The Best Teen TV Shows From The 2000s
All good things must come to an end eventually right?
From relatable characters to overly dramatic plots, we were truly spoiled with a large catalogue of teen shows in the 2000s. There really was something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you love a bit of scandal and drama to some light-hearted comedy, the 00s provided us with the goods.
Teen shows in this era were the absolute best! These shows were filled with the craziest drama and some of the most memorable storylines of all time.
We often find ourselves re watching a lot of our favourite shows just because they are so iconic. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to pick what to binge watch first.
Nostalgia called, it wants you to binge-watch your favourite shows from the 2000s again. From early 2000s TV gems to late '00s classics.
We really miss this era of teen television, so much so that we wanted to talk about some of our favourite series from the 2000s. You can thank us later.
Gossip Girl (2007 -2012)
And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell...You know you love me, XOXO, Gossip Girl.
We couldn't write a blog post about our favourite '00s TV shows without including this show. In our opinion, Gossip Girl is and always will be one of the best teen TV shows of all time. Gossip Girl followed the lives of privileged teenager on the upper east side getting in all sorts of messy drama whilst simultaneously trying to avoid becoming the subject of Gossip Girl, the most talked-about anonymous gossip blog.
From wanting to be Serena Van Der Woodsen to crushing on Nate Archibald and Rufus Humphrey (yes we went there), Gossip Girl was the ultimate teen TV show that still to this day, we just can’t get enough of.
Were you a hardcore Chuck/Blair fan or did you think that no man was ever good enough for her?
One Tree Hill (2003 - 2012)
Most shows get cancelled after two or three seasons but One Tree Hill ran for 9 seasons in total and unfortunately came to an end in 2012 (yes we’re still bitter about that!).
The show centred around characters Nathan and Lucas Scott, two half brothers who weren’t raised together despite living in the same town. The series revolves around the Scott brothers’ intertwined lives as they navigated through high school and later on into adulthood.
In our opinion, One Tree Hill is one of the greatest teen dramas of all time and we have already rewatched it multiple times - yes we are obsessed.
From kidnapping, stalkers and psycho nannies to teenage marriage and on again/ off again relationships, One Tree was THE show.
Fans of One Tree Hill will also know that the crush for Chad Michael Murray started with One Tree Hill (and Gilmore Girls) and NOT A Cinderella Story. #TeamLucasScott
This show shaped our lives (and music tastes) growing up. If, like us, you resonated with its characters, you probably spent your teenage years doodling “People always leave” and singing ‘I Don’t Want To Be’ by Gavin Degraw from the top of your lungs.
The OC (2003 - 2007)
Before there was Gossip Girl to make us all want to live in New York, there was The OC, which made us all want to live fancy on the West Coast.
Set in Orange County, California, The OC followed three different wealthy families but centred around Ryan Atwood, a young man from a broken home who winds up being taken in by the Cohen family. The OC quickly became a huge pop culture phenomenon and so many teens, including us became obsessed! Oh and thanks to Seth Cohen, we discovered a lot of our favourite emo bands.
The Hills (2006 - 2010)
The TOWIE and Made in Chelsea of the 2000s.
Now if you didn’t watch Laguna Beach or The Hills, then you probably have no clue who Lauren Conrad is. Laguna Beach gave us the iconic Lauren Conrad (better known as L.C) and went on to launch the careers of many of its stars. Not only did this series give us quality high school drama, but it also gave us the famous spin-off series, The Hills.
The Hills followed the journey of Lauren’s new life in the City of Angels and we got front row seats of her living out her LA dream with her besties Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port. This show was just full of DRAMA and we loved it! There were so many memorable moments from the series but one that will ALWAYS stay with us is the iconic blow out between Lauren and Heidi that gave us the iconic “I want to forgive you, and I want to forget you” line.
Gilmore Girls (2000 - 2007)
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Gilmore Girls has deserved its place in the world of teen dramas. The show follows the mother-daughter duo as they navigate life in the storybook town of Stars Hollows, Connecticut.
Gilmore Girls is the definition of a cosy show. We used to watch this whenever we were feeling a little down in the dumps and this show soon cheered us up. Like many of the shows in the 2000s, the series follows Rory on her journey through high school into adulthood .
The relationship between Rory and Lorelai is #goals and this show truly has made a name for itself and is now considered a cult classic television show which is rightly deserved!
8 Simple Rules (2002 - 2005)
This show made us feel like it was okay to be the nerdy introvert girl at school AND it also made girls feel equally okay to be popular and into your appearance.
8 Simple Rules was a cult hit in the 2000s. Running from 2002 - 2005, this show went through one of the biggest transitions in tv show history midway through its run. Originally, the show followed the life of the Hennessy family through the perspective of father Paul Hennessey, a stay at home father and columnist for a local paper. At the beginning of the series’ second season in 2003, John Ritter who played Paul Hennessy tragically passed away, which then led to the show incorporating his passing into its own storyline. This episode is one we remember thoroughly, and we get emotional just thinking about it.
The show went on to reinvent itself and introduced new characters and storylines. 8 Simple Rules provided us with pure happiness and was a show that was a real pleasure to watch.
Everybody loves Kaley Cuoco because of Big Bang Theory but for us, our love for her stemmed from this show.
Skins (2007 - 2013)
Channel Four’s Skins was a game-changer of teen television. Yes, it covered a lot of controversial topics and some scenes were a little uncomfortable to watch, but Skins was a show like no other. In case you’re not from the UK and are not familiar with the show, set in Bristol, England, Skins followed a group of sixth formers as they dealt with family, relationships, mental health, and sexuality. Looking back at it now, Skins was ahead of its time and covered topics that are now talked about A LOT more! The British show consisted of seven seasons, running from early 2007 to mid 2013.
That’s So Raven (2003 - 2007)
That’s So Raven made its debut in 2003 on Disney Channel and became a huge hit straight away. From the catchy theme song to the absolute sassiness from Raven Symone, That’s So Raven provided us with lots of laughs but also taught us good life lessons along the way.
If you grew up binge-watching TV shows in the ‘00s, what were some of your favourites? Have we missed your favourite off the list?
Let us know in the comments below!