The sun is officially setting on the 2020 summer, but there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy everything that comes along with it. And because summer is the season of love, we put together a list of the best films and series that match your appetite for romance.

From comedic chronicles to tear-jerking tales, these are our recommendations for what to watch on “those suh-hum-er niiiiiights” (cue John Travolta as Danny in Grease).

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Show Reviews:

500 Days of Summer is a cautionary love story starring Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) and their 500 days together. The story is told from Tom’s perspective with the days appearing non sequentially as to show both the peaks and valleys of their relationship in back-to-back scenes. Nominated for two Golden Globes for “Best Motion Picture” and “Best Actor” (Gordon-Levitt), 500 Days of Summer is a 21st century coming-of-age story that Roger Ebert summed up as, “Here is a rare movie that begins by telling us how it will end and is about how the hero has no idea why.”
— Toby Stone, Senior Coordinator of Brand Integration

Insecure—Issa Rae’s brilliantly written series—is a fun and insightful look at a young black woman navigating life and love in Los Angeles. While the journey of a woman in her 20’s may not seem very groundbreaking, rarely do we see an honest portrayal of black lives made by black creators. It is also the rare show that gets better and more nuanced with each season.
— Kendra Menard, Manager of Brand Integration

Good Trouble is a continuation of the story The Fosters, as sisters Mariana and Callie move to Los Angeles and learn to navigate life as young adults. I love how through the challenges of building their careers, 20’s dating, living in a coterie and making new friends, the show always finds a way to highlight the importance of sisterhood.
— Arielle Chiarelli, Production Content Coordinator

The latest adaptation of literature classic Little Women, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, is a refreshing take on the coming-of-age story of the four March sisters. This period drama actually feels modern as we observe sisters following their hearts—something that aligns with what women experience today—while navigating adulthood, personal passions, and love lives. I personally fell in love with Florence Pugh as Amy March and Greta’s take on the character, as you see her evolve from a more childish little sister to a commanding woman.
— Mae Rodriguez, Senior Manager of Brand Integration

It may seem inconceivable that one movie could be crowned the perfect romance film, but in my opinion, The Princess Bride is that movie.  It not only centers on an epic love story, but it has fantasy, action, adventure, comedy, and is timeless.  Not to mention some brilliantly scripted one liners!  There is something for the whole family to enjoy.
— Breanna Shepard, Director of Content & Integration

The Duff (a.k.a. Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is your typical high school misfit comedy, but with a modern twist.  It’s oddly relatable, even if we weren’t lucky enough to have Robbie Amell as our high school football star and next-door neighbor. This movie reminds us that no matter what people look like, we are all someone’s “DUFF,” and that’s a good thing!
— Stacy Finkelstein, Manager of Brand Integration & Execution

PEN15 is a hilarious comedy series starring two adult actresses playing their 13-year-old selves in the year 2000.  If you came of age during this era, you’ll appreciate the references to things like chat rooms, gel pens, and Tamagotchis.   I love the friendship between the two leads, Anna and Maya, who support each other through the most awkward time in their lives.  Also, you’ll get a kick out of watching them act opposite actual 13-year-olds.
— Jillian Raskin, Senior Manager of Brand Integration

In the glorious coming-of-age tale Superbad, two best-friend high school seniors (Seth and Evan) go the last few weeks together before splitting up to attend separate colleges. One of their final goals is to lose their virginity on the same night at a house party, but their plan proves to be much more difficult than expected. Seth tells his crush he can get alcohol to the party and the boys go to incredible lengths to make that happen, but each attempt hilariously crumbles. With an all-star cast directed by Judd Apatow, Superbad is one of the highest-praised high school movies of all time.
— Toby Stone, Senior Coordinator of Brand Integration