There's no getting around it: Breakups are rough. But before you crawl into a cave and declare you'll never love again, check out these TV shows that demonstrate exactly how to, and how not to, deal with the loss of love before you rejoin the world. Your next partner will thank you.
'Man Seeking Woman' (2015 - )
Based on Simon Rich's novel "The Last Girlfriend on Earth," "Man Seeking Woman" is an absurd and terrifically filthy comedy about a man surviving a devastating breakup. Each episode takes one particular reality of single life to a wickedly funny extreme. In the pilot, Josh (Jay Baruchel) must deal with the fact that his ex-girlfriend has found a new boyfriend immediately -- and while everyone around him is encouraging Josh to be the better man and embrace her new beau, he's the only one concerned that the new boyfriend is literally Adolf Hitler (expertly played by Bill Hader). Each episode goes further than the last, casually dipping into the surreal to make points about the misery of post-breakup life -- which, naturally, leaves single members of the audience relieved, because Josh stands as a chilling reminder that it could always be worse.
'Bored to Death' (2009 - 2011)
"Bored to Death," a three-season comedy from HBO, features Jason Schwartzman as struggling writer Jonathan Ames, who decides to become a private detective when the love of his life moves out. Along with his mentor, George (Ted Danson), and best friend, Ray (Zach Galifianakis), Jonathan quickly ends up sticking his nose where it doesn't belong, ending up in ridiculous, and often dangerous, situations. The show sits comfortably between slapstick and film noir; mysterious conversations in the shadows are often followed by pratfalls or messy complications. And while "Bored to Death" is binge-worthy on the strength of its cast alone, it carries an important message for the brokenhearted: Spend some time grieving before you make any life-changing decisions ... or career changes that might get you killed.
'Baskets' (2016 - )
The brainchild of comedian-turned-auteur Louis C.K., "Baskets" follows Chip Baskets (Zach Galifianakis), an American kicked out of a French clown school and abandoned by his wife. Chip's complete lack of self-awareness drives the comedy as he struggles to have his craft taken seriously in his new job as a rodeo clown -- while the narrative tone, which borrows heavily from French cinema, makes him a charming guy you want to root for. "Baskets" serves as a striking reminder that we should rely on our friends and loved ones after a breakup, a point driven home by the pitch-perfect performance of Louie Anderson as Chip's mother. Think of "Baskets" as a spiritual successor to "Louie," and a post-breakup narrative that shows that getting over a breakup doesn't have to mean immediately finding someone new.
'New Girl' (2011 - )
A love letter to hipsters nationwide, "New Girl" follows the painfully adorable Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) after she confronts her cheating boyfriend and is forced to move in with three well meaning but dimwitted roommates in a Los Angeles loft. While Deschanel's wooden performance isn't always the greatest, the ensemble cast's perfect comedic timing make "New Girl" a classic. And as Jessica puts her life back together, she's forced to realize her own strength, which creates a solid umbrella over the show's "Deschanel as comedic straight man to three wacky guys" motif. Life after a breakup means meeting a new version of yourself -- and "New Girl" shows just how much fun that can be.
'The Good Wife' (2009 - 2016)
"The Good Wife" is the story of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), wife to Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), a politician recently disgraced -- and imprisoned -- by the scandal of his corruption and numerous affairs. While on the outside, the show may appear to be a political and legal drama on par with "House of Cards," "The Good Wife" is far more character-driven than plot-driven. It provides keen insights into how the strong female lawyer is forced to deal with her marriage falling apart in the public eye. Each week, the writers gracefully created a case-of-the-week framework while following the emotional healing of Alicia herself. The ensemble cast -- which includes heavy-hitters like Michael J. Fox, Christine Baranski, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan -- walks the tightrope of caring for Alicia while creating chaos in her life. Through it all, Alicia stands as a beacon for those going through tough breakups, both in how she keeps her composure, and how she learns to be vulnerable again.