The Top TV Show From Each Year Starting with 2000 (Part 1)

Posted 2016/11/07 7535 0

Although hundreds of TV shows are released each year, only one show stands out to be honored as the best by critics and audiences. Since the beginning of the 21st century so far, Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year's most well-received TV show seasons by assigning scores based on their composite critical reception. Let's check out their list!


2000: “The Sopranos” (Season 2)

Critic Score: 97/100

User Score: 9.3/10

What critics said: "It's difficult to single out any particular aspect of the show: It's just plain brilliant." — Variety

The story of the season focuses on Tony's growing mistrust of one of his closest friends Big Pussy Bonpensiero, who is revealed to be an FBI informant. Dr. Melfi continues meeting with Tony despite her growing disgust of his actions and contemplates the nature of their relationship. Tony's sister Janice also returns to New Jersey, and their collectively strained relationship with their mother Livia and each other continues. Meadow is accepted into college, but her personal life intersects with Tony's crime life for the first time. Former boss Jackie Aprile's brother Richie is released from prison and causes trouble for Tony and his business.


2001: "The Office: UK" (Season 1)

Critic score: 98/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: "It takes a little while to get into it (episode two clinched it for me), but once you get used to the accents and dry humor, you're hooked." — The Chicago Sun-Times

Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant star in this internationally recognized, BAFTA winning comedy set in suburban London at Wernham Hogg, a dysfunctional paper company where life is stationary. Told through the lens of a documentary film crew, this hilarious British series follows the day-to-day troubles of the firm's uninspired desk jockeys while capturing every cringe-inducing moment on film.


2002: "The Office: UK" (Season 2)

Critic score: 93/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: "The pleasure to be taken from 'Office' isn't merely that of laughter — it's the pleasure of watching a piece of entertainment so perfectly made and so delicately acted." — Entertainment Weekly

Season two of the multi-award winning comedy set in the Slough branch of Wenham-Hogg paper company in suburban London, starring Ricky Gervais. Change can be stressful, but manager David Brent thinks he can handle it all. He's got a new boss; he's been recruited to give motivational lectures and has to integrate the dull employees of the Swindon office with his own branch.


2003: "The Office: UK" (Season 3)

Critic score: 98/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: "Quite possibly the finest closing chapter ever for a TV series." — The San Francisco Chronicle

This third "season" of the groundbreaking British workplace comedy consists of a two-part Christmas special which serves as a finale to the series.


2004: "The Wire" (Season 3)

Critic score: 98/100

User score: 9.5/10

What critics said: "If you do that rare TV thing of actually paying close attention, HBO's complex, richly detailed crime drama will sweep you away like a fine novel." — The Detroit Free Press

In the show’s third season, the politics of Baltimore took on a prominent role and they provided the catalyst for the bold actions of Major Howard “Bunny” Colvin (Robert Wisdom).  Mayor Clarence Royce (Glynn Turman) is casting an eye towards re-election, and he demands that the police department needs to stay below 300 homicides before the year’s end. 


2005: "Deadwood" (Season 2)

Critic score: 93/100

User score: 9.1/10

What critics said: "Magnificently profane and entirely engaging, 'Deadwood' remains one of TV's best character-driven dramas." — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1877. A new day is dawning in the Black Hills outlaw camp of Deadwood. For better or worse, times are changing, and the transformation from camp to town is imminent. Unsavory new arrivals, looking to cash in on the lucrative anarchy, and a government of outsiders usher in an era of hard decisions and brutal power struggles among the camp's founders, all learning the hard way... fortune comes with a price.


2006: "The Wire" (Season 4)

Critic score: 98/100

User score: 9.5/10

What critics said: "Brilliant, scathing, sprawling, 'The Wire' has turned our indifference to urban decay into a TV achievement of the highest order." — USA Today

The focus of the fourth season shifted between a local school, the mayoral election, police department politics and action on the street corners. It introduces Baltimore's school system and several middle school students while continuing to examine the remnants of the Barksdale Organization, the ascendant Stanfield Organization, the Baltimore Police Department and politicians.


2007: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (Season 6)

Critic score: 89/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: "It has become one of the most reliably amusing comedies on TV, taking little annoyances, indignities, and offenses, and worrying at them until they bubble into fantastically overblown debacles." — Entertainment Weekly

Deep inside, you know you're him. Larry David lands himself in a whole new series of predicaments in Season Six of this hit comedy series as an African American family named the Blacks move in with him and Cheryl.


2008: "The Wire" (Season 5)

Critic score: 89/100

User score: 9.2/10

What critics said: "Every single scene of 'The Wire' is meticulously scripted and dramatically riveting." — Salon

The series continued to examine the Baltimore police department, the Stanfield organization and city hall while introducing a fictionalized version of the Baltimore Sun newsroom. It returns in its final season with the hot seat applied at creator David Simon's previous occupation (journalist).