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50 Scripted TV Shows That Defined the Decade


The 2010s may have been kind of a mixed bag sociopolitically, but it was definitely one of the best decades in the history of television. "Prestige" programming, once exclusive to premium cable, found its way onto smaller cable networks and streaming platforms. It's gotten to the point that there's so much amazing TV content, it's impossible to keep up.

While many of the shows on this list aren't necessarily the best the 2010s had to offer, they each made an indelible mark on the decade in some way. Here are the 50 shows that we think best represent small-screen entertainment of the past 10 years. 

50. 'Riverdale'

Source: CW

Is Riverdale good? I'm too old to answer that question. However, it is probably as iconic for teens and early adults as some if its dark predecessors from decades past, such as Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.