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The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance  

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List Rules Vote 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, whether you've had your heart broken more times than you can count, or whether love at first sight has brought you nothing but happiness, 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 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 Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz
The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights. The series, created by Mindy Kaling, is co-produced by ...more
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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
This show is an American television romantic sitcom created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. ...more
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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana
Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. The series revolves around the ...more
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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally
Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, ...more
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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange
The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until February 27, 1987. The show revolves around the ...more
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, 2015) is an American romantic musical comedy-drama television series created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna. After bumping into her first love, a New York ...more
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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski
Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997 to May 20, 2002. Created by David E. Kelley, the series stars Calista Flockhart in ...more
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Skins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie
Skins is a British teen drama that followed the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Each episode generally focuses on a particular ...more
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Catastrophe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
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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Love is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O'Doherty
Love (Netflix, 2016) is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin. The series is a "down-to-earth look at dating," exploring ...more
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Tales of the City is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Ellen Page, Laura Linney, Charlie Barnett
Tales of the City (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries based on a series of novels by Armistead Maupin of the same name. The show follows Mary Ann, who returns home to ...more
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Easy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Malin Åkerman, Jane Adams, Andrew Bachelor
Easy (Netflix, 2016) is a comedy-drama anthology series written and directed by Joe Swanberg. Intertwined groups of friends in Chicago fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and ...more
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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
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
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The L Word is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman
The L Word is an American/Canadian co-production television drama series portraying the lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual, straight and transgender people and their friends, connections, ...more
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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald
This series is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29, 2013, on Showtime. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the series tells the story of Dr. William Masters and ...more
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Big Love is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
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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Cougar Town is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps
Cougar Town is an American television sitcom that ran for 102 episodes over six seasons, from September 23, 2009 until March 31, 2015. The first three seasons aired on ABC, with the series ...more
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Gavin & Stacey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, Alison Steadman
Gavin & Stacey is a British romantic situation comedy that follows the long-distance relationship of Gavin from Billericay in Essex, England, and Stacey from Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, ...more
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Lovesick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas, Daniel Ings
Lovesick (Channel 4, 2014) is a British sitcom created by Tom Edge. After finding out he has an STD, Dylan (Johnny Flynn), with the help of his best friends Luke (Daniel Ings) and Evie (Antonia ...more
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Gentleman Jack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Suranne Jones
Gentleman Jack (HBO, 2019) is a British-American historical drama series created by Sally Wainwright.In 1832, Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) returns to Shibden Hall, her ancestral home in West ...more