The 10 Best Shows To Watch if You Like Will & Grace, Ranked
Whether you're on the hunt for a hearty laugh, a dose of nostalgia, or just some good old-fashioned TV bonding, these series have got you covered.
10. "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus' genius comedic chops shine through in this series. Christine Campbell, a divorced mom, juggles life, work, and dating, all while her ex-husband is dating a younger woman... also named Christine. Awkward much?
The show's humor, grounded in real-life situations and the ironies they bring, feels so reminiscent of "Will & Grace." Whether it's her navigating the tricky world of parenting or her hilarious interactions with her brother, the plot is all about embracing life's messes.
9. "Absolutely Fabulous"
Across the pond, we have Edina and Patsy – two eccentric, fashion-obsessed best friends. These women don't just sip champagne; they guzzle it! Living the high life in London, they often find themselves in outrageous situations, mostly due to their refusal to act their age.
The series delves into their escapades, from misadventures in fashion to intergenerational clashes with Edina's more grounded daughter, Saffron. If "Will & Grace" gave you fashion-forward laughs, this one's an absolute must.
8. "Modern Family"
Who could forget the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan? This mockumentary-style sitcom features three diverse families intertwined by marriage and adoption.
Whether it's the traditional yet zany Dunphys, the older Jay with his younger, passionate Colombian wife Gloria, or the fun-loving same-sex couple, Mitch and Cam, there's no shortage of laughter or heart. Cam's flamboyance and Mitch's pragmatism? Definitely gives off Will and Jack vibes.
The show paints a picture of what modern families look like, with all their quirks and endearing moments.
7. "Cougar Town"
Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently-divorced woman in her 40s, determined to relive her 20s. Not the wisest choice, but oh, the hilarity that ensues! Alongside her crew of equally zany friends, including her ex-husband, she dives into the dating pool, sips wine (a lot of wine), and navigates life's ups and downs.
It's not just about dating younger men; it's about finding oneself amidst life's changes and laughing along the way.
6. "Happy Endings"
Imagine if one member of your tight-knit friend group ditched another at the altar. That's the premise. Chaos, right? Alex abandons Dave, but the gang – including the hilarious, dramatic diva Max, couples Brad and Jane, and the perpetually single Penny – somehow tries to keep the friendship going.
The series showcases the crazy antics of the group as they handle life, love, and everything in between. There's a sprinkle of the familiar New York vibe, a dash of friendship troubles, and a whole lot of hilarity.
5. "The Golden Girls"
Talk about timeless. Dive into the lives of Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia – four older women sharing a home in Miami. The plot revolves around their later-in-life adventures, with each bringing their unique flair to the table: from Blanche's Southern belle charm and never-ending tales of romance to Rose's innocent and often naive tales of St. Olaf.
It's friendship in the golden years, peppered with humor and a lot of cheesecakes. If you appreciated the bond between Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen, this quartet's dynamic is for you.
4. "The Comeback"
Valerie Cherish, played by Lisa Kudrow, was once a big TV star. Now? Not so much. But she's determined to claw her way back to the limelight. In her quest, she allows cameras into her life, capturing every candid, often cringe-worthy, moment. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?
It's all about the grit, the grind, and the often misplaced determination of a former starlet trying to reclaim fame in a world that's moved on.
3. "Hot in Cleveland"
Imagine a plane from LA making an emergency landing in Cleveland, and three entertainment industry pals – Melanie, Joy, and Victoria – realizing that in this new city, they're considered hot! What do they do? Relocate, of course! Throw in a sassy caretaker named Elka (played by the legendary Betty White), and you've got yourself a laugh riot.
The series dives into their new life, love escapades, and adapting to a world where they're suddenly back in the game.
2. "Parks and Recreation"
Leslie Knope, the ever-enthusiastic public official of the Parks Department in Pawnee, Indiana, is on a mission: to make her town the best, one public project at a time. Surrounding her are an array of characters, from the deadpan Ron Swanson to the entrepreneurial Tom Haverford.
Sure, the government office setting might seem dull, but with miniature horse Lil' Sebastian and the Harvest Festival on the horizon? It's anything but.
1. "The Nanny"
Fran Fine, with that unmistakable voice and flair for drama, lands herself a gig as a nanny for the posh, widowed Broadway producer, Maxwell Sheffield.
The plot centers around Fran's fish-out-of-water experiences as she adjusts to high society while infusing her unique brand of Queens humor into the household. And let's not forget the simmering tension between her and Maxwell. Think of her as the Grace to his Will, with a lot more sequins and leopard print.