10 Female-Led TV Series To Binge On While Waiting For The Next Series Of The Handmaid’s Tale

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Loved The Handmaid’s Tale but not sure what to watch while waiting for the next series? Try these kick-ass female focused TV series instead.

Top Of The Lake

Director Jane Campion challenges gender stereotypes and tackles tough topics in this mystery drama. Series 1 is set in New Zealand where the scenery is breathtaking, while series 2 is more rugged and focuses even more on the intensity of this psychological thriller. Need more convincing? Elisabeth Moss from The Handmaid’s Tale is the main star.

Top Of The Lake TV series

Stars: Nicole Kidman,  Gwendoline Christie and Elisabeth Moss

Watch: Amazon

Good Girls Revolt

Good Girls Revolt tells the story of the real-life double standards women had to endure when working in a TV newsroom in the 60s. Despite being cancelled after 10 episodes this is still worth a watch, even Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin was a fan.

Good Girls Revolt TV series
Credit: Amazon

Stars: Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp and Erin Darke

Watch: Amazon Prime

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

The Marmite of TV shows, you’ll either love it, or hate it. Rachel Bloom stars as lawyer Rebecca Bunch who quits her job and moves to the same town as her first love in the vain hope that she can convince him to give their relationship another shot. Part musical, part comedy, this is worth a watch if only for the spoof music videos.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend TV series

Stars: Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vella Lovell and Gabrielle Ruiz

Watch: Netflix

Veronica Mars

This noughties TV show never quite got the recognition it deserved, despite having a strong, smart and funny female lead. Kristen Bell as an unpopular high school student trying to find out who killed her best friend. This murder mystery was packed with hilarious one-liners.

Veronica Mars TV series
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Stars: Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried and Tina Majorino

Watch: Google Play

Orange Is The New Black

This prison drama about female inmates, at a US jail, has been winning plaudits since first airing on Netflix back in 2013. Taylor Schilling plays Piper Chapman, a middle class New Yorker whose past catches up with her.

Orange Is The New Black TV series

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Laura Prepon

Watch: Netflix


Two middle-class professionals become pregnant after a brief fling and decide to make a go of it, a pretty run of the mill TV series, you might think. But what makes this show stand out? Two words: Sharon Horgan. She tackles relationships, childbirth and parenting with brutal honesty and sharp wit. Even Carrie Fisher agreed to star in the show. Enough said.

Catastrophe TV series

Stars: Sharon Horgan, Carrie Fisher

Watch: Amazon

Grace and Frankie

You’d be wrong if you thought this show was one for your nan. Hollywood legends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin shine in this comedy about two pensioners who wind up living together, after their husbands leave them – for each other. Not many shows would dedicate a whole episode to women testing vibrators. Listen to your elders, this is underrated comedy gold.

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Grace and Frankie TV series

Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Brooklyn Decker

Watch: Netflix

Jessica Jones

Set in the Marvel universe, fallen superhero Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private detective in the big city. Darker than a lot of its siblings in the comic book world, Jessica Jones isn’t afraid to cover serious topics, such as rape, violence and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jessica Jones TV series

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Rosario Dawson

Watch: Netflix

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies is a slow-paced (in a good way) ‘whodunnit’ featuring an Oscar-winning cast of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Stepford Wives for the noughties generation, the show is a brilliant look at the politics and drama being a mum at the school gates can bring. Did we mention this TV series has a stellar cast?

Big Little Lies TV series

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz

Watch: Sky Atlantic


GLOW is based on the short-lived, all-female wrestling TV series of the 1980s. This high-octane hit will keep you glued with its stellar cast, outrageous fashion and cracking soundtrack. If you get wrestling withdrawals after binge watching, and you will, check out the heart-warming and insightful documentary (GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) featuring the original women from the show.

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GLOW TV series

Stars:  Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Kate Nash

Watch: Netflix