The early 2000s were filled with iconic TV shows, from Lost to Gilmore Girls, they’re shows that are still loved today. Whether you watched them as they aired weekly or have been dying to know the whole story from clips you’ve seen on the internet, the beauty of streaming allows us to watch almost anything we want, even decades later. Here is a list of some of the most essential 2000’s series and where you can watch them in one sitting.
Deadwood is a western series that aired on HBO from March 2004 to August 2006, and with a total of just 36 episodes, it can be easily finished in a short period of time. It is set in the 187-‘s in Deadwood South Dakota right before the area’s annexation by the Dakota Territory and follows the development of the town from just a small camp. The story follows a large cast and includes historical truths as well as fictional elements. Deadwood won 8 Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe in its time, and today it can be watched on HBO Max.
Gilmore Girls follows the lives of the residents of a small town in Connecticut, with the main focus of the story on Rory Gilmore and her mother Lorelai. Lorelai raised Rory from the age of 16 on her own but with the help of members of the town, and their mother-daughter relationship borders more on friendship than that of a parent and child. Gilmore girls is beloved for its humor, witty dialogue, life lessons, and heartfelt moments. Today its 7 seasons can be watched on Netflix.
The Wire is a crime drama set in Baltimore, Maryland and each season introduces a different institution of the city and its relationship to law enforcement. The characters and storylines continue to advance from season to season, and each season introduces a new subject: illegal drug trade, the port system, the city government and bureaucracy, education and schools, and the news media. The wire is praised for its ability to accurately explore politics and society, and its realistic portrayal of urban life. Although it never won any awards and received average ratings while airing, it is now often considered one of the greatest television series of all time. The Wire can be watched on HBO Max.
Desperate Housewives is a comedy and mystery drama series that follows the lives of a group of women living in a fictional town in the United States. It is told through the eyes of their friend and neighbor, who took her own life in the pilot episode. It covers fifteen years of their lives over its eight seasons, while the women work through domestic issues and family life while facing secrets and crime that his hidden behind what is seemingly a picturesque suburban neighborhood. It can be binged on Amazon Prime or Hulu.
Lost is a show that almost 10 years after its final episode, was filled with so many mysteries and twists they continue to be debated by its fans. Inspired by the Tom Hanks film Cast Away the show follows the survivors of a commercial plane that crashes on a mysterious island on its way from Sydney to Los Angeles. It includes supernatural and science fiction elements, while also utilizing flashbacks and flashforwards to tell the intimate stories of the survivors. Its 121 episodes can be watched on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.
Six Feet Under was one of HBO’s most acclaimed series during its five-season run. The story follows a family-run funeral home and the lives of those involved. It deals with usual family drama like interpersonal relationships, dysfunctionality, infidelity, personal growth, and religion. However, a large focus of the show is the topic of death on personal, religious, and philosophical levels. Each episode begins with a death, which then often sets the theme for the rest of that episode as the characters reflect on their own lives. Today it can be viewed on HBO Max.