The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage  

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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, whether you're thinking about marriage or whether 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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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin
Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO, which premiered on October 15, 2000. It has aired 80 episodes over eight seasons, the last ...more
Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson
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
Bless This Mess is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Lake Bell, Dax Shepard, Ed Begley Jr.
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
Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 29 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
Divorce is listed (or ranked) 30 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
Togetherness is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet
Togetherness (HBO, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, and Steve Zissis. Two couples living under the same roof struggle to keep their ...more
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross
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
Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
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
The Affair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney
The Affair is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi. The series premiered on Showtime on October 12, 2014. A TV-14 version of the pilot episode was made ...more
Soap is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan
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
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
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
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández
The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more
Splitting Up Together is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
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
Couple's Therapy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Couple's Therapy Orna Guralnik, Virginia Goldner
Couple's Therapy (Showtime, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The docuseries follows four couples in therapy with New York psychoanalyst Dr. Orna Guralnik.
Life in Pieces is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski
Life in Pieces (CBS, 2015) is an American sitcom television series created by Justin Adler. The series chronicles the lives of three generations of the Short family as they go about their daily ...more