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.
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Gwendoline Christie and Elisabeth Moss
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.
Stars: Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp and Erin Darke
Watch: Amazon Prime
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.
Stars: Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vella Lovell and Gabrielle Ruiz
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.
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.
Stars: Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Laura Prepon
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.
Stars: Sharon Horgan, Carrie Fisher
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.
Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Brooklyn Decker
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.
Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Rosario Dawson
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?
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.
Stars: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Kate Nash