Heartstopper was released on Netflix with its 8 episodes on April 22, 2022 and reached a lot of viewers in such a short time. Are you one of those who watched through the 1st season of Heartstopper in one go immediately after its release? If so, you’re probably desperately waiting for Heartstopper Season 2, but don’t worry! We’ve compiled 5 shows like Heartstopper for you to watch until the 2nd season comes out. If you like Heartstopper, we’re sure you’ll enjoy these ones too.
Probably we all have problems with growing up, finding out who we’re and what we want from life, discovering our sexuality, dealing with bullies, having feelings for someone, building a romantic relationship and many other things when we’re teenagers. So we know how difficult it’s to be a teenager and grow up while staying sane. The shows in this list introduce different types of teens from different ethnicities and social classes who’ve similar problems growing up. Without further ado, let’s get straight to the list.
1) Young Royals
Young Royals is a teen drama released on Netflix on July 1, 2021. Like Heartstopper, the series follows two teenagers who develop a romantic relationship. However, as the name suggests, one of the main characters is Prince William of Sweden, who’s part of the royal family. The story is set at the fictional elite Hilerska boarding school, where Wilhelm meets his love interest, Simon, while trying to adjust to his new life. Netflix has renewed the series for a 2nd season and will release it in the next few months in 2022.
2) Grand Army
Based on Katie Cappello’s play Slut: The Play, Grand Army was developed by the same writer and premiered on Netflix on October 16, 2020. It’s a teen drama set in a public high school in Brooklyn, New York, and revolves around five students who struggle with various issues as they try to develop a future for themselves. The nine-part series touches on important issues such as racism, terrorism, sexual identity, rape and so on.
3) The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
The third series on our list of shows like Heartstopper is a Japanese anime series based on a manga of the same name. First aired in 2016, the series follows Kusuo Saiki, a 16-year-old high school student who’s supernatural powers. Many of us would be happy to have powers like telekinesis and telepathy, but Kusuo doesn’t want to have supernatural powers because he wants to live like a normal person. He’s to stay away from other people. With a mixture of science fiction and comedy, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. depicts the difficulties that an unusual teenager has in an ordinary society. The series has 3 seasons, all of which are available to stream on Netflix.
4) Never Have I Ever
Never Have I Ever is about a 15-year-old Indian-American girl named Devi Vishwakumar who deals with social and psychological issues such as dealing with loss, racial identity, social status, and balancing family and friends. After the sudden loss of her father, Devi loses her ability to walk for a few months until she wants to see her crush, Paxton. A coming-of-age drama, the series depicts Devi’s internal and external struggles, for example, how she deals with accepting her Indian-American identity. Season 3 is just around the corner, and the series has already been renewed for a 4th season.
5) Everything Sucks!
We’ve to admit that the last series on our list of shows like Heartstopper has a somewhat pessimistic title. But you know, this is how we all feel when we’re teenagers, it’s totally normal! Anyway… Everything Sucks! is a parody of the teen culture of the 1990s, created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan. Set in 1996 in Boring, Oregon, the series follows the misfit students of Boring High School as they try to make a movie together. Meanwhile, they must deal with teenage issues such as sexuality and mental health. With romance and comedy, the series offers a lot about growing up. Everything Sucks! has been available on Netflix since its release in 2018.