It’s the season of love; of music; of poetry; of chocolates and so much more that remains unsaid, but only felt. Valentine’s Day is here and it’s the best opportunity to showcase your love for your partner. If you’re single, you can still grab this opportunity to “rise” in love with yourself all over again.
Now, you can go all gaga and decide on a one-day solo trip if you’re single or plan out a day’s itinerary with your partner. But, if you don’t want to do all of that, a chill day out with yourself and your blanket is what you’re looking forward to on this day, then why not? And who better than Netflix to chill with, right?
So, we have compiled a list of the five best romantic shows that you can watch this Valentine’s Day.
5 Best romantic shows to watch on Valentine’s Day 2023
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.”
2. Sweet Magnolias
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.”
Directed by Jeffrey Richman and Darren Star, Netflix’s Uncoupled is centered around the life of a man who is living in NYC wanting to reconnect with life after overcoming a long-term relationship. Spanned across eight episodes, this Netflix comedy made its debut on the streaming giant on July 29, 2022. On the reviews’ front, the show seems to have garnered fairly good traction with Rotten Tomatoes rating it 77% and a 7.0/10 on IMDb.
The official synopsis of the show reads:
“Michael’s life seemed to be perfect, until his long time partner blindsided him after 17 years of being in long time relationship. He has to confront the nightmares of losing his soulmate and suddenly finding himself as a single gay man in his mid-40s.”
4. Virgin River
Premiered for the first time on Netflix in December 2019, Virgin River has garnered exponential fame and a fan base that remains unparalleled even today. Featuring A-list stars such as Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence and Jenny Cooper, the season four finale has left the fans of the show wanting more.
Ever since season 3 of Virgin River premiered on Netflix, which according to What’s on Netflix is the highest-grossing season so far, the show was renewed for two more seasons.
As per Netflix’s top 10 hourly charts, season 4 was featured on the list for six weeks garnering 304.790M hours globally between July 17 and August 28, 2022. This is by far, one of the best romantic dramas that you can watch with your partner on Valentine’s Day.
5. Firefly Lane
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 the 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.”