The romantic comedy has always been one of my favorite genres, but in recent months, they’ve been some of the only things I’ve wanted to watch because they offer great escapism and fill me up with such a warm, fuzzy feeling.
Sadly, it’s hard to find good romantic comedies in film nowadays. Many of my favorite romantic comedies have been television shows, and I’d love to see more on networks and streaming platforms.
If you’re looking for a good, satisfying binge-watch, here are six romantic comedy TV shows for you to check out that I highly recommend.
Romantic Comedy TV Shows to Watch
Jane the Virgin
This is one of my all-time favorite television series. It kicks off when Jane, a devout Catholic and 23-year-old virgin, goes in for a routine pap smear and instead gets accidentally artificially inseminated which results in her becoming pregnant.
Yes, the concept is a bit out there, but the show is self-aware. It’s loosely based on a Venezuelan telenovela, so popular tropes from Latin telenovelas are one of the staples of the show (Jane, her mother, and her grandmother even bond over their love for telenovelas, which are like American daytime soap operas) and infuse it with a lot of humor, sex appeal, and fun twists and turns. However, it’s grounded in genuine human experiences and even explores important issues such as immigration.
You will laugh, cry, and swoon all in the space of one episode. It’s genuinely some of the best writing I’ve ever seen on television with only a few questionable choices throughout its five seasons. It has a complete arc, so you’ll feel satisfied at the end. (At least, if your preference in Jane’s love triangle is the one she ends up with. Otherwise, don’t @ me!)
The Mindy Project
First, I just have to put it out there that Mindy Kaling is one of my favorite human beings. She created, produced, wrote, and starred in this series, which is basically a love letter to her favorite genre: romantic comedies. It has a distinctly “Mindy” flair to it, though, that offers a fresh take and turns the genre on its head without compromising the heart of what we love about it.
The series is set in a small medical practice in New York City where the titular character, Mindy Lahiri, is an OB/GYN. She took her experience from writing for The Office to create a mixture of a workplace sitcom and a rom-com. All of the characters play so well off of each other and are brilliant in their own ways.
One of the coolest things about this series is the modern, real-world approach to romantic comedies. It has a proper real series finale, too, so you won’t be left hanging.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
This is a miniseries (also created by Mindy Kaling) that doesn’t share anything in common with the 1994 film except for the title and the fact that it follows a circle of friends in London as they experience four weddings and a funeral together across the series. It also includes a lot of the tropes we love about classic English rom-coms, so if you love Richard Curtis films as I do, this may be right up your alley.
While the first episode starts off a little slow, it picks up as the series goes on. I fell in love with all of the characters and became so wrapped up in the storylines. Like The Mindy Project, it’s full of Mindy’s signature humor and had me genuinely laughing out loud.
It was created to only consist of one season, so you can devour it pretty quickly, like one long movie, and take comfort in the fact that it won’t leave you hanging.
Crash Landing On You
I watched my first South Korean series (or a K-drama) last year ─ Memories of the Alhambra, a science fiction/fantasy drama ─ and was completely blown away by it. So, when I saw that Netflix had come out with a new romantic comedy K-drama starring the same lead actor, I was excited to try it out. It’s a story of two star-crossed lovers (one of my favorite tropes). She’s a South Korean heiress and he’s a North Korean army officer who meet when a paragliding accident lands her across the border in forbidden territory.
I would call this more of an experience than a TV show. Like the other K-drama, I got completely sucked into the world of the show. The writing is superb, the acting is top-notch, and it took my emotions on a complete rollercoaster (the good kind) from start to finish.
I didn’t want it to end. I would love for it to have gone on for at least a few more seasons, but the show wraps up with a clear, definitive ending. There is potential where they could extend it into more seasons, but I don’t think that was ever the intention. Regardless, I loved it and I’m looking forward to my next K-drama experience.
This show is based on the book Younger by Pamela Redmond and was brought to the screen by Darren Star, the creator of Sex and the City. It has a similarly bold, sexy vibe and a strong female cast.
Liza, a 40-year-old divorcée, tries to get a job in New York City after her ex-husband’s gambling addiction leaves her broke and struggling to support a teenage daughter, but quickly finds that despite having experience and qualifications, no one will hire her because she’s been out of the workforce for almost twenty years. After she’s mistaken for a twenty-something-year-old, she decides to try lying about her age and ends up landing a job at a big publishing house in the city.
What starts out as a means for survival ends up turning into an experience that reshapes Liza’s life and inspires her to reinvent herself as a newly single, independent woman. This show is clever and fun, but it also touches on important topics such as ageism and sexism, bringing a lot of depth to it. I just wish the episodes were an hour-long instead of only thirty minutes!
The Baker and the Beauty
STATUS: Canceled (but possibly moving to a different network)
PLATFORM(S): Amazon Prime
I was excited about this series as soon as I heard about it. It’s a romantic comedy set in one of my favorite cities (Miami) with a primarily Latin cast and a fun premise. Daniel is the oldest of three and is poised to take over his family’s bakery while Noa is a high-profile, international celebrity and CEO of a beauty/fashion brand. They have a chance encounter one night that kicks off a whirlwind romance that has a ripple effect not only on their lives, but on his family’s lives, as well.
I’ll be honest, I’m actually not a huge fan of Daniel and Noa as a couple. For me, they lack chemistry and the characters (especially Daniel) make a lot of questionable choices when they’re together. I know, you’re probably thinking, “so why are you even suggesting this then?!” Hear me out: I really like them individually as characters and I fell in love with the rest of the cast ─ Daniel’s family, his ex-girlfriend, and even Noa’s manager. They all have their own storylines that get a lot of coverage on the show, so that’s what I became invested in.
The writers have said that season two would focus more on the other characters and I’m hopeful that they will address the issues with Daniel and Noa. Unfortunately, ABC recently canceled the show, but it’s currently being shopped around to other platforms and it has a strong fan base (take a peek at the high ratings and positive reviews everywhere), so there’s a good chance it will find a home elsewhere. The first season’s finale only aired on June 1, 2020, so fingers crossed we’ll hear some good news soon!