Before I left on vacation, I received a request to contribute to a critics’ poll on the best TV of the soon-to-be-ended decade. I’m making my picks, but I’ve never met a poll that I couldn’t repurpose into a vacation-filler poll for Tuned In. So I’m going to dedicate this week to The Best TV of the ’00s. Starting today with: What were the five best dramas of the past decade?
I’ll leave the rules loose and up to your discretion—as far as I’m concerned, you can use anything, aired anywhere, as long as original episodes aired some time on or after January 1, 2000: broadcast or cable, foreign or domestic, currently airing or not. (The show can have premiered before 2000, so, for instance, Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be eligible. Though I guess I’ve now biased the results by naming a title.)
We’ll do other categories later in the week. What counts as a drama and what counts as a comedy is up to you. But no more than five. Suck it up! Be ruthless!