When you think of romantic comedies, you might think of movies in general, but nowadays, TV sitcoms are starting to literally steal the show.
Instead of watching a romance bloom over a single hour or two, television allows for the relationships to slowly burn over several episodes, leaving the viewers feeling more satisfied… well, depending on how the relationship develops, of course.
If you’re in the mood for a slow-burning romance instead of something more quickly scripted, here are our top recommendations for romantic-comedy shows that can only be found on TV.
Dash & Lily – Netflix
Follow along as Lily, a romantic at heart, starts exchanging a notebook back and forth with Dash, who is more of a cynic.
Through the notebook, they start to slowly learn more about each other as they start leaving it at different locations across New York City, with notes, challenges and questions written inside.
Love, Victor – Hulu
This TV romcom is based on the movie, Love, Simon. Love, Victor is just as cute and charming as it follows the story of Victor, who works through the challenges of starting a new school while also trying to figure out his sexuality.
Thanks to a cute classmate who is openly gay, things start to get complicated as Victor grows closer to him.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Netflix
This TV romcom starts out in a classic way, with Rebecca giving up her lucrative New York job so that she can pursue her old teenage crush, who lives in California.
However, what makes this show different is that it pokes at romcom stereotypes, and juggles between both embracing those tropes, and diving into the more toxic elements of relationships. But the best part? The songs!
Love Life – HBO Max
If you’re an Anna Kendrick fan, you’re going to love this romcom anthology from HBO Max. Each season follows a single main character, and first up is Kendrick.
The series follows several different romances as they each try to find their way from their first love, to the one they choose to spend their life with, and then the series jumps back and forth through time to trace each person’s personal romantic evolution.
Emily in Paris – Netflix
There’s just something about Paris that screams romance, or at least, it seems to do that a lot in romcoms in general. Emily in Paris takes things a step further, when Emily unexpectedly finds herself in France for her job, where she gets in over her head.
However, she finds a cute (and available!) neighbor to help her find her way.
Four Weddings and a Funeral – Hulu
You might be thinking, wait… isn’t there already a movie with this same title? Yep, and that’s exactly what this TV miniseries is based on. This particular series kicks off when a political director based in New York is invited to attend an old friend’s wedding all the way in London.
The trip ends up triggering old feelings as she begins to struggle with what she actually wants in life.
The Mindy Project – Hulu
What’s not to love about Mindy Kaling? Her charm comes on in full force in this romcom TV series that follows the story of an ob-gyn who keeps finding love in all the wrong places, while more than a friendship starts to grow between her and someone she isn’t even sure that she likes.
However, he might end up being exactly what she’s needed the most all along.