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Looking for some good shows about senior citizens to catch? Of the many different types of people underrepresented on television, none are as rarely depicted as senior citizens. It's strange when you consider the ever-increasing population of elderly folk, but most of television is devoted to the 18-34 demographic, which means the majority of characters shown on screen are in their 20s or 30s. That isn't to say a senior citizen doesn't make an appearance in those shows, but they rarely stand as a main character. Fortunately, Hollywood hasn't completely ignored the elder demographic and there are some fabulous series on television viewers of all ages can enjoy.

The series most people immediately think of when coming up with a good series about senior citizens is Golden Girls—featuring the beloved TV grump Sophia Petrillo—and it's far from the only one. Recent additions like Downton Abbey feature a large cast of seniors while classics like Matlock were filmed well into the actors' early seventies. In short, there's a decent list of shows about older people—and you can find the best of them below.

For some great recommendations on shows about the elderly, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows you think are missing! You can also check out some movies featuring seniors

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan 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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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Dynasty John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, ...more

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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Grace and Frankie Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston 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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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak Murder, She Wrote is an American television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Matlock Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove ...more

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more

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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Call The Midwife Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. It stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Bryony ...more

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Betty White's Off Their Rocker... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Betty White's Off Their Rockers Richard Herd, Ted Lange Betty White's Off Their Rockers is an American comedy television series launched in 2012, that broadcast on NBC for its first two seasons and Lifetime beginning with the third. The series is ...more

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy Dallas is a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991, on CBS. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texan family, the ...more

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
In the Heat of the Night Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the film and the novel of the same title. It starred Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard ...more

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Hot in Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Hot in Cleveland Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick 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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Last Tango in Halifax is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Last Tango in Halifax Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker Last Tango in Halifax is a British romantic drama series that started airing on BBC One on 20 November 2012. The series was written by Sally Wainwright, who was inspired by witnessing the ...more

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more

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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more

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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Midsomer Murders Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon Midsomer Murders is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by ...more

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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Bleep My Dad Says is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Bleep My Dad Says William Shatner, Jonathan Sadowski, Nicole Sullivan $#*! 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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New Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
New Amsterdam Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zuleikha Robinson, Alexie Gilmore New Amsterdam is an American television drama which aired for eight episodes in 2008 on Fox. The series starred Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as "John Amsterdam", an immortal Dutch man born in ...more

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Soap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Soap Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. ...more

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Harry's Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Harry's Law Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry, Christopher McDonald Harry's Law is an American legal comedy-drama television series created by David E. Kelley, which ran from January 17, 2011, to May 27, 2012. On May 12, 2011, NBC renewed the show for a second ...more

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Men of a Certain Age is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Men of a Certain Age Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher Men of a Certain Age is an American comedy-drama television series, which premiered on TNT on December 7, 2009. The hour-long program stars Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula as three ...more

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Amazing Stories is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens
Amazing Stories Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo Amazing Stories is a fantasy, horror, and science fiction television anthology series created by Steven Spielberg. It ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987, and in 1992 was somewhat erratically screened ...more