The on-screen representation of love has various shades; ranging from the sweet, warming shade of red that sparks the butterflies in your stomach alive to a darker, more pungent red that makes you see the world through the lens of moral ambiguity. But whatever the case, it’s always delightful to watch two strangers, perhaps even from two distinct parts of the world, fall in love with each other. There is a sense of hope in the conclusion that makes us believe and even fancy such a life, hoping to meet someone and grow with them as children all over again.
If you have been musing about such romantic escapades lately, then don’t worry because we’ve gathered a list of five romantic shows to watch on Netflix this weekend.
5 Romantic shows to watch on Netflix this weekend
1. The Empress (2022-present)
A German Netflix Original historical romantic drama series, The Empress is written by Katharina Eyssen and co-written by Bernd Lange, Janna Maria Nandzik, and Lena Stahl. Based on the early life and romantic escapades of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, this German historical drama is co-directed by Florian Cossen and Katrin Gebbe.
The official synopsis of The Empress season 1 reads:
“In 1800s Austria, passionate and rebellious Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph face love under duress, intrigues and power struggles at the Viennese court.”
The Empress was renewed for a second season as of November 9, 2022. Considering the amount of viewing hours season one was able to garner within the first two weeks of its premiere, which is over 106,000,000 million hours, it does not come off as a surprise that it has been renewed for a second season. Touted as the most-watched non-English language series on Netflix for at least a week, the show has been able to gain a total of 159,800,000 million hours in the Netflix top ten.
2. Firefly Lane (2021-Present)
Based upon a popular novel by American author Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane revolves around two best friends and the escapades that follow in their personal lives. Firefly Lane was ranked in the Netflix top 10s, and it was also successful in garnering a position in US top 10 list for 36 days.
Here’s the official synopsis of Firefly Lane (given by Kristin Hannah):
“In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all—beauty, brains, ambition.”
3. First Kill (2022-Present)
First Kill, featuring Sarah Catherine Hook and Imani Lewis, was written by Felicia D. Henderson and Victoria Schwab. It was based on a short story written by Schwab. A Netflix Original, First Kill was widely adored, according to the sources.
The official synopsis of the series, according to Netflix, reads:
“Falling in love is tricky for teens Juliette and Calliope: One’s a vampire, the other’s a vampire hunter — and both are ready to make their first kill.”
According to Collider’s Jay Snow, “Netflix’s First Kill follows the forbidden and blossoming lesbian love story between legacy vampire Juliette Fairmont (Sarah Catherine Hook) and hunter Calliope “Cal” Burns (Imani Lewis). As their feelings for one another grow, so does the complex nature of their relationship and the two opposing forces their families represent. Can there be a happy ending in this story?”
4. Heartstopper (2022-present)
Created by Alice Oseman, Heartstopper is based upon the titular graphic novel featuring Joe Locke and Kit Conner, in the roles of Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson respectively. A Netflix Original British romantic teen drama, Heartstopper follows the friendship of the two characters whose friendship slowly culminates into something deeper and stronger. The movie does not only recount the friends’ journey into their romantic relationship, but it also discusses their journey of accepting their sexual identities.
The official synopsis of Heartstopper (courtesy of IMDb) reads:
“Heartstopper is about love, friendship, and loyalty. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make something larger. Charlie and Nick attend the same school but never meet until the day they’re made to sit together.”
5. Sweet Magnolias (2020-Present)
Created by Sheryl J. Anderson, Sweet Magnolias is set in the small fictional town of Serenity, North Carolina. The story follows the lives of three best friends Maddie (Joanna Garcia-Swisher), Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott) and Helen (Heather Headley) who form a group together, popularly called the Sweet Magnolias around Serenity. A perfect amalgamation of heartwarming and lighthearted, the series is quintessentially about love, between friends, family, community and especially, the romantic love between partners.
The official synopsis of Sweet Magnolias (courtesy of IMDb) reads:
“Three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, shepherd one another through the complexities of romance, career, and family. Three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, shepherd one another through the complexities of romance, career, and family.”