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The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage

Updated February 23, 2021 750 votes 100 voters 10.4k views55 items

List RulesVote 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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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

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  • Modern Family2
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    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

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  • I Love Lucy3
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    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

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    Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert

    Premiered2011

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    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

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    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

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    Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt

    Premiered1992

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    Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price

    Premiered2007

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    The King of Queens

    Kevin James, Leah Remini

    Premiered1998

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    James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith

    Premiered2001

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    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Premiered2014

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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

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    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan

    Premiered2010

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    Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn

    Premiered2009

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    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a...  more
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    14
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    The Dick Van Dyke Show

    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore

    Premiered1961

    The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from...  more
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    Cuckoo

    Andy Samberg, Greg Davies

    Premiered2012

    Cuckoo (BBC Three, 2012) is a British sitcom created by Robin French and Kieron Quirke. When...  more
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    Tamsin Greig, Mark Heap

    Premiered2011

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    Lake Bell, Dax Shepard

    Premiered2019

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    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

    Premiered2007

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    Fawlty Towers

    John Cleese, Prunella Scales

    Premiered1975

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    Soap

    Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond

    Premiered1977

    Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981. The show was...  more
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    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton

    Premiered2006

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    Santa Clarita Diet

    Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant

    Premiered2017

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    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered2013

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