The Top Romantic TV Shows to Watch Right Now

Are you a hopeless romantic searching for the ultimate binge-worthy escape? Look no further! Get ready to swoon and fall head over heels for the best romantic TV shows that will leave you yearning for more. From heartwarming hometown love stories to steamy encounters in exotic locales, these captivating series will transport you to a world filled with passion, romance, and unforgettable characters. Whether you're in the mood for sweet, slow-burn romances or fiery, whirlwind affairs, this curated list of must-watch shows has it all. Get ready to indulge in a love-filled journey that will have you pressing play episode after episode!


Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021-present)


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Creator: Kim Je-hyeon (tvN)

Cast: Shin Min-a, Kim Seon-ho, Lee Sang-yi

Set in a peaceful and picturesque village, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha follows the life of Yoo Hye-jin, a talented and intelligent dentist portrayed by Shin Min-a. After facing a termination from her job in Seoul due to her accusations of unethical conduct by a superior, Hye-jin finds herself isolated from the medical community. Faced with the difficulty of making a living in the bustling city, she moves to a quaint seaside village and opens her very own dental practice. It is in this charming town that she encounters Hong Du-sik, a multi-talented individual portrayed by Kim Seon-ho. Despite their initial denial, sparks ignite between these two attractive young individuals. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is a heartwarming Korean drama that offers a delightful slice of life and showcases a captivating town filled with intriguing characters. —Therese Lacson

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Firefly Lane (2021-present)


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Creator: Maggie Friedman

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke, Ben Lawson, Beau Garrett

Based on Kristin Hannah's novel of the same name, Firefly Lane spans multiple decades, chronicling the lifelong friendship between Tully and Kate from their teenage years to adulthood. Tully, raised by a drug-addicted mother, grows up to become a popular TV host, while Kate, a single mother, strives to reenter the workforce. Despite their contrasting paths, the two remain close throughout the years. However, their journey is not without challenges and drama, including past romances and new relationships. Firefly Lane offers a comforting and warm narrative, striking a perfect balance between sweetness and complexity. – Taylor Gates

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Sweet Magnolia (2020-present)


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Creator: Sheryl J. Anderson

Cast: JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, Heather Headley

Set in the fictional town of Serenity, North Carolina, Sweet Magnolias revolves around the lives of best friends Maddie, Dana Sue, and Helen, affectionately known as the Sweet Magnolias. Played by JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley respectively, these three women band together to face any challenges that come their way. The series captures the heartwarming and lighthearted essence of life, skillfully balancing the sweet and bitter moments as the Magnolias enjoy their signature margaritas. Love is at the core of everything in Serenity, encompassing family, friendship, colleagues, and most importantly, their community. As the Magnolias navigate their pursuit of love, they also focus on improving their town for future generations, particularly the children. Sweet Magnolias offers something for everyone, including the teenage characters who also experience their fair share of challenges and love in the high school environment. – Jay Snow

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The Hookup Plan (2018-2022)


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Creator: Noémie Saglio, Julien Teisseire, Chris Lang

Cast: Zita Hanrot, Sabrina Ouazani, Joséphine Draï, Marc Ruchmann, Syrus Shahidi

Elsa is on the verge of turning thirty, with her life at a standstill and still haunted by her past relationship. In a bold and perhaps chaotic move, her best friends Charlotte and Milou decide to hire a male sex worker named Jules to help Elsa break free from her rut. With a perfectly crafted meet-cute, Elsa takes the bait. However, what was initially intended to be a one-night stand with the goal of getting Elsa's life back on track develops into something more when Jules genuinely falls for her. Modeled after the acclaimed series Friends, The Hookup Plan centers around a group of friends and expands beyond the focal relationship of Jules and Elsa. The show covers serious topics like burnout, the pandemic, apathy, and anxiety about parenthood, all while maintaining a lightness and a strong bond between the characters that will keep you invested in their stories. — Therese Lacson

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Sex Education (2019-present)


Sex Education

Creator: Laurie Nunn

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey

Netflix's hit comedy Sex Education demonstrates the power of a simple premise when combined with compelling characters and an exceptional cast. The show revolves around the lives of students, staff, and parents at Moordale Secondary School, tackling their personal dilemmas, many of which revolve around issues of sexual intimacy. Sex Education delivers moments of laughter and emotional depth, with incredible character development that can easily bring you to tears. While all seasons are enjoyable, the series truly finds its stride in the second season, which explores the lives of supporting characters beyond the main protagonist. Notably, the highly praised "Breakfast Club" episode showcases the show's ability to balance humor and meaningful storytelling. Fun and full of jokes, Sex Education embraces its unique premise of a teenage boy providing sex education advice to his peers, resulting in a remarkable viewing experience. - Arianne Binette

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Heartstopper (2022-present)


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Creator: Alice Oseman

Cast: Kit Connor, Joe Locke, William Gao, Yasmin Finney, Corinna Brown

Heartstopper adds to the delightful genre of young love and queer joy. Based on the popular webcomic and graphic novel by Alice Oseman, the series follows Charlie as he meets, befriends, and falls in love with his new classmate Nick. The story explores Nick's feelings and how they might affect Charlie's relationships, both platonic and romantic. Heartstopper maintains the dreamy and stylistic feel of the original webcomic while capturing the confusing yet genuine emotions of discovering one's identity as a teenager. The diverse cast and characters represent a wide spectrum of LGBTQ identities. While the show can be intense at times, particularly during emotionally charged arcs, it will sweep you off your feet from the very first episode, evoking wistful memories of your own heart-stopping moments. – Monita Mohan

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First Kill (2022-present)


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Creator: V. E. Schwab

Based on the short story by: V.E. Schwab

Cast: Sarah Catherine Hook, Imani Lewis, Aubin Wise, Elizabeth Mitchell

Vampires and their stories never lose their allure, and the same holds true for First Kill. Set in Savannah, Georgia, where the existence of monsters is public knowledge, secrecy is of utmost importance, especially for the esteemed Fairmont family. However, as mysterious occurrences unfold, long-kept secrets begin to unravel, drawing the attention of monster hunters. The series follows the forbidden and blossoming love story between vampire Juliette Fairmont, portrayed by Sarah Catherine Hook, and hunter Calliope "Cal" Burns, portrayed by Imani Lewis. As their feelings for each other intensify, so does the complexity of their relationship, fraught with opposing familial forces. Will their story lead to a happy ending? - Jay Snow

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Virgin River (2019-present)


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Developed by: Sue Tenney

Cast: Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence, Jenny Cooper

Virgin River revolves around the life of Mel Monroe, portrayed by Alexandra Breckenridge. Seeking a fresh start, Mel, a midwife and nurse practitioner, moves to the small town of Virgin River in Northern California. However, her new beginning proves to be more complicated than anticipated. From a dilapidated house to a skeptical local doctor and lingering memories of a disastrous past relationship, Mel faces numerous challenges. Nevertheless, as time passes, she gradually carves out a space for herself in the community and opens herself up to the possibility of love once again. Virgin River offers a gentle and heartwarming viewing experience, perfect for lifting your spirits. – Taylor Gates

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Young Royals (2021-present)


The Top Romantic TV Shows to Watch Right Now

Creators: Lisa Ambjörn, Lars Beckung, Camilla Holter

Cast: Edvin Ryding, Omar Rudberg, Malte Gårdinger

Young Royals flawlessly combines the queer and young adult drama genres. The series follows Prince Wilhelm, a young royal attending an elite boarding school, as he grapples with the expectations placed upon him by his family and his subjects. Portrayed by Edvin Ryding, Prince Wilhelm must navigate the challenges of representing his family while asserting his own identity. This captivating show offers Ryding the opportunity to showcase his range, as his character oscillates between strength and vulnerability in nearly every scene. Adding to the intrigue is the burgeoning romance between Prince Wilhelm and Simon, portrayed by Omar Rudberg. The first season of Young Royals is brimming with tension and excitement, making it perfect for fans of high school dramas. – Yael Tygiel

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Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (2023)


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Creator: Shonda Rhimes

Cast: India Amarteifio, Adjoa Andoh, Michelle Fairley, Ruth Gemmell

This limited series spin-off to the Netflix hit Bridgerton takes viewers back in time, setting the stage before the events of Julia Quinn's novels. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story specifically focuses on the marriage between a young Queen Charlotte, played by India Amarteifio, and King George III, portrayed by Corey Mylchreest, and explores the profound impact it has on 18th-century Britain. The show seamlessly weaves between the present-day continuity of the original series and the historical courtship timeline, leveraging this narrative technique to heighten the drama in masterful ways. With six engaging episodes, this spin-off incorporates the steamy romance and delightful character moments that fans expect from a Bridgerton series, all while adhering to the tradition of featuring retro renditions of contemporary songs.

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The Empress (2022-present)


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Creators: Katharina Eyssen, Lena Stahl

Cast: Philip Froissant, Devrim Lingnau, Svenja Jung

Set in the world of European royalty, The Empress is a romantic period drama that delves into the lives of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, portrayed by Philip Froissant, and Elisabeth von Wittelsbach, Princess of Bavaria, played by Devrim Lingnau. Created by Katharina Eyssen and Lena Stahl, the series holds nothing back as it explores the journey of a progressive young woman who challenges the constraints of her rigid society, as well as the complex ruler whose decisions will shape European history. With a narrative deeply rooted in love and politics, The Empress takes viewers on an enthralling journey, unraveling the spark that ignited, the treacherous path set forth, and the power struggles faced by these two families. – Yael Tygiel

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From Scratch (2022)


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Created by: Attica Locke, Tembi Locke

Cast: Zoe Saldaña, Eugenio Mastrandrea, Danielle Deadwyler, Judith Scott

Based on the memoir by Tembi Locke, From Scratch is a visually stunning romance set against the backdrop of Italy. The series follows Amy, a law student with a passion for art, portrayed by Zoe Saldaña, as she falls in love with Lino, a chef played by Eugenio Mastrandrea. Their relationship faces various obstacles, including familial expectations and competing love interests. Set over several years, From Scratch beautifully captures the passionate dynamics between the characters, with Saldaña and Mastrandrea showcasing remarkable chemistry. The series also treats viewers to tantalizing food scenes that will undoubtedly leave them craving Italian cuisine. – Taylor Gates

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Ginny & Georgia (2021-present)


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Creator: Sarah Lampert

Cast: Brianne Howey, Antonia Gentry, Diesel La Torraca, Jennifer Robertson, Felix Mallard

Driven by captivatingly messy dynamics, Ginny & Georgia presents a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship. Fifteen-year-old Ginny Miller often exhibits more maturity than her irresistibly charming and complex mother, Georgia. Created by Sarah Lampert, Ginny & Georgia weaves together teen angst, delightful humor, and a touch of mystery. The first season meticulously unravels Georgia's secrets and tumultuous past, inviting viewers into a world of intrigue. Antonia Gentry and Brianne Howey deliver exceptional performances as the titular mother-daughter duo, supported by a talented ensemble cast, including Jennifer Robertson from Schitt's Creek. Each character in Ginny & Georgia adds depth and allure to the Miller family, making the series a captivating watch. – Yael Tygiel

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Friends from College (2017-2019)


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Creators: Francesca Delbanco, Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage

Friends from College is a brilliantly crafted comedy that spans two short seasons. Co-created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller, the series boasts an exceptional ensemble cast, including Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, and Fred Savage. With its amazing talent, Friends from College had the potential to dominate network television but was unfortunately canceled prematurely. Following the footsteps of beloved sitcoms like Friends, Happy Endings, and New Girl, this show focuses on a group of Harvard alumni as they navigate adulthood, facing challenges in their platonic and romantic relationships while confronting the realities of turning forty. – Yael Tygiel

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The Mindy Project (2012-2017)


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Created by: Mindy Kaling

Cast: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Anna Camp

Created by and starring the talented comedian and writer Mindy Kaling of "The Office" fame, "The Mindy Project" is a delightful rom-com that centers around the life of Mindy Lahiri, an obstetrician-gynecologist based in New York City. The show explores Mindy's attempts to find a balance between her personal and professional life, resulting in both hilarious and calamitous situations. The series also introduces us to Mindy's eccentric colleagues who work alongside her at a small medical practice. "The Mindy Project" offers a charming and witty depiction of a workplace comedy. – Taylor Gates

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On My Block: Freeridge (2023-present)


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Created by: Lauren Iungerich, Jamie Uyeshiro, Jamie Dooner, Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft

Cast: Keyla Monterroso Mejia, Bryana Salaz, Tenzing Norgay Trainor

Derived from the popular Netflix series "On My Block," "On My Block: Freeridge" introduces a fresh narrative with a new group of teenagers. Led by the immensely talented Keyla Monterroso Mejia ("Abbot Elementary"), the characters delve into the realm of the supernatural when they unwittingly unleash a dangerous curse. However, amidst the chaos, they also grapple with personal challenges such as sibling rivalries, newfound romances, and the priceless bond that holds their friendship together. "On My Block: Freeridge" stands out as a noteworthy series, not only for its diverse representation, but also for its emphasis on the importance of family and close friendships, which adds a relatable and enjoyable element to the wild situations the characters face. – Tauri Miller

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The Baker and the Beauty (2020)


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Creator: Dean Georgaris

Cast: Victor Rasuk, Nathalie Kelley, Dan Bucatinsky

Adapted from the successful Israeli series of the same name, "The Baker and the Beauty" is an endearing and short-lived romantic drama. This delightful show features the talented actor Dan Bucatinsky ("Scandal") and stars Victor Rasuk ("Reasonable Doubt") as Daniel, a humble baker whose path remarkably intersects with Noa, an internationally renowned fashion superstar played by Nathalie Kelley. With Dean Georgaris at the helm of the American adaptation, "The Baker and the Beauty" presents a captivating narrative filled with twists and turns across its nine charming episodes, immersing viewers in a world of clichéd, yet tension-filled romance. – Yael Tygiel

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XO, Kitty (2023-present)


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Creator: Jenny Han

Cast: Anna Cathcart, Anthony Keyvan, Minyeong Choi, Jocelyn Shelfo

"XO, Kitty" continues the heartwarming story of the Covey family from the beloved romantic film trilogy "To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before." Anna Cathcart reprises her role as the lovable younger sister, Kitty, in this new series that explores her teenage years and the myriad of romantic experiences she encounters. Created by Jenny Han, the acclaimed author of "The Summer I Turned Pretty," "XO, Kitty" takes our titular character on an unexpected international adventure, transitioning her from the comfort of her home to be with her long-distance boyfriend. Alongside Cathcart, the series features Anthony Keyvan, Minyeong Choi, and Jocelyn Shelfo in supporting roles, making "XO, Kitty" a delightful addition to the beloved universe of "To All The Boys." – Yael Tygiel

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Dash & Lily (2020)



Creator: Joe Tracz

Cast: Austin Abrams, Midori Francis, Dante Brown, Troy Iwata

Based on the popular young adult book series by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, "Dash & Lily" is not only a Christmas story but also a tale of teenage romance. Though sadly limited to only one season, this series, brought to life by creator Joe Tracz, is incredibly charming. It follows the endearing Lily, a lover of all things Christmas, and the initially cynical Dash. The two connect through a journal exchanged at the iconic New York bookstore, The Strand, and begin a unique correspondence through letters. As their written relationship develops and they unexpectedly meet at a party, tension builds and love blossoms. "Dash & Lily" is a delightful romantic comedy, perfect for any season, that showcases Austin Abrams' exceptional talent following his impressive performance in "Euphoria." – Therese Lacson

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With so many incredible romantic TV shows to choose from, it's difficult to know where to start! Whether you're a fan of heart-stopping love stories, steamy connections, or heartwarming tales of friendship, there's something for everyone on this list. From the captivating chemistry of "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha" and the soulful bond in "Firefly Lane" to the quirky charm of "Sweet Magnolia" and the delightful chaos of "Ginny & Georgia," these shows will have you laughing, crying, and falling head over heels in love. So grab your popcorn, snuggle up on the couch, and let these romantic TV shows sweep you off your feet. Love is in the air, and it's time to dive into the world of these captivating series!

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