10 Shows With The Most Badass Women On TV
With the slew of shows that networks are coming out with, sometimes we’re hit with option paralysis. There’s just so many choices for what we can watch. In honor of Women’s Month, we put together a list of shows starring women whose strength—and wardrobes—we can emulate. And the shows are pretty awesome, too.
Grace and Frankie
The inspiration behind Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes, this series delves deep into the lives of two women, both in their 70s, and dealing with the aftermath of a revelation that turned their lives upside down: their husbands fell in love with each other.
Jane Fonda plays Grace, a retired businesswoman whose feistiness is underscored by her very refined packaging, who primarily feels anger and resentment towards her ex-husband, but even more so towards the word ‘retired.’ Lily Tomlin plays Frankie, a free-spirited old soul who’s having a hard time disassociating with her ex and finding her way through senior single life.
Together they stubbornly learn to start over as they hesitantly lean on each other. And cluelessly navigate unknown territory: finding themselves starting over just when they thought they’re at the brink of the finish line.
Elizabeth McCord is the most badass Secretary of State on TV—ever. Effortlessly played by Tea Leoni, this role is her best one to date. Elizabeth was a former CIA agent turned university professor who gets recruited by the current US President, and former CIA mentor, Conrad Dalton to be his Secretary of State. She accepts the position, with much hesitation, and finds herself the reluctant politician in the sea of sharks that is Washington, D.C.
Apart from a hectic career, she also heads a family of five whose every crisis she tries to address and solve. Whether she’s approaching the principal’s office, or overseeing a missile strike, McCord strives to be on top of her game.
You’d think that by the 13th season, there would be nothing left to tell of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), but she has evolved into such an iconic woman character that she finally deserves to be the name on the series title.
We saw how she grew into the unfazed woman she is now, from the time she was just that ‘girl in the bar’ in Season 1, staring dreamily into McDreamy Derek Shepard.
We all know her as the grandma of Prince William and Prince Harry, but it’s interesting to know how Queen Elizabeth II ascended into power, and find out all the things she’s had to go through to get there.
As the series tells us, royals don’t have everything handed to them per se. Okay, maybe their title, but you don’t stay on top by being naïve and dimwitted. In this show, we see Queen Elizabeth II’s private journey to a public life.
The Good Fight
In this The Good Wife spinoff, the feisty Diane Lockhart, played brilliantly by Christine Baranski, continues to fight the good fight in Chicago as a lawyer forced out of her own firm.
Game of Thrones
While this isn’t your typical series for women, it actually has at least three strong women at the forefront.
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is the icy, scheming, wicked witch of King’s Landing whose lust for power trumps her lust for her brother. She has gone through terrible loss (won’t put any spoilers here!) and has come out stronger with each one.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is the light-haired Queen of the Dragons who only needs to say one word for everyone to do her bidding.
Finally, there’s Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), the rambunctious survivor of Winterfell who got lost and found herself in the land of faceless men only to realize she’s already got a face and a name she’d very much like to keep.
Initially, you would think this show was offensive to women. It has its stomach-churning elements, but eventually, the true leaders rise to power and now we’re all awaiting the final season to air in 2019. That’ll give you time to catch up all seven seasons.
The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling is easily one of the funniest comedians out there. Her relatable character and persona radiate the charm of a BFF if our BFF was a confident Indian comedian who loves New York, pizza, junk food and booze.
She goes through all the self-loathing and doubt that any woman goes through on a monthly basis, but manages to come out on top, not in spite of her flaws, but because of them. Mindy is an every woman’s show and watching her reminds us that it’s okay to f*** up once in a while.
Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is easily one of the sexiest and smartest women on television. She is also impeccably dressed, even when she’s just having popcorn and wine on her sofa. Shonda Rhimes really knows how to pick ‘em.
She’s a top-notch fixer in Washington D.C. who can make problems go away even before they arise. She’s so spectacular in what she does that even the President has her on speed dial. This show’s got the suspense, the sex, and the beautiful people to keep you glued.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
At it heart, the show is about self-reinvention and believing in one’s power to power through anything. Co-created by Tina Fey, this series is everything you would expect from the writer of 30 Rock. It’s witty, subversive, and downright funny.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, this series is about a dystopian society that operates under a religion-based government. It deals with themes of misogyny and how women of those times worked to gain their independence and individualism since they were seen as second-class citizens.
The story follows Offred, a handmaid, punished for trying to escape with her husband and child. As a handmaid, she is forced into sexual servitude, as well as bearing children for government officials. It has received critical acclaim and has won several Emmy Awards including one for Outstanding Drama Series, which is a first for a series on a streaming site.
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