Right now. Look around you. Whatever's going on this very minute.

If things seem to be a little more advanced than you remember them being, then you've probably shifted ahead to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. If things seem ''really'' different from how you remember them, you could be in [[TheFuture the far future]], in an AlternateHistory (in which case [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct check if the Nazis are still around]]) or even TrappedInAnotherWorld. Adjust yourself to your surroundings accordingly. If you know the year but the technology is out-of-whack to your expectations, {{Zeerust}} is probably in effect.

The Present is also strangely important to time travelers. Even characters from the future recognize its importance, even if from their perspective it ought to be the past.

Compare and contrast TheGayNineties, TheEdwardianEra, TheRoaringTwenties, TheGreatDepression, TheFifties, TheSixties, TheSeventies, TheEighties, TheNineties, the TurnOfTheMillennium, and TheNewTens.
!!Popular tropes from this time period are:

* GagSeries
* PostModernism
* RealityShow / RealityTV ([[OlderThanTheyThink not invented in this period]], but they exploded in popularity around the TurnOfTheMillennium)
* ShallowParody
* TheWarOnTerror
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld
!!Series that are set in this time period are


[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Shortbus}}'' has the New York City blackout of 2003 as a backdrop for the last third of the movie, and it also references 9/11, the current WarOnTerror, and in general captures the mood of this decade.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' (even though it's ''actually'' TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: everything from season five onwards is set in [[TheNewTens the next decade, whatever that's called]].)
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' References to the Iraq War, George W. Bush, TV shows such as Series/TheOC, and other things like the pervasiveness of cell phones and the Internet would definitely place this series in this decade if were watched by someone in the future.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' consists of a series of [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Whole Episode Flashbacks]] with the flashbacker retelling the events in the year [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2030]], and the main plot taking place in ''ThePresentDay''.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
* Several ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series return to the present. A 2004 episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' took place in 2004 Detroit. The 1986 movie ''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome The Voyage Home]]'' took place largely in 1986 San Francisco.
* With the exception of ''SPD'' and presumably ''RPM'', All ''PowerRangers'' seasons take place in the year they air. Series/PowerRangersTimeForce is technically set in the year 3000, but most of the action takes place in 2001.
* The shows of the Series/CSIVerse have been known to take place during the actual week that the relevant episode aired.
* Similarly, the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[FanNickname Season Fnarg]] season finale took place in the present day (more or less). It was broadcast on June 26, 2010 and took place partly on June 26, 2010, [[TimeyWimeyBall as well as 1996 and 102 A.D.]]
* ''Series/TheBill''.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' takes place not only in the present day... but in some episodes the exact airdate, or in the same week, much like ''CSI'' above.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''. At the time of their releases, so too was ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' (2001) and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' (2008).
* ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi Dai-Fukkatsu]]'' was released in 2008. The plot revolves around {{Time Travel}}ing back to 2008, making it the only game in the series to explicitly mention a date.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/BabeRuthManTankGladiator'', supposedly, though [[FutureImperfect not as we'd recognize it]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' [[RippedFromTheHeadlines literally.]]