Top Romantic TV Series to Watch: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Romantic Shows

Escape into a world of romance and love with these captivating TV series. From heartwarming tales of small-town charm to swoon-worthy historical dramas, these shows are guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat. With a mix of new releases and old favorites, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So grab a cozy blanket, settle in, and let yourself be swept away by the best romantic TV series out there.

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 picturesque village, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha chronicles the life of Yoo Hye-jin, a talented and compassionate dentist (portrayed by Shin Min-a), whose career in Seoul comes to an unfortunate end when she exposes her superior's unethical practices and faces backlash in the medical community. Forced to start anew, she decides to open her own practice in a charming seaside village. It is there that she encounters the multi-talented Hong Du-sik (played by Kim Seon-ho). Despite their undeniable chemistry, both Hye-jin and Du-sik vehemently deny their growing attraction. A heartwarming Korean drama, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha takes viewers on a delightful journey through the lives of its captivating characters and the idyllic town they call home. — Therese Lacson

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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 of the wildly popular Netflix show Bridgerton takes viewers back in time to explore the early years of Queen Charlotte's life. Set before the events depicted in Julia Quinn's novels, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story delves into the marriage of a young Queen Charlotte (played by India Amarteifio) and King George III (portrayed by Corey Mylchreest) and the profound impact it has on the social and political landscape of 18th century Britain. The show seamlessly transitions between the 1800s storyline of the main series and the past, offering a captivating narrative interwoven with dramatic time shifts. With its steamy romances and endearing character moments, this six-episode series remains true to the Bridgerton tradition of blending historical settings with modern music renditions.

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XO, Kitty (2023-present)

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Creator: Jenny Han

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

Continuing the story of the beloved Covey family from the enchanting film trilogy To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, XO, Kitty focuses on the teenage years of Kitty Covey as she navigates the complexities of love. Created by acclaimed author Jenny Han (known for her work on The Summer I Turned Pretty), this series takes the titular character on an unexpected international journey that uproots her from her familiar surroundings and into the arms of her long-distance boyfriend. With a talented cast including Anna Cathcart, Anthony Keyvan, Minyeong Choi, and Jocelyn Shelfo, XO, Kitty adds a delightful new chapter to the beloved world of To All The Boys. – Yael Tygiel

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The Baker and the Beauty (2020)

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Creator: Dean Georgaris

Cast: Victor Rasuk, Nathalie Kelley, Dan Bucatinsky

Inspired by a successful Israeli series of the same name, The Baker and the Beauty is an endearing romantic drama that captured the hearts of viewers during its brief run. The show features the talents of Dan Bucatinsky (known for his work on Scandal) and stars Victor Rasuk (Reasonable Doubt) as Daniel, a passionate baker whose path unexpectedly crosses with Noa, an international fashion icon brilliantly portrayed by Nathalie Kelley (How I Met Your Mother). Adapted for American television by Dean Georgaris, The Baker and the Beauty weaves a captivating narrative across nine charming episodes. Filled with enticing twists and laced with romantic tension, this show encapsulates the essence of a captivating but tragically short-lived love story. – Yael Tygiel

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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 immensely popular On My Block, On My Block: Freeridge introduces a fresh and compelling storyline featuring a new set of teens. Led by the immensely talented Keyla Monterroso Mejia (known for her role in Abbot Elementary), this group of young protagonists embarks on a thrilling supernatural adventure that potentially unleashes a deadly curse. However, they must also contend with personal challenges, such as sibling rivalries, budding romances, and the daunting task of keeping their friend group intact. Prominently featuring diverse characters and LGBTQ representation, On My Block: Freeridge highlights the importance of family and strong bonds in the face of extraordinary circumstances, ensuring an entertaining and relatable viewing experience. – Tauri Miller

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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

Conceived and brought to life by the comedic genius of Mindy Kaling (known for her work on The Office), The Mindy Project offers a refreshing take on the romantic comedy genre. Set in the bustling city of New York, the series follows the eventful life of Mindy Lahiri, an obstetrician-gynecologist striving to balance her personal and professional aspirations. As she navigates the complexities of love and relationships, Mindy's hilarious antics and interactions with her quirky coworkers at her small medical practice create an irresistibly charming and witty workplace comedy. – Taylor Gates

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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

Boasting an exceptional ensemble cast, Friends from College is a brilliantly crafted comedy series created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller. With the remarkable talents of Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, and Fred Savage, this show offers a unique blend of humor and relatable storytelling. Emulating the spirit of iconic sitcoms like Friends, Happy Endings, and New Girl, Friends from College revolves around a close-knit group of Harvard alumni as they navigate the challenges of adulthood, confront the complexities of both platonic and romantic relationships, and grapple with the realities of approaching middle age. – Yael Tygiel

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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

Captivatingly messy and emotionally charged, Ginny and Georgia is a remarkable teen drama that delves into the complex dynamics between a dysfunctional mother-daughter duo. This gripping series, created by Sarah Lampert, skillfully combines elements of teenage angst, heartwarming humor, and a hint of mystery. Through its first season, viewers are gradually exposed to the secrets and troubled past of Georgia, the charismatic and enigmatic mother, while witnessing the mature and resilient nature of her fifteen-year-old daughter, Ginny. Portrayed by the talented Brianne Howey and Antonia Gentry, respectively, these characters are supported by an equally captivating cast, including Jennifer Robertson and Felix Mallard. Every character in Ginny and Georgia is layered and enthralling, ensuring an enthralling viewing experience. – 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 of the same name by the talented Tembi Locke, From Scratch presents a visually stunning romance set against the breathtaking backdrop of Italy. The series follows the life of Amy, a law student with a passion for art, who serendipitously falls in love with Lino, a skilled chef portrayed by Eugenio Mastrandrea. As their relationship blossoms, they must navigate both familial pressures and the resurgence of old flames. From Scratch showcases a passionate love story that unfolds over several years, with Zoe Saldaña and Eugenio Mastrandrea delivering captivating performances and displaying remarkable chemistry. While watching, it's advisable to keep Postmates open, as the delectable food scenes are sure to ignite your appetite. – Taylor Gates

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The Empress (2022-present)

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Creators: Katharina Eyssen, Lena Stahl

Cast: Philip Froissant, Devrim Lingnau, Svenja Jung

Transporting viewers to the world of European royalty, The Empress is a captivating German period drama. Philip Froissant portrays Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, while Devrim Lingnau takes on the role of Elisabeth von Wittelsbach, Princess of Bavaria and sister of Franz Joseph's betrothed. Created by Katharina Eyssen and Lena Stahl, this series sheds light on the incredible journey of a progressive young woman who challenges the rigid societal norms in which she is confined. It also explores the complex ruler whose decisions bear significant weight on European history. Anchored in a love story intertwined with political intrigue, The Empress delves into the spark that ignited their relationship, the treacherous path they must navigate, and the power struggles faced by their respective families. – 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

Adapted from Kristin Hannah's acclaimed novel, Firefly Lane spans several decades, capturing the enduring friendship between Tully and Kate from their teenage years into adulthood. Despite their numerous differences, Tully, a charismatic TV host played by Katherine Heigl, and Kate, a single mother striving to re-enter the workforce portrayed by Sarah Chalke, have remained inseparable throughout the years. However, their unshakable bond is tested by old flames and new relationships. Firefly Lane offers a comforting and heartwarming narrative, immersing viewers in the intricacies of the characters' lives while providing an interesting edge that sets it apart. – Taylor Gates

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Young Royals (2021-present)

Creators: Lisa Ambjörn, Lars Beckung, Camilla Holter

Cast: Edvin Ryding, Omar Rudberg, Malte Gårdinger

Perfectly blending elements of a queer young adult drama, Young Royals explores the life of a teenage prince as he grapples with the weight of representing both his family and his people while attending an esteemed boarding school for high-status youth. Edvin Ryding delivers a remarkable performance as Prince Wilhelm, showcasing his range as he portrays a character who balances strength with vulnerability in every scene. The series also delves into the blossoming romance between Prince Wilhelm and Simon, portrayed by Omar Rudberg. Filled with tension and excitement, the first season of Young Royals is an ideal watch for fans of high school dramas. – Yael Tygiel

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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

Centered around the life of Mel Monroe, a midwife and nurse practitioner seeking a fresh start, Virgin River takes viewers on a heartwarming journey to the small town of Virgin River in Northern California. There, Mel faces unexpected challenges such as a crumbling house, distrust from the local doctor, and the haunting memories of a past romance. However, as time progresses, Mel gradually finds her place in the community and opens herself up to the possibility of love once again. This quiet and uplifting series serves as a comforting watch that will warm your heart. – Taylor Gates

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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, and First Kill is no exception. Set in Savannah, Georgia, where supernatural beings are known to the public, secrecy is of utmost importance, particularly for the influential Fairmont family. However, when strange occurrences unfold, long-held secrets are revealed, leading to the arrival of vampire hunters. At the heart of the series is the forbidden and enchanting love story between Juliette Fairmont (portrayed by Sarah Catherine Hook), a legacy vampire, and Calliope “Cal” Burns (played by Imani Lewis), a hunter. As their feelings deepen, the complexities of their relationship and the opposing forces their families represent come to the forefront. Will their tale 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 an enchanting series that masterfully depicts stories of young love and queer joy. Based on Alice Oseman's webcomic and graphic novel of the same name, the show centers around Charlie (Joe Locke) as he navigates his encounter, friendship, and blossoming romance with his new classmate Nick (Kit Connor). The series skillfully captures the essence and emotional complexity of the webcomic, creating a dreamy yet relatable atmosphere that resonates with the challenges of self-discovery during adolescence. Heartstopper showcases a diverse cast of characters, representing a wide range of LGBTQ identities. While certain moments in the show can be intense, with compelling story arcs for multiple characters, it ultimately evokes feelings of nostalgia and sweeps viewers off their feet from the very first episode. – Monita Mohan

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Sex Education (2019-present)

Sex Education

Creator: Laurie Nunn

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

Netflix's acclaimed comedy series, Sex Education, demonstrates that a simple premise can flourish with compelling characters and an exceptional ensemble cast. Set in the fictional Moordale Secondary School, the show delves into the personal dilemmas surrounding the lives of students, staff, and parents, often revolving around matters of sexual intimacy. While providing ample laughter, Sex Education also has the ability to tug at viewers' heartstrings with its poignant character moments. The second season particularly strikes a perfect balance, showcasing the benefits of expanding the focus beyond the central character. Notably, the episode deemed the "Breakfast Club" episode by fans demonstrates the series' capacity to infuse humor into its premise of a teenager providing sex education advice to peers. Arianne Binette

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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

In The Hookup Plan, Elsa (Zita Hanrot) is on the verge of turning thirty and finds herself stuck in a dead-end job while still grappling with feelings for her ex-boyfriend. To help her break free from this rut, her best friends Charlotte (Sabrina Ouzani) and Milou (Joséphine Draï) hatch a daring plan: hiring a male sex worker named Jules (Marc Ruchmann) to sweep Elsa off her feet. What starts as a one-night stand to get her life "back on track" soon becomes more complicated as Jules develops genuine feelings for Elsa. Modeled after the sitcom format of Friends, The Hookup Plan centers around a tight-knit group of friends, with the story expanding beyond the connection between Jules and Elsa. While the show maintains a lighthearted tone and captures the essence of friendship, it also delves into more serious topics such as burnout, the pandemic, apathy, and the anxieties of parenthood. Therese Lacson

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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 deep bond and unwavering support between best friends Maddie (Joanna Garcia-Swisher), Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott), and Helen (Heather Headley). Affectionately known as the Sweet Magnolias, these friends navigate life's ups and downs with a heartwarming and lighthearted approach, striking a delicate balance between joy and hardship. Love serves as the focal point of their experiences, be it love for family, friends, coworkers, or their cherished community. As the Magnolias search for their perfect partners, they also dedicate themselves to making their town a better place for both present and future generations, with a particular focus on the well-being of their children. The show appeals to a wide range of viewers, offering relatable storylines for teenagers experiencing the challenges of love in the high school environment. Jay Snow

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With a plethora of romantic TV series to choose from, viewers are sure to find their hearts captivated by the intertwining stories of love, passion, and intrigue. Whether it's the charming small-town romance of "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha" or the regal allure of "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story," these captivating shows are guaranteed to leave viewers eagerly awaiting their next love-filled episode. From the sweet and heartwarming tales of "Virgin River" to the hilarious antics of "The Mindy Project," there's a series to suit every romantic taste. So, sit back, grab some popcorn, and get ready to fall in love with these top-notch TV dramas.

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