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The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage 

Molly Gander
Updated July 9, 2020 497 votes 78 voters 7.2k views 47 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

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...more
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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

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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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

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 intertwine, from sharing the same ...more
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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

Premiered: 1992

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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

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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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

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

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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner. The series centers around the everyday life of an American working-class family.
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The Dick Van Dyke Show ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

Premiered: 1961

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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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Downton Abbey (PBS, 2010) is a British historical drama television series created by Julian Fellowes. A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in ...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

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

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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Bless This Mess is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Bless This Mess Lake Bell, Dax Shepard, Ed Begley Jr.

Premiered: 2019

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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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira

Premiered: 2017

Santa Clarita Diet (Netfklix, 2017) is an American comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa ...more
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Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton

Premiered: 2011

Happy Endings (ABC, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by David Caspe. Six best friends (Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr., and ...more
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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

Premiered: 1975

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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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson

Premiered: 2007

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) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

Premiered: 2010

Parenthood (NBC, 2010) is an American television drama series created by Jason Katims. Four siblings share the joys and heartaches of parenthood in their California hometown of Berkeley.
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Soap is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

Premiered: 1977

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) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Tamsin Greig, Mark Heap, Paul Ritter

Premiered: 2011

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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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell

Premiered: 2001

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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Love Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Anna Kendrick, Zoe Chao, Sasha Compère

Premiered: 2020

Love Life (HBO Max, 2020) is a romantic comedy anthology television series created by Sam Boyd. The series follows a different person each season from their first romance until their last
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Close Enough is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
J. G. Quintel, Jason Mantzoukas
Close Enough (HBO Max, 2020) is an American animated sitcom created by J. G. Quintel. The show centers on a married couple juggling everyday challenges while transitioning from 20-somethings to ...more
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Trying is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Sarah Niles, Robyn Cara, Ava Talbot

Premiered: 2020

Trying (Apple TV+, 2020) is a British comedy series starring Imelda Staunton and Rafe Spall. The series is a glimpse inside married life.