15 Shows You'll Love if You Enjoyed ‘Jane the Virgin’
Remember the days when Jane the Virgin fans passionately debated over who Jane should end up with (FYI, team Rafael all the way!)? Or when fans shared Twitter threads about their most compelling theories after a really big twist? It honestly feels like it was just yesterday when we all obsessively followed Jane's complicated love life and career. But now that we no longer have the luxury of keeping up with the Villanuevas and their scandalous love triangles, we're settling for the next best thing: other amazing shows like Jane the Virgin.
Now, it's worth noting that there's no other satirical telenovela quite like this series. However, thanks to streaming platforms like Hulu and Netflix, there are some options that include similar aspects, from feel-good humor to mother-daughter bonding. See 15 more shows that just might satisfy your craving for more content like Jane the Virgin.
1. ‘One Day at a Time’
This Netflix sitcom follows the everyday lives of a Cuban-American family who live in Los Angeles. Justina Machado, who appeared in Jane the Virgin as Darci Factor, stars as Penelope Alvarez, a working single mom and veteran who has PTSD. With the help of her Cuban mom, Penelope raises her two children while trying to find her own way. Like JTV, One Day at a Time tackles intergenerational relationships between three very different Latina women. And while there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, the series also doesn’t shy away from more relevant issues, including racism, sexism and mental illness.
2. ‘Gilmore Girls’
If you loved seeing the bond between three generations of Villanueva women, then you'll love the Gilmores. In this classic series, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) is a single mom who lives in the fictional Stars Hollow, Connecticut with her daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel). And though Lorelai tries to maintain her independence from her high society parents, this proves to be very difficult. The series explores a variety of issues, from teen pregnancy and peer pressure to family conflicts.
3. ‘The Good Place’
This fascinating fantasy comedy actually takes place in the afterlife, where people are either sent to "the Good Place" or "the Bad Place," based on the morality of their actions while they were alive. But things get rather complicated when several people believe that they've been sent to the Good Place by accident. Considering how Jane the Virgin incorporates magical realism and tackles religion throughout the series, it's no wonder why so many fans are also drawn to The Good Place.
4. ‘Devious Maids’
Devious Maids follows five Latina women who work as maids for one of the wealthiest families in Beverly Hills, California. The tight-knit group bonds over their shared struggles and the drama that surrounds the lives of their employers, but when a fellow maid gets murdered for knowing too much, their lives are turned upside down. Prepare for all the jaw-dropping twists and turns.
We get the feeling that Sutton Foster's Liza Miller and Jane Villanueva would get along pretty well IRL, given that they're both moms with a strong passion for literature. In Younger, Liza is a 40-year-old divorcee who re-enters the ageist industry of publishing after a stranger mistakes her for a much younger adult. Other cast members include Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella.
6. ‘Crazy Ex Girlfriend’
How far would you go to win the heart of an old crush? Stalk them on Instagram? Set up a date? Or maybe uproot your entire life and follow them to another state? That last one's a bit much—but not for Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom). When the successful lawyer bumps into her high school crush, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), she decides to relocate to where he's moving in order to win him back. There's humor, fun musical numbers and a lovable lead—all things we've gotten on Jane the Virgin.
7. ‘The House of Flowers’
Set in Mexico, The House of Flowers centers on a dysfunctional family who manage a floristry shop and a cabaret, both known as The House of Flowers. It definitely has its funny, light-hearted moments, and it incorporates many elements of the telenovela genre. But it also explores a lot of LGBTQ issues, including transphobia and homophobia. Given that many have described it as a soap parody, it's as close as you’ll get to Jane the Virgin.
Meet Jules Wiley (Kat Dennings), a web designer who gets thrown way off-guard when her longtime boyfriend breaks up with her. This prompts her to try to rekindle all the female friendships she lost, although it proves to be way more challenging than she anticipated. While it's no telenovela, it does a great job of tackling complicated female friendships, not unlike the bond we grew to appreciate between Jane and Petra.
9. ‘Por Ella Soy Eva’
This one goes out to all the Jaime Camil fans who are still craving something new to fill that Rojelio-shaped hole. Allow us to present Por Ella Soy Eva, a Mexican telenovela starring Camil as Juan Carlos Caballero Mistral. When Juan, a businessman at a tourism company, is falsely accused of fraud, he decides to fake his own death and pose as a female assistant, hoping to nail the person who framed him and get closer to his love interest.
10. ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
When Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) gets rescued from a doomsday cult, where she was trapped for more than a decade, she moves to New York for a fresh start. With the help of her wise landlady and protective roommate, she navigates through a lot of new and unfamiliar struggles, but she doesn't let these things dull her enthusiasm. The clever way that it tackles darker topics with humor and magical realism will definitely remind you of JTV.
11. ‘The Hook Up Plan’
In this feel-good comedy, Elsa (Zita Hanrot) is about to turn thirty and is feeling down on her luck—especially since she's not over her ex-boyfriend. Hoping to cheer her up, her friends secretly hire a male escort to date her, except then he turns out to be a little too good to be true.
12. ‘Ugly Betty’
Based on the Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, Ugly Betty chronicles the life of Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), a quirky Mexican American woman from Queens who manages to land a job at a major fashion publication, despite having zero fashion sense. Though it's filled with light-hearted humor, it touches on so many relevant topics, from ageism in the fashion industry to relationship issues.
13. ‘The Santa Clarita Diet’
If you think the plot to Jane the Virgin is over-the-top and absurd, then just wait until you see this comedy horror series. In The Santa Clarita Diet, Drew Barrymore stars as Sheila Hammond, a real estate agent who dies and actually comes back to life as one of the "undead." As she goes undergoes her metamorphosis and starts to crave human flesh, she actually starts to embrace her new life as a zombie. Meanwhile, her freaked-out husband tries his best to help her out and find a cure.
14. ‘Alexa & Katie’
Longtime BFFs Alexa and Katie are excited to embark on this new adventure called high school together. But their lives are turned upside down when Alexa learns that she has cancer. Expect a whole lot of heartwarming and inspiring moments.
15. ‘Grace and Frankie’
The most fabulous duo, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, play Grace Hanson and Frankie Bergstein, two women who start an unlikely friendship after their husbands come out as gay and announce their plans to get married to one another. It's worth noting that the series has five Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination.