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The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief  

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List Rules Vote 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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Sorry for Your Loss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Elizabeth Olsen, Kelly Marie Tran, Jovan Adepo
Sorry for Your Loss (Facebook Watch, 2018) is an American dark comedy web television series created by Kit Steinkellner. The sudden death of her husband upends and transforms the life of Leigh ...more
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House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more
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Dead to Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Edward Asner
Dead to Me (Netflix, 2019) is an American dark comedy web television series created by Liz Feldman. After the murder of her husband, tightly wound widow, Jen (Christina Applegate) meets Judy ...more
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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston
The Leftovers is an American television drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta airing on HBO. It is based on Perrotta's novel of the same name. The pilot was written by Lindelof ...more
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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie
BoJack Horseman is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the eponymous character, BoJack Horseman. The supporting cast includes Amy ...more
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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh
13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the ...more
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After Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Ricky Gervais, Penelope Wilton, David Bradley
After Life (Netflix, 2019) is a British dark comedy television series, created by Ricky Gervais. When Tony's (Ricky Gervais) wife suddenly dies he decides to get revenge on the world by doing ...more
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown
This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more
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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard
Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC. The show tells of the Braverman clan which ...more
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Rectify is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron
Rectify is an American television drama series created by Ray McKinnon, and is the first original series from SundanceTV. It stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide ...more
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Kidding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella
Kidding (Showtime, 2018) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Dave Holstein. A children's television icon (Jim Carrey), who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding ...more
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A Million Little Things is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco
A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by D. J. Nash. A group of friends intertwined in each other's lives all realize they need to start ...more
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski
The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker
Broadchurch is a British television drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. The ...more
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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi
M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more
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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy
Six Feet Under is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on June 3, 2001, and ended on August ...more
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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell
This show is an American drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena Sud and ...more
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Looking For Alaska is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth, Denny Love
Looking For Alaska (Hulu, 2019) is an American teen drama television series based on the book of the same name by John Green. A new arrival at a boarding school falls in love with a beguiling ...more
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more
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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden
Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more
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David Makes Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre
David Makes Man (OWN, 2019) is an American coming-of-age drama television series. The show follows a 14 year old genius named David (Akili McDowell) from the projects who is haunted by the death ...more
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Undone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Rosa Salazar, Bob Odenkirk
Undone (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American adult animation comedy-drama web television series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy. The show explores the elastic nature of reality ...more
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You're the Worst is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges
You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Falk. Jimmy (Chris Geere), a self-involved writer, and Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive Los ...more
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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows That Deal with Grief
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky
Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more