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Introducing TV for Grownups

Can’t decide what to watch in a world of so much choice? Help is here

Photos of Angela Bassett, scenes from “Grace and Frankie” and “NCIS,” Jay Hernandez and a scene from “Will and Grace.”

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Some of the most popular TV shows include (clockwise from top left) “9-1-1” starring Angela Bassett, “Grace and Frankie” with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, “NCIS” starring Mark Harmon, "Magnum P.I." featuring Jay Hernandez and “Will & Grace,” a reboot with the original cast.


Back in the so-called golden age of television, Americans huddled around their TVs every night to watch the same popular shows. That was great for conversation the next day — but not so great for those who wanted more choice or were busy during Perry Mason or Father Knows Best.

Welcome to the new golden age. More than 450 scripted TV series are available for your viewing. And with streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and more, you can enjoy your favorites on nearly any e-device you have. 

The one drawback? Too many choices!

Enter AARP’s TV for Grownups. Our goal: to filter the choices and help connect you to the smartest, most relevant, most entertaining shows for viewers over 50. TV for Grownups will feature news, reviews and interviews in each issue of AARP The Magazine and online every week. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated for 2018.

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