Love has no off-season and nor does the romance genre. Who wouldn’t like a good ‘butterflies in the stomach’ romance from time to time, even though the genre has now evolved to a much more matured and subtle version of it? No matter how many genres and tropes come by, romance never goes out of style, and that is pretty much evident by the extensive library of the streaming platform Netflix.
Hence, here are five romantic series available on Netflix for streaming if you root for love and romance:
Directed by: Jamie Payne, John Dahl, Metin Hüseyin and more
Cast: Caitríona Balfe, Sam Heughan
Time travel is one of the tropes that has endless possibilities for exploration. As all of us only have theories of how can some phenomena like that can take place, writers and creators have entwined it in stories in multiple ways. Just like the Harry Potter franchise used Time Turner for it, writers from Outlander used the standing stones at Craigh na Dun to initiate the time travel.
The story follows Claire Randall, a former WWII nurse who visited Scotland with her husband when the stones took her back in 1743 where she fell in love with a rebel Highlander from Clan MacKenzie.
Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson, Tom Verica, Sheree Folkson, Tricia Brock and more
Cast: Jonathan Bailey, Phoebe Dynevor, Ruth Gemmell, Claudia Jessie, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson
The story is set in an alternate history where Queen Charlotte’s mixed-race heritage claims were established, which resulted in a racially integrated society where race and color did matter but never in a derogatory sense. The series particularly follows Bridgerton siblings- Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth, as they become part of the society and sail through it while looking for love and purpose in life.
The backdrop of the story is in the Regency era, where the factors like marriage, fashion, socializing and extensive manners were the most important aspects of life, which are impeccably portrayed in the two seasons that have already been aired.
Emily in Paris
Directed by: Andrew Fleming, Zoe Cassavetes, Peter Lauer, Katina Medina Mora, Jennifer Arnold
Cast: Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Bruno Gouery, Camille Razat
Paris, being the city of love, automatically becomes one of the most suited places for a romantic story. Hence, Emily in Paris came into being. The story follows Emily Cooper, a 29-year-old, who works at the pharmaceutical marketing firm, the Gilbert Group in Chicago. She has a boyfriend and a good job, and life seem to be fine for her. However, she got offered a job in Paris, and following her gut feeling, Emily moved to Paris despite her incompetency in the language.
But moving to a country that is pretty much opposite to one’s own is quite a perilous task, and that’s what happened with Emily. The work environment, ethics, thought processes of people, the way of life, everything is just so different, but she tries her best to accommodate accordingly.
Never Have I Ever
Directed by: Tristram Shapeero, Linda Mendoza, Kabir Akhtar, Anu Valia, Kabir Akhtar,
Cast: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Darren Barnet, Jaren Lewison, Ramona Young, Lee Rodriguez, Poorna Jagannatha, Richa Moorjani
Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age drama and follows Devi Vishwakumar, an Indian-American girl living in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. Devi is an accomplished harpist and was introduced to it by her father, Mohan. During one of her performances at school, Mohan suffered a cardiac arrest and died, which left Devi in psychological trauma, and her lower body got paralyzed for three months.
With a weird freshman year, she hoped to make the sophomore year a success as big as she could with her friends, Eleanor and Fabiola. She made ‘losing her v-card’ the aim of her life, which subconsciously was an effort to distance herself from her grief and not deal with it.
The story becomes more complicated when she starts dating two guys at the same time: Paxton Hall-Yoshida, the most popular guy at school who excels at sports and fails in academics, and Benjamin ‘Ben’ Gross, who is her former arch-nemesis and excels at academics.
Crash Landing On You
Directed by: Lee Jung Hyo
Cast: Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Kim Jung-hyun and Seo Ji-hye
The story follows Yoon Se-ri, a chaebol heiress and a successful business owner from South Korea. In order to personally test her company’s extreme sportswear, she takes part in a paragliding adventure in Seoul. However, things went south when she got caught up in a tornado that took her across the DMZ zone in North Korean territory, where she met Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok from Korean People’s Army.
Though reluctant at first, he decided to hide her from the authorities and hatched plans to safely smuggle her back to the south, during which the two fell in love with each other.