50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch

26. Love of My Life (Tatta Hitotsu no Koi) (2006)

50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: NTV

Why You Should Watch: This Japanese drama about a romance across social divides is perfect for lovers of old-fashioned romance and star-crossed love stories.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Currently unavailable.

27. Master’s Sun (2013)

the master's sun
Photo: SBS

Why You Should Watch: The Master’s Sun has quickly become one of my favorite TV shows of all time. This dark Korean Romantic Comedy is easily one of the most romantic TV shows of all time – and it’s one of the best.

It’s also perfect for fans of gothic romance. Imagine a combination of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester and you’ll find Joo Joong-won. If you want a list of more reasons to watch, check out our review below!

Content Note: TV-14 for a few frightening scenes, mild innuendo, and language; mostly TV-PG

Where to Watch: Viki, DVD.

28. Miranda (2009-2015)

Gary (Tom Ellis) and Miranda (Miranda Hart)
Gary (Tom Ellis) and Miranda (Miranda Hart)
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: This British romantic comedy TV series has two of the most likable leads you can possibly imagine. The show is also hilarious – especially if you appreciate British humor. Imagine Bridget Jones’s Diary if it were a sitcom.

What I love about the series is that Miranda is not your typical leading lady. She’s wholly original and funny and it’s lovely to watch this female character find herself as the series progresses.

Period drama fans may know the actress best as Chummy from Call the Midwife! The series is also unabashedly romantic. If you haven’t seen this popular British series, you should definitely give it a chance.

Content Note: TV-14 for innuendo, sensuality, and occasional strong language

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

29. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012-2015)

Jack and Miss Fisher
Jack and Miss Fisher share a waltz!
Photo: Acorn TV

Why You Should Watch: Miss Fisher may be one of the best female characters on TV. Beyond that, the show itself is witty, entertaining, has the best costumes ever, and the slow build romance between Private Investigator Phryne Fisher and Detective Jack Robinson is perfection.

This Australian cozy mystery series embraces romance and even ends every episode with a romantic moment between Miss Fisher and Jack.

There’s also an incredibly cute romance between Miss Fisher’s wholesome assistant Dot and the handsome Inspector, Hugh. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is fun to watch and will make you want to get a new wardrobe and definitely wear red lipstick!

Content Note: Very infrequently, Miss Fisher does have some adult content thrown in (though not explicit). There’s also a lot of strong sensuality. It is rated TV-14.

Where to Watch: Netflix, Acorn TV, Hoopla. You can also buy on Digital and DVD.

30. Moonlight (2007-2008)

Mick and Beth in Moonlight.
Mick carries Beth in the Moonlight pilot. Mick really is the most romantic and chivalrous vampire ever. 
Photo: CBS.

Why You Should Watch: Moonlight is one of my favorite romantic TV shows of all time. There was just something about it I fell in love with. I still feel bummed over its unfair cancellation – despite decent ratings. Thankfully, for the most part, the show ends on a good note.

If you enjoy paranormal romance, Byronic Heroes, gothic literature, and urban fantasy, you should definitely watch Moonlight. The series has a great wit (rather dry) with Alex O’Loughlin playing the dreamiest and most gentlemanly vampire thus far.

Sophia Myles plays the perfect match to O’Loughlin as their chemistry sizzles. To add to the romance, Moonlight also has unique and rich vampire mythology steeped in French Royal vampires amid the French Revolution.

As a bonus, Veronica Mars fans should appreciate Jason Dohring as Josef (Mick’s vampire best friend) and his signature snark. This is a show I can watch time and time again and it never gets old.

Sure, some of the procedural elements aren’t fantastic but it’s the old-fashioned romance, relationships, and mythology that will make you fall in love with it.

Content Note: TV-14 for vampire violence and sensuality. The main romance is old-fashioned in style.

Where to Watch: CW Seed. You can also buy on Digital and DVD.

31. My Love From Another Star (2013)

My Love From Another Star
Photo: SBS

Why You Should Watch: Roswell fans, there is another romantic alien story out there! A huge international hit, this Korean paranormal romance series is fantastic and a joy to watch. While the show’s theme song takes some adjusting to (the song’s pretty cheesy), the show itself is wonderful.

With romantic scene after romantic scene, you’ll definitely find yourself rooting for this grumpy immortal alien and the movie-star he falls in love with. Lovers of period dramas will also appreciate the flashbacks to his past life and why he becomes drawn to this woman in the present day.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Viki, DVD.

32. Oh My Venus (2015-2016)

Oh My Venus; 50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: KBS2

Why You Should Watch: This romantic dramedy has one of the most attractive male characters…ever! You’ll fall in love with one of the cutest TV couples ever in this story of an overweight woman (Shin Min-ah) who gets the help of a celebrity personal trainer to lose weight.

If you’re thinking that this is another story of a male character falling for a woman AFTER she has a makeover, think again! Young Ho (So Ji-sub) truly does not care about what someone looks like on the outside but rather just wants each person to be healthy on the inside. He’s empathetic, kind, a knight in shining armor type, and doesn’t play mind games.

What’s great about this romance is that you have a male character who is direct about his feelings. There are too many swoon-worthy romantic moments in this series to count.

Content Note: TV-PG/TV-14; Nothing explicit but there are adult themes, some innuendo, and sensuality. Mostly feels PG.

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

33. Once Upon a Time (2011-2018)

Once upon a time; 50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: ABC

Why You Should Watch: What makes the show worth watching are the various old-fashioned (for the most part) romances influenced by fairy tales. It’s an uplifting series full of adventure and romance.

Content Note: TV-PG (at times closer to TV-14)

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

34. The Originals (2013-2018)/The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)

Klaus and Camille
Klaus and Camille (The Originals) have the relationship most steeped in old-fashioned romance across the two series.
Photo: CW

Why You Should Watch: From the same story universe, I decided to group these two shows together. While I personally prefer The Originals, both shows are incredibly entertaining and perfect to watch if you’re a fan of paranormal romance, Byronic Heroes, and gothic love stories.

Content Note: TV-14 for vampire/supernatural violence, sensuality, implied sexuality, occasional profanity

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

35. The Paradise (2012-2013)

The Paradise.
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: This is romantic period drama at its best. So if you’re looking for a fashionable period drama with memorable characters, emotional stories, and an old-fashioned romance (based on a French classic novel), then look no further than The Paradise.

Content Note: Rated TV-PG.

Where to Watch: Buy on Digital or DVD.

36. Poldark (2015-2019)

Poldark and Demelza
Photo: BBC

Why You Should Watch: Aidan Turner steals the show as the swoony Ross Poldark in this fabulous period drama. If you’re in search of an epic historical romance series without all of the explicit content, then look no further than Poldark. It’s one of the best TV shows on right now.

Content Note: Ranges between TV-PG and TV-14 for adult themes, intense sequences, and sensuality.

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

37. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

Pushing Daisies; 50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: ABC

Why You Should Watch: This unique fantasy series embraces what it really is: a romantic comedy urban fantasy. What’s great is that the two characters can never touch. Because if they do, she dies!

Ned and Chuck are also one of the cutest and most adorable TV couples ever and on one of the best-written shows. You’ll find yourself smiling from ear to ear and laughing out loud when you watch this charming series.

Content Note: Mostly TV-PG; a couple of episodes should be TV-14.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, CW Seed. You can also buy on Digital and DVD.

38. Queen In Hyun’s Man (2012)

Photo: tvN

Why You Should Watch: This show is an example of how to do time travel romance right. What’s also nice about this series is you don’t have to wait until the end for the couple to be together.

However, don’t expect their romance to come easily. With two parallel stories (one in the present day, the other in the past), many conflicts enter the scene working to keep them apart. In all, the series is brilliant and romantic from start to finish.

Content Note: Mostly TV-PG. A couple of episodes would be TV-14 for violence. There is some sensuality and occasional mild profanity.

Where to Watch: DVD

39. Roswell (1999-2002)

Photo: WB

Why You Should Watch: This was my go-to teen romance back in the day. Thankfully, the quality of the romantic TV series stands the test of time and teens (and anyone, really) should enjoy this show.

If you love YA, sci-fi, and paranormal romance, then you should definitely watch Roswell – an example of how to do a teen show right. No surprise, since the series was run by Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica).

Content Note: TV-14 for supernatural violence, sensuality, implied sexuality, and occasional profanity. Nothing explicit.

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

40. Scarlet Heart (2011) OR Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (2016)

Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Hae-Soo and 4th Prince from Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. Photo: SBS

Why You Should Watch: If you love time travel romance similar to that of Outlander but are looking for something less explicit, both Scarlet Heart (Chinese adaptation) and Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (Korean adaptation) are perfect.

Personally, I prefer Scarlet Heart: Ryeo but it probably comes down to personal preference. No doubt, you’ll be pulled into a tale of intrigue, deception, and romance about this woman who travels back in time and finds herself entangled in romantic triangles with princes all vying for the throne.

Content Note: Between TV-PG and TV-14 for violence

Where to Watch Scarlet Heart: Viki, DVD.

Where to Watch Scarlet Heart: Ryeo: DVD

41. Scholar Who Walks the Night (2015)

Scholar Who Walks the Night
Yang Sun and Sung Yeol. Photo: MBC

Why You Should Watch: If you love romantic vampire series as well as historical dramas and fantasy, then you should watch The Scholar Who Walks the Night. Fans of Moonlight should like this series due to a few mythology similarities.

In all, the vampire mythology, the old-fashioned romance, and the characters are all compelling. I was especially entertained by the villainous vampire, Gwi who is easily one of the best vampires to ever be on the large or small screen. That said, the romance between a storyteller and the vampire scholar is also fantastic.

Content Note: TV-14 for occasional vampire violence; often feels PG

Where to Watch: Tubi, Viki, DVD.

42. Selfie (2014)

Photo: ABC

Why You Should Watch: Don’t be fooled by the badly chosen title, Selfie is a likable romantic comedy series with elements of old-fashioned romance. Fans of Never Been Kissed and My Fair Lady should enjoy this underrated series. It’s a pity the network didn’t give it a chance to grow the audience, as each episode just got better and better.

Content Note: TV-14 for innuendo and occasional profanity

Where to Watch: Currently unavailable.

43. Seyit and Sura (2014)

kurt seyit and sura
Photo: Star TV

Why You Should Watch: This epic Turkish period drama of forbidden romance is both breathtaking and romantic. What’s even more intriguing about this high budget series is that it’s based on a true story.

If you are at all intrigued by Russian and Turkish history (particularly during World War I and the fall of the Tsar) you’ll be fascinated by this story. You can also read about the real story as Kurt Seyit’s granddaughter wrote about their love story in a trilogy of books. However, this is a true story from history so don’t expect the stories to necessarily end the way you want.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Netflix

44. She Was Pretty (2015)

she was pretty
Photo: MBC

Why You Should Watch: If you love shows like Ugly Betty, then you’ll likely love She Was Pretty. This series includes a love triangle where you actually feel torn over who she should choose. If you were to take Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables and split him in two, you’d have these two guys! Ah, the dilemma.

This optimistic series will make you believe in love and happy endings (in both love and career) and leave you feeling inspired and good about yourself.

Content Note: Feels TV-PG

Where to Watch: Tubi, Viki, DVD.

45. Ugly Betty (2006-2010)

Ugly Betty. Romantic TV Shows.
Photo: ABC

Why You Should Watch: Incredibly funny, Ugly Betty is also endearingly romantic and heartfelt. From her first real love with the adorable Henry to her time with the charming, adventurous Gio, and then ultimately to the main slow build (VERY SLOW) romance between Betty and Daniel, there is a lot of romance to go around.

However, Betty’s not the only character with interesting love stories. Most of the main characters get their chance for romance. But who will get their happy ending?

If you love films like The Devil Wears Prada, appreciate underdog stories, Beauty and the Beast (watch the show – you’ll see Betty is actually the Beauty character) adaptations, family dramas, and romantic comedies, then you should enjoy Ugly Betty. (On a side note, Vanessa Williams as the villainous Wilhelmina steals the show.)

Content Note: Mostly TV-PG

Where to Watch: Hulu and ABC. You can also buy on digital or DVD.

46.Velvet (2014-2016)

Photo: Antena

Why You Should Watch: This Spanish star-crossed romance between the heir of a fashion store empire and a seamstress is a compelling romantic period drama set in the late 1950s. If you love period dramas, fashion, and star-crossed love stories, then definitely check this one out!

Content Note: TV-14.

Where to Watch: Netflix, DVD.

47. Victoria (2016-)

Victoria TV Series; 50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: ITV/PBS

Why You Should Watch: If you’re fascinated by history, Royals, and old-fashioned love stories, then watch this romantic TV series about a young Queen Victoria as she falls in love with Albert.

Content Note: TV-PG

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video and PBS Passport. You can also buy on Digital and DVD.

48. When a Snail Falls in Love (2016)

when a snail falls in love; 50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch
Photo: Dragon TV

Why You Should Watch: The two leads are amazing together. Wang Kai proves he has star potential as does the tiny force of nature, Wang Zi Wen. If you were to take Sherlock, make her a female, highly empathetic, and then have her fall in love, you’d have the main character, Xu Xu.

On the other hand, you have the dreamy (and moody) Ji Bai who kicks some major butt as a police detective.

As the two solve crimes together, they begin to fall in love. It’s amazing how adorable these two are together in the midst of some of the horrendous crimes around them (all of which connect by the end – so expect this series to be less procedural than most American shows).

With high production quality, amazing action scenes, and an unforgettable romance, you definitely need to check out this wonderfully written Chinese series. If you enjoy romance, action, thrillers, and mystery, you should enjoy When a Snail Falls in Love.

Content Note: TV-14 for violence and adult themes (though nothing excessively explicit)

Where to Watch: Viki

49. When Calls the Heart (2014-)

When Calls the Heart TV series
Photo: Hallmark

Why You Should Watch: If you love Hallmark films and uplifting romantic TV shows about small towns, you can’t go wrong with When Calls the Heart. The love/hate romance between Elizabeth and Jack that develops into a strong relationship is definitely worth watching!

Content Note: Rated TV-G. This is about as sweet and family-friendly as you can get.

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

50. The X- Files (1993-2002; 2016-2018)

scully and mulder
Scully and Mulder in The X-Files. Photo: FOX

Why You Should Watch: To this day, The X-Files is still one of the best TV shows of all time. There’s also a reason why many of the tv romances today were influenced by the kindred spirit romance between Scully and Mulder.

While their romance is a slow build over many seasons, their epic love was worth the wait. And believe me, if you haven’t watched this series, you definitely should.

Ignoring the mostly miss 2008 film and the mediocre new seasons, overall, the writing is some of the best out there. Not to mention, Scully and Mulder are the perfect examples of how to present an old-fashioned romance in the midst of other stories, proving that swoon-worthy romance can be found in any genre. The Scully and Mulder romance is so strong it transcends genre.

Content Note: TV-14

Where to Watch: Netflix, Hulu, Buy on Digital or DVD (Amazon; average prices)

Which of these unabashedly romantic tv shows do you recommend? Do you have other romantic tv favorites, not on the list? Let me know in the comments!

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By on February 14th, 2017

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a writer and digital publisher full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she received the Publishing Award of Excellence and wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are publishing books, writing and producing movies, traveling around the world, and forming a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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33 thoughts on “50 of the Most Unabashedly Romantic TV Shows to Watch”

  1. Pushing Daises and Downton Abbey are forever favorites; the former didn’t last nearly long enough. I just started watching “Chuck” last summer or fall (I think I’m on S3), and am loving it! Levi is SO good in this role. πŸ™‚

  2. I had to read this article a second time so I could count how many of the series I have watched – eleven. I was excited to see Chuck, Miranda, and Selfie on the list! The Korean dramas are great, my favorite is The Scholar Who Walks the Night. (Thanks to you guys I am a serious k-drama addict.)

  3. There’s the Britcom “As Time Goes By”, starring Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, about a couple who met and fell deeply in love in the early 1950s when he was doing his military service and she was a nursing student. Then he was posted to serve in the Korean War and they lost touch, each thinking the other had bailed from the relationship. They reconnect by accident 38 years later, after she is widowed and he is divorced and each has accumulated a lifetime of experience. It’s a refreshing, funny, and touching story of a later in life romance, with superb acting as one would expect with Judi Dench as the female lead. “As Time Goes By” is frequently aired on PBS stations in the US, and the entire series is available on DVD.

  4. Thanks for posting this. I’ll definitely be checking out some of these shows. It’s nice to see that you’re including shows from other countries, not just the USA. For me, the most romantic TV series was the BBC mini-series “North & South” starring Richard Armitage. The whole train station scene near the end of the series is for me the most romantic 10 minutes ever put on screen.
    I would also reccommend 2 korean TV shows:
    “The Moon That Embraces the Sun”- this is a historical fantasy romance about a young prince and a young noblewoman who fall in love, but enemies try to kill her. She’s saved by a shaman but loses her memory. Years later she meets the prince again (now king). It’s available on Viki and Dramafever and definitely worth checking out. It was a huge hit in Korea.
    “Marriage Not Dating”-this is a really funny romantic comedy about a plastic surgeon who’s family is pressuring him to get married. Of course, he doesn’t want to. He meets the heroine (who has marriage on the brain) and hires her to be his fake fiancee. It’s available on Viki and it’s so good. I love this show!

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting. North and South is one of my all time favorites! I didn’t include miniseries though. If I did, North and South would have been included, for sure. I completely agree. Those final 10 minutes were amazing!! Both of those Korean dramas are on my list. I will definitely get to them. πŸ™‚ It’s hard to narrow down with Korean Dramas as there are a limitless number of romantic shows. It’s wonderful!

  5. I think that the most romantic TV show was Medium. Allison and Joe were a realistic, loving married couple. Throughout the show, up and down good and bad you always knew that they were in love. The final episode was so sad and romantic that it was hard to watch.

    • Interesting choice! I’ve only ever seen a couple episodes when my Mom watched it and didn’t have it pegged as romantic. But it sounds like a great romance! I love seeing realistic, loving married couples. πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for this list! I just wanted to add Farscape, even though I know it is a quirky Sci-Fi and not for all. I absolutely LOVED the romantic arc through the four seasons between Aeryn and John, building to one of the most intense and deeply satisfying relationship stories I’ve seen in a TV series. Enjoy!

  7. This has my top fave dramas: My Love From Another Star, Goblin, and Scarlet Heart Ryeo. All three had me in tears. I absolutely love them to bits!

    I do wish that SHR would have a second season. I know the ratings in Korea weren’t great so I’m not holding my breath. But omg it would be so freaking great if there was a second one made.

  8. I know that i am sorry i love you is original but believe me its turkish version was so awsome romantic cute and sad its name is BIR ASK HIKAYESI means A LOVE STORY and this is my fav tv series i have ever watch this is the best love story and i am sorry i love you is a little weird but i love it too but according 2 me its turkish version BIR ASK HIKAYESI is the best love story with awsome bg music
    And i also love boys over flowers because of its coolness friendship and Jihoo

  9. You should try the chinese Love O2, Boss and Me, and the turkish Ask Laftan Anlamaz, All three are definitely worth the watch.

  10. Thank you so much, I was looking for a smilar list. After seeing Erkenci Kuş (which is a really good show btw), I wanted to watch more. Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

  11. If you liked Moonlight you should look into Forever Knight which I think Moonlight rather unfairly ripped off. Forever Knight I thought was smarter with the main vampire being a police officer as a way to pay society back for they years of damage he caused. His main love interest was a coroner who rather terrifyingly found out his secret when he was blown to bits by an explosion but when she opened the body bag expecting bits and pieces, found a fully intact body that then came to life and had to struggle not to drain her. There was some serious UST and some smart ideas like the female scientist coroner finding a biological basis for vampirism and a potential cure.

    • Yes, I’m a huge fan of Forever Knight and own all three seasons! I appreciate both shows and don’t see that Moonlight unfairly ripped the show off. They paid a nice homage by naming him Mick instead of Nick. These kinds of shows will always be influenced by something that came before. Forever Knight, for instance, was clearly influenced by Interview with the Vampire. Moonlight was also hugely influenced by the 1980s Beauty and the Beast series. I love all of those shows and it’s a huge pity that they were all cut short though I do think Forever Knight had the perfect ending. I really liked the ambiguity. I would love to see another show come out like Forever Knight or Moonlight.

  12. Great list! I am so excited to view those on the list that I haven’t already seen. I humbly suggest as an addition Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung, Intersection and two old favorites North & South (starring Richard Armitage) and Sci-Fi favorite, Fringe. Of all those on your list that I have viewed (I counted 9), Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung has the most rewarding love story of them all. Thanks for making this great list. I’m off to see which ones I can find on my various streaming services!

    • Hi, thanks for your comment! I’m not familiar with Intersection so I’ll have to add it to my list. πŸ™‚ And I agree about North & South. It’s one of the most romantic series of all time! However, I didn’t include any miniseries on the list otherwise they’d be on it! I’ll have to make a miniseries list in the future. πŸ™‚ I can’t remember why I didn’t include Fringe – which I love. I guess there’s only so much room. Anyway, I hope you find some great new romantic shows to watch!

  13. I have searched and searched to find a list of the TV shows centered around romance and this list is by far the best I have found.

    I did want to share a couple that I really like that I did not see included. Lucifer with the relationship between Chloe and Lucifer is excellent. Currently on Netflix

    Another is Outlander. Just an incredible show. I ended up after watching reading the 8 books that are the basis for the show. Highly recommend. Jamie and Clair relationship is incredible.

    • Hi Jack! Thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you found the list. I wrote it because it is hard to find good ones out there. I have so many more to recommend, so I’m sure I’ll create more lists. I agree with Lucifer and Outlander. Though, I admit, Outlander became a bit too explicit for me but I’ve been wanting to give it another try. The romance is great.

  14. I applaud your effort to collect all these Asian series but it would be good to separate that list since they are more or less impossible to find and watch.

  15. Oh my goodness! I just read three of your articles, and you listed all of my favorite show/movies. I am so glad to see the most swoon-worthy kdramas here. Master’s Sun is one of my all-time favorites, but the others captured my heart as well. Great lists!

  16. Thank you for creating one the best lists out there.
    I agree with some of the comments, Outlander number One by far, Poldark, Velvet is awesome and Dolce Amore is very cute.


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