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The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement 

Molly Gander
Updated June 8, 2020 117 votes 20 voters 1.5k views 15 items

List Rules Vote up the shows that center their storyline around retiring and being retired.

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.

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

The 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 ...more
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The Cool Kids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier
The 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 ...more
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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston

Premiered: 2015

Grace 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 ...more
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Betty White's Off Their ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Richard Herd, Ted Lange

Premiered: 2012

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 ...more
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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
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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Hot in Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick

Premiered: 2010

Hot in Cleveland is an American sitcom on TV Land starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White. The series, which is TV Land's first original scripted series, ...more
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Bleep My Dad Says is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
William Shatner, Jonathan Sadowski, Nicole Sullivan

Premiered: 2010

$#*! My Dad Says is an American television sitcom produced by Warner Bros. Television that aired on CBS. It was based on the Twitter feed Shit My Dad Says, created by Justin Halpern and ...more
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Getting On is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash

Premiered: 2013

Getting On is an American television comedy series based on the British series of the same name, and developed by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. The series premiered on HBO on November 24, ...more
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Comedians in Cars Gettin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Jerry Seinfeld
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle, 2012) is an American web series talk show directed and hosted by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Episodes feature Seinfeld introducing a vintage car selected ...more
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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000

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
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
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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Succession is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin
Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to not retire, a power ...more
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Retired at 35 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
George Segal, Jessica Walter, Marissa Jaret Winokur

Premiered: 2011

Retired at 35 is an American sitcom on TV Land starring George Segal, Jessica Walter, Johnathan McClain, Josh McDermitt, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Ryan Michelle Bathe. It is the network's ...more
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Derek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl

Premiered: 2012

Derek (Channel 4, 2012) is a British television comedy-drama written by, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais. Derek (Rickey Gervais) is a care worker for a retirement home where he is ofter ...more
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Almost Paradise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Retirement
Christian Kane, Samantha Richelle, Arthur Acuña

Premiered: 2020

Almost Paradise is an American crime drama television series. Despite his best efforts to begin a tranquil new life by running a gift shop for tourists in the Phillipines, Former DEA Agent Alex ...more