Growing Up in the 2000s was just too amazing, and frankly I blame it on the TV. Let me just start off by admitting that I have watched WAY too much TV as a Teenager! In fact I was dedicated to some of these shows, enough to wake up at 5am at the age of 13 and catch an episode that aired at Indian Time just because I couldn’t wait till it aired at night in the US. Here is a list of memorable shows I still can’t get enough of !
1. The Office
If you’ve been on the internet at all in the last 10 years or so, you know that The Office is a cultural staple. It’s full of side-splitting bits, quotable moments, and wholesome character arcs, so it’s no mystery why it’s so widely beloved. Some episodes are so iconic, in fact, that if you haven’t seen them it’s worth taking a few minutes to educate yourself.
2. Dil Mil Gaye
Dill Mill Gayye, the medical soap opera, enjoyed an unbelievable fan following and ran successfully for two seasons. The show gave TV industry some popular names like Karan Singh Grover, Shilpa Anand, Drashti Dhami to name a few. Set in the backdrop of Sanjeevani Hospital, the show dealt with the pressures, drama, romance, inter personal relationships and humour in the lives of surgical interns and resident doctors.
3. Gossip Girl
It’s been more than a decade since teen drama favorite Gossip Girl premiered and immersed viewers into the upper crust world of rich high school students’ Manhattan. At the time, the relatively-unknown cast could easily be boiled down to pretty boys and the blonde girl from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Today, with the cast members grown up, it’s a different story. Time flies when you’re watching reruns!
4. Suite Life of Zack and Cody
I don’t know about you, but growing up I always watched The Suite Life of Zack & Cody on Disney Channel. The show takes place in the Tipton Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts where twin teenage boys wreak havoc and cause the manager problems. And by the way, they live in the hotel too. The show ran from 2005 until 2008. However, the legacy continued when they made a pretty good spin-off called, The Suite Life on Deck, which takes place on a cruise ship.
5. Miley Jab Hum Tum
This college romance was a favourite amongst the youth. It had all the perfect elements which got the crowd hooked to the television screens. Be it the Morena sister duo – Gunjan and Nupur Bhushan (Sanaya Irani and Rati Pandey), the hearthrob and college stud Samrat or the handsome and nerdy Mayank (Arjun Bijlani), this one made for a super good looking cast. Its this very show where Sanaya and Mohit fell in love with each other and are now happily married. Miley Jab Hum Tum, quite literally!!
6. The Vampire Diaries
It’s been just over a year since The Vampire Diaries concluded after eight seasons, leading to hours upon hours of rewatching by devoted fans. The show was truly something else, part horror show, part drama series, and part soap opera. The brutal portrayal of vampires and other supernatural figures satisfied fantasy fans and eased some of the concerns of those skeptical about the show being just another vampire show, amidst the era of Twilight and True Blood. In short, this was the best vampire show ever made.
7. Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahi
the fact that Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin is one of the best Indian shows ever created, is not up for debate. So imagine my joy when I found out that rumours are doing the rounds that the makers of the show are looking to make a remake of the show.
8. Avatar: The Last Airbender
True fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra will bring these shows up any chance they get. Hell, it’s been years (10 years) and I’m still salty that Nickelodeon, Netflix, or some other streaming service hasn’t ordered Avatar back to series. What are they waiting for? The franchise has given rise to some of the most beloved characters ever. Not to mention, they’re popular with both children and adults (let’s be real though, way more with adults)