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The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage 

Molly Gander
Updated November 12, 2019 460 votes 67 voters 5.2k views 41 items

List Rules Vote up the shows that center their storyline around marriage and being married. No reality shows.

There's no shortage of stories to tell about marriage. Since the beginning of television, nearly every series has dealt with the trials and tribulations of marriage at some point, whether in groundbreaking, funny, dramatic, or tragic ways. Whether you've vowed to never get married, you're thinking about getting married, or you've been married for years, sometimes the best way to understand such an endlessly complex institution is to watch how others deal with it. In our current age of television, the best shows about marriage tell utterly compelling, human stories that can go from heartbreaking to empathetic to hilariously satisfying all in one episode. 

Shows about marriage can be therapeutic for those in a long term relationship, but they can also be cathartic and just plain entertaining for everyone else. The best shows about marriage differ from those about plain old dating because, compared to marriage, dating is a walk in the park. On this list of shows about marriage, we're focusing on stories that are primarily about getting married and staying married. From dramas to comedies to cartoons to HBO nudity-fests, the shows on this list all manage to say something unique about marriage and show the variety of ways that a marriage can affect us and those around us. Whether these shows are simply about a loving couple or manage to show the maddening complexities of long-term love, these TV series about being married all understand what makes a marriage compelling and are able to turn that union into endlessly riveting television.

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 244

Network: ABC

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. The series follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los ...more
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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 164

Network: NBC

Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999. The show starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City.
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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: CBS

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 31

Network: Fox

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

Network: NBC

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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The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 207

Network: CBS

The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007. The show was produced by Hanley Productions and CBS Productions, CBS Paramount ...more
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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 210

Network: CBS

Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. It originally ran on CBS from September ...more
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more
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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 132

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more
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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: ITV

Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more
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The Dick Van Dyke Show ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

Premiered: 1961

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: CBS

The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose ...more
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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more
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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: American Broadcasting Company

The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The show premiered September 30, ...more
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Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Happy Endings is an American sitcom television series that ran on ABC from April 13, 2011 to May 3, 2013. The single-camera ensemble comedy originally aired as a mid-season replacement with a ...more
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Bless This Mess is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Bless This Mess Lake Bell, Dax Shepard, Ed Begley Jr.

Premiered: 2019

Network: ABC

Bless This Mess (ABC, 2019) is an American sitcom comedy television series. Newlyweds Rio (Lake Bell) and Mike (Dax Shepard) make the decision to change the course of their life together and ...more
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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: CBS

Rules of Engagement is a sitcom that ran on CBS from February 5, 2007, to May 20, 2013, originally airing as a mid-season replacement. The series was produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison ...more
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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: NBC

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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Soap is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. ...more
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Friday Night Dinner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Tamsin Greig, Mark Heap, Paul Ritter

Premiered: 2011

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: E4

Friday Night Dinner is a British television sitcom written by Robert Popper and starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Mark Heap. The comedy is focused on the regular ...more
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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira
Santa Clarita Diet (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, ...more
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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 182

Network: American Broadcasting Company

According to Jim is an American sitcom television series starring Jim Belushi in the title role as a suburban father of three children. It originally ran on ABC from October 1, 2001 to June 2,
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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: American Broadcasting Company, Lifetime Television

Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. ...more
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Divorce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon
Divorce (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy series created by Sharon Horgan. Married couple Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) goes through a long drawn-out divorce ...more
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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

Premiered: 1975

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made. The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of ...more
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Splitting Up Together is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Splitting Up Together Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson, Bobby Lee
Splitting Up Together (ABC, 2018) is an American sitcom developed by Emily Kapnek, based on the Danish sitcom. In the midst of their divorce, Lena (Jenna Fischer) and Martin (Oliver Hudson) are ...more