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Shows like Normal People

Immersed in the evocative and heart-wrenching world of shows like Normal People, a compelling drama that has captivated global audiences, viewers are drawn into the intricacies of love and connection. First airing on BBC Three, this one-season series, adapted from Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel, is beautifully set against the backdrop of a small Irish town. Here it delves into the lives of Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), 2 teenagers.

They live in the same town, but their backgrounds are very different. As they grow up, they face challenges that come from their different social and economic situations. Normal People embark on a poignant journey that entwines these two. From the hushed whispers of secret romance in their school years to the uncharted waters of university life, the series unflinchingly chronicles their emotional journey, stitching together moments of intimacy, friendship, and vulnerability.

The show’s arc, although exquisitely executed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of many viewers who appreciate its raw and genuine emotion. Fear not, for we’ve taken it upon ourselves to fill the void left by Marianne and Connell’s tale. With a curated list of 10 heartwarming shows similar to Normal People, we aim to offer solace to those who’ve connected deeply with the show’s characters and situations. Whether you find their challenges relatable or the strong friendships touching, these shows will make you feel similar emotions.

10 Similar Heartwarming Shows To Watch After 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 with. 

This 3-season series opens up in Derry, where a young girl, Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), and her cousin, Orla (Louisa Harland), embark on many exciting adventures while they attend a Catholic girls’ school along with their friends, Claire and Michelle during the national conflict. James (Dylan Llewellyn), Michelle’s English teacher, becomes the first boy to attend their Catholic girls’ school in light of his safety from getting bullied by Irish boys.

The series won 3 BAFTA TV Awards for Writing in Comedy, Scripted Comedy and Siobhán McSweeney’s performance as Siser Micheal. Derry Girls is as heartwarming as Normal People as it is exceptionally hilarious. 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 try Derry Girls.

Watch it on Netflix

2. Modern Love (2019)

Modern Love is an anthology series that follows the modern relationships between people. In the 2 seasons, the show examines love in all its forms, including romantic, familial, sexual, platonic, and self-love. Bringing into light the stories in today’s world. Produced by Amazon Studios, this series is based on the New York Times column ‘Modern Love’  that shared such unique stories.

Each episode chronicles a new story, in the first episode, Maggie (Cristin Milioti) braves NYC’s dating scene with aid from doorman Guzmin (Laurentiu Possa), who questions her choices. Later, pregnant and alone, Guzmin stands by her through childbirth. The series features actors like Kit Harington, Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel (Nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his role in Modern Love) amongst a few. Like Normal People, stories of Modern Love are full of regrets, heartbreak, friendship, love, loss, and more.

Watch it on Prime Video

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3. Fleabag (2016-2019)

The British show dark comedy Fleabag is based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning play where an unnamed 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. Written and produced by Phoebe herself, the series went on to win various awards including Golden Globes, Baftas and Primetime Emmys for Writing, Directing, Lead Actress.

Fleabag’s personality is unique yet highly relatable. Every moment of this show is hilarious, heartbreaking, or both. With elements of drama and cringe comedy, the 2 seasons are exquisitely performed by breaking the fourth wall. Fleabag is an excellently written, refreshing series perfect for fans of Normal People. Trust me, it’s worth a watch!

Watch it on Prime Video

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4. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

The iconic 1995 BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice is based on the highly celebrated novel of the same name by Jane Austen. It follows Elizabeth Bennett (Jennifer Ehle), a young woman with a strong will but good judgment. She meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Colin Firth), a wealthy young man at a ball. Mr Darcy is immediately taken aback by her beauty but his dismissal and arrogance sets up a turbulent relationship between the two. 

Okay, you must be wondering what does a historical drama have to do with modern day relationships? stay with me here; it’s the yearning that truly sets shows like Normal People apart. And, no one does yearning better than Jane Austen. Jennifer won a Bafta for her performance, and in the years that followed, the series has come to be known as one the most beloved book adaptations.

Watch it on Prime Video

5. Lovesick (2014-2018)

This British comedy series Lovesick is about Dylan (Johnny Flynn), a hopelessly romantic young boy in his mid-20s, who 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 go back and contact everyone he’s slept with to inform them about the risk of them getting the disease. 

Originally called Scrotal Recall in the UK, the story of this 3-season series flashes back to a key point in a relationship of the current ex he meets. Dylan goes down this memory lane with his friends Evie (Antonia Thomas) and Luke (Daniel Ings), who have been by his side for the past 10 years. Each episode fills in more details, slowly painting a bigger picture of how all of Dylan’s relationships have changed his life. As Normal People reminds us, here in this series created by Tom Edge, the characters aren’t perfect, they have flaws and go through relationships that shape them.

Watch it on Netflix

6. Love (2016-2018)

When his girlfriend cheats on him, the ‘nice guy’ Gus (Paul Rust) crosses paths with the ‘wild child’ Mickey (Gillian Jacobs). In this rom-com series created by Judd Apatow called Love, we see how despite their stark differences, the two are inexplicably drawn to one another. It’s these very differences that may hold the key to helping them figure out just what love is.

For anyone who finds conventional Rom-Coms to be unrealistic and enjoys Normal People for its raw and authentic romance, the story of Love – between Mickey and Gus will have you hooked. JJudd Apatow’s trademark quirkiness breathes life into the characters, while their infectious playful energy makes them both relatable and a joy to watch. Initially planned for just 2 seasons, Netflix later extended the series by one more, a testament to its captivating charm. With no “forever” promise between the two, the story brings an unpredictable yet authentic touch.

Watch it on Netflix

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7. Feel Good (2020-2021)

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, who is the creator, writer and the lead of this show, plays a fictionalized version of themselves. Mae is a comedian and recovering addict who tries to get a hold of their life, but things complicate further when they start dating George. 

Beautifully shot, and well written, the show is filled to the brim with a hilarious, sardonic sense of humor, without disrespecting its very serious subject matter. Feel Good guest stars Anthony Stewart Head and Lisa Kudrow. Every single second of this 2-season show is riveting and plays with every emotion. There are so many difficult topics that are presented in such a creative, funny, and genuine light that I’m sure as a fan of Normal People, you’ll love watching Feel Good.

Watch it on Netflix

8. Friends from College (2017-2019)

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

Featuring Cobie Smulders and Keegan-Micheal Key as the leads in a part of an ensemble, Friends From College is a heartbreaking genuine heated show with rare but endearing humor. Created by Francesca Delbanco, the 2 seasons of the show truthfully explores human behavior, the things we would never do and what we end up doing when the situation arises. Friends From College brings out the pain and makes the characters imperfect the way Normal People does, while making them lovable in every way.

Watch it on Netflix

9. High Fidelity (2020)

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. Created by Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, High Fidelity is an amazing rom-com 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. A great remake and an awesome alternative for Normal People.

Watch it on Hulu

10. Catastrophe (2015-2019)

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

Running for 4 seasons, Catastrophe is an incredibly funny sitcom. Their clumsy lust, accidental pregnancy and disastrous relationship provide the foundation for a realistic and heartfelt, perhaps an uncomfortable love tale without sugar coating it. The harsh realities of relationships here are as authentic and worth watching as you saw in Normal People.

Watch it on Prime Video

Honourable Mentions

Here are a few shows 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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