Best Shows to Watch After a Break-Up

Youf you’re reading this, chances are you’ve had better days. It is common to experience a breakup with complicated emotions. Therefore, it is important that you take extra care of your health. There are many TV personalities who are available to provide company if you are in need.

We have compiled eight top shows that you should watch after a breakup. These can be broken down into sections based on what your emotions are.

If you’re convinced that love is dead

You may feel as though you are about to give up all hope of finding love after a split. If that’s where you’re at, these shows are for you:

Eve is killed

Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is just your regular, run-of-the-mill, domestically discontented spy—until she’s assigned to a case tracking the magnetic, enigmatic, utterly chaotic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). What follows is an international whirlwind across four seasons, characterized by sexy stalking, incredible outfits, and a romantic dynamic in the running for TV’s Most Dysfunctional Relationship. Eve and Villanelle take turns vying for one another’s lives in an intricate dance that seems fun at first, but leads to increasingly devastating consequences for them both—a compelling argument against getting involved at all.

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How to get away with murder

How to get away with murder follows law professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her students and colleagues as they find themselves entangled in murder after murder—I cannot overstate the number of murders these people encounter. This show begins with a deceased husband and his mysterious lover. Then things get even more intense. The show’s characters have some seriously convoluted relationships, and things rarely go well for anyone who has the audacity to fall in love, or even lust—making it the perfect show to watch if you’re ready to go scorched earth on the entire concept of relationships. Plus, with six seasons and a total of 90 episodes to work through, it offers hours upon hours of absurd, deliciously melodramatic distraction—with a few genuinely tear-jerking moments to keep you humble, like Cicely Tyson’s deeply moving performance as Annalise’s mother, Ophelia.

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The ultimatum: Marry, or Go On

You need help to decide whether you want to abandon the idea of love. Take a look at the messy mess in every moment The Ultimatum: Marry, or Go On. The premise of the Netflix reality show is relatively simple: in what is generously referred to as a “social experiment,” six couples spend eight weeks figuring out if they want to get married to each other, begin dating one of the 10 other people available to them, or break up for good. This show is full of breakups that are followed by marriage proposals and more make-ups.

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If you’ll always be a romantic

Maybe you still want a relationship—just not your relationship. These romances are for you:

Jane the Virgin

Telenovelas are romantic and irreplaceable. Jane the Virgin pokes gentle fun at the soapy tropes of the telenovela—like outlandish impregnations, secret famous fathers, and dead-but-not-dead lovers, to name a few—while also delivering endearing storylines and some real romance. Gina Rodriguez LoCicero plays Jane Villanueva. She is accidentally inseminated at a gynecologist’s appointment. Jane must then navigate the love triangle, as well as the consequences of her inadvertent pregnancy. Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her performance in the show, and it was on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 10 television programs of 2014, and won a Peabody. If none of that convinces you, it’s also dreamy.

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Heartstopper is a sweet coming-of-age story about a boy named Charlie (Joe Locke) falling for his new friend Nick (Kit Connor)—and Nick frantically googling “Am I gay?” when he realizes he’s falling for Charlie as well. It’s based on the graphic novel and webcomic by Alice Oseman. The show’s primary romance features a coming-out story that’s not without its bumps, but that’s ultimately one of acceptance, which is a welcome change for queer people accustomed to being bombarded with painful rejections both personal and societal. Heartstopper also features a lovely group of friends, cute animations that pay homage to the story’s graphic novel origins, and an appearance by Olivia Colman as Nick’s mom, Sarah.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Rachel Bloom is Rebecca Bunch, a big-hearted and hilariously comical musical TV series. “I’m just a girl in love,” she sings. “I can’t be held responsible for my actions!” After Rebecca runs into an old flame—like, “dated for a few weeks in high school at summer camp” old—she uproots her life as a successful and lonely lawyer in New York City to move to the same town as her lost love: the steadfastly unremarkable West Covina, California. There, she battles her demons, belts out banger after banger, and explores what she’s truly looking for from a relationship. This show isn’t necessarily what it seems, nor is it a romance in the traditional sense, but it will treat you to breath-taking performances from some of Broadway’s best, and take you on a genuinely moving journey.

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Your mantra should be: Wait! Please! Please!

Maybe you think you made a mistake—and perhaps your relationship can be salvaged. If you’re looking to put in the necessary work, here’s some inspiration:

United States of Tara

This utterly charming—if not always accurate—portrayal of a suburban mom with dissociative identity disorder is packed with dark humor, star power, and genuinely moving themes of the redemptive power of love of all kinds, in all its messy glory. Diablo Cody created this video.Juno, Jennifer’s BodyThe film features Toni Collette (Brie Larson), John Corbett and Rosemarie deWitt as well Viola Davis and Eddie Izzard. United States of TaraTara Gregson, artist and mother (Collette), navigates her family life alongside Corbett (her husband), Gilchrist (her kids) and other personalities. As she works to untangle the fracturing childhood trauma she’s only beginning to remember—and Collette masterfully portrays an ever-growing roster of characters—Tara and her husband Max face challenges that only Cody’s darkly comic mind could conceive of. They struggle, and are nothing near perfect, but that’s what makes their relationship so real—and what may just give you the faith to give your own romance another go.

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Couples Therapy

Couples TherapyThe docuseries examines the emotions of couples in real life through the therapy sessions they have with the unflappable Doctor Orna Guralnik. This premise can easily be made to look exploitative. Instead, the show extends grace and highlights humanity in people struggling with the joy and pain that comes with building a new life together. To avoid awkwardness and discomfort that can come with watching your most intimate moments, the therapy sessions are recorded with the consent of the people appearing on it. Hidden cameras will be used to capture the session. Apart from making excellent television, Couples Therapy may just spark a conversation or realization that could help you and your partner see your issues in a new light—or at least inspire you to go to therapy.

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