Gone are the days when boy-meet-girl was the typical romantic story people were interested in. I mean, we won’t miss SRK’s next, but sometimes it’s nice to watch a realistic depiction of the complex emotion known as love. Here are some of the most romantic web series you can watch, as we inch closer to Valentine’s Day.
1. Permanent Roommates
When overeager Mikesh (Sumeet Vyas) returns to India from the US and wants to get married to long-time and long-distance girlfriend Tanya (Nidhi Singh), his girlfriend is not on board. To come to a compromise, they decide to live together and see how things go from there. What happens next is a roller coaster of adventures of love, comedy, and the complexities of relationships in modern India.
2. Little Things
Dhruv (Dhruv Sehgal) and Kavya (Mithila Palkar) are an everyday couple in Little Things, but they are extraordinary in the way they handle life. While friends, long-distance relationships, and appearing picture perfect threaten their relationship, they don’t resort to misunderstandings or OTT melodrama, instead they talk it out. This series is a must-watch for those looking for realistic depictions of love.
3. Crash Landing On You
Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) is a beautiful heiress and a leading fashion businesswoman in South Korea, but one accident lands her in North Korea, where she is saved by the stoic North Korean military officer Lee Jung-hyeok (Hyun Bin). From enemies to friends to lovers, this K-Drama will blow your blow with intense chemistry, amazon cinematography, and star-crossed love that will leave you in tears!
Inspired by Julia Quinn’s novels, Shonda Rhimes’ first original series for Netflix is a story of Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) who is out in society during England’s early 1800s Regency period and looking to charm the perfect man for marriage. She strikes up a reluctant ruse with Duke Simon (Regé-Jean Page) as they fool everyone into thinking they are a couple for their own means. What happens next is told by Lady Whistledown, an anonymous gossip columnist, who has ears everywhere. Period costumes to make you swoon, lots of intimate scenes, a story of sibling love, and classical renditions of pop songs makes Bridgerton the perfect watch.
5. Normal People
Based on Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel, this Irish series follows Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) and their relationship from high school to college. With diverse backgrounds, traumas, their various loves, and how they keep coming back to each other forms the premise of Normal People. Despite the name, they are anything but Normal People.
6. Modern Love
Stemming from a weekly New York Times column, Modern Love is a case against the clichéd heteronormative rom-com based stories of love. Every episode is a story of a different couple, and their dealings with their emotions and relationships. Love stories from a same-sex couple, a woman with a bipolar personality, a dating app owner, and others will make you question just how much you know about love. Oh also, looking at Dev Patel doesn’t hurt.