17 TV Romantic Comedies You Need to Make a Date With
Romantic comedies aren’t just a movie genre anymore – tons of TV shows are borrowing heavily from the rom-com to create long-running, slow-burn romances that take place over several episodes or even seasons instead of just an hour or two. While some feel like a full-fledged romantic comedy, with love stories as the main plot, others take those romantic-comedy elements and weave them in with other stories about friendship, career, and more. No matter what kind of rom-com you’re looking for, though, there’s something streaming that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! We’ve rounded up some of our very favorite romantic-comedy TV shows that are streaming right now. Keep reading for our recommendations so you can feel the love, too.
In a lot of ways, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a romantic comedy that also deconstructs and pokes fun at romantic comedies. It starts off with a classic premise – Rebecca (Rachel Bloom), a high-powered lawyer, bails on her New York job to impulsively follow her teenage crush out to suburban California – but then the show spends just as much time diving into toxic tropes about romance as it does embracing the most swoon-worthy aspects of your favorite comedies. And they do it in song!
Emily in Paris
This year’s most polarizing new comedy brings together the fish-out-of-water workplace comedy and a whirlwind Parisian romance. When Emily (Lily Collins) unexpectedly heads to France for work, she gets in over her head with work politics – not to mention with her very cute (and very unavailable) neighbor.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Based on the iconic rom-com, this miniseries traces the romantic misadventures of a group of friends (and the titular weddings and funeral, of course). The story kicks off when a New York-based political director (Nathalie Emmanuel) gets invited to an old friend’s wedding in London. As soon as she arrives, she gets sucked into their personal entanglements and struggles to figure out what it is she actually wants, too.
At first glance, Greek looks like just another a mid-2000s teen comedy. Once it settles in, however, it goes from a chaotic, soapy dramedy about Greek life at a fictional university to a surprisingly sweet romantic comedy centered on an opposites-attract duo and the friends in their orbit.
Hart of Dixie
This old-school CW dramedy veers into the soapy side of things on occasion, but for the most part, it’s a sweet romantic comedy that is cheerfully aware of its own silliness. It comes with a Hallmark-ready premise: a New York doctor (Rachel Bilson) unexpectedly has to move to take over a practice in a small Alabama town and finds herself quickly embroiled in the quirky plots and charms of her new home and its denizens.
Loosely based on the 2000 John Cusack movie, this version of High Fidelity focuses on Rob (Zoë Kravitz), a pop culture junkie and record-store owner who’s trying to get over her past relationships. As she tries to figure out where she went wrong, she also starts pushing toward the possibility of new love.
Jane the Virgin
It’s a family dramedy and a parody of telenovelas, but at its heart, Jane the Virgin is a sweet and occasionally devastating romantic comedy. When an unbelievable mix-up at the doctor’s office leads to virginal Jane (Gina Rodriguez) getting artificially inseminated, her life gets turned upside down – not to mention a new love triangle between her, her sweet cop boyfriend (Brett Dier), and her baby’s father (Justin Baldoni).
The TV follow-up to Love, Simon is every bit as charming and cute in its exploration of the highs and lows of young love. Victor (Michael Cimino) is dealing with the dual challenges of a new school and figuring out his sexuality, and things get even more complicated when he grows closer to his cute, openly gay classmate (George Sear).
The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling’s signature comedy has all the heart and humor of the best romantic comedies, plus a delicious frenemies-to-lovers storyline. Rom-com-loving ob-gyn Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) struggles with an often-disastrous personal life, dating all the wrong guys – until the tension between her and someone she’s not even sure if she likes turns out to be just what she’s looking for.
Lovesick is that rare romantic comedy that captures the intensely awkward parts of searching for love as much as the butterflies of romance. After finding out he has an STD, Dylan (Johnny Flynn) sets out to notify his former partners, revisiting past mistakes and learning some things about what he really wants from love along the way.
Never Have I Ever
Never Have I Ever‘s intrepid, awkward heroine Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) definitely thinks she’s living in a romantic comedy, but her efforts to make her favorite tropes come true end up landing her in more and more trouble. Between her family drama, dealing with lingering trauma from her dad’s death, and a love triangle she definitely didn’t expect to be in, the rom-com elements are just one part of this sweet comedy.
It might start out as a fish-out-of-water comedy about unlucky-in-love Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and her three new roommates, but New Girl quickly transforms itself into a full-fledged romantic comedy. Jess and her friends’ pursuits of love are alternately funny and heartfelt, and there’s a good reason this show usually appears on lists of “best first kisses,” too!
A meet-cute, a complicated heroine, a love triangle, and amazingly witty supporting characters – Younger has all the elements of a perfect rom-com! When 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) lies about her age to get a foot in the door at a publishing company, she winds up launching a whole spiral of lies that she has to balance with her new friendships, a romance with a younger guy (Nico Tortorella), and a connection with her boss (Peter Hermann) who’s actually her own age.