20 Best TV Shows of the 21st Century

What are the top 20 TV shows of the 21st century? Unlike movies, Television shows become a part of our daily lives. I have always believed that TV shows are not just entertainment. They are deeper than that. To a certain extent, TV shows are the reflection of our society. With that said, let’s directly jump into the list of the 20 best TV shows of this century so far.

Note: Only those shows were considered for this list that started in or after the year 2000.


20. Parks and Recreation


The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. A political satire that has brilliance of Amy Poehler written all over it. Also, a launching pad for one of best comedians in business: Aziz Ansari.


19. Person of Interest


“Person of Interest” is the brainchild of Jonathan Nolan, the brother of director Christopher Nolan. A presumed-dead ex-CIA agent and a billionaire software genius try to stop crimes before they happen. They have the Machine, a mass-surveillance computer system that relays the identity of a person predicted to be the crime victim or perpetrator. It is a perfect show for all the science nerds out there.


18. Suits


Ever wondered what the lawyers do? In their offices made of glass, wearing suits, always busy. But what do they actually do? This show has the answer. All the characters are charismatic. Particularly Harvey Spector, with all his badass dialogues, is not only a great on-screen character, but he is also a mentor.


17. Firefly


Five hundred years in the future, a crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive while traveling the unknown parts of the galaxy. The special effects in this show are seamlessly integrated and beautifully detailed. The manner in which the show was presented — the hand-held cameras, the use of zooms, and the occasional off-focus effects — are very intriguing.


16. The Big Bang Theory


Four nerds who find quantum physics lot easier than talking to the hot neighbor. BBT is probably the only sitcom that a nerd can not only watch but also relate to. Sheldon Cooper is possibly the most famous, unique and adorable character on television. The show that made being nerd cool.


15. Fargo


From the opening shot of the cold dark icy road with a haunting music playing in the background, it was clear that ‘Fargo’ is going to be something special. And special it is. A spinoff of 1996 Coen Brothers film, it certainly meets the expectations of the fans of original film. Billy Bob Thornton is amazing as Lorne Malvo and so is Martin Freeman.


14. How I Met Your Mother


My personal favorite. People have compared it with Friends, but HIMYM is unique in many ways. The entire series is a narration of a love story by a father to his children. Hence the name “how I met your mother”. It contains everything that a typical sitcom needs to have: a group of friends, New York City, love story and the situational comedy.


13. Prison Break


Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out. End of each episode of the prison break is a cliffhanger. You can’t just stop once you start watching the show. It is that addictive.


12. Homeland


An American soldier Nicholas Brody is captured by Islamic extremists. Then after 7 years of captivity, Brody is rescued by the US military. America welcomes this new hero. But a CIA agent has got an info: Brody has been turned. He is not a hero but a terrorist. This show is not just about terrorism; it is also a love story with its own set of affairs, emotions, twists, and turns.


11. Modern Family


This isn’t a show involving adventure, suspense or thrill. Modern family is about little things from everyday life that makes us smile. All the characters are funny in their own way but the best one is Phil Dunphy. Maybe because he has got most hilarious lines. Modern family is doing an admirable and difficult job of bringing a smile for the last 7 years.