In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to put the spotlight on 50 of the most romantic TV shows from around the world. Now this, by all means, is not an all comprehensive list! But rather 50 examples of some of the best as well as some of the most unabashedly romantic TV series out there.

But what do I mean by unabashed? Unabashed literally means unashamed, unapologetic, and boldly sure of itself. In other words, these are the romantic TV shows embracing romance in all its wonderful glory. These shows don’t tip-toe around the love stories but rather grab ahold of what makes all of us romantics in the world love the genre.

Personally, I find these shows refreshing in today’s cynical world that believes romance is more about swiping left than about an emotional connection.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I prefer the epic, sweeping love stories over crude, pornographic romances any day. I’m more of a Jane Austen girl than 50 Shades of Grey after all. And these examples reflect that.

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From period dramas, paranormal romance, fantasy, international romance, to romantic comedies, and more, there’s something in here for everyone. However, there are no miniseries on the list – we’ll save that for another day.

To make it easier for all of you looking for your next binge-watch (or slow burn if that’s more your style), I’ve also included where you can watch these fantastic romantic TV shows (when available)! Who knows, you may find yourself with something new to fall in love with.

A Few Tips

TIP 1: Click on each title to read more about the show.

TIP 2: Most Korean Dramas have only one season and therefore almost always have a definitive ending. So don’t worry if there are only a small number of episodes. Watch K-Dramas (and even many of the other Asian dramas) like you would read a good book. There is typically a beginning, middle, and end.

TIP 3: If you haven’t heard of some of these streaming services, most of them have free trials making it the perfect time to watch at least one of the shows.

UPDATE: Streaming availability was updated in July 2019.

50 Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows

(In Alphabetical Order)

1. Autumn’s Concerto (2009-2010)

Autumn's Concerto; Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: TTV

Why You Should Watch: This heartfelt romance from Taiwan will pull on your heartstrings and make you root for this couple despite all of the obstacles in their path. Make sure to have tissues on hand when watching!

Content Note: A mild TV-14

Where to Watch: Netflix, Viki, DVD.

2. Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)

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Photo: CBS

Why You Should Watch: A ’80s classic TV Show exploring the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale in a refreshing and enjoyable way. If you love Beauty and the Beast stories or urban fantasy, then this one is a must-see!

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access, DVD.

3. Blood Ties (2007)

Blood Ties; 50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: Lifetime

Why You Should Watch: This urban fantasy/paranormal romance TV series is about a royal, immortal vampire. It’s an example of how to do a love triangle right.

Beyond that, the chemistry between the two leads is fantastic! If you like the wit of Veronica Mars as well as paranormal romance, then definitely check out Blood Ties – a lesser-known Canadian series.

Content Note: TV-14 for supernatural violence and sensuality

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD.

4. Boys Over Flowers (2009)

boys over flowers
Photo: KBS

Why You Should Watch: If you’re new to the world of Korean Dramas (or need somewhere to start), Boys Over Flowers is the perfect show to watch.

Basically, if you love the old-fashioned romance style of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, romanticism, romantic comedies, and/or fairytales, then trust me, you should be watching K-Dramas.

The addicting romance is part romantic comedy, part drama, part fairy tale, and isn’t afraid to deal with complex issues. Somehow you’ll find yourself rooting for Jan-di and Goo Joon-Pyo to be together despite their rocky start and his “evil” mother.

If you love old-fashioned romance, bad boy transformations, Cinderella-like stories, and just being entertained in general, then check out Boys Over Flowers.

Content Note: TV-14 for bullying situations and some adult themes. The romance is old-fashioned and most of the series feels PG.

Where to Watch: Netflix, Hulu, Viki, DVD.

5. Chuck (2007-2012)

Chuck; 50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: NBC

Why You Should Watch: There is something joyful about watching Chuck (played by the always likable Zachary Levi) and his endearing optimism. As he’s thrown into the world of spies and intrigue, he falls in love with the agent hired to protect him. Chuck is a spy romantic comedy that will capture your heart from beginning to end!

Content Note: TV-14 for mild violence, mild profanity, and sexual references

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video. You can also buy on Digital or DVD.

6. Coffee Prince (2007)

coffee prince
Photo: MBC

Why You Should Watch: This romantic Korean Drama/romantic comedy remains one of Korea’s most popular romantic TV shows to date. The unusual romance about a girl who pretends to be a boy (and then falls in love with a boy who believes she’s a boy-man) will captivate you from the start. If you’re looking for a dreamy male lead, look no further than the charismatic and handsome Gong Yoo!

Content Note: Mostly feels TV-PG

Where to Watch: Viki, Tubi, OnDemandKorea, DVD.

7. Dark Angel (2000-2002)

Dark Angel
Photo: Fox

Why You Should Watch: If you love stories about underdogs and sci-fi romance, then Dark Angel should be right up your alley. Plus, you get to see the amazing chemistry between a young Jessica Alba (arguably her best role) and Michael Weatherly (NCIS).

What’s great about this show is that it was ahead of its time in relation to great female roles. The girl is the “superhero” while the guy is the computer whiz behind the scenes supporting her.

James Cameron was also the creator and even directs the epic finale (unfortunately, there’s a cliffhanger due to the show’s unfortunate cancellation).

If you love romances like Oliver and Felicity from Arrow then you should enjoy Dark Angel. It’s an example of how romance doesn’t need to be angsty with unnecessary drama (like constant breaks ups and keeping secrets) to create obstacles. Rather, good old-fashioned outside conflict and complex emotions work to keep these two apart. And that’s refreshing to watch.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Buy on DVD (inexpensive).

8. Descendants of the Sun (2016)

Descendants of the Sun.
Photo: KBS

Why You Should Watch: One of the most popular Korean romances, Descendants of the Sun captures old-fashioned romance in all its wonderful glory. It’s also refreshingly about characters in their thirties.

How often do you see a non-explicit romance about adults where the lead female has never really dated before? Descendants of the Sun embraces romance unabashedly and includes swoon-worthy scenes from start to finish. And there are not just one or two romances to enjoy, but three!

By the end (or was it the beginning?), Shi-jin will leave you wishing you could meet a guy just like him!

RELATED | Descendants of the Sun Review – Epic Romantic K-Drama

Content Note: TV-14 for medical situations, violence, and intense sequences. However, mostly feels PG.

Where to Watch: Hulu, Viki. Buy on DVD (expensive).

9. Doctor Who (2005-)

Doctor and Rose in Doctor Who.
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: This British fantasy/sci-fi/time travel series grabbed my heart and never let go. I especially fell in love with the slow-build romance between the Doctor and Rose (a female character most of us girls can relate to).

And while their romance will break your heart, it will also have you believing in love as well as in the idea that every person can make a difference. Basically, if you’re looking for an escape from all your troubles, Doctor Who may be just the prescription you need.

Trust me, you’ll love David Tennant as the 10th Doctor (I also have a special love for Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor). Hating him is like hating puppies!

And while it’s the first four seasons of “new” Doctor Who I love the most and personally recommend due to the romance, the later seasons are still worth watching. Just expect an almost entirely different show under a new showrunner.

That’s one thing about Doctor Who. It’s always regenerating to keep itself fresh. You’ll have to decide for yourself which era of the show you like best! But as far as old-fashioned romance goes, seasons 1-4 is where it’s at.

Content Note: Mostly TV-PG

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video. You can also buy on Digital or DVD.

10. Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

Mary and Matthew in Downton Abbey
Photo: ITV

Why You Should Watch: If you’re still one of the few to have not seen this cultural phenomenon, you’re lucky because you can now stream all six seasons without having to wait a year between seasons! 

With the feel of a classic novel, this original period drama has layered characters and believable romances to fall in love with. Not to mention the fabulous performances from the entire cast! Downton Abbey is not a show to be missed!

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Content Note: TV-PG. A few episodes deal with more adult themes.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, PBS Passport, buy on Digital or DVD.

11. Dracula (2013-2014)

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Photo: NBC

Why You Should Watch: This steampunk adaptation of Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers fell under the radar but is actually quite good. If you love gothic romance, Byronic Heroes, and steampunk, make sure to check out this entertaining series.

RELATED | Ten Reasons You Should Give NBC’S Dracula a Second Chance

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: NBC, buy on Digital or DVD.

12. General & I (2017)

General and I. Romantic TV Shows.
Photo: Viki

Why You Should Watch: While I have only just started this Chinese romantic TV series, I already love the beautiful costumes, production design, and the sweeping star-crossed romance. Hopefully, the series keeps up the epic feel.

In all, if you love star-crossed romance, intelligent female leads, and historical shows, then make sure to check out the General and I.

Content Note: So far, seems TV-14 for battle scenes.

Where to Watch: Viki

13. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007; 2016)

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Photo: WB

Why You Should Watch: Because Gilmore Girls is awesome with fantastic female characters, believable family drama, an unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter, small-town charm, and, of course, romance!

Influenced by the fast-talking narrative style of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Gilmore Girls has just the right amount of charm for those of us who appreciate clever dialogue, wit, and old-fashioned romance.

Content Note: TV-PG (a few TV-14 episodes sneak in)

Where to Watch: Netflix. You can also buy on Digital or DVD.

14. Goblin: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017)

Goblin Kdrama
Photo: tvN

Why You Should Watch: If you like shows like Being Human, Doctor Who, good fantasy, or any stories influenced by fairy tales and folklore, then Goblin is a show you can’t miss! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this fantastically written and acted series.

And while it’s the bromance between an immortal goblin and an eccentric grim reaper stealing the show, the romances in this series are epic in scope and embraced unabashedly. With twists and turns at every corner, prepare to be hooked from start to finish. This series is also great for newbies in the Korean Drama world.

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Content Note: TV-14 for fantasy violence. Mostly feels PG.

Where to Watch: Viki, DVD.

15. Grand Hotel (2011-2013)

Grand Hotel; Romantic TV Shows
Photo: Sky TV

Why You Should Watch: An addicting period drama from Spain, Grand Hotel may be one of the best period dramas to ever air on TV. You will not be able to stop watching! The romance and the chemistry between the leads are simply off the charts.

Sometimes it’s nice to watch a series unafraid to be what it is: a romance. Of course, with murder, deception, secrets, and more, on the side.

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Content Note: A few scenes of sexuality are sprinkled throughout the show, but they are infrequent and not explicit. It is rated TV-PG with a couple of episodes TV-14.

Where to Watch: Netflix

16. Greatest Love (2011)

Greatest Love. 50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows
Photo: MBC

Why You Should Watch: If you’re looking for a hilarious romantic comedy TV series to watch, then Greatest Love should be at the top of your list. This K-Drama takes a fun look at celebrity culture behind the scenes.

If you enjoy romantic comedies based on situational humor (like Sandra Bullock films), then you should enjoy this laugh out loud romance about an A-list movie-star with an attitude problem and a fallen pop star with a heart of gold.

Content Note: Feels mostly TV-PG

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, Viki, DVD.

17. Hart of Dixie (2011-2015)

Hart of Dixie.
Photo: CW

Why You Should Watch: If you enjoy stories about small towns, then you should enjoy this light-hearted romantic comedy TV series. If only I could live in a town where most people’s biggest problems are who they should date!

Content Note: TV-PG (a few episodes might be TV-14)

Where to Watch: Netflix. You can also buy on Digital or DVD.

18. The Hour (2011-2012)

Bel and Freddie
Freddie (Ben Whishaw) and Bel (Romola Garai) in the period drama, The Hour.
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: Often compared to Mad Men, I argue this British series is much better! One aspect of this wonderfully written show (Abi Morgan won an Emmy for the writing in this series) making it stand out is the slow build romance between best friends, Freddie and Bel.

In all, you don’t want to miss this amazing series with award-worthy performances and the emotionally deep romance that pulls the story together.

Content Note: TV-14 for some sexual situations and adult themes, brief strong language, and a few scenes of violence.

Where to Watch: Acorn TV. You can also buy on Digital or DVD.

19. I’m Sorry, I Love You (2004)

I'm Sorry I Love You
Photo: KBS

Why You Should Watch: If you enjoy a good tragedy, this Korean Drama phenomenon is one of the best! So Ji-sub’s performance will draw you into this heartbreaking and compelling romance series and you won’t be able to stop watching!

RELATED | I’m Sorry, I Love You TV Review – A Strangely Mesmerizing Romantic Tragedy

Content Note: TV-14 for adult themes; nothing explicit in this series

Where to Watch: Viki

20. It’s Okay, That’s Love (2014)

it's okay that's love
Photo: SBS

Why You Should Watch: A great drama for anyone interested in psychology or who love films like A Beautiful Mind.

When two broken people (one with OCD and a mysterious illness and the other with a panic anxiety disorder) find each other, they have to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles (mental illness) to be together. I can’t say enough about how much I love this romantic series which is at times much lighter than you might expect.

Content Note: TV-14 for adult themes, discussions, and situations; also includes some sensuality.

Where to Watch: Viki, DVD.

21. Jane the Virgin (2014-2019)

Michael and Jane kiss in Chapter Twenty-Six of Jane the Virgin.
Michael and Jane kiss in Chapter Twenty-Six of Jane the Virgin.

Why You Should Watch: Part romantic comedy, part telenovela, this award-winning series is addicting and wonderful for those of us (like Jane) who love old-fashioned romance and believe in happy endings. Though don’t be surprised when the show becomes tragic – it is part telenovela after all.

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Content Note: Ranges between TV-PG and TV-14 depending on the episode.

Where to Watch: Netflix, CW/CW Seed (only limited seasons). You can also buy on digital or DVD.

22. La Femme Nikita (1997-2001)

La Femme Nikita kiss. Romantic TV Shows.
Photo: CTV/WB

Why You Should Watch: This Canadian series about a young woman forced to be a spy/operative is at its best when it’s all about the slow build romance between Michael and Nikita.

While he seems cold at first, as the romance builds you won’t be able to stop watching their compelling love story. If you enjoy TV romances where the main couple has intense chemistry and a deep emotional connection, then make sure to watch La Femme Nikita.

Content Note: TV-14 for violence and sexual situations

Where to Watch: Buy on Digital or DVD.

23. The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016-2017)

The Legend of the Blue Sea
Photo: SBS

Why You Should Watch: A modern-day romance about a mermaid and a human told in two different time periods? Just, yes! This is one of my favorite shows of the past couple of years.

The epic star-crossed romance across time is perfect for anyone who enjoys fairy tales, folklore, period dramas, and paranormal romance. The show can be both funny and dramatic in the best ways possible!

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Content Note: Mostly TV-PG; A couple of episodes are closer to TV-14 for adult themes and violence. Overall, Legend of the Blue Sea is an old-fashioned romance with nothing explicit.

Where to Watch: Viki, Hulu, DVD.

24. Legend of the Seeker (2008-2010)

Legend of the Seeker.
Legend of the Seeker. Photo: ABC Studios

Why You Should Watch: If you enjoy fantasy, this romantic TV series should be a good fit! What makes Legend of the Seeker so compelling is the forbidden romance between Richard and Kahlan. Can they find a way to be together despite her dark powers and his hero destiny? The chemistry between the two leads is fantastic and the show is a whole lot of fun to watch.

Content Note: TV-14 (mostly for fantasy violence and some sensuality)

Where to Watch: ABC. You can also buy on Digital or DVD.

25. Lost (2004-2010)

Lost. 50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: ABC

Why You Should Watch: Besides being a fantasy/sci-fi mystery series that will have you hooked from the start, what really makes the show work are the characters and the relationships – many of which are unabashedly romantic. If you haven’t watched Lost yet, it’s never too late to check out this popular series!

Content Note: TV-14 for sensuality and implied sexuality, frightening scenes, some violence, and occasional profanity.

Where to Watch: Hulu. You can also buy on Digital or DVD.

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