19 Best Shows in CW History: Ranked!

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The CW (formerly The WB) has been around for over 20 years.

In that time, he has aired a few clunkers, a few average programs and a handful of entertaining dramas that some would label as "guilty pleasures."

We prefer to think of them collectively as "fun television."

From paranormal creates to ancient vampires, and superheroes to angsty teens, CW characters have spanned many genres and unforgettable shows.

And here's a rundown of the 19 best in network history:

19. Hart of Dixie

Hart of Dixie
With this cast of beloved actors, it always felt like Hart of Dixie was born to be a huge hit, only it never realized its full potential. Still, it built a loyal following from its core devotees from 2011-15.

18. Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin
We can't put this much higher because it's still so new compared to some of its competition. But Gina Rodriguez earned the network's first-ever Golden Globe due to her amazing performance as Jane.

17. The 100

The 100
While never as hyped as the network's superhero bread and butter, The 100 started off modestly but built a following and stuck around, improving in quality over the past several years.

16. Everwood

Running from 2002-06 and set in a fictional Colorado town that gave the show its name, Everwood was one of the bright spots of the WB's declining last few years.

15. 7th Heaven

7th Heaven
So much cheesy goodness. This was like Full House for an older generation, and it introduced the world fo Jessica Biel!!!

14. Charmed

With these three beauties casting a spell on us every week, Charmed was a Wiccan good time. Sorry.

13. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill lasted past its expiration point. It was never the same after Chad Michael Murray left. But Nathan, Haley and occasional basketball for good measure? Enough said.

12. Smallville

We're just gonna come right out and say it: Superman is a very boring superhero. But a teenage Clark Kent? Making his way through high school and slowly learning more and more about his powers? This managed to hold our interest for 10 exciting seasons.

11. Dawson's Creek

Dawson's Creek
We don't wanna wait... any longer to include this show on our countdown. Few shows have handled teen angst as well as Dawson's Creek and even fewer have pulled off a love triangle as well.

10. The Flash

The Flash ranks just behind the series that spawned it, Arrow. Far from just a spinoff, it became a surefire hit in its own right thanks to a terrific cast.

9. Supernatural

Staying power says a lot. So do really great looks. Supernatural, going strong more than a decade later and featuring two of the most handsome men on the planet, have both these things going for it.

8. The Originals

The Originals
We're prepared to receive some flak for this one, as The Originals struggled mightily ratings-wise in recent years. But try to find us more charismatic stars than Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt. Just try!

7. Arrow

Arrow has been a (relative) ratings juggernaut for the network and both a critical and fan favorite since the hooded hero made his debut in October 2012. It shows no signs of slowing down and has already spawned one hit spinoff, The Flash.

6. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl
The final two seasons were awful. But the first two were as fun as TV gets, as Gossip Girl managed to both mock its genre while also taking itself seriously. You know you loved it, right? At least for a few years.

5. Felicity

Millions of girls felt a connection with Keri Russell's Felicity Porter, a shy girl who finds out what life on her own is really following her high school graduation. Sheltered as a child, Felicity came into her own and came of age in the Big Apple, and her character's journey was one so many fans could endlessly relate to.

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
For the record, these top four could be ranked in any order, really. They were all terrific. This drama from Joss Whedon is the only show to capture both the experience of being in high school and the experience of being a vampire slayer.

3. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls
We'll just go ahead and let this GIF speak for itself. Take your pick of Gilmore Girls quotes ... the show had some of the best dialogue of any show in network history, by far.

2. The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries
Like any show that has lasted into its eighth season, the qualty has dropped off lately. But think back to those first few years and those cliffhangers that left us DYING for the following Thursday to arrive. Every. Single Week. (Also: Ian Somerhalder is hot.)

1. Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars
A long time ago, we used to be friends... with this wildly intelligent, suspenseful, funny and unique drama that eventually led to successful movie and a lifelong crush on Kristen Bell.

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