Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) - Breaking Bad _Season 5 - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC
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FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: TV Shows That Defined the 2000s

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

Ah, the aughts. Will we one day look back on the decade as a simpler time, when a school teacher becoming a meth dealer was the height of entertainment?

Probably, yes, according to Rotten Tomatoes users, who voted Breaking Bad the show that defined the decade’s television entertainment with 61% of the vote. The Bryan Cranston–led series was followed by The Office with 47% of the vote, and The Sopranos with 45%.

Which TV star ruled in the decade? Fans bestowed that honor on the late, great James Gandolfini for his role as Tony in The Sopranos. Gandolfini received 18% of the vote. Steve Carell followed with 17% of the vote, and Tina Fey grabbed third position away from Jon Stewart 7.96 percent to 7.56 percent.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Family Guy (1999)

Synopsis: Animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffins, a family that put some fun in dysfunctional. While dad Peter is a... [More]

Synopsis: A variety show packed with some Emmy-winning satire for laughs.... [More]

Synopsis: A young man leads his oddball family and their real-estate-development business following a securities-fraud fiasco that put the father in... [More]

House (2004)

Synopsis: Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) is devoid of anything resembling bedside manner and wouldn't even talk to his patients if... [More]

Synopsis: Following her suicide, Mary Alice Young keeps tabs on friends and family she left behind on bucolic suburban Wisteria Lane.... [More]

Synopsis: Jon Stewart's hip, irreverent skewering of the news and pop culture elevated this already successful series to new comedic heights... [More]

Synopsis: Las Vegas criminologists use scientific methods to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic (and hugely popular) drama, which inspired... [More]

Dexter (2006)

Synopsis: A forensic expert lives a double life as a vigilante-serial killer who murders wrongdoers who've escaped justice.... [More]

Grey's Anatomy (2005)

Synopsis: Doctors at a Seattle teaching hospital hone their bedside manners on and off the job in this medical drama.... [More]

30 Rock (2006)

Synopsis: A female TV writer tries to control the behind-the-scenes antics of a live, prime-time variety show and deals with interference... [More]

The West Wing (1999)

Synopsis: Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe, as the U.S. President and his deputy communications director, play politics in this innovative Washington,... [More]

Synopsis: A man named Ted tells his kids how he met the love of his life, through flashbacks, years in the... [More]

Sex and the City (1998)

Synopsis: The story revolves around four sassy New-York based women, Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha who are in search of love,... [More]

Mad Men (2007)

Synopsis: A look at the high-powered world of advertising in 1960s New York City, from the boardroom to the bedroom.... [More]

24 (0)

Synopsis: An exciting and edgy real-time action series about U.S. counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer trying to save his country from foreign... [More]

American Idol (2002)

Synopsis: The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges,... [More]

Lost (2004)

Synopsis: Forty-eight passengers miraculously survive an air crash only to be stranded on a scary island. With the trauma of the... [More]

The Sopranos (1999)

Synopsis: A conflicted New Jersey crime boss seeks therapy to cope with mob and family pressures in this addictive, stunningly original... [More]

The Office (2005)

Synopsis: Based on the award-winning British comedy of the same name, this acclaimed sitcom is told through the lenses of a... [More]

Breaking Bad (2008)

Synopsis: A high-school chemistry teacher learns he's dying, so he takes up a new career as a meth producer in hopes... [More]

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