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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, 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
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
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) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller
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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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
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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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
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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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow
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) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance
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 Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie
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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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett
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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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott
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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi
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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Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton
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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Catastrophe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney
Catastrophe (Channel 4, 2015) a British sitcom created by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan. Sharon Morris (Horgan) and Rob Norris (Delaney) get together after she becomes pregnant following a brief ...more
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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal
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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf
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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Keeping Up Appearances is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes, Clive Swift
Keeping Up Appearances is a BBC television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC, centred on the life of eccentric social climber Hyacinth Bucket, who insists that her surname is ...more
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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell
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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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs
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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The Goldbergs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, George Segal
The Goldbergs is an American television sitcom that premiered on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 on ABC. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin. ...more
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Big Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny
Big Love is an American television drama that aired on HBO between March 2006 and March 2011. The show is about a fictional fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah that practices polygamy. Big Love ...more
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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more
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Soap is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 23 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
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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang
Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and ...more
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Friday Night Dinner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Marriage
Tamsin Greig, Mark Heap, Paul Ritter
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