So you’ve binged the latest episodes of “…And Just Like That” and you’re already craving for more? While it’s tough to match the captivating allure of Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte navigating life’s twists and turns in New York City, there are other shows that come close. We’ve rounded up 15 must-watch series that could very well be the next best thing to your “…And Just Like That” obsession. Here are the first seven picks to tide you over until the next episode drops.
Emily in Paris
Darren Star, the creative genius behind “Sex and the City,” also serves up this delightful comedy-drama about Emily Cooper, played by Lily Collins. She’s a marketing expert who lands her dream job in Paris. What could go wrong? Turns out, quite a bit. Between language barriers and not-so-welcoming coworkers at the Savoir marketing firm, Emily’s journey is a roller coaster, much like Carrie Bradshaw’s. The Parisian backdrop adds an element of glamor, and the series brilliantly incorporates over-the-top elements that make for deliciously entertaining TV.
It’s nearly impossible to have a TV show list without mentioning “Friends.” This timeless classic showcases the lives, loves, and laughs of six New Yorkers. While the storylines may be less dramatic than those in “And Just Like That…”, the essence of enduring friendships and evolving relationships is a common thread. Plus, the humor is timeless, thanks to an ensemble cast featuring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer.
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce
A bit more grounded than some other entries on this list, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” delves into the gritty realities of life post-divorce. Focused on Abby McCarthy, a self-help author played by Lisa Edelstein, the show bears some striking similarities to the latest challenges faced by Carrie Bradshaw in “And Just Like That…” While it doesn’t shy away from the complexities of life, it maintains a glamorous and enjoyable sheen that fans of “SATC” will appreciate.
“Girls” offers a raw look at the life of millennials in New York City, complete with all its gritty realism. Created by Lena Dunham, this series doesn’t idealize friendship or relationships. Instead, it showcases the good, the bad, and the ugly, making it an intriguing counterpart to the more polished narratives in “And Just Like That…” While it can be cringe-inducing at times, its authentic approach is its greatest asset.
This teen drama is a delicious dive into the world of Manhattan’s elite, where secrets are currency, and friendships are complex. Whether you opt for the original series or the recent reboot, you’re in for a roller coaster of emotions, much like in “And Just Like That…” The New York City backdrop acts as an additional character, providing a familiar feel for fans of Carrie and her crew.
How I Met Your Father
The spinoff to the wildly successful “How I Met Your Mother” has arrived, and it does not disappoint. Starring Hilary Duff, this series adds a modern twist to the friendship-and-relationship formula. Narrated by Kim Cattrall, this series complements the mature themes found in “And Just Like That…” while adding its unique flair to the ensemble comedy-drama genre.
An anthology series that serves up romance with a touch of realism, “Love Life” is a nuanced exploration of love in the big city. Each season features a new main character, making it a refreshing take on the typical romantic storyline. While less glossy than “And Just Like That…”, it offers compelling narratives that echo the complexities of real-life relationships.
If you’re willing to trade the New York skyline for sunny Los Angeles, “New Girl” is a delightful palate cleanser. Focused on quirky school teacher Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, and her equally quirky roommates, this sitcom perfectly encapsulates the struggles and triumphs of finding one’s way through early adulthood.
The HBO Max show “Starstruck” is a refreshing blend of comedy and romance that tackles themes similar to those in “…And Just Like That.” However, it introduces a unique, more relatable lead—Jessie, a twenty-something New Zealander navigating love and life in London while juggling two dead-end jobs. What sets “Starstruck” apart is its ability to make us laugh at life’s awkwardness while still capturing the essence of modern romance.
The Bold Type
Centered on three best friends working at the fictional women’s magazine Scarlet, “The Bold Type” offers a blend of friendship, romance, and career struggles, much like its HBO predecessor. Set in the hustle and bustle of New York City, this series serves as a more grounded look into the lives of young women climbing the ladder in the world of journalism. With friendship and romance sharing center stage, “The Bold Type” proves to be an engaging alternative.
The Carrie Diaries
Ever wondered how Carrie Bradshaw became the icon she is today? “The Carrie Diaries” gives you a glimpse into her younger years. Following a teenage Carrie navigating high school and an internship in 1980s New York, this series offers a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Though it lasted just two seasons, the show provides a charming backstory to one of television’s most beloved characters.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
This Amazon Prime hit veers into a different era but offers a similarly engaging tale of a woman rebuilding her life. Miriam “Midge” Maisel transitions from being a 1950s housewife to a stand-up comedian after her marriage falls apart. Much like Carrie Bradshaw’s transformative journey, Midge’s story is a celebration of resilience, wit, and the sheer unpredictability of life.
The Morning Show
Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show” may not seem like an obvious pick given its drama-centric tone, but the show’s portrayal of powerful women in a high-stakes environment makes it worth the watch. With Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon at the helm, the series provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world of morning news, complete with the interpersonal drama and challenges that come with it.
“Sex and the City” creator Darren Star brings his magic touch to “Younger,” a series following 40-year-old Liza Miller, who pretends to be 26 to reboot her career and love life. Set against the backdrop of New York City’s publishing world, the show explores themes of identity, age, and, of course, friendship.
Sex and the City
It’s impossible to discuss “…And Just Like That” without paying homage to its origin series, “Sex and the City.” This groundbreaking HBO show brought the nuanced perspectives of four fabulous women—Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and the unforgettable Samantha—into mainstream television. The series explores themes of love, friendship, and sexual freedom, providing a lens into New York City life that has inspired countless other shows. Watching “Sex and the City” is like visiting an old friend—familiar, comforting, and always fun.
What’s Your Next TV Adventure?
There you have it—a curated list of TV shows that echo the spirit of “And Just Like That…” in their unique ways. Each show offers a captivating look into the complexities of love, work, and friendship. For even more tailored recommendations, don’t forget to visit hitplay.app to explore curated collections of movies and TV shows.