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20 best shows like Desperate Housewives (2004)

List of the best shows and series like Desperate Housewives (2004): Married, Big Little Lies, Road to Avonlea, Bones, Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, Baby Daddy, Dimension 404, Togetherness, Victorious.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersFriends
PlotFamily life
PlaceUSA
StyleEasy, Fascinating

Married is a half hour comedy about being miserably in love. Russ and Lina Bowman can barely remember what life was like before kids, debt, and suburbia rained on their romance -- but every once in a while, in between the arguments about their declining sex life and who's driving carpool, they are reminded what drew them together in the first place -- they're best friends. The show also features Russ and Lina's friend AJ, who is recently divorced and pretending he's over his wife, and their other friend Jess, who is married to a much older man who can't keep up with her.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersFamily, Housewives, Single mothers, Parents
PlotTreason, Investigation, Death, Mystery, Intrigue
StyleFor girls, Twisted plot, Unexpected ending

Subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies tells the tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, family, detective
CountryCanada, USA
Duration00:43
CharactersFamily, Teachers, Friends, Writers, Sisters
PlotFamily life
PlaceSchool, Small towns
StyleTo cry, Touching

Road to Avonlea is a television series which was first broadcast in Canada and the United States between 1990 and 1996. It was created by Kevin Sullivan and produced by Sullivan Films in association with CBC and the Disney Channel, with additional funding from Telefilm Canada.It was adapted from the following books by L.M. Montgomery: The Story Girl, The Golden Road, Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea.Some episodes of the show were turned into the independent books by different authors. There have been around 30 titles released.In the United States, its title was shortened to simply Avonlea, and a number of episodes were re-titled and re-ordered. When the series was released on VHS and DVD in the United States, the title changed from Road to Avonlea to Tales from Avonlea.The series is set in the fictional small town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, in the early 20th century. There, 10-year-old Montreal heiress Sara Stanley is sent by her wealthy father to live with her two maiden aunts, Hetty and Olivia King, to be near her late mother's side of the family. The show's focus shifted over the years from Sara's interactions with her new-found relatives, to stories about the King family. Later seasons of the show focused more on residents of Avonlea who were connected to the King family. Sarah Polley left the show in 1994, returning for one guest appearance in the 6th season and one in 7th season.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersScientists, Special agents, Partners
PlotInvestigation, FBI
StyleWorth watching

Dr. Temperance Brennan and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab assist Special Agent Seeley Booth with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification methods are useless.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:10
CharactersTeenagers, Friends
PlotInvestigation, Love triangle, Mystery, Growing up
PlaceSchool, Small towns
StyleFor girls, Spectacular, Easy, Action, Fascinating

Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersTeenagers, Family, Teachers, Friends
PlotMystery, Funeral
PlaceSmall towns
StyleTwisted plot

Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year later, they begin receiving messages from someone using the name "A" who threatens to expose their secrets — including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration00:22
CharactersFamily, Childrens, Friends
StyleEasy, Touching

Baby Daddy follows Ben, a young man in his early 20s living the life of a bachelor in New York City with his buddy, Tucker, and his brother, Danny. Their lives are turned upside down when they come home one day to find a baby girl left on the doorstep by an ex-girlfriend of Ben's. After much deliberation, Ben decides to raise the baby with the help of his friends and his protective and sometimes over-bearing mother, Bonnie, and his close female friend, Riley.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:15
CharactersMonsters
PlotTechnology
TimeFuture
StyleSpectacular, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating

Inspired by the Internet’s “404” error code, Dimension 404 aims to evoke that 3 AM feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersFriends
PlaceUSA
StyleEasy, Fancy, Fascinating

Four adults nearing 40, living under the same roof, struggle to keep their relationships and their individual dreams alive.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, family, music
CountryUSA
Duration00:22
CharactersTeenagers, Family, Teachers, Friends

Aspiring singer Tori Vega navigates life while attending a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersPartners
PlotInvestigation, Adventures, Mystery

Laura Holt, a licensed private detective, opens a detective agency but finds that potential clients refuse to hire a woman, however qualified. To solve the problem, Laura invents a fictitious male superior whom she names Remington Steele. Through a series of events that unfold in the first episode, "License to Steele," a former thief and con man, whose real name is never revealed, assumes the identity of Remington Steele. Behind the scenes, Laura remains firmly in charge.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, comedy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration09:15
CharactersDogs, Lawyers, Friends, Friends, Partners
PlotInvestigation

Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business. The series is set in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, although it is portrayed as a distinct town, with Dolworth having once been a member of the fictional Ocean Beach Police Department.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration03:38
CharactersFriends
PlotLove, Death, Relationship
StyleTo cry, Touching, Makes me think

A group of friends from Boston who feel stuck in life experience an unexpected wake-up call after one of their friend dies unexpectedly.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersWriters, Partners
PlotInvestigation

After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrecomedy, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:13
CharactersFriends
PlotRelationship, Sects
StyleFascinating, Philosophical

Dud is a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a fraternal order hoping to reclaim the simple, happy lifestyle he lost when his father died. Through the Lodge and his newfound connection with the other members, Dud will come to find the missing sense of purpose in his life and confront his deepest fears and greatest hopes.

Markimdb: 8.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:15
CharactersFamily, Rich
PlotLove, Relationship, Jealousy
PlaceSchool
StyleRomantic, Easy

The satirical comedy takes place in a four-story apartment building in the suburbs of Seoul inhabited by a number of professionals: doctors, judges, prosecutors, professors, and their wives. The wives are from prestigious and highly educated backgrounds, and part of the plot will feature their efforts to get their children admitted into universities. Some grew up in families with multiple generations of doctors or lawyers, and their ambitions will be depicted with realism and comedy.

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersFriends
PlotTravel, Relationship, Success
PlaceParis, France, USA
StyleWomen in the lead roles

When ambitious Chicago marketing exec Emily unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris, she embraces a new life as she juggles work, friends and romance.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, fantasy, comedy, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:24
CharactersFamily
PlotLove, Treason, Investigation, Relationship, Adventures
PlaceUSA
StyleFascinating

Set in a single room of an average American motel, each episode tells a different story of the assorted characters who pass through it.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrehorror, fantasy, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:42
CharactersTeenagers
PlotLove, Supernatural, Investigation, Relationship, Passion
PlaceUSA
StyleFascinating

Young Nancy Drew makes plans to leave her hometown for college after high school graduation, but finds herself drawn into a supernatural murder mystery.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersTeenagers, Pupils, Friends
PlotLove, Relationship
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleEasy

A true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genrefantastic, fantasy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:40
CharactersFriends
PlotSuperpowers, Supernatural, Investigation, Mystery
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Fascinating

Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner, Detective Jo Martinez. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe knows Henry’s secret.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersTeenagers, Friends, Friends
PlotBasketball, Mystery, Deception
StyleRomantic, Touching

Set in the fictional small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, this teen-driven drama tells the story of two half brothers, who share a last name and nothing else. Brooding, blue-collar Lucas is a talented street-side basketball player, but his skills are appreciated only by his friends at the river court. Popular, affluent Nathan basks in the hero-worship of the town, as the star of his high school team. And both boys are the son of former college ball player, Dan Scott, whose long ago choice to abandon Lucas and his mother Karen, will haunt him long into his life with wife Deb, and their son Nathan. Until now, Dan has managed to keep his two sons far from each other. But the past and present collide sharply when Tree Hill's basketball coach recruits Lucas for his team, much to the chagrin of Nathan and Daddy Dan. And the siblings natural rivalry only intensifies when they set their sights on the same girl, Peyton Sawyer. The residue of the past lingers far into the future for the residents of Tree Hill, even as a new generation is rising. Tree Hill follows the lives and loves of these two brothers, their friends and their family as they navigate high school, marriage, and finally... adulthood.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, detective
CountryAustralia
CharactersFriends
PlotInvestigation, Mystery
StyleEasy

Investigator Alexa Crowe, cannot help fighting the good fight – whether it is solving murders or combatting the small frustrations of everyday life. Fearless and unapologetic, Alexa's unique skills and insights into the darker quirks of human nature, allows her to provoke, comfort and push the right buttons as she unravels the truth behind the most baffling of crimes.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration00:20
CharactersTeenagers, Students, Friends
PlotJealousy
PlaceSchool
StyleEasy

An irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion. Narration in the first-person voice of Jenna's blog posts captures the humor within the struggles and experiences everyone can relate to from their formative years.

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration00:22
CharactersFriends, Neighbors
PlotDivorce
StyleFor girls, Easy, Fascinating

Jules Cobb is a mom in her forties facing the often humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life's next chapter. Along for the journey is her son, her ex-husband, her husband/neighbor and her friends who together make up her dysfunctional, but supportive and caring extended family... even if they have a funny way of showing it sometimes.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersThe thieves, Special agents, Partners
PlotInvestigation, FBI, Adventures, Mystery
StyleSpectacular, Easy, Fascinating

Neal Caffrey, a con man, forger and thief, is captured after a three-year game of cat and mouse with the FBI. With only months left serving a four-year sentence, he escapes to look for Kate, his girlfriend. Peter Burke, the FBI agent who initially captured Caffrey, finds and returns him to prison. This time, Caffrey proposes a deal with the FBI, as part of a work-release program. After some hesitation, Burke agrees, and thus begins this unconventional arrangement where Caffrey helps Burke apprehend white collar criminals.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:29
CharactersFriends, Actors
PlotRelationship
StyleTouching

An aging actor, who long ago enjoyed a brush with fame, makes his living as an acting coach.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrehorror, comedy, detective
CountryUSA
Duration03:04
CharactersSerial killers, Maniacs, Gays, Friends, Brothers
PlotInvestigation, Relationship
PlaceHospitals, College, USA

The super-charged comedy-horror series is a modern take on the classic whodunit with a killer cast. 

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersFriends, Friends, Journalists
PlotLife, Growing up
StyleBy books, Women in the lead roles, Fascinating

For decades, childhood best friends Kate and Tully have weathered life's storms together -- until a betrayal threatens to break them apart for good.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersModels, Partners
StyleTo cry

After being duped and going bankrupt, model Maddie is convinced by David to become a partner in a detective agency. Together they solve various cases, while getting comfortable with each other.





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