Valentine’s Day means something different to everybody. It can mean chocolates and romance for some, and a quiet night at home for others. It may mean spending time with a significant other, a day baking cookies with the kids, or having a drunk Galentine’s with the ladies.
Though previous years might have been spent with candlelit dinners or weekends away, this year, with so many states still under quarantine restrictions, what’s better than a cozy night at home? If the plan is to spend this Valentine’s snuggled up with a loved one and binging a new show, there are plenty of romantic options perfect for any Valentine’s Day occasion.
10 Emily In Paris – 7.1
What is more romantic than a trip to Paris? Emily’s life changes forever when she is hired by a marketing firm in France to give them an American perspective on their business, but amongst the awkwardness and culture clashes, she finds herself on a search for love and maybe even for the real Emily. The hit dramedy stars the adorable Lily Collins, and currently has ten episodes available on Netflix.
9 Bridgerton – 7.3
Often referred to as a Regency-era version of Gossip Girl, this period romance based on a series of novels by Julia Quinn is smart, sexy, and endlessly entertaining. Brilliantly blending the historic with modern elements, Bridgerton tells a beautiful love story with all the wit and playfulness of any Jane Austen classic.
Narrated by Julie Andrews as the mysterious Lady Whistledown, and starring a cast as talented as they are easy on the eyes, Bridgerton is the perfect, romantic Valentine’s binge.
8 Reign – 7.5
Another historical romance, Reign is loosely based on the true story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Detailing her marriage to Prince Francis, her life in French courts, and her eventual rise to power, Reign is also a steamy romance that has its fair share of love triangles – and perhaps even quadrangles – particularly with Francis’ handsome and roguish brother, Sebastian.
7 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – 7.8
Rebecca abandons her stable life as a New York attorney to chase romance on the West Coast in this quirky, CW comedy-musical starring Rachel Bloom. Creative, hilarious, and musically entertaining all at once, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend not only keeps the laughter coming, but it delves into important topics such as mental health and pursuing personal happiness.
6 True Blood – 7.8
Fans of fantasy need to look no further than True Blood. Adapted from a series of romance novels written by Charlaine Harris, True Blood tells the story of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress that finds herself in a love triangle between two handsome vampires (and sometimes a werewolf too).
Both sensual and action-packed, this hit series ran for seven seasons before its end and has recently been picked up for a reboot series.
5 Jane The Virgin – 7.8
Jane is devout Catholic intent on saving herself for marriage, but her life takes a shocking and incredible turn when she is accidentally artificially inseminated at a routine doctor’s appointment and becomes pregnant. Based on a Venezuelan telenovela, it follows Jane’s journey as she wades through the good and bad of her new life and discovers who she wants to be. This dramedy is sure to make fans laugh and cry.
4 Modern Love – 8.0
Binging a show can be a commitment, and there isn’t always the time or energy to get invested. Amazon Prime’s Modern Love is a star-studded anthology of 30-minute, standalone episodes that include big name actors such as Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, and Andy Garcia. Each short follows new characters as they go through the ups and downs of love in its many forms, whether platonic, romantic, or familial.
3 Love, Victor – 8.1
A coming of age television show set in the world of the film Love, Simon, this DisneyPlus original series follows Victor, his struggles to fit in at a new high school, and his discovery and exploration of his sexuality, which he confronts through letters to Simon.
Starring Michael Cimino as Victor Salazar, the popular LGBT sitcom aired for ten episodes in the Summer of 2020, and has been greenlit for a second season.
2 Outlander – 8.3
A World War II nurse, Claire Randall celebrates the end of the war with a trip to Scotland to rekindle her relationship with her husband, but her life is turned upside down when she finds herself suddenly and mysteriously transported back in time to 1743. Based on a series of fantasy-romance novels written by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is an epic journey of romance, fantasy, and time travel.
1 This Is Us – 8.7
A beautiful story that spans decades as it unfolds the lives of generations of the Pearson family, This Is Us is an endearing tale of enduring love and family togetherness. Starring a fantastic ensemble cast including Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, and Chrissy Metz, This Is Us is not for the emotionally faint of heart and is guaranteed to make viewers cry, just as much as it touches their hearts.
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