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10 Shows Like Normal People About Modern Love You Should Watch

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The beautiful and gut-wrenching drama series Normal People is based on the best-selling book by Sally Rooney and has won the hearts of viewers around the world. As a single season-limited series, so many of us were left wanting more but don’t worry, we have curated a list of 10 heart-warming shows like Normal People just for you!

Normal People introduces the relationship between Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), two teenagers. Even though they grow up in the same Irish town, their diverse social and economic backgrounds complicate matters. Both of them end up at Trinity College, where, as they navigate early adulthood, their relationship develops through periods of dating and simply being friends. From secondary school to college, the show follows the couple as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship. 

List of TV Shows Like Normal People

1. Derry Girls (2018)

Derry Girls is another brilliant but underrated Irish show. Set in the 1990s in Northern Ireland during the conflicts with England, the story does not focus on the troubles and politics. Instead, it illustrates the conflict as simply existing within this context (which makes it more real) and among the violence and fights the teenage girls have to grow up.

The show opens up in Derry, where a young girl, Erin, and her cousin, Orla, embark on many exciting adventures while they attend a Catholic girls’ school along with their friends during the national conflict. It’s a light comedy with hilarious and smart writing. The characters are endearing with a sweet combination of teenage awkwardness, mild rebellion, and vulnerability which is sure to meet your heart. I highly recommend that you choose Derry Girls after watching shows like Normal People.

2. Modern Love (2019)

Modern Love is an anthology series that follows the modern relationships between people. The show examines love in all its forms, including sexual, romantic, familial, platonic, and self-love. Bringing into light the stories in today’s world. This Amazon series is based on the New York Times column ‘Modern Love’  that shared such unique stories.

Each episode chronicles a new story, one that will make you smile, cry, laugh endlessly or teach a lot. Every story’s subject matter is unique, e.g. A woman goes through the situation of raising a baby on her own when she finds a sense of care from her doorman. Beautiful series like Normal People and Modern Love are full of regrets, mistakes, heartbreak, second chances, friendship, love, loss and more which is why this is a perfect watch for you.

3. Lovesick (2014)

Dylan, a hopelessly romantic young boy in his mid-20s, goes through intimate relationships with several different women in his search for one. When he discovers that he has a sexually transmitted disease, he is forced to back and get in touch with everyone he’s slept to inform them about the risk of them getting the disease. 

The British show Lovesick, flashes back to a key point in a relationship of the current ex he meets. Dylan goes down memory lane with his friends Evie and Luke, who have been by his side for the past ten years. Each episode fills in more details, slowly painting a bigger picture of how all of Dylan’s relationships have changed his life. Similar to shows like Normal People, the characters aren’t perfect. They have flaws and go through relationships that shape them. 

Also Read: Shows like How I Met Your Mother

4. Fleabag (2016)

The British show Fleabag is based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning play where an un-named dry-witted woman who is referred to as Fleabag ( played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) navigates London’s dating scene and life while attempting to deal with a personal tragedy. 

Fleabag’s personality is unique yet highly relatable. Every moment of this show is hilarious, heartbreaking, or both. Beautifully written, exquisitely performed, and elegantly executed, with the best use of the fourth wall. Fleabag is an excellently written, refreshing Comedy-Drama best suited for fans of shows like Normal People. Trust me, it’s worth a watch!

5. Love (2016)

Nice-guy called Gus meets a wild child Mickey. Though both of them are very different from one another, the two are drawn to each other. And in the end, their differences may be what helps them figure out just what love is.

For anyone who finds conventional Rom-Coms to be unrealistic and enjoys shows like Normal People, the story of Love – between Mickey and Gus will have you hooked. As odd as the characters’ names are, they are playfully relatable and fun to watch. The fact that there are no “forever” promises made between the two makes the story unpredictable, but real.

6. Feel Good (2020)

The LGBTQ+ series Feel Good revolves around the chaotic relationship of non-binary stand-up comic Mae, and their traditionally conservative girlfriend, George (Charlotte Ritchie). Mae Martin is a comedian and recovering addict who tries to get a hold of her life, but things complicate further when she starts dating George.

Beautifully shot, and well written, the show is filled to the brim with a hilarious, sardonic sense of humour, without disrespecting its very serious subject matter. Feel Good guest stars Anthony Stewart Head and Lisa Kudrow. Every single second of the show is riveting and plays with every emotion. Similar to shows like Normal People, there are so many difficult topics that are presented in such a creative, funny, and genuine light that I’m sure you’ll love watching Feel Good

7. Friends From College (2017)

This American television series Friends From Collegedepicts a group of friends who reunite 20 years after graduating from college, in contrast to Normal People, which follows Connell and Marianne throughout their years in high school and university. Though it appears that neither love nor life has become any easier since then. 

Friends From College is a heartbreaking genuine heated show with rare but endearing humour. The show truthfully explores human behaviour, the things we would never do, seem to be the things we end up doing when the situation arises. Similar to shows like Normal People, it makes the characters imperfect but lovable in every way.

8. High Fidelity (2000)

Based on Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 movie of the same name, High Fidelity is an American romantic comedy television series. In an effort to move past her one true love, a record store owner called Robyn ‘Rob’(Zoë Kravitz ) uses music and popular culture to relive previous romances. Given that Zoë Kravitz is Lisa Bonet’s daughter and Lisa Bonet played Marie in the 2000 film, the casting was fantastic.

High Fidelity is an amazing show that really steps outside of the normal stereotypes of music and the people that listen to it. Really shows that you can love and appreciate something just because it’s simply good. Great remake and an awesome choice to have for TV series like Normal People.

Also Read: Shows like Emily In Paris

9. Catastrophe (2015)

Catastrophe tells a love story sort of backwards. Irish schoolteacher Sharon Morris learns she is pregnant following a brief liaison with American businessman Rob Norris. From there, Rob and Sharon decide to start a family, take care of their child, and get back together. 

As Catastrophe is concentrated on the romantic relationship between American businessman Rob (Rob Delaney) and British schoolteacher Sharon (Sharon Horgan), who becomes pregnant after the two meet in a bar, it might as well have been classified as a “love story.” Although “Catastrophe” is a fantastic sitcom, it is also incredibly funny. It conveys a heartfelt, perhaps uncomfortable love tale without obfuscating the tedious, agonizing reality of existence.

10. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

The 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice show is based on the popular novel of the same name by Jane Austen. It follows Elizabeth Bennett, a young woman with a strong will but good judgment. She meets Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, a wealthy young man who is arrogant, at a local ball. They form an unusual relationship.

Okay, stay with me here; the yearning truly sets Normal People apart. No one does yearning better than Jane Austen, and even though Connell or Marianne appear content, they are really yearning for each other’s love and affection. In addition, the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet (Jennifer Ehle) and Mr Darcy (Colin Firth), which went from being enemies to lovers, has the happy ending you need right now.

Honourable Mentions

Here are a few shows like Normal People that didn’t make our list, but you can have a look at them nonetheless: 

  1. The Affair
  2. Dickinson
  3. Love Life
  4. The End of the F**king World

When Lost aired over a decade ago, its successful narrative created a pop culture impact and changed the landscape of television. If you are a fan and want to watch shows like Lost then you can have a look at this list we made just for you.

Lost

The hugely successful television series Lost aired in 2004. The premise, as we know, deals with a group of people surviving a commercial passenger plane crash on a remote island. The show masterfully explores supernatural and sci-fi elements on this mysterious south Pacific island. 

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The use of cliffhangers at the end of each episode of Lost kept the viewers on the edge of their seats, desperately craving for the next episode to come. Even though it's a large ensemble cast, most of the characters receive a justifiable personal arch. Lost was inspired by the movie Castaway and became one of the most expensive pilots to be shot at the time! Lost continues to be appreciated for its originality in storytelling and dynamic character arcs. 

List of TV Shows Like Lost

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Manifest
  3. Lost Room
  4. Twin Peaks
  5. The Prisoners
  6. Battlestar Galactica
  7. The New People
  8. Flight 29 Down
  9. Fringe
  10. Alcatraz
  11. Under the Dome
  12. Dark

1. The Leftovers (2014)

IMDB ratings: 8.3/10

Cast: Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman and Margaret Qualley

Creator: Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta

The director of Lost, Damon Lindel also created a supernatural drama series called The Leftovers. The show begins 3 years after an unexplainable global event called ‘Sudden Departure’  where almost 2 per cent of the population, nearly 140 million people, disappear. The Leftovers isn't about WHY people are gone, it's about how the ones who remain dealt with their loss, people often try to comfort themselves with dreams, angels, gods, or even death.

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The Leftovers will leave you with so many questions but beyond words, you have to feel it and savour its unanswered questions to find peace. The Leftovers is an incredible television series that starts incredibly well but loses its way by the series's end. I have to say though, Carrie Coon has brilliant moments in the end. The Leftovers is so weird, fragmented and nonsensical at times that it reminds me of Lost. If you are looking for shows like Lost, I recommend that you give The Leftovers a try.

2. Manifest  (2018) 

IMDB ratings: 7.1/10

Cast: Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas and J.R. Ramirez 

Creator: Jeff Rake


The Manifest is a supernatural drama show about a bunch of people who discover that they lost 5 years of their lives when they landed in New York after their aeroplane faced severe turbulence. All the people on the plane were presumed to be dead. Now, these people have to find a way to adjust themselves to a new life around their loved ones. Mild spoiler! They learn their loved ones and the rest of society is not as they left it.

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I found that the show’s premise was very intriguing and the actors give a very convincing performance. The narrative details of the show, however, in my opinion, are a bit sloppy and inconsistent. The writers surely have room for improvement but their concept is incredibly thrilling. Every episode of Manifest keeps you on your toes. Manifest has completed 3 seasons up until now and continues to be on air. Manifest is a pretty good choice if you want to watch TV shows like Lost.

3. Lost Room (2006)

IMDB ratings: 8.1/10

Cast: Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies and Peter Jacobson

Creator: Christopher Leone, Laura Harkcom

This lesser-known show The Lost Room is an American Sci-fi television miniseries which only had 3 episodes of 90 mins each and no follow-up seasons. The show was based on a very unique idea where the room in question (known as the ‘Lost Room’) and the objects in the said room had supernatural powers. This strange room is set in a 1960s motel along the iconic U.S. Route 66. 

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One day the protagonist (Peter Krause) Joe Miller’s daughter disappears inside the room. Joe, with the help of objects present in the room, tries to find his daughter Anna (Elle Fanning). The story of Lost Room was intensely engaging. I found the direction and the actor’s performances to be absolutely brilliant. It baffles me that the creators did not return to make another short season within the same concept. If you have been searching for TV series like Lost then I can assure you that Lost Room will be worth a watch.

4. Twins Peaks (1990) 

IMDB ratings: 8.8/10

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick, Sherilyn Fenn and David Lynch

Creator: David Lynch

David Lynch, the well-known director of weird and captivating films such as Eraserhead and Blue Velvet created an iconic show called Twin Peaks. It is a hauntingly eccentric show about the investigation of the mysterious murder of a small-town homecoming queen named Laura Palmer. Believe me, as odd as the show may seem at first, you will grow to love it, after all, it is considered to be one of the best mystery shows ever created. 

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With the mysteries, the supernatural elements and the list of bizarre characters, Twin Peaks has it all. In my opinion, the cinematography of the show was truly ahead of its time. Kyle’s Dale Cooper was especially entertaining. Twin Peaks’ experimental formula of the satirical soap opera is extremely unsettling yet rewarding to watch, I must warn you, it’s not for the faint-hearted!  If you are in search of TV shows like Lost then Twin Peaks won’t disappoint you.

The Prisoners (1967)

IMDB ratings: 8.5/10

Cast: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat and Geroge Markstien

Creator: Patrick McGoohan


The Prisoner centres around an unnamed British agent (Patrick McGoohan) who tries to flee his country after abruptly quitting his high-ranking government job. He is abducted and held captive in a strange ‘sea-side’ village that is isolated from the rest of the world. This village is a highly secure and monitored place filled with weird technology. There are only 17 episodes to this late 60s show but it manages to bring up such surreal surprises, it's sure to leave a great impact on the viewer.

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The Prisoner’s unique concept influenced many popular shows including Lost. The creators of Lost even cited the show. I was very impressed by how ahead of its time The Prisoners proves to be. If you want to watch more shows similar to Lost the Prisoners should definitely be on your list.

6. Battlestar Galactica (2004)

IMDB ratings: 8.7/10

Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos and Tricia Helfer 

Creator: Glen A. Larson

The 2004 Battlestar Galactica is a reboot of the original 1978 miniseries of the same name. Do not be mistaken by the title, the show is not related to Star Trek.  Battlestar Galactica is set in the 7th millennium AD and follows Cylons, the robot enemy of humanity that resurfaces to destroy the 12 colonies of Mankind. Only a few survive and are able to escape on ships led by a powerful warship called Battlestar Galactica. Mankind struggles to fight the Cylons and work their own political agendas and disputes while finding their long-lost 13th colony Earth.

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The show is a dark, intense and gritty socio-political commentary with EPIC cinematic value. The script is especially clever and as a huge fan of sci-fi shows, this show ticks the boxes in all the right categories. When the show was released, it blew the viewers and critics away. As far as an obsessive and gripping story goes, Battlestar Galactica is one of the most similar to shows like Lost. 

7. The New People (1969)

IMDB ratings: 7.3/10

Cast: David Moses, Zooey hall and Tiffany Boiling

Creator: Larry Gordon Aaron Spelling

The New People is an American Tv series that aired only for 1 season and is focused on a couple of college students who survive a plane crash. The incident takes place while they were returning from a trip to Southeast Asia, their plane crashes on an island in the south of the Pacific ocean. 

By now this show must already be sounding a lot like Lost to you, and it surely is. The remaining group of people discover an unusual truth about the island: there’s an above-ground unused nuclear test site filled with supplies for the survivors. If you want to see more plane survival stories like Lost then The New People should definitely be on your list.

8. Flight 29 Down (2005)

IMDB ratings: 7.2/10

Cast: Allen Alvarado, Halle Hirsh and Corbin Bleu

Creator:  Stan Rowgow D. J. MacHale

The show Flight 29 Down is a drama series about a group of pre-teens/teens who are stranded on a South Pacific island after their plane crashes in a tropical storm while they were flying from an eco-adventure camping trip in Palau. The show is in many ways a younger version of the Adult-centred show Lost but sans the supernatural elements. I’d say that the show draws inspiration from the show The New People.

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Flight 29 Down uses the technique of a video diary as a plot device for the viewers to keep up with the story of these children. It was very engaging to watch young intelligent characters finding their way on the island. The first two seasons of the show are quite engaging but I seemed to lose interest in its 3rd and final season. Regardless, Flight 29 Down is a really good series to watch if you want to see TV shows like Lost.

9. Fringe (2008)

IMDB ratings: 8.4/10

Cast: Anna Torv, John Noble and Joshua Jackson

Creator: J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci

Fringe is a popular Sci-fi crime drama television series. It may seem like a standard procedural drama at first, but the show actually explores the parallel universe, alternate versions of people filled with crazy scientific experiments. I personally had a great time watching this show.

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Fringe is actually inspired by shows like Lost, The X-files and The Twilight Zone. The 3 main characters of the show work with a special division called Fringe. There are so many brilliant twists and turns in Fringe that in my opinion, the show is at the top of its category. If you are searching for TV series like Lost, I strongly recommend you watch Fringe

10. Alcatraz (2012)

IMDB ratings: 6.9/10

Cast: Sarah Jones, George Garcia and Jonny Coyne 

Creator: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt

This American fiction show is based on the infamous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary built on Alcatraz island in San Francisco Bay. The prison is now closed but once kept some of the most dangerous criminals of America. The show takes the liberty to make a show around the conspiracies of the place.

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In the interesting premise we see that under unknown circumstances, 256 inmates and 46 guards of the prison disappear without a trace. Later the disappeared ones start to appear one by one without ageing a day and resume their criminal activities with no realisation of disappearance. A special government unit is dedicated to finding and putting those criminals back in prison. If you are looking for mystery shows similar to Lost, try watching Alcatraz. 

11. Under the Dome (2013)

IMDB ratings: 6.5/10

Cast: Alexander Koch and Rachelle Lefevre

Creator: Stephen King

Based on a novel written by the sci-fi legend Stephen King, Under the Dome tells the story of the residents of the fictional small town called Chester's Mill, when a huge, transparent and indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of the world. 

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Now the trapped residents try to find a way to discover the truth, origin and purpose of these domes. This journey forces them into situations where they learn more about each other than they ever knew. Under the Dome may not be on the top of this list but it’s quite a decent watch if you’re looking for mystery shows similar to Lost

12. Dark (2017)

IMDB ratings: 8.7/10

Cast: Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari and Gina Stiebitz

Creator: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

The German-language Netflix series Dark is an interesting blend of Science fiction and Mystery. Truly a compelling and mind-bending story to watch. At the beginning of Dark, many children suspiciously start disappearing in the German town of Winden. The dark past of generational mysteries of 4 families living in the town namely, Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann is brought to light.

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After the discovery of a wormhole, the lives of the families intertwine more than one can imagine. I believe every element of the show is top-notch, especially Dark’s cinematography, which is a TRUE masterpiece. If you are looking for TV series similar to Lost then the intense and gripping story of Dark is sure to keep you engrossed.

Honourable Mentions

Here are a few TV shows like Lost that didn’t make the list, but you can check them out nonetheless: 

  1. Carnivale
  2. Yellowjackets
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Black Mirror
  5. Flashforward