The CW Turns 10: Life Unexpected, Containment, The L.A. Complex and 7 More Underrated Gems Remembered

The CW Best Shows

Can you believe it’s been exactly 10 years since The CW came into our lives?

The network aired its first broadcast on Sept. 18, 2006, and while the love child of The WB and UPN has delivered plenty of household hits in its first decade — some of which, like The Vampire Diaries, still run to this day — we’d like to draw your attention to a few of its less-familiar gems.

We’re talking about those short-lived series whose cancellations you still refuse to accept. Those comedies and dramas that pulled you in close with their charming casts and addictive storylines, only to vanish from the airwaves before giving you any sense of closure.

It’s a long list of shows, to be honest, so Team TVLine narrowed down the 10 that still keep us up at night, ranging from soapy fare like Hellcats and The L.A. Complex to genuine heart-squeezers like Containment and Life Unexpected.

Are you ready to walk down memory lane with us? Browse our gallery of under-appreciated CW series (in no particular order), then drop a comment with your own picks.