Stop scrolling through Netflix and Hulu on an endless search for the perfect girls’ night TV show. We have you covered with a list of five TV shows with female leads, girl power and feminism.
1. The Bold Type
— TVLine.com (@TVLine) January 27, 2021
Featuring three female leads who offer diversity and socio-economic differences, The Bold Type follows the up-and-down lives of Kat, Jane and Sutton. These three best friends work together in New York City as each of them attempts to achieve their #workgoals at the fictional global magazine Scarlet.
The Bold Type juxtaposes the relatable and serious by tackling topics of racism, sexism, medical and health issues and, of course, relationships. In an iconic scene, Jane says, “We should be taking in every experience. We should be living our lives, taking risks, and, you know, putting ourselves out there.” Because as every 20-something-year-old knows, what’s life without a few mistakes?
2. Broad City
— Broad City (@broadcity) May 27, 2020
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson play characters Ilana Wexler and Abbi Abrams on Broad City. In this raunchy sit-com, they show us the true meaning of friendship. 5 seasons of hilarious antics, the show covers relevant pop culture topics with a little bit of a twist.
Broad City manages not to take itself too seriously, and it encourages its viewers to do the same by reminding us of what’s important in life. As Ilana Wexler once said, “Four R’s my friend: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rihanna.”
— Fleabag (@fleabag) December 7, 2020
Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars in the British dark comedy that juggles the question: what makes someone a good feminist? Waller-Bridge’s character, Fleabag, struggles with her identity as a woman’s woman as she faces more challenges than she can handle.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, the actress spoke on the character’s conflicted feelings toward feminism and how she is driven but torn by it. One particular scene shows when Fleabag allows the truth to slip out when she says, “Sometimes I worry that I wouldn’t be such a feminist if I had bigger tits.” A joke written by Waller-Bridge, the actress said that Fleabag doesn’t understand feminism so she is vulnerable with it.
4. The Mindy Project
— The Mindy Project (@TheMindyProject) November 14, 2017
Don’t let the kitschy trailer taint your opinion, the show isn’t just a game of love. The Mindy Project follows doctor Mindy Lahiri, played by Mindy Kaling, attempting to balance the three F’s: friends, family and fashion. Categorized as a romantic comedy, the show still squeezes in a few serious topics like abortion and sexism.
Never willing to compromise during the six seasons, we see Mindy lay it all on the table in one episode, “People seem to be having these awesome sex lives, and I’m just trying to find a life partner to go apple-picking with.” Fans of strong women who grow into their power will love this show, but don’t think you have the season finale pegged because Mindy Lahiri will give you a run for your money.
5. Ugly Betty
More than 10 years have passed and fans all over the world are looking forward to the revival of #UglyBetty! We miss this fantastic cast: @Eric_Mabius @AmericaFerrera @TheRealAnaOrtiz @VWOfficial @michaelurie…
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— Ludmilla Geiszné (@LudmillaGeiszne) February 18, 2021
An oldie but a goodie, Ugly Betty follows newbie magazine writer Betty Suarez, played by America Ferrera, as she works her way up the ladder. The pilot episode introduces her as a character not afraid to stand up for herself: “This is what you wanted, isn’t it? To humiliate me and make me quit? God forbid you had to work with the ugly girl your dad forced you to hire. Well, congratulations.”
A character who takes life by the horns, Betty is a go-getter who stands out from the crowd but that may be due to her bright red glasses. But watch out! The show has a plot twist waiting in each episode.
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