The Netflix teen comedy Never Have I Ever is returning for its third season this week, following impulsive brainiac Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) as she goes public with her relationship with Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnett). As we wait for season 3 to drop, there’s several more shows to check out if you want heartwarming stories featuring tight-knit friendships, relationship drama, and cultural heritage (including two more comedies from creator Mindy Kaling). Read on for some must-watch shows for Never Have I Ever fans.
The Sex Lives of College Girls
Finished Season 3 and want to watch more Kaling-created shows? Jump from high school to college with this comedy about four girls (played by Reneé Rapp, Amrit Kaur, Pauline Chalamet, and Alyah Chanelle Scott) who approach dating with different levels of boldness.
This Netflix hit about the son of a sex therapist and his high school friends shows the good, the bad, and the cringeworthy aspects of teenage relationships. It also has a huge cast with someone for everyone to love, from the fabulous French horn-player Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) to well-meaning mom Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson).
Before Devi there was Jenna Hamilton, the titular “awkward” high schooler blogger who secretly lost her virginity to the most popular boy in school. The references may be dated (lots of Facebook updates) but this MTV hit paved the way for our recent slate of awkward-earnest teen shows (minus Euphoria).
On My Block
This teen comedy sees a group of LA kids getting mixed up with turf wars and elaborate treasure hunts as they enter high school. It may have ended last year, but there’s no time like the present to watch these childhood friends go through wild adventures and heartbreaking challenges.
If you’re looking for a show about growing up in an earlier, social media-less time, try this British series about a group of Catholic schoolgirls growing up during “the Troubles” in mid-90s Northern Ireland. Watch for the plentiful ’90s references and the girls’ hilarious personalities.
The Summer I Turned Pretty
Fans of the To All The Boys I Loved Before trilogy need to check out this adaptation of another Jenny Han book series, in which protagonist Belly balances several romances during her debutante ball season in an idyllic summer town.
Another rom-com that perfectly balances adorableness and cringe, this webcomic adaptation follows a budding romance between two boys at a British school. (Also, watch out for an appearance from Olivia Colman!)
Before she made the intense, Emmy-winning drama I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel made a laugh-out-loud comedy about a Beyoncé-worshipping 24-year-old who really wants to have sex. Tracey’s mission to flout her religious upbringing and lose her virginity includes several cringeworthy encounters and fourth-wall breaking monologues.
I Am Not Okay With This
Another short-lived coming-of-age show from Netflix, this drama sees Sydney navigate her sexuality and grief from her father’s death, while also figuring out her newfound superpowers. Check it out and join the fervent fan base who are still calling for a second season.
Speaking of superheroes, this Marvel show follows the origin story of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), an Avengers fangirl whose familial heritage includes cosmic superpowers. If you think Devi mom Nalini is strict, wait ’til you meet Muneeba Khan.
We can’t leave out Bridgerton with all those Lady Whistledown references floating around season 3. Plus, the Vishwakumars probably loved the second season of Netflix’s Regency-era romance, which starred the blunt-yet-caring lead Kate Sharma and featured several nods to Indian culture.
The Mindy Project
Kaling’s long-running sitcom isn’t a teen show, but sometimes you need a return to an adult rom-com. The writer stars as Mindy Lahiri, an OB / GYN who has several love interests, including her enemies-to-lovers arc with Danny Castellano (Chris Messina).
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