zuckerman
  • Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green
  • IMDB Overview: “In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.”

The Office (2005-2013)

  • Creator: Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Cast: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Steve Carell
  • IMDB Overview: “A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. Based on the hit BBC series.”

Mad Men (2007-2015)

  • Creator: Matthew Weiner
  • Cast: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
  • IMDB Overview: “A drama about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm’s most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.”

Weeds (2005-2012)

  • Creator: Jenji Kohan
  • Cast: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould
  • IMDB Overview: “When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is.”

The Sopranos (1999-2007)

  • Creator: David Chase
  • Cast: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
  • IMDB Overview: “New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life.”

Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)

  • Creator: Peter Berg
  • Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden
  • IMDB Overview: “The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.”

Lost (2004-2010)

  • Creator: J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof
  • Cast: Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia
  • IMDB Overview: “The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.”

Lets hope that more shows like these are created moving forward