10 Shows Like 'Emily in Paris' to Watch Next

If you like love triangles, female friendships, and mixing bold patterns, we have the shows for you.
by Allison Bowsher — 

Lily Collins and Lucien Laviscount in 'Emily in Paris'


Premiering in October 2020, fans quickly devoured the Darren Star series Emily In Paris, which stars Lily Collins as twenty-something Expat Emily Cooper who moves from Chicago to Paris to work for the French branch of her marketing company. The fish out of water, American in Paris rom-com was a hit with audiences looking for some high fashion escapism during the pandemic and even scored some awards love, though critics have been decidedly more mixed on its success. (It currently has a Metascore of 60.)

In her Golden Globe-nominated role as Emily, Collins is the perpetually optimistic American whose French isn't bonne, one of the many parts of Emily that annoys her chic Parisian boss Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu). Even with all her cultural missteps, Emily manages to make friends with her co-workers Luc (Bruno Gouery) and Julien (Samuel Arnold), and help the company secure major clients. 

Emily's personal life also features highs and lows, including befriending zipper heiress and aspiring singer Mindy (Ashley Park), who acts as Emily's guide to French culture and cuisine. As for her love life, Emily harbors a crush on her handsome neighbor Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), a gifted chef, but the pair place each other in the friendship zone when Emily also gets friendly with Gabriel's girlfriend Camille (Camille Razat). Things get messy when Gabriel and Camille break up, Emily sleeps with Gabriel, and then reunites with Camille. And that's all only in the first season. Mon Dieu

Emily's love life appears more straightforward in Season 2 with the introduction of charming London banker Alfie (Lucien Laviscount), but those who are familiar with Star's work know his love triangles never straighten themselves out quickly! 

The third season, which just dropped on Netflix provides answers on whether Emily returns to Chicago with her boss Madeline (Kate Walsh) or stays in Paris and follows Sylvie to her new agency, as well as how she continues to juggle feelings for Alfie and Gabriel — though it still never quite explains how she and roomie Mindy fit all their clothes into a shared closet. 

For those who have gone through Season 3 of Emily In Paris in less time than it takes to spray a bottle of Champere, these are 10 shows that should be on your radar to watch next, ranked by their Metascore. 


Jeremy Allen White in 'The Bear'


The Bear

Metacritic: 88
Best for: Drama fans who love beautiful close ups of food
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Seasons: 1 (so far)

There are more obvious ways to start out our list of shows like Emily In Paris, but hear us out. Set in Chicago, the hometown of Emily Cooper, the critically acclaimed series also features a strong ensemble led by Jeremy Allen White as Carmen, a superstar chef who returns home to run his family sandwich shop after his brother Mikey (Jon Bernthal) dies. The power of food and how it can be used to express one's feelings and vision is put on display in stunning detail, not unlike how Gabriel speaks about his dishes. Plus, there's no shortage of amazing meals in The Bear, a similarity also shared with Emily In Paris

"Once you're acclimated, The Bear becomes something of a marvel, a show with its own rhythm and with characters you generally want to be around, even as they're losing it." —Tim Lowery, The A.V. Club


From left to right: Hannah Einbinder and Jean Smart in 'Hacks'



Metacritic: 85
Best for: Comedy fans who know the pain and inspiration of a tough boss
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

A big part of Emily In Paris is the relationship between Emily and her boss Sylvie, who sometimes puts the "mentor" in tormentor. Emmy and Golden Globe winner Hacks opens with entertainment agent Jimmy (Paul W. Downs, who also co-created and co-runs Hacks), pairing his smallest and biggest clients together: Ava (Hannah Einbinder), a once-promising comedian who gets canceled over a tweet, and Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a comedy legend whose Las Vegas residency is starting to collect dust. Much to their shared dismay, the comedians from two different generations find common ground while writing Deborah's new material. The Vegas strip is a long way from Paris, but they both have their own Eiffel Tower.

"Jean Smart is fantastic in Hacks. ... [Einbinder's] a strong match for Smart in a relationship that's adversarial but also, as time goes on, more and more like one between a mother and daughter. They're terrific together." — Jen Chaney, Vulture


Sutton Foster and Nico Tortorella in 'Younger'

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Metacritic: 75
Best for: Fans of love triangles, dramedies, and anyone who has ever lied about their age
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Seasons: 7

Star also created this comedy series, which stars Sutton Foster as Liza, a newly divorced mom in her 40s who has spent the past few years raising her now-adult daughter. Realizing that her age and time away from the workforce has made it seemingly impossible to return to the world of publishing, she does what parents do every day — lies for a "good" reason. Reinventing herself as a woman in her 20s, Liza immediately lands a job at a publishing house, begins a relationship with a 26-year-old tattoo artist (Nico Tortorella), and develops feelings for her boss (Peter Hermann). Younger is one of the closest shows in tone, theme, and look to Emily In Paris, with a modern and cool workplace, extravagant parties, love triangles, outrageous outfits, and strong female friendships all taking center stage. Plus, Liza's boss Diana (Miriam Shor) is on par with Sylvie when it comes to terrifying their assistants. 

"The show feels confident in what it's doing with its characters (some excluded) and what it's saying about women who face a constant uphill battle for understanding from the outside world when they are, most importantly, just trying to understand themselves. There's poignancy to that." — Mitchel Broussard, We've Got This Covered


Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor in 'Bridgerton'



Metacritic: 73
Best for: Viewers who want a smart and inclusive show with lots of sexy times
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 2 (so far)

Dearest watchers, if you love the fashion, love triangles, and celebration of female friendships in Emily in Paris, it's time to binge Bridgerton. Based on the bestselling books by Julia Quinn, the historical Shondaland series follows the Bridgerton family as they and their neighbors navigate the social season, hoping to find matches for their children. The romantic series sidesteps common genre tropes and instead presents its female leads as capable women taking charge of their futures. Come for the sexy spoons, secrets, and library hookups, and stay for the diverse cast you'll burn for.

"The series truly dazzles because of its smart weaving of feminist critique throughout its marriage plot, which doesn't just sit atop the proceedings but shapes the storylines themselves. A sex-positive bodice-ripper should be a redundancy… but Bridgerton points up how little of that genre we actually get." — Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter


The cast of 'The Sex Lives of College Girls'


The Sex Lives of College Girls

Metacritic: 73
Best for: Those who like a syllabus that includes raunch, comedy, heart, and historical buildings
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

Dating, making friends, and carving out a career path in a new country is not unlike entering college as a freshman. There's just more sweatpants and homework in the latter. Like Emily In Paris, The Sex Lives of College Girls also boasts a strong ensemble anchored by Senator's daughter and soccer star Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott), closeted rich mean girl Leighton (Reneé Rapp), sexually adventurous aspiring comedian Bela (Amrit Kaur), and small-town bookworm Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet). The foursome doesn't make sense on paper, but that's the fun part of college: It's a strange bubble that can facilitate the most unlikely of friendships. The women eventually bond and help one another navigate their newfound world of secret affairs, hookups, boys' clubs, and parties with R-rated themes. 

"This is a terrific vehicle for Kaur, Chanelle, Rapp and Chalamet to demonstrate their comedic and dramatic talents. They work beautifully together and have a natural rhythm, even when the dialogue seems almost too perfectly written." — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times


The cast of 'Katy Keene'

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Katy Keene

Metacritic: 71
Best for: Fashion fans who want a light-hearted dramedy with an inclusive message
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Seasons: 1

Unfortunately, Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene only got one season to show off its loveable characters and flair for fashion, music, and friendship, but its 13 episodes are worth binging for their feel-good vibes. The series stars Lucy Hale as Katy, a budding fashion designer working her way up as a personal stylist. The only thing more important to Katy than her clothes are her friends, including Broadway-bound Jorge-Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), aspiring boxer K.O. Kelly (Zane Holtz), and former Riverdale resident Josie (Ashleigh Murray), who has come to NYC with dreams of being a professional musician. Only hours after arriving, Josie has a meet-cute with music family royalty Alex Cabot, played by Emily In Paris heartthrob Lucien Laviscount. 

"Katy Keene is far from drama-filled (or reality-filled), the type of show unlikely to make an Emmy nomination list. But you could do worse for weeknight escapist fodder than tuning in to the weekly travails of Katy and her friends." — Gwen Ihnat, The A.V. Club


The cast of 'From Scratch'


From Scratch

Metacritic: 67
Best for: Romance fans who enjoy a cathartic cry
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1

An American moves to Europe, falls in love, and eats amazing food? Emily fans, it might time to binge From Scratch — just be warned that it is much more emotional. Based on Tembi Locke's memoir, the show follows Amy (Zoe Saldaña), a Houston native who takes a break from law school to study art in Italy. Amy meets and quickly falls for Lino (Eugenio Mastrandrea), a chef who loves food just as much as Emily in Paris' Gabriel. The pair's love story continues stateside when Lino moves to the U.S. to be with Amy, a transition that gives both characters the exciting and frustrating experience of acclimating to a new culture. While Amy's Italian is significantly better than Emily's French, both shows celebrate passionate romance, incredible dishes, and melding different cultures together. But From Scratch will also make you cry — a lot — because it comes with a tragic cancer diagnosis. 

"A perfect slice of escapism for the wine moms and independent women of the world. It's not worthy of awards, but it is worth recommending to my fellow die-hard romantics as a blithe bit of distraction from everyday stress and sorrows." — Meghan O'Keefe, Decider


The cast of 'Sex and the City'


Sex and the City

Metacritic: 64
Best for: Dramedy fans who want to laugh and cry with their friends
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Seasons: 6, a couple of movies, and a revival

Star is probably best known for Sex and the City, a series that continues to be a major part of pop culture (Season 2 of the sequel And Just Like That… is currently in production). Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon star as Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, respectively — four best friends living in New York. Together, the chosen soulmates navigate dating, careers, and doing it all while running in Manolos with a Cosmo in their hands. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series, which made waves with its frank discussions of sex, had a major impact on early-aughts fashion trends and celebrates the importance of adult female friendships in a way that hadn't been shown much on screen at the time.  

"What's refreshing about Sex and the City is that it pushes to a darkly comic extreme the situations that already fuel the many urban-singles sitcoms on network TV. ... More social satire than sitcom, it looks openly at relationships steeped in ambivalence, fear, and the games people play." — Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe


Neil Patrick Harris and Tisha Campbell in 'Uncoupled'



Metacritic: 64
Best for: Anyone who wants to feel less alone in the often terrifying world of dating
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1 (so far)

The final Star creation on our list is also the most recent. Neil Patrick Harris stars as Michael, a successful New York City realtor whose seemingly perfect life is shattered when his partner of 17 years, Colin (Tuc Watkins), breaks up with him in his comedy series. The shocking split sends Michael reeling as he reenters a dating world he no longer recognizes. Michael navigates the scene with the help of his friends Billy (Emerson Brooks) and Stanley (Brooks Ashmanskas), as well as his business partner Suzanne (Tisha Campbell). Like Emily In Paris, Uncoupled fuses dating, fashion, and a glamorous backdrop (in this case, NYC) while centering on a lead who uses humor and varying amounts of self-pity to fuel their search for a "new normal."

"For all of its clunk and creak, Uncoupled is an agreeable watch. It's daring enough in a few places to feel worthy of its era, while providing the easy, brain-deadening, trapped-in-amber enjoyment that has become a hallmark of Star's work." — Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair


The cast of 'The Bold Type'


The Bold Type

Metacritic: 58
Best for: Teens and adults who want a show that celebrates female friendship
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Seasons: 5

In the same way that Emily In Paris celebrates the importance of female friendship, specifically that of Emily and Mindy, so too does the trio of The Bold Type. Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, and Katie Stevens star as Kat, Sutton, and Jane, respectively — three twenty-somethings in NYC living out their dreams by working at the fictional Cosmo-esque Scarlett Magazine. Endlessly supportive of each other's professional pursuits and always ready for a fashion closet vent session, the trio navigate dating, discrimination, substance abuse, social injustices, and more, all while receiving guidance from their editor, Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin). She has the experience and chicness of Sylvie without the terror. 

"To the question of which of these women is the Carrie, or the Samantha, or the Miranda, or the Charlotte, it answers that each gets to be a bit of all of them. Because isn't that the promise that young women were raised to believe in?" — Melanie McFarland, Salon