Marriage is hard. No matter how much you love your partner, spending your life together is bound to come with times when you wonder if you'd be better off without each other. You know what else is hard, though? Dating. Dating is dreadful. Sure, you occasionally have a first date that feels magical, but if you're being honest with yourself, your past dating experiences were probably way more horror movie than romantic comedy. Want more proof? These eight shows streaming on Netflix right now highlight just how awful dating is these days, and will make you grateful you're off the market. Even if you do hate your spouse today.
Whatever your relationship was like before having children, marriage after kids is an entirely different ballgame. And when you're in the trenches, it's totally normal to think about your dating days fondly. The dinners! The sex! The freedom! The thrill of never knowing if that person you were totally into was ever going to call you back. (Spoiler alert: they didn't). Your memories may not be reliable witnesses to the reality of dating in today's world, especially if you never had to "swipe right" in order to meet someone new, like myself.
Thankfully, these shows have done the work for us all. I hugged my partner a little tighter after I watched them, and you will too.