Romance

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 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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Reign is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 4 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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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Friends is listed (or ranked) 7 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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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 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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Love Alarm is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Glee is listed (or ranked) 12 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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You're the Worst is listed (or ranked) 13 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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One Spring Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Ji-min Han, Hae-In Jung, Min-Kyung Joo
One Spring Night (MBC, Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean romantic drama television series. The show follows librarian Lee Jung-in (Han Ji-min) and pharmacist Yoo Ji-ho (Jung Hae-in) who have been ...more
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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more
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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard
Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC. The show tells of the Braverman clan which ...more
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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow
Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999. The show starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City.
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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Dharma & Greg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray
Dharma & Greg is an American television sitcom that aired from September 24, 1997, to April 30, 2002. It stars Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as Dharma and Greg Montgomery, a couple who got ...more
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I Ship It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Helen Highfield, Riley Neldam, Yasmine Al-Bustami
I Ship It (CW Seed, 2016) is an American musical comedy television series. Roommates, co-workers, and best friends Ella (Helen Highfield) and Tim (Riley Neldam) start a band with interns Sasha ...more
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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Love & Romance
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke
Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 25 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