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The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief

Updated February 18, 2021 602 votes 123 voters 5.3k views43 items

List RulesVote up the shows that best center their storyline around grief and loss.

Grief can often be an all-consuming feeling that makes you feel all alone in the world. But the fact is, nearly everyone has gone through the stages of grief at one time or another in their lives, and sometimes the best way to understand grief is to watch how others deal with it. In our current age of television, there's no shortage of shows that deal with grief in utterly compelling, human ways that can go from heartbreaking to empathetic to hilariously satisfying all in one episode. 

Shows about grief and loss can be therapeutic for those suffering from grief, but they can also be cathartic and just plain entertaining for everyone else. Sometimes there's nothing better than a good cry, and the best shows about grief understand that. From dramas to comedies to big-budget epics, the shows on this list all manage to say something unique about loss and show the variety of ways that grief can affect us. Whether these shows are full on cry-fests or manage to wrap up their grief in a happy ending, these shows understand the complexity of grief in all its forms and are able to turn it into endlessly riveting television.

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    14

    Sorry for Your Loss

    Elizabeth Olsen, Kelly Marie Tran
    Sorry for Your Loss (Facebook Watch, 2018) is an American dark comedy web television series...  more
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    35
    17

    House

    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps
    House, M.D. (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. An...  more
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    32
    18

    Dead to Me

    Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini
    Dead to Me (Netflix, 2019) is an American dark comedy web television series created by Liz...  more
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    25
    13

    The Leftovers

    Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman
    The Leftovers (HBO, 2014) is an American supernatural mystery television drama series created...  more
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    22
    11

    BoJack Horseman

    Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris
    BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014) is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael...  more
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    25
    15

    After Life

    Ricky Gervais, Penelope Wilton
    After Life (Netflix, 2019) is a British dark comedy television series, created by Ricky...  more
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    5

    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore
    This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a...  more
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    10
    5

    The Killing

    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman
    The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud, based on...  more
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    12
    8

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by...  more
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    10
    5

    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman
    Broadchurch (ITV, 2013) is a British serial crime drama television series created by Chris...  more
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    8
    4

    Rectify

    Aden Young, Abigail Spencer
    Rectify is an American television drama series created by Ray McKinnon, and is the first...  more
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    7
    5

    Six Feet Under

    Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall
    Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001) is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan...  more
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    10
    8

    A Million Little Things

    David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston
    A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by...  more
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    7
    4

    ER

    Anthony Edwards, George Clooney
    ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that...  more
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    7
    6

    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers
    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970...  more
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    7
    5

    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy
    Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John...  more
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    5
    4

    You're the Worst

    Chris Geere, Aya Cash
    You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen...  more
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    8
    9

    Kidding

    Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener
    Kidding (Showtime, 2018) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Dave...  more
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    6
    6

    Parenthood

    Peter Krause, Lauren Graham
    Parenthood (NBC, 2010) is an American television drama series created by Jason Katims. Four...  more
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    5
    6

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes
    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more
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    4
    1

    Looking For Alaska

    Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth
    Looking For Alaska (Hulu, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh...  more
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    5
    5

    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton
    Friday Night Lights (NBC, 2006) is an American sports drama television series developed by...  more
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    1
    1

    Council of Dads

    Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen
    Council of Dads (NBC, 2020) is an American drama television series based upon the 2010 book...  more
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    1
    1

    Everything's Gonna Be Okay

    Josh Thomas, Kayla Cromer
    Everything's Gonna Be Okay (Freeform, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by...  more
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    2
    4

    The Affair

    Dominic West, Ruth Wilson
    The Affair (2014, Showtime) is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and...  more