25 Best TV Shows for Couples to Watch Together

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After a busy day, the best thing is to cuddle up on the couch after dinner and watch a great TV show with your significant other. I canceled cable a few years ago, so we mostly binge watch the best shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. (Who really wants to watch the news these days anyway!)

By watching just one episode per night of a selected series, it increases the anticipation and makes you look forward to meeting your new “friends” each evening. We usually have two or three going at a time.

Agreeing on the same show can be a challenge. We did not want to separate into different rooms so I could watch HGTV and the Bachelor and he could watch hockey and the Simpsons.


Marriage is about compromise and having fun.

Here are a few titles that we both enjoyed. Some are short and most are funny. My favorite part is being taken away to different places in the world, almost like traveling from my couch. We discovered a few programs that take place in other countries with Irish, English, or Australian accents so get that closed captioning figured out and enjoy these fun shows.

P.S. If there is an * it may not be so rated G but still a good show we enjoyed.

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1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is about a woman who escapes from15 years underground in a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City. She has missed out on a few things during that time and Tina Fey, who writes the comedic sitcom, fills the episodes with laughter and fun scenes in NYC.

Watch on: Netflix

Runtime: 4 seasons

2. Dead To Me

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star as two grieving women who bond during therapy.  The women meet in a grief support group. Jen mourns her husband, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver, while Judy claims that she is grieving for her fiancé who died of a heart attack. The catch is that Judy is the hit-and-run driver and her husband is not dead. How can their friendship possibly last?

Watch on: Netflix

Runtime: 3 seasons

3. Emily In Paris

Emily Cooper is an aspiring, young marketing executive who moves to Paris to provide an American point of view to a French fashion marketing firm. In Paris, she tries to overcome challenges in her work, love life, and friendships. She wears several beautifully designed outfits in each episode which is fun to watch as well as her budding romances.

Watch on: Netflix

Runtime: 3 Seasons

4. Parks and Recreation

The crew in the Pawnee, Indiana Parks Department led by the ultimate enthusiastic, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) give off friends-made-family vibes as they support each other through it all, from turning an empty pit of a lot into a park to Congressional runs and career crises. 

Watch on: Peacock or YouTube TV

Runtime: 7 seasons

5. The Durrells in Corfu

In 1935 widowed Louisa Durrell moves her family from Britain to Corfu in Greece due to financial problems.  A struggle ensues as the family adapts to life on the island and a shortage of money. Despite a lack of electricity and of modern sewage systems, Corfu proves to be a cheap and earthly paradise.

Run time: 4 seasons

Watch on: PBS

6. Abbott Elementary

Love this show! The inner-city Philadelphia teachers at Abbott are supposedly being followed by a documentary crew. A group of dedicated, passionate teachers — and a slightly tone-deaf principal — find themselves thrown together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible public dervants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do. A new season is in the works and I look forward to seeing what the staff gets up to next.

Run time: 2 seasons

Watch on: Hulu

7. Derry Girls

Growing up as a teen in a Catholic school in Northern Ireland during the troubles of the 1990s wasn’t easy but this group of quirky yet close friends experiencing family, school, and life are fun to watch. The series often refers to actual events that took place during those years so a bit of history there as well.

Run time: 3 seasons

Watch on: Netflix

8. Schitt’s Creek

A wealthy couple – video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira – suddenly find themselves completely broke. With only one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt’s Creek, which the Roses bought years earlier as a joke, this once-wealthy couple must give up life as they know it. With their two spoiled children in tow and their pampered lives behind them, the Rose family is forced to face their newfound poverty head-on in an old motel and come together as a family to survive.

Run time: 6 seasons

Watch on: Hulu

9. Offspring

Thirty-something Australian obstetrician Nina Proudman searches for love and balance in her chaotic life. I love all the characters and their accents. Nina, while busy delivering babies, manages to have quite an interesting love life which is fun to watch where it will go next.

Run time: 7 seasons

Watch on: Hulu

10. Catastrophe

Love the sarcastic humor between the stars Rob, an American, and Sharon, an Irish teacher in London, with whom he shares incredible chemistry. While the two plan to have some fun with no strings attached, things go awry when Sharon learns she is pregnant. The unexpected news inspires the recent acquaintances to try and make it as a couple, despite nonstop complications that include hailing from different countries and a pregnancy that is not without risks. 

Run time: 4 seasons

Watch on: Prime Video

11. Modern Family

We enjoyed going back to the beginning and laughing out loud at this modern California family. Older Jay and Hot Gloria raising Manny and having another child, the gay couple who adopt, and funny Claire and Phil with their kids continue to make us laugh in this award-winning series.

Run time: 11 seasons

Watch on: Hulu

12. Friends

It’s fun to watch from the beginning one of the best TV shows ever and see how the 6 characters change over time. Friends living in the same NYC (very nice) apartment building after college, deliver many laughs as they land new jobs and relationships. Especially after reading Matthew Perry’s autobiography and his sudden death, watching this show takes on a new perspective.

Run time: 10 seasons

Watch on: Amazon Prime

13. Kim’s Convenience

Korean-Canadian convenience store owners and their adult children living in Toronto deal with everyday challenges. The traditional parents often butt heads with their estranged son who works at the rental car agency and daughter Janet who is studying photography in college, yet all done in a funny and loving way.

Run time: 5 seasons

Watch on: Netflix

14. Derek

Filmed in a documentary style, the programming is set in a nursing home, and centers on 50-year-old Derek played by Ricky Gervais, a helper at the home. Derek is helpful and has good intentions but tends to get into odd circumstances which makes this show funny.

Run time: 2 seasons

Watch on: Netflix

15. White Lotus

An American dark comedy television series follows the guests and employees of the fictional White Lotus resort chain, whose interactions are affected by their various dysfunctions. With each passing day, a darker issue emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel’s cheerful employees, and the idyllic locale itself. The first and second seasons are set in Maui and Sicily, respectively.

Run time: 2 seasons

Watch on: Max, Amazon Prime

16. Suits

Mike Ross has a photographic memory and is hired at a prestigious law firm in NYC under the assumption that he has a Harvard law degree, which he does not. He is very smart and in each episode, cases are won with super attractive cast members including Megan Markle before she married Prince Harry. Easy to watch and some funny parts as well.

Run time: 9 seasons

Watch on: Hulu

17. Call the Midwife

Go back in time to the early 1960s working-class London when nuns and midwives rode bicycles around the city to visit pregnant women and deliver babies in the home. The fashions are fun to watch evolve over the years as are the characters and their personal lives.

Run time: 12 seasons

Watch on: Netflix

18. Handmaids Tale*

I read this book by Margaret Atwood back in the 1980s and they have done a great job bringing this story of a futuristic society to the screen. Elisabeth Moss stars as June, a kidnapped woman living in Boston who since she is one of the only fertile women left in the world, is forced to become enslaved as a handmaid to one of the commanders. While this dystopian story is not really funny, it is intriguing to both like and hate the characters in this new world.

Run time: 5 seasons

Watch on: Hulu

19. Poldark

A British historical drama that takes place after the American Revolution in 1783 in beautiful Cornwall, England.  Captain Ross meets Demelza at the market and hires her as a scullery maid but they fall in love and marry in 1787. Throughout the five series, the story continues to follow the lives of Ross, Demelza, and others while they deal with their marriages, lost lovers, death, the birth of their children, and war.

Run time: 5 seasons

Watch on: Amazon Prime

20. Outlander*

When nurse Claire Randall accidentally time travels after World War 2 between the stones in Scotland, her adventures and romance begin with the handsome Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser in 1743. Based on the series by Diana Gabaldon the heroes and villains in this series are so good you can’t wait to see what happens next.

Run time: 7 seasons

Watch on: Netflix

21. Downtown Abbey

This epic show about the upstairs aristocratic Crowley family and the downstairs servants takes place in Yorkshire England between 1912 and 1926. The cast must deal with a war and the changing times which include the decline of the British aristocracy and the rise of the working class.

Run time: 6 seasons

Watch on: Amazon Prime

22. Sopranos*

Never having subscribed to HBO, I missed this series back in the 1990s so we enjoyed spending time with the New Jersey mafia boss Tony and his wife Carmela and all the tragic characters in this show. Tony’s ongoing therapy sessions regarding panic attacks with the psychiatrist, his dalliances in the strip club where he has his office, and the raising of the family in a normal Italian-American setting are entertaining despite the violent gangster moments.

Run time: 6 seasons

Watch on: Hulu

23. Game of Thrones*

A fantasy drama that looks more like medieval realism is based on battles between 7 kingdoms in unique settings around the world who vie for the Iron Throne. Several story arcs take place around the nobility of each kingdom. Dragons, Dire Wolves, white walker zombies, and witches are all believable as are dead characters who come back to life.

Run time: 8 seasons

Watch on: Amazon Prime

24. Breaking Bad*

Bryan Cranston stars as Mr. White, a broke chemistry teacher who gets cancer and discovers that by making drugs, using his chemistry background, he can make a lot of money for his family. However, even producing good illegal drugs comes with its fair share of issues. We witness Mr. White evolve from mild-mannered teacher to quite the opposite.

Run time: 5 seasons

Watch on: Netflix

25. Ozark*

 Jason Bateman stars as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong. Marty and Wendy face threats from the government, locals, and a Mexican drug lord while trying to keep their family safe.

Run time: 4 seasons

Watch on: Netflix

Do you have a favorite show to watch together? I’d love to hear your suggestions!!

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