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Shows Like Eastenders: Soapy British Shows

Not all may technically be soap operas, but all have at least a few suds on them; best enjoyed with a cup of milky tea, and a defensive attitude towards critics.

Dramas Celebrating Female Friendship

These dramas and dramadies span continents, centuries, and setting, but all focus on enduring friendships between women--these series pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.

Shows Featuring Older People

Although the median age of broadcast TV viewers is 45, it's surprisingly difficult to find shows starring card-carrying AARP members--but this list rounds up some of the best dramas and sitcoms starring older actors.

Shows like Grace and Frankie: TV Series Featuring Mature Women

Dramas and comedies, like Grace and Frankie and Sensitive Skin, that overcome Hollywood's bias against mature actresses.

Shows like Revenge: Modern Takes on the Classic Soap Opera

These shows take their inspiration from the classic soap opera formula of focusing on relationships within families, friends, and co-workers, spicing things up with plenty of intrigue, romance, power struggles, personal feuds, secrets and lies, and periodically lapsing into sentimentality and melodrama.

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