What do you feel like watching tonight? With streaming services at our fingertips, there are too many things to add to your watch list. We present our list of top picks, some just in time for Valentine's Day.
The kids are already in bed. You’ve done the dishes, put the laundry away, and had that nice, long shower. It’s too early to sleep – or you’re doing the revenge bedtime procrastination thing (no judgment!). Should you read a book? Nah, too much brain power. Why not watch something?
Sounds good, but there’s one caveat: too many shows to sieve through and pick! But don’t worry, we’ve done all the hard work. Here’s our guide to what you should binge-watch on the available streaming services. Psst, we’ve curated this list, especially for Valentine’s Day, so enjoy!
Romantic shows you shouldn’t miss this Valentine’s
Highly recommended shows for adults – kid-free zone
1. One Day
Based on the romantic novel by David Nichols (that will have you tearing up!), One Day has just premiered on Netflix in time for the Valentine’s celebrations! After spending graduation night together, Emma and Dexter go their separate ways — but their lives remain intertwined.
2. Dash & Lily
Dash & Lily is one of the most endearing romantic tales on Netflix. Featuring the cynically charming Dash and the sweetie Lily, the story unfolds as they gradually fall for each other through exchanging messages and challenges in a shared notebook scattered across New York City. Their unconventional courtship is a whimsical scavenger hunt, a prelude to their eventual face-to-face encounter and deepening connection.
3. To All The Boys I Have Loved Before
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a charming teen movie that will appeal to all ages. You might remember when it garnered huge buzz back in 2018! The story revolves around Lara Jean Song Covey, whose unsent love letters unexpectedly reach all her past crushes simultaneously, leading to romantic and funny adventures.
4. Love on the Spectrum
Love on the Spectrum is an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that explores individuals on the autism spectrum as they navigate the complexities of dating and relationships. We love this feel-good show for when you need a boost in your faith in humanity this V Day!
5. Let’s talk about CHU
How about something steamy? Make sure the kids are asleep! Let’s talk about CHU. This Taiwanese drama just landed on Netflix and is already topping the charts in top TV programmes. The story is about a part-time vlogger Chu Ai who uses her channel to speak candidly about sex, but things get trickier in real life.
6. Single’s Inferno
Do you feel like a dose of reality TV? Check out Single’s Inferno. Stranded and ready to mingle, flirty singles search for love on a deserted island they can only escape as couples for romantic date nights in paradise. You’ve got a good three seasons to binge-watch.
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1. Love and Leashes
When it comes to romantic comedies, no one does it better than South Korea. This film depicts a romance between Ji-hoo, who is secretly into BDSM, and Ji-woo, a team member who finds out about his secret. What happens when the two enter a contractual relationship that features consensual play, pleasure, and pain? This might get you a little hot under the collar, so watch it when the kids are fast asleep.
2. I Told Sunset About You
Thailand is exceptional when it comes to BL (boys’ love) dramas, and this series is one of the highly raved shows to watch. It follows Teh and Oh-aew, two schoolboys who used to be best friends but had a falling out. During their senior year of high school, the two meet again at an enrichment school, where they eventually make up and grow closer. When you’re done binge watching this, continue with the 14-minute short film Last Twilight in Phuket and the sequel I Promised You the Moon. Both take place after the abovementioned series.
3. Something’s Gotta Give
Who says you can’t find love later in life? Hollywood heavyweights Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton star in this rom-com as two polar opposites who end up falling for each other. However, Nicholson’s character is a playboy with commitment issues. Things start to unravel when Keanu Reeves steps in and pursues Keaton’s character.
4. Crimson Peak
How about a gothic romance flick for your Valentine’s Day binge watch? Set in Edwardian-era England, the film follows an aspiring author, who travels to a remote mansion with her new husband and his sister. Whilst there, she is haunted by ghostly visions. Who – or what – could they be? Wait, did I say ghosts? Oops. This movie’s directed by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (one of my fave directors), so this comes highly recommended by me.
5. Second Act
Jennifer Lopez is the queen when it comes to romantic comedies. In Second Act, J.Lo portrays an assistant manager who reinvents herself after losing out on a promotion… except the reinvention is done behind her back, and it got her a high-powered corporate job. Does she take the job or reject it? And what should she do when someone from her past appears in her life?
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Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet, but what about the jilted lover that Romeo left behind? Get to know Rosaline, Juliet’s cousin and the person that Romeo was in love with before he laid his eyes on J. When she finds out about R&J, she does what every angry ex always says they would do – she plans to tear the new lovebirds apart. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, they say.
7. 10 Things I Hate About You
Speaking of Shakespeare, here’s a coming-of-age film that smartly adapted and modernised Will’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Moving the setting to an American high school, it follows new student Cameron, who has a crush on popular girl Bianca. However, they’re unable to date until Bianca’s sister starts to date. This is when bad boy Patrick enters the picture. If you know this movie very well, you’d remember that scene that has everyone putting it as their MSN and Facebook statuses for a period of time. What a classic!
8. Moulin Rouge!
Even if you’re not into musicals, this movie should rank pretty highly on your list. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor portray star-crossed lovers who confess their feelings for each other through various musical numbers. This film deftly mixes a touching love story with bombastic show tunes, gorgeous sets, and amazing costumes. You wouldn’t realise two hours have passed since you pressed play.
9. The Girl Next Door
What would you do if you found out your neighbour, who you’re also slightly in love with, is a former adult film actress? That’s what happens to Matthew Kidman, a high school senior. The rest of the movie is a rollercoaster that teaches viewers confidence, acceptance, and of course, sex education.
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10. Legally Blonde
Whoever says orange is the new pink is seriously disturbed – remember this iconic line? If not, surely you can recall the Bend and Snap! Reese Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, a sorority president who attempts to win back her ex by going to Harvard Law. There are many lessons to be learned from this movie. The most important one? Don’t let a man tell you that you cannot accomplish anything! If Elle can do it, so can you!
Besides Shakespeare, Jane Austen is another author whose works have been adapted to film and television plenty of times. Clueless is loosely based on Austen’s novel Emma, which centres on a beautiful and popular high school girl who befriends a new student. Along the way, she gives the new girl a makeover, plays matchmaker to two teachers, and has a mini existentialist crisis. Could she be so clueless about her own life? Ugh, as if!
12. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Boy meets girl. He falls in love with her. Boy tries to woo girl. Tries, because before they officially can get together, boy has to battle girl’s exes. Exes? Yes – seven of them. Seven! This is on top of trying to win a competition in order to score a record deal for his band. Scott Pilgrim clearly has a lot to deal with.
13. The Leap Years
Did you know that there’s a locally-produced romantic movie set in Singapore? Perfect for your Valentine’s Day viewing! Based on Singaporean author Catherine Lim’s novella Leap of Love, the film follows two people who are in two different romantic circumstances. They meet up at the same place and time every leap year, spanning a twenty-year love story.
14. Notting Hill
What’s a romantic movie binge watch fest without Julia Roberts, the queen of rom-coms? (Yes, I know I mentioned J.Lo as the queen previously. There can be two queens!). Everyone remembers Notting Hill and its story of an actress falling in love with a bookstore owner. I mean… “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her”? Iconic.
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15. Modern Love
A show about love for the season of love? How apt! This anthology series, based on the weekly column published by The New York Times, explores the topic of love across eight half-hour episodes. Romantic love, sexual love, platonic love, self love, these are covered against the backdrop of New York City. Binge watch the other Modern Love permutations that are set in Mumbai and Hyderabad after you’re done with this series.
16. About Fate
Picture this: two people believe in love, but they can never seem to find the true meaning of love. That’s the premise of this romantic comedy. However, there’s a cruel twist that ends up causing a lot more chaos for the two leads. Should you leave things to fate when it comes to love? Or should you go forth and find it yourself? Something to ponder on while you watch this film.
17. Savage X Fenty Show Vol 4
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to bring sexyback. New mum Rihanna is back with the fourth volume of her highly lauded lingerie extravaganza. The fourth volume features a star-studded cast, all wearing the latest Savage X Fenty looks. Victoria’s Secret, who? Psst, there may be a few pieces that you can hint to the hubs to get, wink wink!
Happy binge watching, folks!
This article was originally written in 2022 by Sufyan Saad and updated by Jay Panicker in 2024.