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  • Alijah Purdy
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    This year, and quite a few years recently, a lot of critics are saying that this years new fall shows are pretty lackluster. This seems to have become a trend for the past couple of years, with a majority of new shows being cancelled by the time their first season is over.

    So, what has been the best year of new shows since 2000? Like, what has been the year or years where a majority of the shows were really good, and lasted for some time. Or even if they didn’t last, the shows were great?

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    Riley
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    2004–2005:

    • American Dad!
    • The Biggest Loser
    • Boston Legal
    • CSI: New York
    • Dancing with the Stars
    • Desperate Housewives
    • Grey’s Anatomy
    • House
    • Lost
    • The Office
    • Supernanny
    • Veronica Mars
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    Alijah Purdy
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    Here’s my list of some of the best since 2000:

    2004-2005:
    Desperate Housewives
    Boston Legal
    Grey’s Anatomy
    Supernanny
    Medium
    House
    The Biggest Loser
    The Office
    Lost
    CSI: New York

    2009-2010:
    Undercover Boss
    NCIS: Los Angeles
    The Good Wife
    Glee
    Parenthood
    The Middle
    Modern Family
    Community

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I think 2004-2005 has by far been the best since 2000, followed by 2009-2010. Other than that, there hasn’t been a season that really stood out by having a lot of classic good shows. 2006-2007 had some, but not enough.

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    Icky
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    2004–2005:

    • American Dad!
    • The Biggest Loser
    • Boston Legal
    • CSI: New York
    • Dancing with the Stars
    • Desperate Housewives
    • Grey’s Anatomy
    • House
    • Lost
    • The Office
    • Supernanny
    • Veronica Mars

    Missing Battlestar Galactica, Rescue Me and Wonderfalls (though four of its episodes did air in the spring)

    2007-2008 comes to mind as well, though the writer’s strike did f up a lot of new shows:

    Mad Men, Pushing Daisies, Chuck, Breaking Bad, In Treatment, Reaper, Flight of the Concords, The Big Bang Theory, Damages, Burn Notice

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    Riley
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    Thanks, I only scanned the big four’s lists.

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    Marcus Dixon
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    Everyone else beat me to it. There was a time around 2008/09 that I realized ALL of my favorite shows were entering their fourth seasons. In other words, it took me four years to realize that the 2004/05 season was the best in terms of providing quality series across the board. We’ve never seen anything like it since.

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    Emmyfan
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    Didn’t 2001 – 2002 have Six Feet Under, The Shield and 24?  If so, those three blow away a lot of other seasons.

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    Marcus Dixon
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    Entourage also premiered during the 2004/2005 Emmy season.

    And I’d agree, emmyfan, the 2001/2002 season was also quite good. Don’t forget Alias!

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    Tonbone
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    the 2007-2008 has the debuts of Mad Men and BREAKING BAD and DAMAGES  so there

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    Turner Unruh
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    the 2006-2007  season had a lot of great shows
    Friday Night Lights
    Ugly Betty
    30 Rock
    Brothers and Sisters
    Heroes
    Dexter

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I only counted the 4 main networks, so forgive me. But, yeah, I do think that 2004-2005 by far has been the greatest set of new fall shows since 2000, and possibly before. If you really want to dig deep, it’s easy to see why alot of those shows were succesful. A lot of those shows were ORIGINAL, and we hadn’t seen shows with the same premise/plot either at all or in a long time. For example, you had:

    *4 women living on a suburban street full of gossip, secrets, lies, etc.
    *A plane crashing on a desserted island and the people having to fight to survive
    *A group of doctors entering their first year working at a hospital
    *A woman with a supernatural gift hired to help a district attorney’s office solve cases
    *A group of firefighters dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, both personally and domestically
    *A pill-popping doctor
    *A talent competition where celebrities are paired with professionals and forced to perform ballroom dances for viewers votes
    *And a Reality series where people are encouraged to lose weight and the people that lose the least weight each week get sent home

    So, you see, a lot of these shows were ORIGINAL programs, something that we hadn’t seen on television before. That’s what is wrong with television these days. Programs aren’t original anymore (especially on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX). And the programs that are original (like Last Resort last year), get cancelled.

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