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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, 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more
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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield
New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more
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Modern Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Andy Garcia
Modern Love (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American romantic comedy anthology television series, based on the weekly column published by The New York Times. Following the style of the column the ...more
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more
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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas
Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more
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Reign is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs
Reign is an American historical fantasy television series following the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots living in France. The series, created by Stephanie SenGupta and Laurie McCarthy, airs ...more
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Glee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison
Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, 2009, to March 20, 2015. It focuses on the fictitious William McKinley ...more
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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson
Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
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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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale
Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series loosely based on the popular book series of the same title, written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June ...more
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Work in Progress is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Karin Anglin, Theo Germaine , Emily Fightmaster
Work in Progress (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series co-created by Abby McEnay. The show features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose ...more
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The L Word: Generation Q is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig
The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime, 2019) is an American television drama and a revival-sequel to the 2004 series The L Word. Original characters Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), ...more
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Bob Hearts Abishola is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku, Maribeth Monroe
Bob ❤ Abishola (CBS, 2019), pronounced "Bob Hearts Abishola," is an American sitcom television series created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, and Gina Yashere. Bob (Billy ...more
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Triad Princess is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Jasper Liu, Eugenie Liu
Triad Princess (Netflix, 2019), is a Taiwanese romantic drama television series. Growing up in the shadow of her Triad father, Angie (Eugenie Liu) craves an independent life of her own. Defying ...more
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Dolly Parton's Heartstrings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Dolly Parton, Athena Akers, Tammy Lynn Michaels
Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama anthology television series created by Patrick Sean Smith. Each episode is based on a different Parton song, telling love stories ...more
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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams
Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college. The series stars James ...more
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You Me Her is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard, Priscilla Faia
You Me Her (HBO Canada, 2016) is an American-Canadian comedy-drama television series. The story revolves around a suburban married couple who are entering a three-way romantic relationship, ...more
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The Unicorn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Walton Goggins, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins
The Unicorn (CBS, 2019) is an American sitcom television series created by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff. Wade (Walton Groggins), a recently widowed father with two daughters, is encouraged by his ...more
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Fleabag is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford
Fleabag (BBC Three, 2016) is a British comedy series about Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London.
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You're the Worst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges
You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Falk. Jimmy (Chris Geere), a self-involved writer, and Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive Los ...more
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Love Alarm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Kim So-hyun, Song Kang, Jung Ga-ram
Love Alarm (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series, based on the webtoon of the same name by Chon Kye-young. The story revolves around the societal disruption that ...more
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The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 24 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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more