Curling up in front of the TV with your SO can help you forget the stress of a long day or week. It’s a low-maintenance, easy date night idea, especially on a rainy or cold night when you’d rather do anything than be outside or partying with friends. The at-home entertainment options are endless, no matter which genre you prefer. The best
TV shows to watch on Netflix with your partner are the ones that satisfy both of your moods, which can be a surprisingly difficult thing to do.
Let’s say you always watch comedies when you’re home alone, while your partner is super into thrillers and true crime mysteries. You probably have trouble reaching a compromise sometimes. And when you’ve already finished all nine seasons of
The Office and sped through You in a single weekend, your options are limited. Do you start rewatching Queer Eye for the third time? Do you give into your partner’s incessant pleas to watch Outlander? Who wins this debate?
Before you start fighting over the remote and ruin your evening, look through this list of TV shows perfect for date night. I can’t promise you haven’t seen some of them, but I’m guessing at least a few will be new to you. Settle in with some popcorn and take a deep breath.
This British TV series follows a group of awkward and endearing high school students as they navigate their first experiences of sex and love. It’ll appeal to a rom com fan while also satisfying a hardcore comedy lover. It also covers important cultural themes about coming out, processing sexual assault, embracing female pleasure, and having safe sex. What’s not to love?
Are you and your partner both science and psychology nerds? You’ll have tons to discuss after marathon-watching
100 Humans together. The series explores the intricacies of human behavior by conducting a large-scale experiment on a group of 100 different people. They’ll have you examining your perspectives on life in a whole new way.
If you’re in the mood for a feel-good show that still packs an emotional punch, you can’t go wrong with
The Good Place. This comedy will make you belly laugh while also exploring themes about mortality, good versus evil, and friendship. Plus, Kristen Bell is cute as a button.
If you love true crime but are too scared to watch
The Ted Bundy Tapes, this series is a little bit different. It follows the true story of an online community of people who worked together to track a man posting violent videos online. It’s creepy, but it’s also a testament to the power of people to speak up and make a difference when they witness something concerning.
Any couple who loves hosting watch parties on
Bachelor Monday (you know you do) will enjoy the hilarity that is Love Is Blind. Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, the reality series follows couples who date in pods without seeing each other, then wind up getting engaged. No spoilers here, but it gets chaotic fast.
After a night of cooking dinner together, continue the food-themed date night by queuing up
Chef’s Table. This docuseries follows some of the world’s most ambitious chefs, and it’ll give you a newfound appreciation for their craft. Did I mention that it will definitely make you hungry? Downton Abbey brings to life everything that was so deliciously sexy about early 20th century England, and some things that were not. You get ornate bourgeois outfits and sexual tension between just about everyone — from the housemaids and the valets to the wealthy ladies and a revolving cast of male heirs — but you also get the tragedy of life before modern medicine and civil rights. This show pulls the curtain back on the lives of the haves and the have-nots, the folks who lived upstairs, and those who dwelled below, at a historical period where everything about life in England was being upended. It’s a riveting family drama with enough twists and turns and pretty people to keep you on the edge of your seat through its impressive six seasons. (And the ensuing feature films.)
Already breezed through
Fleabag and can’t get enough of Phoebe Waller-Bridge? Check out her 2016 show Crashing, the first big series she wrote and produced. It follows the lives of six twenty-somethings living together as property guardians in a disused hospital, and it’s full of Waller-Bridge’s signature quirky flair.
For fans of
Game Of Thrones and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, this fantasy drama series — based on a book series of the same name, by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski — is set on a medieval-style landmass called the “Continent,” and follows the legend of two characters, Geralt of Rivia and Princess Ciri, who share a similar destiny. Expect lots of bloodshed and withering stares. Season 2 was released on Dec. 17, 2021; in September, a third season was confirmed by Netflix, meaning you and your boo will be able to settle in for the long haul with this heart-pounding series. 10
"Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee"
It feels like you’re hanging out with your favorite celebs when watching Jerry Seinfeld’s series
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. He’s been hosting the show since 2012, and several seasons are now available on Netflix, with big-name guests like Seth Rogan, Ellen Degeneres, and Hasan Minhaj.
Did you and your partner follow the Marvel Phase One movies from start to finish? You absolutely need to see
Jessica Jones, a Marvel TV series that follows a superhero named… yep, you guessed it, Jessica Jones, who is now living and working in NYC. It’s full of surprises and OMG-worthy moments, with that classic superhero vibe you both love.
Shondaland does not disappoint with this British period series. The show, which was a smash hit following its release in December 2020, chronicles the lives of eight fictional Bridgerton siblings as they come of age in high society London during the Regency era of the early 19th century. The set and costume design alone are enough to draw anyone in, but the juicy plot, rife with scandal, is what keeps you wanting more.
Anya Taylor Joy left viewers positively shooketh with her portrayal of Beth Harmon, a fictional orphan and chess prodigy with a drug dependency from Lexington, KY. This show dropped smack in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and broke records as the most-watched series on Netflix in October 2020. Beware,
The Queen’s Gambit is only a miniseries, so do your best to not get too attached. (Spoiler alert: That will be difficult.) Big Mouth is disgusting, appalling, cringe-y, and a true television masterpiece. You and your partner will love diving into the perverted world of these hormone-afflicted animated tweens whose struggles feel all-too real, voiced by comedic gems like Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele, Jenny Slate (who swaps out for Ayo Edibiri in the show’s fourth season) and Jessi Klein. It’s a show with non-stop laughs and so much heart (plus a lot of jokes about cum).
You’ve never known drama until you’ve known Netflix’s
Cheer. Follow along in this docuseries as the country’s best competitive cheerleaders prep for the biggest moment of their careers. Get ready for tears or frustration and joy, as well as a lot of yelling “HOW ARE THEY DOING THAT!?” at the TV.
Happy viewing, lovebirds!
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