Fleabag: If you’ve binge-watched the BBC Three box set and are heartbroken it's ended, you’ll love... Back To Life, Killing Eve and Crashing

Looking for TV shows like Fleabag? If you’re already missing Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s dark comedy, here are some similar shows to watch with flawed, female characters at the helm.

The emotional, hilarious, heart-wrenching Fleabag finale episode seems to have caught fans by surprise.

Not that it’s emotional and hilarious, of course, but that it’s… *whispers*... The End.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s critically-acclaimed dark comedy, adapted from her award-winning play about a woman trying to cope with life after coming to terms with a personal tragedy, captivated viewers with its recent second series on BBC Three.

But Sian Clifford, who plays Fleabag’s sister Claire, recently confirmed that the show is to be no more, with no more episodes planned, which has left many fans feeling a little bereft.

If you’ve finished binge-watching the first two seasons of Fleabag and you’re in the market for something similar featuring flawed, strong, and fabulous women, here are our top TV picks.

Plus one show with Fleabag co-star Olivia Colman, just because she's brilliant!

Fleabag seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on BBC iPlayer, under the Players & Apps tab on BT TV.

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Back To Life

back to life

How can I watch it?

Series 1 of Back To Life is streaming on BBC iPlayer now.

What’s it about?

When Miri Matteson returns home after eighteen years, she stumbles back into adult life in the coastal town she once knew, while the shadow of her past looms large.

Why watch it?

Created by and starring Daisy Haggard, Back To Life is similar in tone to Fleabag - but sublime in its own right. It's an ideal replacement for Phoebe Waller-Bridge's dark comedy.

Killing Eve

Killing Eve

How can I watch it?

Series 1 of Killing Eve, consisting of eight episodes, is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer. Series 2 will be available as a box set later this year.

What’s it about?

Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh, best known for Grey’s Anatomy) is a desk-bound MI5 security officer who’s bored in her job and yearns for a more exciting life.

When a Russian politician is murdered, she is given the task of protecting the only witness and soon finds herself on a collision course with a psychopathic assassin known as Villanelle (Jodie Comer, Doctor Foster).

Why watch it?

Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge adapted Luke Jennings' Codename Villanelle novellas into the TV series Killing Eve, earning herself an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Like Fleabag, expect dark humour and witty one-liners - albeit in a murderous setting...

Crashing

Crashing

How can I watch it?

Season 1 of Crashing, consisting of six episodes, is available to stream now on Prime Video and All 4.

What’s it about?

Crashing - not to be confused with the US series of the same name - follows the lives of six 20- and 30-somethings living together as property guardians of a large, disused hospital in London.

In amongst the asbestos and abandoned X-ray machines live sexually explosive estate agent Sam, frustrated French artist Melody, shy and excitable Fred, and happily engaged couple Anthony and Kate.

Why watch it?

Before Fleabag, there was Crashing. Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote and starred in “Channel 4's answer to Girls”, appearing as 'free spirit' Lulu.

Drifters

Drifters

How can I watch it?

All four seasons of Drifters, consisting of 24 episodes, are available to stream on All 4 now.

What’s it about?

After graduating from university, 20-somethings Meg and her cousin Bunny (Jessica Knappett and Lydia Rose Bewley from The Inbetweeners Movie), along with their friend Laura (Lauren O'Rourke, White Gold) share a flat and face the ups and downs of love and life.

Why watch it?

Like Fleabag, Drifters focuses on female relationships, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge helping to write some of the episodes.

Catastrophe

Catastrophe

How can I watch it?

Catastrophe seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Prime Video and All 4 now. Season 4 is available to stream on All 4.

What’s it about?

American boy Rob gets Irish girl Sharon pregnant when they hook up for a week while on a business trip to London.

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan write and star in Catastrophe, a comedy following the pair as they struggle to fall in love in London. 

Why watch it?

Catastrophe contains similar themes to that of Fleabag, including dysfunctional relationships, clumsy lust, and genuine disaster.

Lovesick

Lovesick

How can I watch it?

Seasons 1-3 of Lovesick are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Initially airing on Channel 4 under the name Scrotal Recall but picked up and re-named by Netflix for series 2 onwards, Lovesick tells the story of Dylan - who has to get back in touch with every girl he has ever had sex with after finding out he has an STI.

Why watch it?

Described as the ‘most heart-wrenching comedy of all time’, Lovesick has been praised by viewers and critics alike - boasting an impressive 91% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex Girlfriend

How can I watch it?

All four seasons of US comedy drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Still pining for Josh, the boy who dumped her, whip-smart lawyer Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom, above right) ditches her New York life and moves to California to win him back.

Why watch it?

According to Telegraph.co.uk, if Waller-Bridge had an American counterpart, it would be Rachel Bloom - the creator and star of this cult American hit.

Peep Show

Peep Show

How can I watch it?

Peep Show seasons 1-9 are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Originally broadcast on Channel 4 from 2003 to 2015, Peep Show follows the lives of two 20-something roommates; Mark (David Mitchell), and Jez (Robert Webb).

Why watch it?

If it's Olivia Colman’s turn as the wicked Godmother that you’re missing from Fleabag, allow yourself to marvel in one of her most iconic TV roles as Sophie Chapman in Peep Show.

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