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18 TV Shows We Were All Obsessed With 10 Years Ago

Thank you, 2009, for giving us Adam Lambert and Shailene Woodley.

1. American Idol

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Though we didn’t know it at the time, Season 8 in 2009 would be the last season with Paula Abdul, and it gave us, most notably, the incredible Adam Lambert.

2. The Office


Dwight's fake fire drill? Jim and Pam's wedding? Michael falling into a koi pond? 2009 was a good year for The Office.

3. The Bachelor


Season 13 of The Bachelor had one of the wildest plot twists of all time. I mean, Jason proposing to Melissa only to break up with her in the "After the Final Rose" episode and propose to Molly instead? And then he and Molly actually got married and stayed together? The Bachelor kind of peaked in 2009.

4. The Mentalist


The Mentalist premiered in 2008 and was immediately one of the top-rated shows on television. It was basically just a crime procedural, but boy, was Simon Baker a dreamy former psychic and highly observant consultant.

5. The Secret Life of the American Teenager

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Before Divergent and Big Little Lies, Shailene Woodley was teen mom Amy Juergens. Secret Life was one of the biggest teen shows as soon as it premiered in 2008, and it always served drama.

6. Desperate Housewives


The mysteries on Desperate Housewives were really heating up in 2009 when the fifth season suddenly jumped five years ahead, forcing viewers to piece together what had happened in in the meantime.

7. House


This show gave us the doctor version of Sherlock Holmes we never knew we needed, and in 2009, it gave us some seriously emotional plotlines involving suicide, addiction, and assassination.

8. Glee


Glee premiered in 2009 and was practically an instant hit with their cover of "Don't Stop Believin’,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

9. ER


The epic medical drama had its two-hour finale in 2009 after 15 years on TV.

10. Mad Men


Mad Men won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama every year from 2008 to 2011, so it's safe to say everyone was pretty obsessed.

11. Survivor


Survivor was one of the top-rated shows for pretty much all of the 2000s, but truly one of the best seasons was Tocantins in 2009 because it gave us Benjamin Wade AKA Coach AKA The Dragon Slayer. Everyone either loved him or hated him, but you gotta admit that he changed the game.

12. Gossip Girl

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For Gossip Girl, 2009 meant the show's graduation from high school. And for everyone watching, that meant desperately wanting to go to NYU just like Blair.

13. Friday Night Lights


Without spoiling too much, 2009 saw Coach Taylor take a new job, which meant a big change for such a beloved show.

14. Breaking Bad


Breaking Bad premiered in 2008, but the obsession really spread across the country in 2009.

15. Dancing With the Stars

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This was the year Donny Osmond beat celebrities like Mýa, Kelly Osbourne, Aaron Carter, and Melissa Joan Hart to take the disco ball trophy. And it was kind of amazing.

16. Grey's Anatomy


Grey's Anatomy, as usual, had a very drama-filled year that included a death and a cancer diagnosis, both of which led to some changes in the main cast.

17. Bones


Bones really peaked drama-wise with the coma storyline in 2009, and that's just a fact.

18. Jersey Shore


Okay, I'm cheating because Jersey Shore didn't premiere until December of 2009, but let's be honest, it didn't even need a full month to become a cultural phenomenon.