Depending on your attitude and your position in life, retirement can be either something to look forward to or something to fear (or hope you actually get to do). But if you're lucky enough to retire your life is going to change a lot, and there's no great way to brace for those changes. Whether you're decades away from retirement or staring it in the face, sometimes the best way to understand retirement is to watch how others deal with it. In our current age of television, there's no shortage of shows that deal with retirement in utterly compelling, human ways that can go from hilariously satisfying to heartbreakingly empathetic all in one episode.
Shows about retirement can be enjoyable to those who relate to it, but they can also be cathartic and just plain entertaining for everyone else. Sometimes there's nothing better than watching a bunch of seniors hang around and play cards. Much like retirement itself, these retirement TV shows can fill your days with enjoyment and make you forget all about the pressures of working full time. From old-fashioned network sitcoms to surprisingly filthy streaming shows, the shows on this list all manage to say something unique about retirement and show the variety of ways that giving up full-time work when we're older can affect us.
So grab your glasses, complain that the TV isn't turned up loud enough, and vote up your favorites on our list of shows about retirement.
- Photo: NBCThe Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, the show centers on four older women sharing a home in Miami, Florida. It was produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions, in association with Touchstone Television, and Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, and Harris served as the original executive producers. The Golden Girls received critical acclaim throughout most of its run and won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice. It also won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
- Premiered: 1985
- Network: NBC, Lifetime Television
- Photo: The Cool Kids / FoxThe Cool Kids (Fox, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Charlie Day and Paul Fruchbom. Three guy friends (David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Leslie Jordan) in a retirement community are the top dogs until theyre blown out of the water by the newest member of the community: a female rebel (Vicki Lawrence) who's ready to challenge their place.... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan
- Photo: NetflixGrace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Finding out that their husbands have been romantically involved for the last 20 years, two women (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker
- Premiered: 2015
- Network: Netflix
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)Betty White's Off Their Rockers (NBC, 2012) is an American comedy television series based on the Belgian television format Benidorm Bastards. The elderly play pranks on members of the younger generation, in the manner of Candid Camera, Trigger Happy TV, or Punk'd.... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Richard Herd, Ted Lange
- Premiered: 2012
- Network: NBC