The 2000s

The BEST episodes of The 2000s

Every episode of The 2000s ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The 2000s!

From Emmy Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog comes The 2000s. The seven-part CNN Original Series explores the cultural and political milestones of the decade including technological triumphs like the iPhone and social media, President George W. Bush's war on terror and response to Hurricane Katrina, Barack Obama's presidential election and the financial crisis, hip-hop's rise to dominance and a creative renaissance in television.

Last Updated: 4/23/2022Network: CNN
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The Platinum Age of Television
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#1 - The Platinum Age of Television

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/8/2018

In the 2000s, television entered the Platinum Age, as storytellers had license to take the medium to new heights. The creative renaissance in television enjoyed groundbreaking shows such as "The Sopranos," "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Lost," "Survivor" and "American Idol."

Mission Accomplished
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#2 - Mission Accomplished

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/15/2018

How President George W. Bush faced the attacks of September 11th and launched a global war on terror.

Quagmire
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#3 - Quagmire

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/22/2018

A look at President Bush's desire to end insurgency in Iraq while seeking re-election. In his second term, he must respond to Hurricane Katrina, a burgeoning financial meltdown and his own plummeting poll numbers.

The i Decade
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#4 - The i Decade

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/29/2018

The episode explores the rise of technological advancements that had long seemed the stuff of science fiction – a portable music player filled with thousands of songs, access to all the world’s information in the palm of your hand, a way to connect with all your friends at the same time, and a store that sells everything and delivers it to your door. This is the story of how companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, and Google went from scrappy startups to household names, and changed the world along the way.

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The Financial Crisis
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#5 - The Financial Crisis

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/5/2018

A decade of corporate scandals, Ponzi schemes, predatory lending, booms, busts, and bailouts culminates in the 2008 financial crisis that threatens the global economy. It’s an episode to watch very, very closely, while remembering George Santayana’s warning that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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Yes We Can
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#6 - Yes We Can

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/12/2018

Running on a platform of uniting the country, Barack Obama topples candidates from inside and outside the political establishment in the 2008 presidential election, but the insurgent Tea Party emerges as a potent foe as he ascends to the presidency. "Yes we can" echoed loudly during Barack Obama's Presidential campaign and election.

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I Want My MP3
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#7 - I Want My MP3

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/19/2018

How new technologies like Napster disrupted the music industry. It begins with boy bands and ends with female solo stars. It starts with a booming record business and ends with the shuttering of record stores. With the advent of Napster, an entire generation comes of age believing that music is free.

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