2000s TV Shows that make us nostalgic [Spoilers]


Angelique Taylor

Older TV shows demonstrate how pop culture remains relevant and highlights the changes of the TV landscape in the past decades.

TV Shows in general give us such Nostalgia, let’s go back to the known and less known 2000’s TV shows that you should binge in 2023, this will throw you back just for a little bit, to feel all nostalgic again or even learn something new and develop a love for some new characters. 

Vampire Diaries – 2009


In Virginia there is a town called Mystic Falls full of good and evil, with love and dangerous disasters. Creatures that take the form of people such as Werewolves, Vampires, Witches and Hybrids lurk beneath the shadows. Elena Gilbert, The Main Protagonist is torn between the Vampire brothers both Stephan and Damon Salvatore. After many centuries of heated arguments and disputes settled between the brothers, they return back home to Mystic Falls and see Elena who reminds them of Kathrine from centuries ago, who was both of the brothers’ lovers at some point. The Vampire Diaries is such a good 2000’s series since funny enough it was based off of Twilight by Author, Stephnie Meyer.  Elena Gilbert is a great character who shows love and compassion for everyone around her. The Salvatore brothers show there are hardships between siblings but blood is still blood in the end, The Vampire Diaries captivates how life would be with creatures lurking in the shadows knowing they are not much different from us. The Vampire Diaries is perfect for all teens alike though it may be stigmatized around girls and the love for Vampire men, there is much more than meets the eye with what we can see in Mystic Falls and the history that goes along with it, that was swept under the rug for thousands of years since the Middle Ages. With everything, this all comes down to love for the Salvatore brothers and we can learn that love can be both a blessing and a curse. 


Fringe – 2008


Fringe Division is a Joint-Federal task force with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Which follows the main protagonist Olivia Dunham; Doctor Walter Bishop, who is a mad scientist and his son Peter Bishop who is considered “A jack of all trades” Who is on the run in the middle east, has a High IQ like his father. Agent Astrid Farnsworth assists Dr. Bishop in his handy work and laboratory research. Agent Philip Broyles, The forces director for the Fringe Division assigns tasks for Agent Dunham and the team to solve unexplainable phenomena. The Fringe Division investigates cases such as Fringe science, also known as Pseudoscience, Transhumanist experiments gone wrong also goes into the possible collision of two parallel universes. Personally, I love this show as we head into Olivia Dunham’s life as she is an amazing character who strives to always be the best and do the best at the FBI. She is very caring and loving of her co-workers, always actively giving assistance or investigating the cause and finding the ideal solution. Agent Dunham’s work in Fringe Science (Pseudoscience) I find really interesting how the director of this TV show thought it would be a good idea to show how our world would look if we had a colliding universe that is the same as ours but also different. I find Walter Bishop hilarious as he’s a very silly and entertaining character that is always hungry but is also very very intelligent when it comes down to investigating the other-worldly causes of death for the victims. What I find interesting as well is the unexplained and how this makes the characters and ourselves question our reality. This makes even scientists today test theories surrounding pseudoscience and the possibilities of having another universe just like ours. 


The Office – 2005


The Office is a timeless classic television show that captured a slice of life in a mundane corporate setting with remarkable humor and sincerity. Originally airing in 2005, the show had a brilliant ensemble cast with memorable characters that left a lasting impression on audiences. Steve Carell, in particular, shone as the bumbling yet charismatic office manager, Michael Scott. The show’s writing was impeccable, with razor-sharp dialogue and situational comedy that never felt forced or contrived. The show was also innovative, with its use of mockumentary-style filming and breaking the fourth wall, creating an immersive experience for the viewers. Above all, The Office succeeded in tapping into the zeitgeist of the time, providing a commentary on the absurdity of everyday life and exposing the pitfalls of corporate culture, making it a standout show of the 2000s. With an irresistible charm and enduring quotable lines, The Office is a show that will continue to entertain and resonate with viewers for generations to come.


Breaking Bad – 2008


Breaking Bad, which premiered in 2008, is a gripping crime drama that stands out as one of the greatest shows of the 2000s. The show follows Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, who turns to producing and selling methamphetamine to provide for his family after he is diagnosed with lung cancer. With a dark and complex plot, the show explores the consequences of Walter’s actions, the corrupting influence of power, and the human capacity for extreme behavior. The writing and acting are top-notch, with Bryan Cranston delivering a career-defining performance in his portrayal of Walter White. The show also features nuanced characters, unpredictable plot twists, and visually striking cinematography that draws viewers in and keeps them on the edge of their seats. Breaking Bad’s influence on the television industry cannot be overstated, and its status as a must-see show of the 2000s is well deserved.