5 shows like Never Have I Ever you must watch
- Never Have I Ever is back for a third season
- Fans are eager to find out what happens next for Devi, Ben, and Paxton
- Here are shows like Never have I Ever to keep you entertained while you wait for Season 3
Never Have I Ever's a third (and penultimate) season, which premieres on Netflix in August, is getting closer with each passing day. That means Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) still has time to ruin everything in a loveable way and you, the viewer, still have time to declare your allegiance to Team Paxton (Darren Barnet) or Team Ben (Jaren Lewison). Nothing compares to getting too caught up in the romance of a high school teen drama.
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Here are five shows like Never Have I Ever in the rom-com genre that will captivate you while we wait for Season 3-
1) The Summer I Turned Pretty
The Summer I Turned Pretty is a lighthearted series that tackles adolescent summer romance (and lust) head on. It's the latest adaptation of Jenny Han's young adult novels, which include the trilogy To All the Boys. Even when dealing with some of the less interesting aspects of this seven-episode Prime Video series, the lead actors are all incredibly attractive and likeable, despite the familiar plot.
2) Derry Girls
Derry Girls has become a cultural phenomenon: not only is it the most-watched series in Northern Ireland history, but it was recently honoured with a reference in The Simpsons ("I. Am. Dead," McGee responded). Its success is no fluke: the show is a masterclass in striking the perfect balance between decades of sitcom tradition and cutting-edge modernity. Its nostalgia is bright and cosy, like a jazzy 90s jumper, and its depiction of young women as morally ambiguous and intrinsically comic human beings provides cathartic, satisfying relief.
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3) Sex Education
It's a sex comedy about lovable teenagers running amok in their witless, hormonal, priapic frenzies, similar to Big Mouth. One of the benefits of a TV show with so many disparate elements is that you're bound to find something to enjoy, whether it's graphic doodles , heartfelt portrayals of teen anxiety, or hirsute and strange Scandinavian handymen. Setting aside the cognitive dissonance, here's a series that does an unusual trick: It's a woke raunch comedy, full of graphic and humiliating sexual experiences, but it uses them in a very genuine way.
4) Dash and Lily
Based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's YA novel Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, the series tells the story of two teenagers — a Christmas cynic and a lively believer in the Christmas miracle. After feeling depressed about her lack of romantic encounters, Lily (Midori Francis) decides to plant a secret diary in a bookstore, which sends the reader (she mentions that it must be an age-appropriate guy) on a treasure hunt. Dash (Austin Abrams, Paper Towns), a jaded, Kafka-inspired teen, responds to Lily's message in the diary, unaware of who she is. Despite their clearly manufactured wit and lexical elegance, the characters have a fetching quality to them. They are the kind of people you’d want as friends but not close ones, especially Dash.
Jenna Hamilton, our heroine and narrator, is a 15-year-old social outcast and typical California adolescent whose vain mother, Lacey, spent her college fund on breast implants and is determined to relive her youth through her daughter. "It's my job as your mother to scare you," Lacey says. Jenna responds, "And give me body dysmorphia." "You say that like it's a bad thing," her mother responds.
Such razor-sharp dialogue is typical of the MTV comedy Awkward, a clever and astute show that is both a parody and homage to the high-school genre. In the first episode, Jenna, played flawlessly by Ashley Rickards, chokes on some aspirin, resulting in an epic accident that everyone misinterprets as a suicide attempt after she writes on her blog, "Sometimes, being a teenager makes you want to die."