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The Greatest TV Shows About Senior Citizens

Updated October 28, 2020 988 votes 198 voters 27.5k views28 items

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 and shows that focus specifically on old folks who have retired.

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    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White
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    Grace and Frankie

    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin
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  • 3

    Murder, She Wrote

    Angela Lansbury, William Windom
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  • 4

    The Cool Kids

    Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull
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  • 5

    Hot in Cleveland

    Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves
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    Andy Griffith, Linda Purl
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  • 7

    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan
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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally
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  • 10

    Blue Bloods

    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan
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    Betty White's Off Their Rockers

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    In the Heat of the Night

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    John Forsythe, Linda Evans
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    Me and My Grandma

    Eva Gutowski, Shelby Rabara
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    Last Tango in Halifax

    Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker
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    The Waltons

    Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough
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    Harry's Law

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    Call The Midwife

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    Midsomer Murders

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    House of Cards

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    The West Wing

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    Bleep My Dad Says

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