Top 20 Fan-Favorite TV Shows of 2009: The Ultimate Countdown!

Welcome, TV aficionados! Grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and prepare for a nostalgic journey back to 2009 – a golden year for television. Remember when you could still watch a show without the fear of instant spoilers on Twitter? Ah, those were the days! We’re about to embark on a thrilling countdown of the top 20 fan-favorite TV shows from that glorious year. From heart-stopping dramas to laugh-out-loud comedies, 2009 had it all. So, whether you were a couch potato, a prime-time junkie, or a casual channel surfer, there’s something here for everyone. Get ready to revisit old favorites, rekindle forgotten obsessions, and maybe even discover a gem you missed the first time around. No need for a time machine, folks – we’re about to bring 2009 right back to your living room. Let the ultimate countdown begin!
I'm in the Band

I’m in the Band

Release Date: 2009-11-27

Genres: Comedy

“I’m in the Band” is a hilarious TV show that premiered in 2009. It follows Tripp Campbell, a talented young guitarist, who joins the once-famous rock band Iron Weasel. With his parents’ guest room as their rehearsal space, Tripp tries to revive the band’s glory days and get them back in the spotlight. Starring Logan Miller, Steve Valentine, Caitlyn Taylor Love, Greg Baker, and Stephen Full, this show is a must-watch for fans of 80s pop metal and comedy.

Cast: Logan Miller (Tripp Campbell) , Steve Valentine (Derek Jupiter) , Caitlyn Taylor Love (Izzy Fuentes) , Greg Baker (Burger Pitt) , Stephen Full (Ash)

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Tags: rock band, teen comedy, sitcom

The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries

Release Date: 2009-09-10

Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

“The Vampire Diaries” is a captivating TV show that premiered in 2009 and quickly became one of the best-voted shows of the year. It follows the story of two vampire brothers, played by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, who both fall for a girl that bears a striking resemblance to a vampire they loved in 1864. With an amazing cast including Kat Graham, Candice King, Zach Roerig, Michael Malarkey, and Matthew Davis, this show is a must-watch for fans of supernatural romance and drama.

Cast: Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) , Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) , Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennett) , Candice King (Caroline Forbes) , Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) , Michael Malarkey (Enzo St. John) , Matthew Davis (Alaric Saltzman)

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Writers: L.J. Smith

Tags: witch, based on novel or book, love triangle, vampire, supernatural, eternal youth, werewolf, supernatural creature, doppelgänger, eternal love, interspecies romance, based on young adult novel

White Collar

White Collar

Release Date: 2009-10-23

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

“White Collar” is a captivating TV show that aired in 2009 and quickly became one of the best-voted shows of the year. It follows the story of Neal Caffrey, a skilled con man who is captured by the FBI after a thrilling three-year chase. However, things take an unexpected turn when Neal strikes a deal with the FBI agent who caught him, Peter Burke. Together, they form an unconventional partnership to catch white collar criminals, making for an exciting and suspenseful series. Starring Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen, Marsha Thomason, and Sharif Atkins, “White Collar” is a must-watch for fans of thrilling crime dramas.

Cast: Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey) , Tim DeKay (Peter Burke) , Willie Garson (Mozzie) , Tiffani Thiessen (Elizabeth Burke) , Marsha Thomason (Diana Barrigan) , Sharif Atkins (Clinton Jones)

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Tags: new york city, fbi, con man, art thief, ex-con, gentleman thief, white collar criminal, forger, criminal consultant, colleague

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Release Date: 2009-04-09

Genres: Comedy

“Parks and Recreation” is a hilarious ensemble comedy that premiered in 2009 and follows Leslie Knope, a dedicated mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. With a talented cast including Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, and Nick Offerman, the show revolves around Leslie’s tireless efforts to make her American town a little more fun. Get ready for laughs and quirky characters as they navigate the ups and downs of local government.

Cast: Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope) , Aziz Ansari (Tom Haverford) , Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson) , Aubrey Plaza (April Ludgate) , Chris Pratt (Andy Dwyer) , Adam Scott (Ben Wyatt) , Jim O’Heir (Jerry Gergich) , Retta (Donna Meagle)

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Tags: indiana, usa, politics, satire, mockumentary, female protagonist, employer employee relationship, political satire, office romance, sitcom, workplace comedy

Castle

Castle

Release Date: 2009-03-09

Genres: Drama, Crime

“Castle” is a thrilling TV show that premiered in 2009 and quickly became a fan favorite. It follows the story of Richard Castle, a successful mystery novelist who gets the opportunity to join an NYPD homicide investigation team after a serial killer starts copying the plots of his books. With a talented cast including Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, this show is a must-watch for anyone who loves crime mysteries with a twist of humor.

Cast: Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle) , Stana Katic (Kate Beckett) , Jon Huertas (Javier Esposito) , Seamus Dever (Kevin Ryan) , Susan Sullivan (Martha Rodgers) , Tamala Jones (Lanie Parish) , Molly C. Quinn (Alexis Castle) , Toks Olagundoye (Hayley Shipton)

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Tags: new york city, police, writer, novelist, criminal investigation, female detective, homicide detective, criminal consultant, male writer, police procedural

Southland

Southland

Release Date: 2009-04-09

Genres: Drama

“Southland” is a gripping and realistic TV show that takes you deep into the gritty world of crime in Los Angeles. It follows the lives of four main characters – Officer John Cooper, Officer Ben Sherman, Detective Lydia Adams, and Sammy Bryant – as they navigate the challenges of being cops in a city filled with criminals. With a talented cast including Ben McKenzie, Michael Cudlitz, Regina King, Shawn Hatosy, and C. Thomas Howell, this show offers a raw and captivating look into the lives of those who protect and serve. Premiering in 2009, it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of crime dramas.

Cast: Ben McKenzie (Ben Sherman) , Michael Cudlitz (Officer John Cooper) , Regina King (Detective Lydia Adams) , Shawn Hatosy (Officer Sammy Bryant) , C. Thomas Howell (Officer Dewey Dudek)

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Tags: california, police, detective, policewoman, rookie cop, lapd, rookie, southern california, police protagonist

Community

Community

Release Date: 2009-09-17

Genres: Comedy

“Community” is a hilarious TV show that premiered in 2009 and follows the lives of a group of students at a community college in Greendale, Colorado. With a star-studded cast including Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, Paget Brewster, and Keith David, this show takes you on a wild and entertaining ride through the ups and downs of college life at the world’s worst community college.

Cast: Joel McHale (Jeff Winger) , Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry) , Danny Pudi (Abed Nadir) , Alison Brie (Annie Edison) , Jim Rash (Dean Craig Pelton) , Ken Jeong (Ben Chang) , Paget Brewster (Francesca “Frankie” Dart) , Keith David (Elroy Patashnik)

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Tags: colorado, parody, group of friends, community college, sitcom, adult in college

Lie to Me

Lie to Me

Release Date: 2009-01-21

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

“Lie to Me” is a captivating TV show that premiered in 2009 and quickly became a fan favorite. Led by the talented Tim Roth, the series follows Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert in deception research. With his remarkable ability to read facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice, he helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. However, his unique skills also make him a master at deceiving others. Joined by a talented cast including Kelli Williams, Monica Raymund, Brendan Hines, Hayley McFarland, and Jennifer Beals, “Lie to Me” keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as they delve into the fascinating world of lies and deceit.

Cast: Tim Roth (Cal Lightman) , Kelli Williams (Gillian Foster) , Monica Raymund (Ria Torres) , Brendan Hines (Eli Loker) , Hayley McFarland (Emily Lightman) , Jennifer Beals (Zoe Landau)

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Tags: lie, deception, criminal investigation, lie detection, forensic psychology, criminal consultant, police procedural

Modern Family

Modern Family

Release Date: 2009-09-23

Genres: Comedy

“Modern Family” is a hilarious and heartwarming TV show that premiered in 2009. It follows the lives of the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan, a big and diverse family, as they navigate the ups and downs of modern family life. With a talented cast including Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez, this show offers an honest and often twisted yet relatable portrayal of the modern family dynamic.

Cast: Ed O’Neill (Jay Pritchett) , Sofía Vergara (Gloria Delgado-Pritchett) , Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy) , Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy) , Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett) , Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker) , Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy) , Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy) , Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy) , Rico Rodriguez (Manny Delgado) , Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily Tucker-Pritchett) , Jeremy Maguire (Joe Pritchett) , Reid Ewing (Dylan Marshall)

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Tags: family relationships, breaking the fourth wall, family, sitcom, blended family

Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Diva

Release Date: 2009-07-12

Genres: Comedy, Drama

“Drop Dead Diva” is a heartwarming and hilarious TV show that premiered in 2009. It tells the story of a self-absorbed model who unexpectedly dies and wakes up in the body of a brilliant, plus-sized attorney. With a talented cast including Brooke Elliott, April Bowlby, and Margaret Cho, this show is a must-watch for its unique and entertaining premise.

Cast: Brooke Elliott (Jane Bingum) , April Bowlby (Stacy Barrett) , Jackson Hurst (Grayson Kent) , Margaret Cho (Teri Lee) , Kate Levering (Kim Kaswell) , Lex Medlin (Owen French)

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Tags: afterlife, overweight, second life, lawyer, law firm, life after death, life lessons

RuPaul's Drag Race

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Release Date: 2009-02-02

Genres: Reality

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is a captivating reality TV show that aired in 2009. Hosted by the iconic RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, it features a fierce competition among the top drag queens in the U.S. as they strive for drag stardom. With RuPaul’s glamorous presence and guidance, the contestants face exciting challenges and eliminations, making it a must-watch for fans of the drag queen scene.

Cast: RuPaul (Self – Host) , Michelle Visage (Self – Judge)

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Tags: drag queen, competition, clothing, cross dressing, fashion, lgbt, impersonation, fashion show, drag, reality competition, ballroom culture, drag queen competition, drag race franchise, lgbtqia+, lip syncing

Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13

“Warehouse 13” is a thrilling TV show that made it to the list of the 20 best voted TV shows of 2009. It follows the adventures of secret service agents Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer, who are assigned to the top secret Warehouse 13 after saving the President’s life. Alongside their colleagues Claudia, Steve Jinks, and Warehouse caretaker Artie, they must retrieve dangerous and fantastical artifacts from around the world to prevent catastrophic damage. Starring Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, and Aaron Ashmore, this action-packed series premiered on July 7, 2009.

Cast: Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer) , Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering) , Saul Rubinek (Arthur “Artie” Nielsen) , Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan) , Aaron Ashmore (Steve Jinks)

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Tags: artifact, secret government organization, steampunk, magical object

Misfits

Misfits

Release Date: 2009-11-12

Genres: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Comedy

“Misfits” is a thrilling TV show that aired in 2009 and quickly became a fan favorite. It follows the story of five young outsiders who, after being caught in a strange storm while on Community Service, discover that they have developed superpowers. With a talented cast including Joseph Gilgun, Karla Crome, Nathan McMullen, Matt Stokoe, Shaun Dooley, and Natasha O’Keeffe, this show is a must-watch for anyone who loves a mix of supernatural powers and relatable characters.

Cast: Joseph Gilgun (Rudy Wade) , Karla Crome (Jess) , Nathan McMullen (Finn Samson) , Matt Stokoe (Alex) , Shaun Dooley (Greg) , Natasha O’Keeffe (Abbey)

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Tags: superhero, supernatural, community service, juvenile delinquent, super power, troubled teen, young adult

The Good Wife

The Good Wife

Release Date: 2009-09-22

Genres: Drama

“The Good Wife” is a gripping drama that premiered in 2009 and follows Alicia Florrick as she bravely takes charge of her family and returns to work after her husband’s scandalous downfall. With an incredible cast including Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, and Matt Czuchry, this show delves into the complexities of politics, corruption, and personal growth. Get ready for a thrilling ride as Alicia navigates the challenges of her new life in the workforce.

Cast: Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick) , Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart) , Matt Czuchry (Cary Agos) , Alan Cumming (Eli Gold) , Makenzie Vega (Grace Florrick) , Zach Grenier (David Lee) , Cush Jumbo (Lucca Quinn) , Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Jason Crouse)

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Tags: infidelity, mother, governor, politics, lawyer, justice, defense attorney

The Middle

The Middle

Release Date: 2009-09-30

Genres: Comedy

“The Middle” is a hilarious TV show that premiered on September 30, 2009. It follows the daily misadventures of a married woman and her slightly dysfunctional family as they navigate life in the charming city of Orson, Indiana. With a talented cast including Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer, this show is sure to keep you entertained with its relatable and humorous take on surviving the ups and downs of everyday life.

Cast: Patricia Heaton (Frankie Heck) , Neil Flynn (Mike Heck) , Charlie McDermott (Axl Heck) , Eden Sher (Sue Heck) , Atticus Shaffer (Brick Heck)

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Tags: middle class, dysfunctional family, family, middle america, sitcom

NCIS: Los Angeles

NCIS: Los Angeles

“NCIS: Los Angeles” is an action-packed TV show that follows the thrilling missions of the elite Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Set in Los Angeles, the show features a talented cast including Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Linda Hunt, Medalion Rahimi, Caleb Castille, and Gerald McRaney. With its undercover assignments and gripping storylines, this show is a must-watch for fans of crime dramas.

Cast: Chris O’Donnell (G. Callen) , LL Cool J (Sam Hanna) , Daniela Ruah (Kensi Blye) , Linda Hunt (Henrietta “Hetty” Lange) , Medalion Rahimi (Special Agent Fatima Namazi) , Caleb Castille (Devin Roundtree) , Gerald McRaney (Retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride)

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Tags: navy, undercover, los angeles, california, spin off, u.s. marine, military, crime investigation

Better Off Ted

Better Off Ted

Release Date: 2009-03-18

Genres: Comedy

“Better Off Ted” is a hilarious TV show that aired in 2009. It follows the life of Ted, a morally conscious man who manages a research and development department at a morally questionable corporation called Veridian Technologies. With a superhuman boss, quirky colleagues, and some seriously questionable practices, Ted finds himself questioning the company’s ethics. It’s a must-watch for anyone who enjoys witty humor and a satirical take on corporate culture.

Cast: Jay Harrington (Ted Crisp) , Portia de Rossi (Veronica Palmer) , Andrea Anders (Linda Zwordling) , Jonathan Slavin (Phil Myman) , Malcolm Barrett (Lem Hewitt) , Isabella Acres (Rose Crisp)

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Writers: Ingrid Escajeda, Becky Mann, Audra Sielaff, Jordan Young, Elijah Aron

Tags: satire, evil corporation, single father, workplace comedy

Party Down

Party Down

Release Date: 2009-03-20

Genres: Comedy

“Party Down” is a hilarious TV show that aired in 2009 and was voted as one of the best that year. It follows a group of struggling actors and dreamers who work for a Hollywood catering company called “Party Down.” With a star-studded cast including Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, and Jennifer Garner, this show promises to deliver a mix of comedy and drama as these characters chase their big break while serving hors d’oeuvres.

Cast: Adam Scott (Henry Pollard) , Ken Marino (Ron Donald) , Jane Lynch (Constance Carmell) , Ryan Hansen (Kyle Bradway) , Martin Starr (Roman DeBeers) , Megan Mullally (Lydia Dunfree) , Jennifer Garner (Evie) , Tyrel Jackson Williams (Sackson) , Zoe Chao (Lucy)

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Tags: hollywood, food industry, caterer, aspiring actor, sitcom, workplace comedy

Bored to Death

Bored to Death

Release Date: 2009-09-20

Genres: Comedy, Crime, Mystery

“Bored to Death” is a hilarious TV show that aired in 2009 and was voted as one of the best that year. It follows the story of Jonathan Ames, a young writer from Brooklyn who is going through a tough time after a breakup. To escape reality, he starts pretending to be a private detective, hoping to become a hero and find some excitement in his life. With an amazing cast including Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson, and Heather Burns, this show is definitely worth checking out!”

Cast: Jason Schwartzman (Jonathan Ames) , Zach Galifianakis (Ray Hueston) , Ted Danson (George Christopher) , Heather Burns (Leah)

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Tags: writer, brooklyn, new york city, private detective, neo-noir

Eastbound & Down

Eastbound & Down

Release Date: 2009-02-15

Genres: Comedy

“Eastbound & Down” is a hilarious TV show that premiered in 2009. It follows the story of a former professional baseball player who reluctantly returns to his hometown to teach physical education at his old middle school. With a talented cast including Danny McBride, Steve Little, and Katy Mixon, this show is sure to keep you entertained with its comedic take on life after fame.

Cast: Danny McBride (Kenny Powers) , Steve Little (Stevie Janowski) , Katy Mixon (April Buchanon)

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Tags: mexico, sports, baseball, comeback, north carolina, middle school, baseball player, washed up star, baseball pitcher, gym instructor, myrtle beach

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