The best TV shows to watch with your partner right now
“Wanna come over for some Netflix & chill?” — a lot of Pure stories start off somewhere along these lines, though the ‘chill’ part often takes over the ‘Netflix’ sooner than intended. Still, there’s something special and bonding about winding down with your soulmate under the blankets accompanied by a really good TV show and Ben & Jerry's Netflix & Chilll'd ice cream fully shifting into the cinematic reality of your choice. Once you find out the real meaning of “Netflix and chill”, you can proceed to the bedroom. Nikita Denisov, the Cabernet Cinemá channel creator, selected ten shows that you should watch with your partner on Netflix (and not only on Netflix) in 2022.
If someone asked me which Ryan Murphy’s show is the dirtiest, I wouldn’t have to think twice. It’s Glee obviously. Joking. But since Glee is not on Netflix anymore, I recommend you to watch Hollywood. This TV show didn’t make it to “the best new TV shows to watch” lists, but trust me, Ryan Murphy won’t disappoint you and your couple. Set in the 1940s, the plot doesn’t shy away from showing us all the grace and glory of car wash workers seducing rich ladies for mortgage money. Or a story of an influential producer that can grant you celebrity status, only you’d have to reward him physically.
A fashionable HBO reboot that has been included on lists of the most anticipated new TV shows coming in 2021. It’s quite different from the original Gossip Girl, this time centered around a new-age Gen Z group. The only trouble these kids go through is the constant drama of who’s sleeping with who and how many likes they can get on Instagram. There are “adults” on the show, too: drinking wine and reminiscing on the original GG characters (yes, we miss Dan Humphrey too). Insert “Gen Z NOT approved” stamp here: “go piss girl” memes didn’t age like fine wine.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones showed us superhero intimacy way before ‘The Boys’ did it. Imagine this: a retired superhero living in a cheap apartment, working part-time as a detective, and never letting herself get bored. Her exes are superheroes too, of course, so whenever they get in the same bedroom as Jessica’s powers — the whole town can feel it too, rest assured. It has 3 seasons, so it’s definitely one of the best TV shows to binge watch with your couple in 2022.
Can Russians make good NSFW cinema? Of course, they can. Let Happy End be the living proof for this statement. We get exposed to the dark side of the webcam industry and its intricacies. Two teenagers as the main characters running away to the city so they can escape a dealer and get into adult work. Fancy parties, luxuries, and illegal substances — all this makes Happy End one of the most interesting Russian TV shows of all time.
Do you happen to be a secret BDSM fan? Don’t know what to watch on Netflix if you’ve seen everything? This one’s for you then! In Bonding, we get transported to a fascinating story about a young guy going into apprenticeship under a dominatrix. She’s a student during the day, a mistress when the sun goes down. The episode length is around 15 minutes — that is just asking for a binge-watch. Don’t be surprised if you get inspired to try something new after seeing the show.
Fun after 45 — no longer? A common misconception the main character would beg to differ! After sending off her son to college, she decides to step onto the path of self-search and downloads a dating app. Vibrators, younger guys, dramatic plot — thrill is an understatement. When’s the next season out? By the way, you can always read the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta if you’re not really into “Netflix”.
What is a teenager coming home from rehab for substance use going to do? You guessed it — using more and partying harder, of course. Your peek into the life of complex teenagers: intoxication and morning regrets are a given, but you’re also shown true love, intense emotions, and iconic makeup looks as a bonus.
Pure pick: The One
Distant future time: an AI system picks the perfect partner for you. No errors or bugs, the algorithms are spot on. But what do you do with families falling apart? What if The One for you tragically dies? Will you ever find someone to love again? Real life is way more complicated than any AI could predict, after all. Not to mention, the AI creator’s life is the most dramatic of them all. A must watch, but for your own purposes it’s much better to meet people the good old way — on Pure!
What else should you watch with your partner? A British guide to polygamy. How to schedule dates, how to do your honeymoon right, and especially how to tell your parents you’re dating two people at once — Trigonometry got you covered through and through. In case you need a proper and simpler guide, we have one here!
Ironic and heartfelt mini-series that never stops breaking the fourth wall. You’re not just watching the main character run errands (like going to adult shops and falling in love with the hot priest), you’re right there with her! In just two seasons, Fleabag takes an intense spin from a playful comedy to a painfully relatable, candid drama about life and relationships.