ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

It seems like only yesterday we bid adieu to the snazzy, top-hat wearing WB Frog in favor of a fresher, rebranded network name: The CW. But really, it's been ten whole years since we made the switch. In honor of the CW's anniversary, let's take a look back at some of the best CW shows the network has churned out during that time.

10. 7th Heaven (1996 – 2007)

OK, so 7th Heaven wasn't technically a CW show, since it spent 99 percent of its life on the WB, but it did end its epic 11-year run on the CW, so that's good enough. Who can forget the wholesome lessons on the importance of family and love, delivered courtesy of Reverend Camden and his brood?

9. Gilmore Girls (2000 – 2007)

Gilmore Girls made the switch from WB to CW without skipping a beat, but signed off for the last time shortly thereafter. Luckily, Netflix was kind enough to scoop the show back up, and pretty soon, we'll be able to watch a 4-part revival special called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, featuring Lorelei, Rory, Luke, and everyone else from Stars Hollow.

8. Smallville (2001 – 2011)

Superhero shows might seem like a dime a dozen these days, but back in 2001, Smallville was a pioneer. The modern day retelling of Clark Kent as a high school student coming into his extraordinary abilities, along with all the regular struggles of adolescence, helped to successfully reintroduce the iconic hero to a new generation of fans.

7. America's Next Top Model (2003 – current )

The world will forever be indebted to Tyra Banks for ushering in 13 years of fierceness. For 23 seasons we've watched hundreds of fabulous models strut their way through tears, tantrums and challenges, trying to reach the end of the runway and a guaranteed career in the fashion industry. But there can only be one. America's. Next. Top. Model.

6. One Tree Hill (2003 – 2012)

Oh, Chad Michael Murray, the undisputed TV hunk of the '00s. Clashing family dynamics mixed with general teen angstyness made Tree Hill, North Carolina seem like home to all of us. It might be off the air now, but it shall never be forgotten.

5. Supernatural (2005 – current )

Actually, as far as TV hunks go, Jared Padalecki gives Chad Michael Murray a run for his money. Starting out as Dean on Gilmore Girls, The CW (and the world at large) was so smitten with Padelecki they had to give him his own show. Well, that was 11 years ago and Supernatural is still going strong, about to head into its 12th season.

4. Gossip Girl (2007 – 2012)

It's been four long years since our window into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite shut for good. Try as they might, no other shows have really been able to fill the void all that haute couture and high school drama left behind. Blake Lively might have been the break out star of the series, but we'll never forget the chemistry between Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester, the brooding of Lonely Boy Penn Badgely and the dreamy baby blues belonging to one Mr. Chace Crawford.

3. The Vampire Diaries (2009 – current )

Around the time of Twilight mania, it seemed that everyone wanted to capitalize on the vampire/werewolf trend, but few were able to do it as successfully as The Vampire Diaries. The story delivered up all the sex and violence you could want in a high school drama, and it didn't hurt that the entire cast was ridiculously good looking. The CW is already gearing up for the eighth and final season, premiering on October 21.

2. Arrow (2012 – current )

Despite introducing Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow in a few seasons of Smallville, The CW decided to start afresh with Stephen Amell leading a new DC series. Four seasons later and it's still going strong, having spawned crossover DC series The Flash.

1. The Flash (2014 –current )

After the success of Arrow, Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) now leads his own superhero drama series on The CW. The Flarrowverse has grown a massive, loyal fanbase, and it looks like it's only going to get bigger in seasons to come.


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