Rom Coms Aren't Dead, They've Found a New Home

Since 2016, TV critics and journalists alike have declared the death of rom coms. Are they dead, though? 

Rom coms peaked in the 90s, says Emily Yahr of The Washington Post. In recent years, rom coms have piggy backed on the clichés from the 90s. To make matters worse, younger audiences and feminists often find the idealized version of love portrayed in rom coms to be sexist and enforcing gender roles.

Studios are hesitant to allocate blockbuster budgets to a genre masked in controversy and division. On the other hand, the financial risk associated with TV series are far less. Furthermore, streaming services are continuously looking to increase their original show offerings. 

Romantic sitcoms are not new. Ranker has a list of the best rom sitcoms, which includes FriendsNew GirlThe Mindy Project, and Sex and the CityThe Office was also listed, but we don’t feel that is fair to Prison Mike.


If Rom Coms aren’t New on TV, What’s Different?

Aside from Sex and the City, these shows were more sitcom than rom. That is changing.

Two big rom com style shows are in the works and we are excited. A TV show reboot of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days has just been announced. The 2002 rom com featuring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey is a classic and can be likened to the peak films of the 90s. It will be available on the mobile-based stream platform, Quibi.  

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is just another example of TV show reboots. Veronica Mars and Gossip Girl are also examples of TV reboots making on-screen comebacks. It is unclear whether How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days will adhere to progressive standards, but How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is sure to resonate with audiences who dearly miss their rom coms.

Modern Love, an Amazon original, is also coming to your streaming device. It’s based on the New York Times column, Modern Love, which features readers’ stories about their relationships—both good and bad. The romantic comedy anthology attempts to depict the show’s title, modern love. Breaking away from the chains of potentially harmful and sexist stereotypes, Amazon’s studio head claims Modern Love “tells heightened kind of stories about love and romance, not necessarily all romantic.”

Modern Love’s cast line-up is full of stars. Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, and Tiny Fey are just some of the faces you’ll see once the show is released on October 18, 2019. 


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