Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag | Photo Credits: Amazon

Despite the fact that Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s opus, ended after two seasons in 2019, I still find myself thinking about (and revisiting) it pretty frequently. If you’re anything like me, you’ve found it hard to fill the void left behind by a beautiful show that had everything from hot priests to penis walls to a deliciously rude Olivia Colman.

While you could always deal with it by invoking the aforementioned Priest (Andrew Scott) and trying to convince yourself “it’ll pass,” you could also just take a look at some of TV Guide’s recommendations for the best shows that might remind you of Fleabag, from another of Waller-Bridge’s television ventures to tragicomedies starring complicated protagonists to more shows featuring unique romances.

Looking for more recommendations of what to watch next? <a href="{"role":"standard","href":"","target":"","absolute":"","linktext":"we have a ton of them!“}”>We have a ton of them! And if you’re looking for more hand-picked recommendations based on shows you love, <a href="{"role":"standard","href":"","target":"","absolute":"","linktext":"we have those too“}”>we have those too. 



Where to watch: Netflix

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Crashing

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This one’s a gimme, but the first thing you should do if you’re looking for more of Waller-Bridge’s singular voice is check out Crashing. Predating Fleabag, the six-episode series centers around the relationships and romantic entanglements of a group of twenty-somethings living together in an abandoned hospital. In addition to creating the series and writing every episode, Waller-Bridge also plays Lulu, the flighty childhood friend of another resident who disrupts everything with her arrival, and Bridgerton‘s Jonathan Bailey co-starring as the sex-obsessed Sam, who begins to explore the complexities of his sexuality as the episodes progress. It’s definitely less polished than Waller-Bridge’s later work, but it’s a fun, easy watch where you can clearly see glimmers of what would make Fleabag so special.


You’re the Worst

Where to watch: Hulu

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Aya Cash and Chris Geere, You’re the Worst

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Stephen Falk‘s FX series follows the triumphantly messy evolution of the relationship between Gretchen (Aya Cash) and Jimmy (Chris Geere), two generally unhappy, distrustful people who find themselves falling in love despite their reservations, emotional constipation, and separate personal demons. There are so many things to love about You’re the Worst: It’s exceptionally funny and clever, it takes on the realities of clinical depression thoughtfully and carefully, and its supporting characters, Kether Donohue‘s Lindsay and Desmin Borges‘ Edgar, are written just as lovingly as Gretchen and Jimmy, but the thing most likely to hook any Fleabag fan is Gretchen herself. Much like Fleabag, Gretchen is bitingly sarcastic and makes almost infuriatingly bad decisions, attracting trouble like it’s her job, but Cash’s committed, empathetic performance is reminiscent of Waller-Bridge’s in that even in her lowest moments, it’s hard not to root for her, or at least see yourself in her. Her recklessness is part of what makes her lovable, and her arc over the course of the show’s five seasons is stunningly human. There’s probably an alternate version of this universe where You’re the Worst and Fleabag did a ’90s-style crossover episode that saw Fleabag and Gretchen realizing they were long lost cousins and subsequently causing a lot of problems together. That’s the utopia I choose to transport myself to in lieu of meditation, anyway. 



Where to watch: Amazon

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Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, Catastrophe

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