The Most Underrated TV Shows Of The Early 2000s

With y2k trends dominating tik tok and runways alike, take a journey back to the early 2000s with these underrated shows. Gossip Girl, step aside; it’s time for these hidden and not so hidden gems to shine! 

Galen Berger

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 10th, 2021 4:51 pm pst

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The early 2000s unarguably marked the start of the golden age of television. From suburban housewives turned drug dealers in Weeds to the teen detectives in Veronica Mars, the era certainly had it all. For those of us who weren’t the target age group for these shows when they aired initially or if you simply missed the boat, these shows are sure to hit the mark, even ten plus years later. 

Make It or Break It 

This 2009 series follows the lives of several young promising gymnasts training at the elite Rock training center in Colorado. When new girl and underdog Emily shows up, she shakes the tight-knit, drama-filled, and affluent group. Watch all the Rock’s scandals unfold as Emily, Lauren, Payson, and Kaylie fight over Olympic team spots, coaches, and of course, the gym boys! 

Where to watch: Hulu

Veronica Mars

Kristen Bell stars as Veronica Mars, a not so amateur teen detective who helps her father solve crimes for his Private Investigation business. When she’s not doing that, Veronica is just like any other teen, much to her chagrin, and thus must balance her crime work with high school drama. Veronica used to be a part of the in-crowd, dating the school’s most popular boy and being best friends with his equally well-liked sister. After her fall from grace, she works with her former-sheriff father to uncover the many secrets in their fictional Southern California town.

Where to watch: Hulu

Desperate Housewives

After the sudden and mysterious death of Mary Alice, one of the deceptively perfect residents of Wysteria Lane, the secrets of this seemingly perfect subdivision begin to unravel. The late Mary Alice narrates her former friends downfall in this suburban soap opera.

Where to watch: Hulu

The OC

This 2003 teen drama follows Ryan Atwood, a troubled boy from Chino with a dysfunctional family. He leaves his past behind and is adopted into the wealthy Newport Beach family of his lovable lawyer and eventual surrogate father. While known primarily as the California Gossip Girl, The OC came first and packed more heart into its take-home message in many fans’ opinions. 

Where to watch: HBO Max

Sabrina: The Animated Series 

This one-season series follows the life of 12-year-old Sabrina the teenage witch, in a prequel to the 1996 live-action show. Sabrina navigates middle school, a crush on her best friend Harvey, and her developing magical powers with help from her witch aunts and talking cat, Salem. 

Where to watch: Tubi and Pluto TV  

Weeds

When suburban housewife Nancy Botwin suddenly loses her husband, she’s left with her two teen sons, growing debt, and plenty of nosey neighbors. To make ends meet, she starts selling marijuana on the side. As her business grows, she struggles to keep her gig a secret from her family and the neighborhood. 

Where to watch: While Weeds was taken off Netflix, it’s still available for rental on most platforms, including Amazon Prime VideoYoutube, and Apple TV.  

Greek

Rusty Cartwright, a nerdy college freshman, works tirelessly to join a frat in this lighthearted show from freeform’s ABC family days. Between his ultra-religious anti-greek life roommate, sorority girl sister who is embarrassed to be seen with him, and several failed flirtationships, Rusty has his work cut out for him. 

Where to watch: FreeformAmazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Youtube TV.  

Misfits

This series meshes the British angst of Skins with supernatural elements. Five juvenile delinquents gain powers after an electrical storm during one of their community service shifts.

Where to watch: Hulu

The Simple Life

This quintessential 2000s show follows the queens of the era themselves, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The series follows the two girls as they leave behind the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills for a farm. Needless to say, the party girls have some struggles with farm life, and hilarity ensues.

Where to watch: Tubi

Felicity 

When timid Felicity leaves her hometown for New York University against her parents’ wishes, she realizes the city has more to offer than the boy she followed there.

Where to watch: Hulu

Six feet under

This 2001 HBO series set in Los Angeles follows the Fishers and their family business running a funeral home. When the family’s patriarch passes, Nate must return home and take the helm of the operation.

Where to watch: HBO Max.  

Pen15

While this series didn’t premiere until 2019, the pure comedic gold is set in the year 2000, and believe us, this show is worth watching. Comedians and thirty-somethings Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star as the middle school versions of themselves. Their performances alongside tween actors make this show hilarious, cringe-worthy, and even heartwarming. 

Where to watch: Hulu

One of the funny things about living during the golden age of television is that it’s impossible to keep up! While the mentioned shows vary between record-breaking hits and flops turned cult classics, you’re sure to enjoy all of these titles!

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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About The Author:

Galen Berger is a film, television, and media studies and screenwriting student at Loyola Marymount University. She loves music, animals, hiking, and all things entertainment.

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