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13 TV Shows You Should Watch For Girl Power

Sheena Joseph | Feb 01 2021
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There is no other pick-me-up like a good TV show that makes you feel powerful. Movies and TV shows focusing on women are not only relatable but inspiring too. This holds true regardless of what era the show is set in and how old the central characters are. Here are some shows that will enrich your own experience of being a woman.

1) Anne with an E

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'Anne with an E' has to be one of the best shows ever made. The plot is based on the famed 'Anne of Green Gables' book series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This classic book series follows the life of Anne, an orphan who finds home with elderly siblings of conservative Avonlea. Set in the 1900s, the show focuses on Anne and her classmates. While most of her classmates did not think outside the box, Anne's imagination knows no bounds. This coming of age drama is suitable for children and adults.

2) Orphan Black

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'Orphan Black' is a science fiction thriller starring the talented Tatiana Maslany. The show focuses on several clones, all played by Maslany. While there are many clones in the show, the plot is led by five characters hailing from completely different backgrounds. The show deals with the moral and ethical implications of human cloning. If you have taste for a thriller as well as a sisterhood, 'Orphan Black' will make you happy.

3) Big Little Lies

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Based on the famous novel by Liane Moriarty, 'Big Little Lies' was the most-talked HBO show of 2017. The seven-episode miniseries was later renewed for a second season due to the appreciation. The show revolves around a murder investigation and five women played by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz. The characters, who became unlikely friends, were called Monterey five by fans and media. Meryl Street joined the cast for the second season.

4) Good Girls Revolt

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'Good Girls Revolt' a period drama set in 1969. The plot follows a group of young women at the 'News of the Week' magazine. The women are given only researcher positions despite their talent and interest in writing. Many are better educated and efficient than their male counterparts who are given the position of reporters. The women are also paid a lot less. During the course of the show, they organise and lead a revolution and demand equality.

5) Cable Girls

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'Cable Girls' is another period drama set in the 1920s. This Spanish show features a modern telecommunication company employing women with decent pay. The plot follows how their lives change after they start working. The show explores the hardships working women faced in the 1920s, severe restrictions on the rights of Spanish women, and how women felt in a male-dominated society.

6) The Bletchley Circle

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'The Bletchley Circle' is inspired by the lives of women who worked as codebreakers at Bletchley Park. They deciphered the German military code for the British military during World War II. However, the women were dismissed after the war. The show follows how these extraordinary smart women struggled while confined to lives in which they have nothing but household chores to do. The show is set seven years after the war. Four women - Susan, Millie, Lucy, and Jean - decide to be investigators and solve problems the police cannot solve. 

7) Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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'Buffy - The Vampire Slayer' is an iconic supernatural drama released in 1997. The show follows Buffy Summers played by Sarah Michelle Geller. She is the 'chosen one' and one of the latest in the line of young women meant to fight a battle against vampires and demons. Buffy learns to embrace her destiny even though she wanted a normal life in the beginning. The show has seven very successful seasons and a cult following.

8) Orange Is the New Black

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'Orange Is the New Black' is a comedy-drama following the lives of women in a minimum-security federal prison in the US. It is the longest-running original series and the most-watched show on Netflix. It is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. The show is lauded for humanising prisoners as well as the depiction of race, gender, sexuality, and body types.

9) Jessica Jones

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'Jessica Jones' is based on the Marvel Comics character and the show is set in MCU. Krysten Ritter plays Jones, a former superhero who runs her own detective agency. The show gives space to darker topics like assault and PTSD right from the start. In the first season, Jessica Jones is faced with a resurfaced villain Kilgrave who ends her brief superhero career. In the third and final season, she is set against Trish Walker who used to be her friend.

10) Two Broke Girls

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'Two Broke Girls' is a comedy sitcom starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. The show follows two girls trying to make a living by running a business. Kat's Max Black grew up in poverty and is resourceful in troubling situations. Beth's Caroline Channing grew up as the daughter of a billionaire. She lost her fortune when her father went to prison for fraud. The on-screen chemistry of Kat and Beth has been a big part of the show's success.

11) Fate: The Winx Saga

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Based on the super-popular animated series 'Winx Club', the teen drama series was released on Netflix in January 2021. The show follows five fairies - Bloom (a fire fairy), Stella (a light fairy), Aisha (a water fairy), Terra (an earth fairy), and Musa (a mind fairy). In the first season, the characters are set against 'burned ones', a type of dark entities. However, the live-action has ditched the look of cartoon Winx fairies. The showrunner Brian Young said that even though he is a fan of manga anime, nobody looks like the cartoon version fairies in real life. 

12) Warrior Nun

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'Warrior Nun' is a fantasy drama inspired by the comic character 'Warrior Nun Areala'. The show revolves around an ancient order of warrior nuns who is tasked with protecting the world from other dimensions. The central character 'Ava' is an outsider who is caught in the business of ' Order of the Cruciform Sword' coincidentally. As the show goes on, the team of nuns finds out the conspiracies that took place centuries ago.

13) Grace and Frankie

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'Grace and Frankie' is one of the most popular comedy shows, and it is known for the representation of older women as well as the chemistry between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The show is scheduled for a seventh and final season in 2021. Jane Fonda plays Grace Hanson, a bold, retired business mogul. Lily Tomlin plays Frankie Bergstein, a goody artist with a boho lifestyle. The two women are thrust together when their husbands announce that they have been a gay couple for 20 years. However, Grace and Frankie not only become unlikely friends but come up with successful business ideas.