The Ultimate Guide to the Best Romance TV Shows: From Timeless Classics to Modern Hits

Get ready to dive into a captivating world filled with love, laughter, and heartwarming stories. Brace yourself for the best romance TV shows that will transport you to breathtaking settings and sweep you off your feet. From the critically acclaimed "The Mindy Project" to the addictive "Sex Education," this article will guide you through a vast array of irresistible series that are sure to ignite your passion for romance. So, buckle up and get ready to indulge in an unforgettable journey of love and romance!


The Mindy Project (2012-2017)


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Created by: Mindy Kaling

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

Mindy Kaling, famous for her role in "The Office," both created and stars in "The Mindy Project." The show revolves around Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN based in New York City. Throughout the series, Mindy navigates the challenges of balancing her personal and professional life, often with disastrous and humorous outcomes. Viewers are also introduced to the colorful characters who work alongside Mindy in her small practice, making "The Mindy Project" an irresistible workplace comedy filled with charm and wit. – Taylor Gates

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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, turning thirty and feeling stuck in her dead-end job, still can't move on from her ex-boyfriend. Her best friends, Charlotte and Milou, come up with an unconventional plan to hire a male sex worker to help Elsa break free from her rut. The plan sets up a meet-cute between Elsa and Jules, but what was meant to be a one-night stand develops into something more as Jules catches genuine feelings. "The Hook Up Plan," modeled after "Friends," features a group of friends whose story expands beyond Jules and Elsa. Exploring serious topics like burnout, the pandemic, apathy, and anxiety about parenthood, the show maintains a lightness and camaraderie among the characters that keeps viewers engaged. — Therese Lacson

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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 Mel Monroe, a midwife and nurse practitioner seeking a fresh start in the small town of Virgin River, Northern California. However, her new life isn't as simple as she anticipated. Her house is falling apart, the local doctor doubts her abilities, and her haunted past relationship continues to haunt her. Nonetheless, as time goes on, Mel starts to find her place in the community and even opens herself up to the possibility of love again. "Virgin River" is a heartwarming and comforting series that strikes a perfect balance between sweetness and the bitter moments of life. It's an ideal choice if you're in need of something gentle and uplifting. – 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

"Sweet Magnolias" is set in Serenity, a small and cozy fictional town in North Carolina. The story revolves around best friends Maddie, Dana Sue, and Helen, collectively known as the Sweet Magnolias. Together, they face whatever challenges come their way. The series is heartwarming and light-hearted, striking a perfect balance between the sweet and bitter moments of life. Love, whether it's for family, friends, coworkers, or the community, is at the heart of everything in Serenity. As the Sweet Magnolias search for their perfect partners, they also work towards improving their town for the future, especially for the children. The show appeals to a wide audience, with its teenagers facing their own love challenges in the high school hallways. — Jay Snow

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Dash & Lily (2020)




Creator: Joe Tracz

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

Based on the young adult series by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, "Dash & Lily" is a Christmas story that also explores teen romance. Though it only lasted one season, the series, created by Joe Tracz, is charming as it follows Lily, a Christmas enthusiast, and Dash, a rather cynical individual. The two meet at the iconic New York bookstore, The Strand, where they exchange letters through a journal. Tension builds as they fall for each other through their written words, leading to an unexpected meeting at a party. This sweet romantic comedy is perfect for any season, not just the holidays. If you enjoyed Austin Abrams' performance in "Euphoria," you won't want to miss him in "Dash & Lily." — Therese Lacson

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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 a successful Israeli series of the same name, "The Baker and the Beauty" is an adorable and short-lived romantic drama. The series stars Victor Rasuk as Daniel, a blue-collar baker whose path unexpectedly crosses with Noa, an international fashion superstar. Created for American television by Dean Georgaris, "The Baker and the Beauty" offers a soapy storyline that spans nine charming episodes, filled with twists and turns that build tension for the developing but tragically cut-short romance. – Yael Tygiel

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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 tranquil little village, "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha" follows Yoo Hye-jin, a beautiful and intelligent dentist who loses her job in Seoul. After experiencing professional hardships, she decides to open her own practice in a seaside village. There, she meets Hong Du-sik, a jack-of-all-trades. Despite their initial denial, sparks start to fly between the two. "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha" is a delightful slice-of-life Korean drama that portrays the charming town and its characters with warmth and depth. — Therese Lacson

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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

In "Ginny and Georgia," viewers are drawn into the captivatingly messy lives of a dysfunctional mother-daughter duo. Fifteen-year-old Ginny Miller often finds herself more mature than her charmingly irresistible and dynamic mother, Georgia. Created by Sarah Lampert, the series combines teen angst, delightful humor, and a hint of mystery as it slowly unveils Georgia's secrets and troubled past. Starring Antonia Gentry and Brianne Howey as the titular mother-daughter pair, "Ginny and Georgia" features an equally layered cast of supporting characters that enthrall viewers just as much as the Millers. – Yael Tygiel

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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 the novel by Kristin Hannah, "Firefly Lane" spans several decades, following the journey of friends Tully and Kate from their teenage years to adulthood. Despite their many differences, such as Tully's troubled upbringing and now-celebrity status as a TV host, and Kate's struggles as a single mother returning to work, their friendship remains steadfast through the years. However, challenges and drama arise from past flames and new relationships, testing their bond. "Firefly Lane" is a comforting and warm series that captures both the joy and complexities of friendship. – Taylor Gates

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Young Royals (2021-present)


The Ultimate Guide to the Best Romance TV Shows: From Timeless Classics to Modern Hits


Creators: Lisa Ambjörn, Lars Beckung, Camilla Holter

Cast: Edvin Ryding, Omar Rudberg, Malte Gårdinger

"Young Royals" is a perfectly crafted queer young adult drama that follows an adolescent prince as he learns the responsibilities of representing his family and people while attending a prestigious boarding school. Edvin Ryding delivers a range of emotions through his portrayal of Prince Wilhelm, who must exhibit both strength and vulnerability. The blossoming romance between Prince Wilhelm and Simon, played by Omar Rudberg, adds to the angst and drama. "Young Royals" is ideal for viewers who enjoy high school dramas, as it explores the challenges faced by its characters. – Yael Tygiel

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The Empress (2022-present)


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Creators: Katharina Eyssen, Lena Stahl

Cast: Philip Froissant, Devrim Lingnau, Svenja Jung,

"The Empress" is a German romantic period drama showcasing European royalty. Philip Froissant portrays Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, and Devrim Lingnau plays Elisabeth von Wittelsbach, Princess of Bavaria and sister of Franz Joseph's betrothed. Created by Katharina Eyssen and Lena Stahl, the show delves into the story of a progressive young woman rebelling against the rigid society in which she lives and the layered ruler whose decisions shape European history. Love and politics intertwine throughout "The Empress," exploring the sparks that ignite, the dangerous paths that are taken, and the power struggles faced by these two families. – Yael Tygiel

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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 grow old. In Savannah, Georgia, monsters are no secret, and maintaining secrecy is crucial, especially for the powerful Fairmont family. However, strange occurrences lead to their secrets being exposed, attracting the attention of monster hunters. Netflix's "First Kill" centers around the forbidden and budding lesbian romance between vampire Juliette Fairmont and hunter Calliope "Cal" Burns. As their feelings for each other deepen, so does the complexity of their relationship, caught between their conflicting family allegiances. Can their story have a happy ending? - Jay Snow

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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" is a delightful romance that explores young love and queer joy. Based on Alice Oseman's webcomic and graphic novel, the show follows Charlie as he meets, befriends, and falls in love with his new classmate Nick. Their journey is filled with relatable teenage emotions and the discovery of identity. The series captures both dreamy stylistic elements and the genuine confusion that comes with navigating adolescence. With diverse characters representing a wide spectrum of LGBTQ+ identities, "Heartstopper" may have intense emotional arcs for some, but it will certainly make you reminisce about your own heart-stopping moments. – Monita Mohan

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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

"Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story" is a limited series spin-off from the popular Netflix show "Bridgerton." Set before the events of "Bridgerton" novels by Julia Quinn, the series introduces a cast of original characters. It tells the story of the marriage between a young Queen Charlotte and King George III, reshaping the foundations of 18th century Britain. The show seamlessly jumps between the 19th century continuity of "Bridgerton" and the past courtship timeline, creating heightened drama. With its steamy romance, delightful character moments, and retro renditions of modern songs, this six-episode series remains true to the Bridgerton tradition.

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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

Spinning off from the popular Netflix series On My Block, On My Block: Freeridge introduces a new group of teenagers. Led by the hilarious Keyla Monterroso Mejia (known for her role in Abbot Elementary), this fresh story delves into supernatural territory as the teens accidentally unleash a deadly curse. However, amidst these challenges, they also have to deal with personal problems, such as a scheming sister, newfound romantic interests, and the responsibility of holding their friend group together. Beyond its diverse and LGBTQ representation, Freeridge stands out for its focus on family and close friendships. These relationships, both romantic and platonic, make the show relatable and fun. – Tauri Miller

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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 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 Kitty in this series that explores her teenage years and the romances she encounters. Created by Jenny Han (known for her work on The Summer I Turned Pretty), XO, Kitty takes the titular character on an unexpected international journey, as she moves away from her home to be with her long-distance boyfriend. Starring Anthony Keyvan, Minyeong Choi, and Jocelyn Shelfo, XO, Kitty is a delightful addition to the To All The Boys universe. – Yael Tygiel

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Sex Education (2019-present)


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Creator: Laurie Nunn

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

Netflix’s popular comedy series Sex Education proves that a simple premise can be enough when you have compelling characters and an incredible cast. The show follows the lives of students, staff, and parents at the fictional Moordale Secondary School as they navigate personal dilemmas, often related to sexual intimacy. Sex Education offers plenty of laughter, but also knows how to tug at your heartstrings with its fantastic character moments. While all three seasons have their charm, the show truly shines in its second season when it expands the focus beyond the main character. One standout episode, dubbed the "Breakfast Club" episode by fans, perfectly captures the show's fun and comedic tone. Sex Education strikes a great balance, embracing the silliness of a teenager giving sex education advice while delivering a remarkable viewing experience. - Arianne Binette

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From charming love triangles to heartwarming connections, these romance TV shows have captured our hearts and left us yearning for more. Whether you're seeking a delightful escape or a tender exploration of relationships, this list has something for everyone. As we eagerly await the upcoming releases and eagerly binge-watch our favorites, one thing is certain – the world of romance on the small screen is alive and thriving. So cuddle up, grab some popcorn, and allow yourself to be whisked away into these enchanting and passion-filled worlds.

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