Entertainment The Best TV Series With Life Lessons  

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List Rules Vote up the TV shows with positive values that best taught viewers valuable life lessons.

TV shows can serve a greater purpose than mere escapism. Many of the greatest series ever to make the airways taught households valuable life lessons. Parents can gather around the television with their kids knowing their children are learning something they can take with them the rest of their lives. Even shows that are completely oriented for adults can teach grown-ups important lessons about themselves they can apply to their work and romantic lives. TV shows with life lessons are important in how they can change lives. Which ones made a positive impact in your life?

Some shows have lessons that are readily apparent on the surface. For example, the show Friends teaches us how important it is to have a solid group of friends in your life. It also teaches people to not give up on love once they are in their 30s. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may have a lot of jokes, but underneath the humor is a genuine plea for all of us to make the best out of bad circumstances. If Kimmy can make the best out of being a mole woman, then you can make the best out of whatever you are going through. 

TV series that taught lessons have changed lives and offered comforting escapes. Instead of focusing on one-off life lesson episodes, this list will focus on lessons emphasized throughout the entire series. Vote for the ones that really spoke to you. 

Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Series With Life Lessons
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Lessons learned:

  • We all need good friends in our lives.
  • Love is out there for everyone, even if you are in your 30s.
  • Parenting is hard work.
  • It's a bad idea to keep a duck as a pet.

Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 10

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Series With Life Lessons
Photo: Walt Disney Television

Lessons learned:

  • You should live your life crossing lines instead of setting up boundaries.
  • Secrets won't stay hidden forever.
  • Relish the unexpected moments in life.
  • Never stop dreaming bigger.

Actors: Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

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The IT Crowd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Series With Life Lessons
Photo: Fremantle

Lessons learned:

  • Trying turning it off and on again.
  • Anything can be breakfast if you just believe.
  • Sports aren't always all they are cracked up to be.
  • No one really understands technology.

Actors: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson

Premiered: 2006

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Series With Life Lessons
Photo: Netflix

Lessons learned:

  • Optimism can get you through anything.
  • You can stand anything for 10 seconds. Then you just start a new 10 seconds.
  • Our family is what we make it.
  • Being adult isn't always what you expected.

Actors: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

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