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The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance

Updated November 10, 2020 2.8k votes 343 voters 10.1k views76 items

List RulesVote up the scripted television shows that center their storyline around love and romance.

There is no shortage of stories to tell about love and romance. Since the beginning of television, nearly every series has dealt with the trials and tribulations of finding and falling in love, often in groundbreaking, funny, dramatic, and tragic ways. Whether you've never fallen in love, you've had your heart broken more times than you can count, or whether love at first sight has brought you nothing but happiness (does that ever really happen?), sometimes the best way to understand such endlessly complex feelings like love and romance is to watch how others deal with them. In our current age of television, the best shows about love tell utterly compelling, human stories that can go from heartbreaking to empathetic to hilariously satisfying all in one episode.

Shows about romance can be therapeutic for those who've just had their heart ripped out, but they can also be cathartic and just plain entertaining for those that are still romantics. The best shows about romance differ from those about plain old dating because, compared to love, a simple thing like "like" isn't even worth getting out of bed for. On this list of shows about love and romance, we're focusing on stories that are primarily about people finding romance and falling in love. From dramas to romantic comedies to cartoons to HBO nudity-fests, the shows on this list all manage to say something unique about love and romance and show the variety of ways that love can affect us and those around us. Whether these shows are simply about a loving couple or manage to show the maddening highs and lows of love, everything on this list of shows about love demonstrates what makes love compelling and is able to turn that feeling into endlessly riveting television.

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    The Vampire Diaries
    162
    75

    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    How I Met Your Mother
    94
    49

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Grey's Anatomy
    102
    60

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Friends
    88
    60

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Jane the Virgin
    73
    48

    Jane the Virgin

    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo

    Premiered2014

    Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Reign
    69
    50

    Reign

    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows

    Premiered2013

    Reign (The CW, 2013) is an American historical romantic drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Gilmore Girls
    67
    50

    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

    Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Pretty Little Liars
    70
    56

    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson

    Premiered2010

    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    New Girl
    57
    46

    New Girl

    Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson

    Premiered2011

    New Girl (Fox, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether.... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    This Is Us
    55
    44

    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

    This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Gossip Girl
    14
    0

    Gossip Girl

    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester

    Premiered2007

    Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    True Blood
    41
    37

    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Normal People
    15
    7

    Normal People

    Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal

    Premiered2020

    Normal People (Hulu, BBC, 2020) is a television drama series based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Dawson's Creek
    39
    43

    Dawson's Creek

    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes

    Premiered1998

    Dawson's Creek (The WB, 1998) is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Glee
    40
    46

    Glee

    Lea Michele, Jane Lynch

    Premiered2009

    Glee (Fox, 2009) is an American musical comedy-drama television series created by Ryan Murphy,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Fleabag
    30
    35

    Fleabag

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner

    Premiered2016

    Fleabag (BBC Three, 2016) is a British comedy series created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Parenthood
    27
    33

    Parenthood

    Peter Krause, Lauren Graham

    Premiered2010

    Parenthood (NBC, 2010) is an American television drama series created by Jason Katims. Four... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Sex and the City
    27
    34

    Sex and the City

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall

    Premiered1998

    Sex and the City (HBO, 1998) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
    8
    10

    Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

    Jane Levy, Skylar Astin

    Premiered2020

    Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC, 2020) is an American musical fantasy dramedy television... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Love Alarm
    13
    19

    Love Alarm

    Kim So-hyun, Song Kang

    Premiered2019

    Love Alarm (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    You're the Worst
    21
    31

    You're the Worst

    Chris Geere, Aya Cash

    Premiered2014

    You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    High Fidelity
    4
    5

    High Fidelity

    Zoë Kravitz, David H. Holmes

    Premiered2020

    High Fidelity (Hulu, 2020) is an American comedy television series adapted from the novel of... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Soundtrack
    2
    5

    Soundtrack

    Jenna Dewan, Megan Ferguson

    Premiered2019

    Soundtrack (Netflix, 2019) is an American musical drama television series created by Josh... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Scrubs
    19
    31

    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    Premiered2001

    Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Mad About You
    18
    30

    Mad About You

    Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt

    Premiered1992

    Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24,... more on Wikipedia