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Best TV Shows of the Last 15 Years

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Common Sense Media, and to celebrate, we're highlighting the best TV shows that have premiered since 2003. This list of TV series features some of the most popular comedies, dramas, and educational programs for kids and teens. Even as kids have shifted to streaming series online, these top-rated shows stand the test of time. It wasn't easy to narrow this list down, but you voted, and here's the best of the best, with Stranger Things topping the list. For more iconic media, check out these lists: Most Groundbreaking Video Games and Best Movies of the Last 15 Years.

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Stranger Things

age 14+

Dark 1980s-set sci-fi/horror drama is gory but great.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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The Office

age 14+

Workplace spoof is hilarious but filled with mature humor.

Network: NBC , Syndicated (2005)
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Planet Earth

age 6+

Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.

Network: Discovery Channel (2006)
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age 9+

Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.

Network: Discovery Channel (2003)
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

age 3+

Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.

Network: PBS Kids (2012)
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Modern Family

age 13+

Poignant comedy series has mature content, stereotypes.

Network: ABC (2009)
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age 14+

Edgy-but-quirky comedy's music, message will win teens over.

Network: Fox (2009)
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Odd Squad

age 5+

Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.

Network: PBS Kids (2014)
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age 14+

Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.

Network: ABC (2004)
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Adventure Time

age 10+

Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.

Network: Cartoon Network (2010)
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Doc McStuffins

age 4+

Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.

Network: Disney Junior (2012)
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Friday Night Lights

age 14+

Poignant football drama scores; OK for teens.

Network: Freeform , NBC (2006)
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age 11+

Race is tackled gently in fresh family friendly sitcom.

Network: ABC (2014)
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Andi Mack

age 10+

Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.

Network: Disney Channel (2017)
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Project Mc2

age 7+

Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.

Network: Netflix (2015)