Who run the world? If you need a reminder, here are six amazing, female-led shows on Netflix. I dare you not to binge on them.
‘Tis the season to be binging, am I right? Let’s face it – amidst the entertaining and bettering oneself by reading, cooking, baking (seriously, what’s the big deal with banana bread?), exercising and so on, surely this is also a really good time to quarantine and chill? I’m not advocating for spending ALL of your time on Netflix, but hey, if you need a distraction from all the madness, I happen to have a few amazing recommendations. This also gives me the chance indulge my passion for one of my favourite things! I’ve been a cinephile for the most part of my life (fashion was actually my second love, *gasp*), and in recent years that has expanded onto series, given the glitzy makeover these have had.
Also, this wasn’t a premeditated decision, it just so happens that all of these shows are female-led – which I love! Maybe I’m just subconsciously drawn to storylines with strong female characters? So if you need a dose of female empowerment (of course you do) combined with some good old escapism, check out these six amazing shows – just don’t be surprised if you do end up having a bit of a binging session.
1. Workin’ Moms
I discovered this thanks to blogger Hannah Gale, who mentioned it in her Instagram stories a few weeks ago – I watched one episode and was hooked from the get go. The show is the brainchild of Catherine Reitman and her husband Philip Sternberg (who also star in the show as husband and wife – so cute! Not to mention #couplegoals). Being the daughter of filmmaker Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, anyone?), it’s fair to say Catherine Reitman must have a few funny bones, and plenty of talent, in her body. Based in Canada, a basic way I would describe this comedy series is a hint of Sex and the City with babies. And no, you don’t have to be a mum to like it as it’s absolutely hilarious. Raunchy and probably very relatable for mums, the show so far has featured 3 series consisting of 13 episodes. Perfect for millennial brains and busy mamas!
I literally had to pace myself and stop watching every season in a week as I knew I would feel a deep void once I finished it. Luckily season 4 is coming out in May – and all I can think about is what am I going to do when that ends…
Number of seasons: 3 – season 4 is out in May.
Episode duration: under 30 minutes.
Binge-ability: super high.
If there was any hype around Unbelievable (there really should have been), which came out at the end of 2019, I completely missed it – I only came across it because Netflix was suggesting it to me.
I love Toni Colette and absolutely adore Merritt Wever – so I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. Based on true events, two female detectives are fighting against all odds to hunt down a horrifyingly precise serial rapist. The story also showcases the achingly cruel backlash that one of the victims faces – making it a compelling and heartbreaking narrative. A hard watch at times, but this limited crime series is so damn good thanks the gripping storyline and amazing performances from both the leads and support cast.
Number of seasons: just 1 (8 episodes).
Episode duration: under an hour.
Binge-ability: as the subject matter is harrowing, one episode a day is probably enough. However, it is still very gripping.
3. I Am Not Okay With This
Maybe I’m cheating a little with this one, as it stars a young girl and is possibly aimed at a younger audience, but it’s amazing nevertheless! The fabulous Sophia Lillis (known for her roles in It and Sharp Objects) brings teen angst to a whole new level in this story about a socially awkward 17-year-old who’s having to cope with love, friendships, sexuality, the death of her father… and increasingly dangerous telekinetic powers. I don’t care that I’m maybe a decade (and a half?) too old for this series – it’s both funny and sad and has an irresistibly charming old-school superhero comic book feel… It is after all based on the graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman. I devoured season 1 and cannot wait for season 2. Also, shoutout to actor Wyatt Oleff (also known for It), who plays, Stan, the main protagonist’s newly made friend – Stan is one of the best things in the show.
Number of seasons: 1.
Episode duration: under 30 minutes (some or barely 20 minutes long).
Binge-ability: as there are only 7 episodes, the chances of watching this in a day are extremely high.
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