7 of the Best TV Shows and Movies to Help You Get Over a Breakup
Fact: Breakups are the worst. So if you’re drowning in a pile of damp tissues, raging with inexplicable jealousy, questioning every “what-if” and refusing to wash away the barely-there scent lingering on your pillowcase, then you should know you’re not alone and you will, we repeat, will get over it. But first, sit back, order a pizza, pour yourself a large glass of wine (or three...) and power up your streaming service of choice. From Sex and the City to The First Wives Club, here are the seven best TV shows and movies to help you get over a breakup.
When two strangers from across the globe—Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet)—find themselves single in the midst of winter, they decide to swap homes (and lives) in an attempt to escape reality and mend their broken hearts. Much to their surprise, the women stumble upon new romances—Graham (Jude Law) and Miles (Jack Black), respectively—and find themselves torn between their old lives and their new ones. There’s not a broken heart a charming cottage in the countryside (or a Los Angeles mansion) can’t fix.
‘Sex and the City’
When in doubt, girl time cures all. Watch as the four stars—Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon)—endure their fair share of one-night stands, terrible dates and so much more. Next time you’re feeling down about being single, consider fast-forwarding to season three, episode one, when a nude Samantha gets ghosted in a firehouse. There, feel better?
‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’
After getting dumped by TV star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) books a last-minute trip to Hawaii to clear his mind. Low and behold, Sarah and her new boyfriend (Russell Brand) are also staying at the resort. New romances, awkward moments and hilarious one-liners ensue.
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt tells the story of an enthusiastic girl who is thrown into the hustle and bustle of Manhattan after being held hostage by a (surprisingly attractive) cult leader, Reverend Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). But what makes this Netflix series a must-watch is the fact that the storyline rarely focuses on romance. Instead, it highlights the unbreakable bond Kimmy has with her girl squad and fabulously gay best friend, Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess). Best if enjoyed with a large glass of “Peeno Noir.”
We seriously can’t get enough of Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon). Not only does she defy all odds in Legally Blonde by getting accepted to Harvard Law School (in spite of her ex-boyfriend Warner), but she proves there’s nothing a woman can’t do. Even if she’s dealing with the aftermath of a breakup and it means blowing off Greek week to study for the LSATs.
New Girl is the ultimate TV show for the post-separation blues. Following a rough breakup, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three offbeat single men—Nick (Jake Johnson), Winston (Max Greenfield) and Winston 2.0 (Lamorne Morris). With the help of her BFF Cece (Hannah Simone), Jess forms a familial-like bond with her roomies and attempts to navigate her newly single life one day at a time.
‘The First Wives Club’
When a middle-aged divorcée takes her own life, former college gal pals Elise (Goldie Hawn), Annie (Diane Keaton) and Brenda (Bette Midler) reunite for the first time in 30 years. Upon hearing why their fallen friend did what she did, they realize that they, too, are being taken advantage of by their ex-husbands. The trio makes a pact to exact revenge, and their rendition of Lesley Gore’s girl power anthem “You Don’t Own Me” is simply the best.