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I miss The WB!

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Moved on to The CW

These first 7 shows survived the transition to The CW.
People who added this item 2308 Average listal rating (1641 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Smallville (2001)
One of my favorites from back in the day. Pulled in over 8 million viewers when it debuted. Can you imagine?
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People who added this item 2748 Average listal rating (1769 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Supernatural (2005)
Was a little more "monster-of-the-week" when it debuted, but still had that mixture of intense drama, hilarity and sickening gore.
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People who added this item 2037 Average listal rating (1440 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Gilmore Girls (2000)
The talky twosome! I loved this show.
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People who added this item 974 Average listal rating (650 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
One Tree Hill (2003)
A guilty pleasure. Much better then than it is now.
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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.1
One of the few reality shows I actually liked. It seemed to have more charm and heart than Survivor and shows like it.
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People who added this item 319 Average listal rating (230 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
Reba (2001)
Eh. It had some good moments, and I thought Reba and Joanna Garcia did a good job.
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People who added this item 728 Average listal rating (544 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.1
7th Heaven (1996)
Bleh. Read my review. Part of me hates this show because legend has it that it was chosen to move to The CW over my beloved Everwood because of the ratings it got for the final episode. It was pretty crappy at that point, while Everwood was always awesome. No forgiveness.
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People who added this item 463 Average listal rating (319 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Everwood (2002)
I flove this show. Gone too soon.
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People who added this item 2994 Average listal rating (2098 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
A great show. Even the weaker episodes were still good enough for me.
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People who added this item 1404 Average listal rating (996 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8
Angel (1999)
I may have liked Angel more than Buffy. It had some mind-warping episodes, was funny and even made me cry.
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People who added this item 385 Average listal rating (255 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Felicity (1998)
I'm virtually alone in this, but I don't care that she cut her hair and I loved the time travel season.
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People who added this item 1256 Average listal rating (913 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.5
Not my fave teen drama, but it was well-done, and gave us Joshua Jackson.
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People who added this item 1998 Average listal rating (1435 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
Charmed (1998)
I prefer the Shannon Doherty years. Got a bit silly at the end.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Savannah (1996)
This show was wicked and fun. Too bad it had to end.
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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
Jack & Bobby (2004)
Very good. I liked this a lot. It got a full-season pickup after the first episode, but stumbled in the ratings after that and was doomed.
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People who added this item 242 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Popular (1999)
So the last scene in the show's final episode is a car driving very fast straight at one of the main characters. We never find out what happens...unfair!
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People who added this item 847 Average listal rating (572 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Roswell (1999)
Actually, I didn't really get into this show. But I think I would like to watch it again to give it another chance. I'm a sci-fi junkie...maybe it's better than I remember.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.7
Do Over (2002)
This show was very funny, and Penn Badgely had a much better character here than he does in Gossip Girl.
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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 8.2
Grosse Pointe (2000)
Such a great satire on BH90210. Too funny to last, I guess.
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People who added this item 1841 Average listal rating (1309 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.6
Salem is one cool cat!
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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Related (2005)
Notable for introducing me to Lizzy Caplan, who is made of awesome.
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People who added this item 104 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Summerland (2004)
Generic soap opera stuff, but it had Johnathan Slavin from Andy Richter Controls the Universe & Better Off Ted! Love him.
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People who added this item 426 Average listal rating (282 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
This was an okay sitcom. Pretty pedestrian, but there were certainly worse ones out there.
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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Tarzan (2003)
I am embarrassed to say I liked this show. It was created by Eric Kripke, who did the world a favor when he dreamed up "Supernatural."
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Pepper Dennis (2006)
I liked it. Sue me.
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People who added this item 66 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Jack & Jill (1999)
SHE was Jack and HE was Jill!! Madness. I don't remember much about the show; most of the actors have gone on to better roles.
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People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
Had Selma Blair and Michael Rosenbaum, and it wasn't half bad. (Nor was it ALL bad, in case you are wondering.) But it's no "Grosse Pointe."
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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.9
I can't remember much about this Dawson's Creek spinoff, except that I think one plot involved a guy dating his sister. Ew.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Glory Days (2002)
Poppy Montgomery and Emily Van Camp played sisters in this atmospheric mystery tale that got cancelled after only a handful of episodes.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Dead Last (2001)
Tyler Labine (Reaper) was in it. There were ghosts, or something.
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The first WB show that featured the unpleasant acting of Oliver Hudson.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Mountain (2004)
The second WB show that featured the unpleasant acting of Oliver Hudson. There was a lot of bad in this show, which featured a slumming Mitch Pileggi and Barbara Hershey. But I really like Penn Badgely and he was good in this show. (Much better than in Gossip Girl.)
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
Just Legal (2005)
I really like Jay Baruchel, but this show did no one any favors.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
More Penn Badgely, which should have been a good thing, but this show was pretty awful.
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People who added this item 165 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Birds of Prey (2002)
Confession: All I know about Batman (and related characters) I learned on the '60s TV show*. So the mythology of Batgirl and all Nightwing was kind of wasted on me. Still, I don't think this show was so badly done.

(*I was really surprised to find out that there was more than one Robin! Really?!?)
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 2.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
Hyperion Bay (1998)
??? Don't remember much, but it should have been a slam dunk as a companion to '7th Heaven.' It wasn't.
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People who added this item 61 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.2
This show was mildly amusing during the WB years. Got a little raunchy, later though.
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Popstars (2001)
I don't watch American Idol (don't care for it) but strangely, I found the first season of this show really watchable. Nicole S. went on to find a little bit more fame afterwards; the other Eden's Crushers, not so much.
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Maybe It's Me (2001)
Quirky and amusing.
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Off Centre (2001)
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People who added this item 384 Average listal rating (318 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
Freakazoid! (1995)
Fun theme song! A little subversive, for a kids' show.
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People who added this item 1506 Average listal rating (1223 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Animaniacs (1993)
One of the best cartoons of all time. You could learn all the parts of the brain, all the countries of the world AND all the presidents. Awesome.
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People who added this item 1630 Average listal rating (1323 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.9
"What are we going to do tonight, Brain?"
"The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world."

Kickass 'toon.
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Pokémon (1997)
Headache-inducing, but not as deeply weird as Yu-Gi-Oh.
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Once upon a time there was a fledgling network, or netlet, if you will. It ran urban sitcoms, family dramas, shows about vampires, and the girl who both loved and slew them, and dramas set around creeks. That network was The WB, and I miss it. Sure, we have The CW now, which is sort of like what The WB used to be, without all the success (relatively speaking, but seriously, The CW today would kill for the kinds of ratings that Dawson's Creek used to pull in.)

I work in television, and in 1995 the station I work for went from being an independent station to a WB affiliate and a love affair was born. I worked during prime time and watched a lot of these shows while I was on the clock. But even though I didn't really have a choice whether to watch The WB, I found that it was no hardship. Usually - there are a few turkeys in the history of The WB. But I grew to love shows like Buffy, Felicity, Angel, even Savannah, which was a lot better than you'd think.

Here is a list, by no means exhaustive, of the shows I remember and watched. Some of them are very good, some of them had long lives, and some of them are misty memories of blink-and-you'll-miss-them duds. But I liked them. They aren't sorted chronologically, by the way.

Contact me or post a comment if you think I missed anything!

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Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jun 6 3:01
Whoa! Someone was reading my mind. ^_^
I was seriously just thinking about how long it's been since "The WB" and was thinking of all the shows I used to watch. I only watched Dawson's Creek for Joshua.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jun 9 1:31
He was the best part of it! I liked Michelle Williams character, too, but Dawson and Joey could be really annoying.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Nov 25 4:58
I loved the WB! I remember watching it every afternoon after school when i was a kid :]

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