10 shows like The Sex Lives of College Girls you must watch

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: November 28, 2022 (Last updated: January 26, 2024)
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We discuss 10 shows like The Sex Lives of College Girls you must watch. Check out these recommendations.

We have all tried to understand how life works when we’re younger. And it seems like the older we get, the more shows come out that needed to be released when we were teenagers.

There are series that come out now, like The Sex Lives of College Girls, that many young women and queer women could have watched to try and navigate their own lives in some way. The series is about four 18-year-old freshmen roommates at Essex College in Vermont who are a bundle of contradictions and hormones. They are sexually active and are loveable and irritating, as per the synopsis on IMDB.

The series included on this list have all had plenty of drama over their seasons, and the characters have been placed in really interesting situations. It’s important for shows to openly discuss sexuality and intimacy because it’s not like any of that is taught in schools.

10 shows like The Sex Lives of College Girls you must watch

Greek (2007) 

When it comes to sororities, they happen to be the most vicious of them all. It was important to make a show highlighting how problematic they are. This series came out around the time when American Pie started making its spin-offs and it was a hit. Freshman Rusty Cartwright arrives at college and decides he no longer wants to be the boring geek from high school, so he decides to pledge to a fraternity.  He must learn to handle his new life, and his new relationship with his sister, as per the synopsis on IMDB.

Gossip Girl (2007) 

No one does drama like Gossip Girl, and the characters in this series always had issues to deal with.

They argued with each other in style and had so many shocking moments. Blair and Serena complimented each other and still managed to be at each other’s throats to be Queen Bee.

These privileged teens live on the Upper East Side of New York and can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who is always watching, as per the synopsis on IMDB.

Dear White People (2017)

Netflix did something unique with Dear White People as they took the typical Ivy League storyline and added important social issues.

At a predominately white Ivy League college, a group of Black students navigates various forms of racial and other types of discrimination, as per the synopsis on IMDB. The series had some powerful moments when discussing relevant issues that were happening during Trump’s presidency.

Never Have I Ever (2020) 

If anyone knows how to handle an awkward coming-of-age story, it’s Mindy Kaling. She brings the romantic comedy conventions and adds a modern twist to storytelling that highlights past trauma and mental illness.

This series is about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. This female-led series has so many wonderful moments when it comes to female friendships and exploring love.

Dollface (2019) 

This year it was confirmed that Dollface would be canceled and it’s incredibly sad that a show this good isn’t getting the viewership. Sometimes women get lost in the relationship they’re in and forget about their girlfriends.

After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Jules Wiley (Kat Dennings) tries to get back on her best friend’s good side. There always needs to be a balance in relationships, and if the person you’re with doesn’t offer you that, then they aren’t the one for you.

This is what Jules learns when she regains her feminine energy in this series.

PEN15 (2019)

In this awkward coming-of-age story, two middle school girls deal with becoming a teenager. There’s the middle point before you hit puberty that feels like the worst years ever.

You have a mind for yourself, but do not have the freedom to do whatever you want. At that age, you want to grow up too fast and then once you’re an adult, you don’t understand why you even thought that in the first place.

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle are dynamite together and make this fun to watch.

Atypical (2017) 

In this series, Sam (Keir Gilchrist) is an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, and he decides it’s time to find a girlfriend, which then sets Sam’s mom on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence, as per the synopsis on IMDB.

These stories are important for representation because there are other people who can connect with these characters.

Sex and the City (1998) 

After watching The Sex Lives of College Girls it would make sense to watch the sequel series of women in their 30s experiencing the exact same thing but on a different level.

What Sex and the City teaches viewers is that your girlfriends are your soulmates, and guys just happen to show up from time to time. There are many life lessons in this and viewers may not agree with some things, but that’s why there’s a character for everyone.

The Carrie Diaries (2013) 

In the prequel to Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) gives viewers a fresh perspective on the famous fashionista. In her junior year of high school in the early 1980s, she asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship, and family while navigating the worlds of high school and Manhattan, as per the synopsis on IMDB.

Everyone has a different approach to how they want to go about their sex lives and it’s important to be educated.

Younger (2015) 

After being mistaken for younger than she really is, a single mother decides to take a chance to reboot her career and her love life as a 26-year-old, as per the synopsis on IMDB. It’s so tough to be heading into your 30s and thinking you’re older than you are. To watch these women change their attitudes and reinvent themselves is inspiring.

She’s Gotta Have It (2017) 

This series is based on the film directed by Spike Lee in 1986 and it was smart to turn this into a TV series. DeWanda Wise is fantastic in this and it is a story of one woman and her three lovers.

She builds her relationships in different ways because all three partners are completely different. So she has to adapt to their personality and how they are in order to keep it going.

Do you have any other recommendations for shows like The Sex Lives of College Girls? Let us know!

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