Category Archives: 2000-2009: A Decade In Review

Top 10 TV Shows of the Decade (2000-2009)

Although it hasn’t necessarily been a particularly bad decade for music or film, I don’t think the noughties will be remembered as a particularly special era for these art forms. This decade will be remembered as the golden age of television – when TV junk food gave way to brain food.

As Emily Nussbaum from New York Magazine puts it,

“This was most centrally and importantly the first decade when television became recognizable as art, great art: collectible and life-changing and transformative and lasting. As the sixties are to music and the seventies to movies, the aughts—which produced the best and worst shows in history—were to TV. It was a period of exhilarating craftsmanship and formal experimentation, accompanied by spurts of anxious grandiosity (for the first half of the decade, fans compared anything good to Dickens, Shakespeare, or Scorsese, because nothing so ambitious had existed in TV history).”

Here are 10 of my favourites from the last 10 years:

  1. The Sopranos (1999-2007)
  2. Six Feet Under (2001-2005)
  3. The Wire (2002-2008)
  4. The Office (BBC) (2001-2003)
  5. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-present)
  6. Mad Men (2007-present)
  7. Dexter (2006-present)
  8. 30 Rock (2006-present)
  9. The West Wing (1999-2006)
  10. Flight of the Conchords (2007-2009)

Top 30 Movies of the Decade (2000-2009)

I have a confession to make. I haven’t actually seen every movie that was released this decade. But here are 30 that I have seen and liked:

Top 30 Movies of the Decade (2000-2009)

I created a seperate list for documentaries.
Top 15 Documentaries of the Decade

Top 50 Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)

Albums are my favourite art form. I like albums more than songs, films, television shows, and books. A band or artist can create a lot of so-so material, but sometimes a group can be at their peak and create something special. In other words, bands are often far from perfect but they can create an album that can be absolute, classic.

If there are any of albums in this list that you haven’t heard, stop what you’re doing right now and seek them out.

I allowed myself only one album per band.

Compiled on Rate Your Music.

Top 50 Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)