Best Onscreen Romance of the Year – Bradley Scout

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with that special someone (or just treats) and watch some of the best on-screen love stories from last year.

Janine and Gregory – “Abbott Elementary School”

Created by actress, comedian, and producer Quinta Brunson, ‘Abbott Elementary’ has become one of television’s most popular modern sitcoms. Airing every Wednesday on ABC and streaming on Hulu, the show follows the staff of a fictional elementary school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as they are filmed for the documentary.

The two main characters, Janine Tiegs and Gregory Eddy, played by Branson and Tyler James Williams, have been dancing around each other in a slow-moving romance since day one. Their meet-cute in the pilot episode had fans cheering them on for the second season. .

Bill and Frank – “The Last of Us”

If you’re looking for something a little more gritty and aren’t tired of talking about the pandemic, we recommend picking up “The Last of Us,” which is streaming on HBO Max. Adapted from the video game series of the same name, the series is set in his year 2023, 20 years after the beginning of a global pandemic that turns victims into zombie-like “infected”. A beautiful depiction of a desolate world, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.

One of the best parts of the show is the love story told in the episode “Long Long Time” between Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett) preparing for doomsday.

The pair met in 2003 when Frank stumbled upon a trap set by Bill to catch the infected. Frank asks for help and food, and Bill reluctantly lets him inside. When they eat together, Frank enjoys a meal he hasn’t had in a long time, and Bill enjoys the longer company he’s been missing. bond through music and their mutual loneliness.

Frank decides to stay for a few days and it turns into years, turns into decades. The episode follows the evolution and heartbreaking conclusion of their relationship.

It’s a great representation of finding love later in life, and expands on the show’s theme that life is better with someone to live with. Somewhere during the shooting scene, you’ll reach for a tissue. Frank said, “Paying attention to things is how we show love.”

Charlie and Nick – “Heartstopper”

If you’re looking for a classic coming-of-age romantic comedy, “Heartstopper” is not recommended. Season 1 is coming to Netflix in 2022, and we are gearing up for the release of Season 2 this summer. Based on a webcomic by Alice Ouzman, the series follows teenage boys Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Conner) as they navigate school, friendships, and their identities. I’m here.

Charlie is a gay high school student who is in love with Nick, a (presumably straight) rugby player. His feelings are found to be reciprocated, and Nick spends the first half of the season agreeing to his bisexuality. and spends the second half pursuing a relationship with Charlie.

“Heartstopper”’s multiple queer love stories are straightforward, its premise played to death for straight viewers, but a breath of fresh air for LGBT+ viewers. Depicting LGBT+ identities as lighthearted and innocent is something we haven’t seen very often. It’s definitely one of the best young adult romances currently streaming.

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