50 Best TV Shows of 21st Century and Where to Stream Them

The 21st Century began with one of the greatest TV shows ever made in The Sopranos, and went from strength to strength from there. Subsequent years have seen groundbreaking shows like The Wire, Breaking Bad, 30 Rock, Atlanta, Deadwood, Black Mirror and many more air that have changed the way that we watch television forever.

As television has evolved from 2000 to 2021, so too has the world of streaming. During the last two decades, Netflix has gone from being a DVD rental service to a streaming giant, and channels that have made some of the best TV ever like HBO, NBC and Amazon have followed suit with streamers of their own. This streaming evolution means that viewers can watch the best TV of the past in more ways than they ever have before, with nearly every single show on the list below available to watch online now.

To find the 50 best TV shows of 21st Century, we have compiled over a dozen lists from publications like The Guardian, The AV Club and IndieWire, as well as ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb to find the finest shows that have aired new episodes since the start of the second millennium.

50 best TV shows of 21st century and where to stream them

50. Grey's Anatomy (2005 - )

Seasons 1 to 16 on Netflix; Season 17 episodes air on the ABC website and app and Hulu the day after they air on ABC.

49. American Crime Story (2016 - )

The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Season 2) streaming on Netflix; Season 1 (The People vs. OJ Simpson) available to purchase at video on demand stores.

48. Orange is the New Black (2013 - 2019)

All seven seasons streaming on Netflix.

47. Blue Planet II (2017)

Streaming on Discovery+.

46. Firefly (2002 - 2003)

All episodes streaming on Hulu; Spin-off movie Serenity available for free on Peacock.

45. 24 (2001 - 2010)

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Kiefer Sutherland in '24.' Fox

All nine seasons streaming on Hulu; Seasons 1 to 8 available to watch for free on IMDbTV.

44. Bob's Burgers (2011 - )

Seasons 1 to 11 on Hulu; Selected episodes on TBS; Season 10 streaming on FXNow.

43. The Thick Of It (2005 - 2012)

Seasons 1 and 4 streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, BritBox and the BritBox Amazon Prime Video add-on channel.

42. The Crown (2016 - )

All four seasons streaming on Netflix.

41. The Walking Dead (2010 - )

Seasons 1 to 9 streaming on Netflix; Seasons 1 to 5 streaming for free on Pluto TV; Season 10 available on Amazon Prime Video and AMC.com.

40. Stranger Things (2016 - )

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David Harbour in 'Stranger Things.' Netflix

All three seasons on Netflix.

39. Killing Eve (2018 - )

Seasons 1 to 3 on Hulu and BBC America.

38. The Vietnam War (2017)

Streaming on Hoopla and Kanopy.

37. The Daily Show (1996 - )

Episodes from 2015 onwards on Comedy Central; Seasons 25 and 26 on CBS All Access.

36. The Handmaid's Tale (2017 - )

All seasons so far on Hulu.

35. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005 - )

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The cast of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.' FX

Seasons 1 to 14 on Hulu; Selected episodes on FX Now.

34. Better Call Saul (2015 - )

Seasons 1 to 4 streaming on Netflix; Season 5 available to purchase on demand.

33. The Great British Baking Show (2010 - )

Eight (of eleven) seasons streaming on Netflix; The first five seasons streaming now on Hoopla and PBS.

32. Doctor Who (2005 - )

Seasons 1 to 12 streaming on HBO Max.

31. Veep (2012 - 2019)

Seven seasons streaming on HBO Max.

30. Chernobyl (2019)

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Jared Harris in 'Chernobyl'. HBO

All episodes on HBO Max.

29. Rick and Morty (2013 - )

Four seasons on Hulu and HBO Max; Season 1 on Hoopla; Season 4 on Adult Swim.

28. Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)

All episodes available on the Showtime Amazon Prime Video add-on.

27. Battlestar Galactica (2004 - 2009)

Seasons 1 to 4 on Peacock.

26. The Good Place (2016 - 2020)

Seasons 1 to 4 on Netflix.

25. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 - 2003)

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James Marsters and Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer ' 20th Century Fox/Courtesy of Everett Collection

All seven seasons streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

24. Hannibal (2013 - 2015)

Seasons 1 to 3 streaming on Netlfix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

23. Six Feet Under (2001 - 2005)

Seasons 1 to 5 on HBO Max.

22. Black Mirror (2011 - )

Seasons 1 to 5 and interactive special Bandersnatch on Netflix.

21. Parks and Recreation (2009 - 2015)

Seasons 1 and 2 streaming for free on Peacock; Seasons 3 to 7 on the paid Peacock tier; Selected episodes streaming on Comedy Central.

20. Friday Night Lights (2006 - 2011)

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The cast of 'Friday Night Lights.' NBC

Seasons 1 to 5 streaming on Hulu, Peacock, Starz and NBC.

19. The West Wing (1999 - 2006)

Seven seasons on HBO Max.

18. Curb your Enthusiasm (2000 - )

All ten seasons on HBO Max.

17. The Office U.S. (2005 - 2013)

Seasons 1 and 2 streaming for free on Peacock; Seasons 3 to 9 on the Peacock free tier.

16. The Americans (2013 - 2018)

Seasons 1 to 6 streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

15. Sherlock (2010 - 2017)

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Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Sherlock.' BBC Worldwide

Seasons 1 to 4 on Netflix.

14. Atlanta (2016 - )

Seasons 1 and 2 on Hulu.

13. BoJack Horseman (2014 - 2020)

All episodes streaming on Netflix.

12. The Office U.K. (2001 - 2003)

All episodes streaming on Hulu, BritBox, HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video.

11. Deadwood (2004-2006, 2019)

All three seasons and the 2019 Deadwood movie streaming on HBO Max.

10. Arrested Development (2003-2019)

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Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman in 'Arrested Development' Sam Urdank/Netflix

Seasons 1 to 3 on Hulu; Seasons 1 to 5 on Netflix.

9. The Leftovers (2014 - 2017)

All three seasons on HBO Max.

8. Fleabag (2016 - 2019)

Seasons 1 and 2 available on Amazon Prime Video.

7. 30 Rock (2006 - 2013)

Seasons 1 to 7 streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and on Peacock for free.

6. Lost (2004 - 2010)

Seasons 1 to 6 streaming on Hulu and for free on IMDbTV.

5. The Sopranos (1999 - 2007)

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Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt and James Gandolfini in 'The Sopranos.' HBO

All six seasons streaming on HBO Max; prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark coming to HBO on September 24.

4. Mad Men (2007 - 2015)

Seasons 1 to 7 available for free on IMDbTV and with a subscription on AMC.

3. The Wire (2002 - 2008)

All five seasons on HBO Max.

2. Game of Thrones (2011 - 2019)

Seasons 1 to 8 on HBO Max now.

1. Breaking Bad (2008 - 2013)

Seasons 1 to 5 (and spin-off movie El Camino) on Netflix.