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6 heartfelt Netflix dramas I recommend watching if you’re a fan of Firefly Lane

Published May 2nd, 2023 11:20PM EDT
Firefly Lane on Netflix
Image: Diyah Pera/Netflix

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Firefly Lane, the Netflix drama based on a novel of the same name by Kristin Hannah, just debuted the 7-episode second half of its final season, bringing to a close this fan-favorite series that stars Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl.

The show, which currently has an 80% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, is currently the #1 show on Netflix in the US — and the #3 Netflix series in the world, based on the streaming giant’s just-updated global Top 10 TV chart. In the new season, in case you haven’t started watching, we learn the answer, finally, to what could have ended the 30-year friendship between the Firefly Lane girls Kate and Tully.

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Kate also has to deal with the aftermath of Johnny’s trip to Iraq — while Tully is slapped with a lawsuit after walking away from her talk show, forcing her to start her career from the bottom all over again. From there, Tully sets off to find fundamental answers about her past and her identity, including a search for her father (against the wishes of her mother). Revisiting the 80s, meanwhile, finds Kate and Johnny first falling in love while Tully’s career is on the rise.

That, of course, only scratches the surface of what’s in store for viewers. But one thing has remained the same over the many years of this story, no matter what else has changed: These girls need each other more than anything. And Firefly Lane’s viewers have responded, in kind. The show is so popular, by the way, that for the 7-day period that ended on April 30, part two of the final season racked up 43.4 million hours of viewing time.

What about if you’ve already raced through to the end and are now done with the show, wishing you had more Firefly Lane to binge? Unfortunately, Netflix isn’t going to satisfy you there, since the show is now finished — but what you can turn to, instead, are a number of shows that I recommend watching if you’re looking for a similar heartfelt drama to try next.

Firefly Lane on Netflix
Ali Skovbye as Young Tully in Season 2 of “Firefly Lane” on Netflix. Image source: Diyah Pera/Netflix

Similar shows to watch

In no particular order, all of these dramas should definitely tide Firefly Lane fans over — until, of course, the next big Netflix drama comes along:

  • Sweet Magnolias: This Netflix series is based on a series of novels from writer Sheryl Woods, about three best friends born and raised in the small Southern town of Serenity, South Carolina. Where everybody knows everyone else, the setting is bucolic, the pace of life is comfortably languid, and the official drink is sweet tea (okay, I made that last one up).
  • Virgin River: There are four seasons available to binge of this next hit Netflix series, which follows the life and love of a nurse practitioner who moves from Los Angeles to a remote northern California town. This is another one based on a series of books (by author Robyn Carr).
  • Ginny & Georgia: A mother-daughter drama in the vein of Gilmore Girls, this series has proven to be ratings gold for the streamer — but everyone is still waiting for word about when and if a Season 3 is coming.
  • Outer Banks: From Netflix’s official synopsis of this series — “On an island of haves and have-nots, teen John B enlists his three best friends to hunt for a legendary treasure linked to his father’s disappearance.”
  • From Scratch: This Zoe Saldana-led series is based on Tembi Locke’s 2019 memoir of the same name, which she wrote about her time studying abroad in Italy years ago, and falling in love with a Sicilian chef.
  • Partner Track: In my opinion, Netflix canceled this romantic drama, after one season, too soon. It’s a feel-good series about a Korean-American woman who works to make partner at an elite law firm while also balancing romance, friends, and her family’s expectations.
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