These 10 TV Shows Were Heating Up the Summer Way Back in 2000

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These days, summer TV means something very different than summer TV in 2000 meant. Today, it usually signals an oncoming storm of slightly goofy reality shows, the occasional cable drama, and plenty of new streaming options. But 20 years ago, summer TV had a very different philosophy behind it. Before networks realized that summer was a perfectly good time to air original programming, the season was pretty much packed with reruns of top-rated network shows, plus a handful of low-rated replacements and some of the earliest reality programs. On the plus side, though, that year also saw the debut of some big-name shows that are, surprisingly, still summer staples today! Keep reading for a serious throwback to what everyone was watching 20 years ago.

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