You hear it all the time at cocktail parties: we’re in a golden age of television, and there’s a seemingly endless list of unmissable TV shows. It’s getting harder and harder to choose which series are worth your time – so why not go for some amazing shows with well-written female characters?
In honor of International Women’s Day, here are our 6 favorite female-centric TV shows currently on TV!
1. Orange is the New Black
Netflix’s flag dramedy, Orange is the New Black, follows the lives of the inmates of the fictional Litchfield Correctional in upstate New York, an all-female prison. The entire show revolves around the lives of a number of inmates of multiple backgrounds and ethnicities, and they all have fascinating and complex backstories explaining how they got there.
2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
While the show’s name might be off-putting in its sexist overtones, the situation’s a lot more nuanced than that. Created and led by women, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows a successful lawyer who turns her life upside down in pursuit of a guy – only to find out it was never about him at all. Oh, and it’s musical. It sounds like a lot, but trust us, it works on levels you wouldn’t imagine, as it subverts romantic comedy trope after trope, always hilariously. A must for all fans of musicals and comedy; think of Mel Brooks type of humor.
3. Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin, an American adaptation of a Venezuelan telenovela, starts off with an absurd premise: a virgin woman is accidentally inseminated with the sperm of a rich man. From that insane starting point, what follows is a multi-layered dramedy about love, professional dreams and, above all, Latino families – and families, period. It’s also a wild mix of telenovela and comedy you cannot miss!
4. The Handmaid’s Tale
This Emmy-winning series is a definite rarity: a female-centric dystopia. An adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale paints a terrifying future in which women are at best wives of powerful men, and at worst, sexual slaves wanted for their childbearing abilities. With amazing performances and a strong subtext of female empowerment, this is the hot new show for those who love sci-fi.
5. Big Little Lies
Much like another female-centric show, Desperate Housewives, Big Little Lies is a series focused on the secret lives of suburban women. And there’s also a mysterious death in the beginning! At first glance, it might seem like a chick flick type of deal, but the complex nature of the sorority bond between the women and the incredible performances will definitely keep you in your toes.
Campy good fun, like you’d expect from a show revolving around wrestling, only with a twist: seeing the lives of the women behind the ridiculous characters. A purely 80’s series, GLOW follows a fictionalized version of the creation of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the first syndicated women’s professional wrestling show. It’s funny, it’s empowering, and mostly ridiculous, with some really interesting insights into the stereotypes in wrestling.