Best Television Shows About Love and Intimacy. By Marie Miguel.
Almost all of us know how it feels to return to our favorite television shows or films time and again. They often help us escape our own reality and enter into the world of our favorite characters filled with love, laughter, and intimacy.
We often get addicted to the warmth and comfort that comes from these shows, and streaming platforms make it particularly easy to watch large portions of shows at a time and easily rewatch favorite episodes.
In a TV landscape with dragon queens, corporate lawyers, and princes, there are many types of shows and storylines to choose from.
Some of the best and most meaningful television shows, in many cases, are those that involve love and intimacy. These stories are intertwined with hope, friendship, laughter, and more, making them a great comfort watch.
Below are some of our favorite picks, all of which contain storylines and characters that emphasize just how important love and intimacy can be in life.
Grey’s Anatomy (2005)
This ongoing fictional series focuses on the journey of its characters as they develop into seasoned doctors and juggle personal and professional conflict. The show has well-rounded characters (including its protagonist Meredith Grey), unique and exciting storylines, and great storytelling elements, all of which have made it a successful and notable television staple.
To make things even better, the show uses its platform to represent characters of different ethnic and cultural representations. It captures stories of uncharted yet vital territory freshly and uniquely relevant to a larger conversation at any given time.
This Is Us (2016)
This beautiful series follows the lives of characters Kevin, Kate, and Randall along with their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson.
Jack and Rebecca have a triplet pregnancy in which Kevin and Kate are born prematurely. After losing their third triplet, Jack and Rebecca, believing they were meant to have three children, decide to adopt Randall, an African American child.
The series traces the lives of the three siblings with flashbacks to various periods in their childhoods and their parents’ marriage. It constantly moves between the past, present, and the future, intertwining all three into a seamless story that leaves you feeling warm and emotional.
The show’s compelling characters and their relatable journeys have made the series the most-watched drama on any network in the past 10 years. The show is able to gently weave in the emotions of love and intimacy through the relationships shared by the characters, touching the hearts of millions of people around the world.
The Bold Type (2017)
The series centers on a trio of millennial women – Jane, Sutton and Kat – living in New York City. The three best friends work for Scarlet, a global women’s magazine.
The story centres on their career trajectories, romantic relationships, and personal struggles. However, the three’s friendship is the heart of the series. It highlights just how special (and messy) friendships that are as close as theirs can be.
The portrayal of female friendship in this show is uniquely authentic. With the clickity-clack of the heels adorned by these powerful women, we navigate their lives as they walk, balancing friendship, love, and ambition hand-in-hand.
The main characters balance each other out and grow together, and the show’s plot tackles important but difficult topics like sexual intimacy, sexuality, traumatic childhood experiences, infidelity, and growing up. Racism, immigration, corporate corruption, and the “Me Too” Movement are all also addressed with a valiant effort.
This series is truly about love, about discovering what we love and who we love, and just holding on to it for life. Watching the women of The Bold Type live their lives is sure to inspire generations of girls and women to pursue their career aspirations, form meaningful relationships, and tackle any challenge the world has to offer.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
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