TV Series We All Loved in the ’00s
By Tynne De Leon
As we scroll through the series choices on Netflix, we can’t help but feel nostalgic whenever we see shows from way back, long before binge-watching became the norm. Remember when we watched most of them on Studio 23? We were very attached to these shows, more than what seems to be socially acceptable.
Here’s a list of our series favorites in the ‘00s that will forever remain in our hearts:
Aired: 2001-2011 (The WB, now The CW)
No. of seasons: 10
There’s one reason, above all, why we won’t get over Smallville: Clark Kent is just simply THE bae (TOM WELLING, FTW!)
Long before superhero-centric shows took over television, Smallville has already slayed in this genre in the early ‘00s. What’s even more appealing about the show is that it revolves around the coming-of-age narrative of Clark Kent before he became the Superman we know. We’re even thrilled to see the formation of Justice League in the sixth season! But then again, it’s not just your “ordinary superhero show” and that’s what made us like it so much. Don’t we just miss the surprises of the Kryptonite-infected Smallville?
7. Gilmore Girls
Aired: 2000-2007 (The WB, now The CW; soon on Netflix)
No. of seasons: 7
A hit from The WB (now The CW), this wholesome series was very well-written. The dialogues came off crisp and come flying out so fast, we had to rewind most parts just to keep track of the witty banters!
Set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Gilmore Girls was about the close yet complicated relationship between the young, single mother Lorelai and her teenage daughter, Rory. Stories revolved around family, love, relationships, and even social class. Yet despite the intelligent plots, the show was mainly fueled by sarcasm, laughter and OTPs (Rory and Logan forever!). Indeed, we will never get tired of the unique mother-daughter relationship of Rory and Lorelai, and somehow we imagined ourselves what’s it like living in a crazy small town like Stars Hollow. And we can’t wait to watch it’s revival on November!
6. How I Met Your Mother
Aired: 2005-2014 (CBS)
No. of seasons: 9
There’s something about How I Met Your Mother that brings a smile to our face whenever we talk about it with our friends.
From the title itself, the show follows Ted Mosby’s life events on how he met his children’s mother. A mixture of comedy, romance and mystery, this show got us all hooked until we are presented with who Ted is finally going to end up with. Apart from this narrative, one of the best things about HIMYM is Ted’s Manhattan gang and their crazy adventures in New York.
We’ve become so attached to the show that the revelation of the mother’s identity is so controversial that we. just. can’t. accept. it. Yes, we’re still not over it.
5. 7th Heaven
Aired: 1996-2007 (The WB, now The CW)
No. of seasons: 11
This dramatic series has taught us a lot of life lessons in portraying the struggles of each member of a “surprisingly functional” family. Set in the fictional town of Glenoak, California, the story revolves around the lives of the Camden family and how they handle certain life issues such as dating, teenage pregnancy, bullying, household drama, among others. While it’s a family-oriented soap, it’s also widely popular among teenagers, as its episodes discuss youth issues. There’s a moral lesson in the end of every episode, and it’s a show you can actually enjoy with mom and dad.
It’s been 20 years but admit it, you always sing that 7th Heaven intro song in your head whenever you remember this show.
4. The O.C.
Aired: 2003-2007 (Fox)
No. of seasons: 4
This show had us all singing “California, here we cooooome” since it first aired 13 years ago. Talk about a childhood favorite!
Set in the glamourous world of California, naturally the story revolves around the tragicomedy of life under the Orange County sun. Aside from the show’s aura, The O.C. got us all unhealthily obsessed with the power couple, Seth and Summer (who can resist the dorky and loyal Seth Cohen?) that has easily become the heart of the show. I mean, how many times did you replay their Spiderman kiss? *cue Champagne Supernova background music*
While it lasted for only four seasons, The O.C. is definitely one of the most memorable pop culture references of the ‘00s era.
3. Gossip Girl
Aired: 2007-2012 (The CW)
No. of seasons: 6
From the very popular “xoxo” line, the fashion moments of the iconic Selena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, to the compelling, roller-coaster romance of Blair and Chuck (Three words, eight letters!), Gossip Girl was almost every teenage girl’s life peg in the ‘00s. Set in the Upper East Side of America’s fashion capital, the show chronicled the lives of New York’s most elite and how they lived their high-class lives under the radar of an anonymous gossip blogger.
Gossip Girl’s plot was full of wit and charm, no wonder traces of the show are used as pop culture references up to this day. The show was a massive hit, with former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg even announcing January 26 as Gossip Girl Day in 2012. Indeed, Gossip Girl not only made us fall in love with its amazing characters, but with New York City as well. You know you love me, xoxo.
2. One Tree Hill
Aired: 2003-2012 (The WB, now The CW)
No. of seasons: 9
As the iconic line goes, “There’s only One Tree Hill, and it’s your home.”
There’s always that strong nostalgic feeling when we remember One Tree Hill, mainly because the characters have made such a huge impact on us that they have become pillars of our adolescence. For nine seasons, we’ve watched how the Tree Hill gang transition from being immature high school kids to becoming grown-up, married adults as the season progressed. No wonder we’re so attached to them. In fact, just hearing Gavin DeGraw’s I Don’t Want To Be is enough to bring back all the feels.
1. Grey’s Anatomy
Aired: 2005-ongoing (ABC)
No. of seasons: 13-ongoing
You’re never really a series addict in the ‘00s until you’ve followed Grey’s Anatomy. Once you’ve started it, you just can’t stop. I mean, who would not love the original dynamic bunch of M.A.G.I.C. (Boy, do we miss them!) and the smoldering gaze of the phenomenal Dr. McDreamy (plus McSteamy)? This show made us feel the whole gamut of emotions with its stories of love, friendship, family, career and everything else in between, all set in the halls of Seattle Grace Hospital. It even made us want to punch Shonda Rhimes (the show’s creator) in the face with all the beloved characters she (spoiler alert!) killed over the years.
The show’s still on air after one decade, but for us who’ve faithfully watched it from the beginning, it will never be the same again.
Which show do you miss the most? Tell us below!