10 series like Acapulco you must watch

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: October 29, 2022 (Last updated: January 4, 2024)
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We discuss 10 series like Acapulco you must watch. Check out these brilliant recommendations. 

The comedy series Acapulco is set in 1984 when Maximo Gallardo’s dream comes true. He gets the job of a lifetime at Acapulco’s hottest resort, Las Colinas; however, he soon realizes that working there will be far more complicated than he ever imagined.  It has been streaming on Apple TV Plus and has been received well by many. It has the elements of a laidback coming-of-age genre and the whimsy that comes with other romantic comedies. It’s always likable and very charming, thanks to Eugenio Derbez. He will grow on you as the episodes go on.

The series goes from flashbacks to the present day within both seasons. The series explores love and loss while trying to work through the daily tasks of life. The romance is evident in both seasons because of how charming Maximo is. It’s a series that whisks the viewer away into the world director Richard Shepard created, and that’s the most important aspect of Acapulco. All good series get you lost in the character dynamics and what they want to achieve. Worlds are created, and viewers can just sit with them, feeling like they’re a part of the cast.

10 series  like Acapulco you must watch

Mythic Quest (2020)

The team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all time is tasked with building worlds, moulding heroes and creating legends, but the most hard-fought battles don’t occur in the game — they happen in the office. Mythic Quest is a bit fantastical and works because of the humour between the characters. They are a fun team and it’s a rather unexpected series that ended up working for many people.

Rutherford Falls (2021)

Two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford and Reagan Wells find themselves at a crossroads — quite literally — when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wake-up call. There is something so fun about a story being contained to a local city and that’s what happens in Rutherford FallsThere are fun moments in this series because of how Nathan and Reagan take on these issues.

The White Lotus (2021)

An all-star cast heads to a resort and unleashes their worse, most privileged impulses. White Lotus is a sharp social satire following the exploits of various guests and employees of the fictional White Lotus resort. Similar to Alcapulco, the White Lotus resort is completely fictional, yet the creators are able to make it feel so incredibly authentic. What goes on at the resort is fun and intriguing, which is what makes the series so good.

Trying (2020)

All Nikki and Jason want is a baby — the one thing they can’t have — so they decide to adopt; with their dysfunctional friends, screwball families, and chaotic lives, the adoption panel may not agree they’re ready to be parents. Life can get a bit crazy, and it doesn’t come with a manual. It can be hard to navigate and that’s what this series explores so well. Because no one knows what they’re doing, and it’s okay. Trying comes recommended!

The Afterparty (2022)

When a high school reunion after-party ends in a stunning death, everyone is a suspect; a detective grills the former classmates one by one, uncovering potential motives as each tells their version of the story — culminating in the shocking truth. The Afterparty is one of the funniest Apple TV Plus shows to start streaming recently and it has a wonderful cast of characters that bring the laughs.

On the Verge (2021)

Four women — a chef, a single mother, an heiress, and a job seeker — dig into love, work and midlife crises in pre-pandemic Los Angeles. On the Verge shows the ups and downs of four women who are struggling to get their lives together. It’s a natural way to look at these characters and everything that’s happening to them.

Sort Of (2021) 

Gender-fluid millennial Sabi Mehboob straddles various identities, from sexy bartender at an LGBTQ bar, to the youngest child in a large Pakistani family, to the de facto parent of a downtown hipster family. Sort Of is a progressive Canadian series that has incredible humour sprinkled through the episodes. It feels so effortless which is what makes it incredibly charming to watch. Similar to Acapulco it shows a way of living in the most candid way.

Our Flag Means Death (2022)

Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat, abandons his life of privilege to become a pirate in the early 18th century. Our Flag Means Death is one of the better projects to start streaming on HBO Max and has a wonderful cast. The concept is a bit obscure but it works because of how funny everyone is.

Schitt’s Creek (2015) 

In Schitt’s Creek, a wealthy couple — video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira — suddenly find themselves completely broke. With only one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt’s Creek, which the Roses bought years earlier as a joke. The once wealthy couple must give up life as they know it and move there with their two spoiled children. Just like Acapulco these characters undergo big changes throughout the episodes and become different people after everything they’ve learned.

Pen15 (2019)

This comedy series depicts middle school as it really happened. Comics Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play versions of themselves as teenage outcasts in the year 2000. During a time when the best day of your life can turn into the worse with the stroke of a gel pen. The humor is a big part of Pen15, but it’s also the authenticity of exploring the middle school version of these young girls.

Do you have any other recommendations for series like Acapulco? Let us know!

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