Hello people of the world.
Here at Force Mujer, we often talk to each other about our favourite shows and we thought it would be fun to share some of these with all you.
Keep reading to see our top 5 choices for shows to make you feel good about being a woman.
Synopsis: Fleabag is a British comedy-drama television series set in London. Show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as the unnamed protagonist, Fleabag, an angry, confused and sexually voracious young woman living in London. The programme is particularly known for “breaking the fourth wall” when the protagonist talks to the camera.
We’ve already talked about our love of Fleabag so it’s not surprising that this is topping our list. Fleabag is gritty, painfully honest, almost scarily relatable. Waller-Bridge has created a character that is a personification of the feelings everyone has at one time or another, the feelings of inadequacy, of being a bad person, of pretending to be an adult and failing. But it also manages to be humourous, smart, gripping. You will want to watch every episode in one sitting, you will be devastated when it ends, you will endure the moral dilemma over season two’s hot priest. This will be your new favourite show.
Fleabag is available on BBC iplayer.
Synopsis: GLOW or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling is set in the 1980s and follows Ruth Wilder who is a struggling actress. She is at her wits end when she is given an opportunity to audition for an unconventional show – GLOW directed by Sam Sylvia, a washed up director. The show follows them as they struggle and work towards stardom to make GLOW a hit show.
As a fun fact, GLOW was a real show first aired in 1986.
The show opens with a monologue by Ruth Wilder auditioning for a TV where she intentionally read the man’s lines as she feels women are typecasted to play superficial characters and believes women should have equal opportunity to have interesting characters written for them. This action was not well received by the casting director or Ruth’s agent.
GLOW highlights the reality of women in the 80’s who worked towards being taken seriously professionally, this is particularly strong in our protagonist Ruth who wants to have equal opportunity to act in roles that are deep, complex, and interesting instead of the stereotypical submissive female roles that were available.
GlOW showcases the best of female relationships (as well as its complexities), the plot calls for the women wrestlers to be put into their racial and gender stereotypes (not by choice but by necessity) and displays the emotional effect it has on them. Many of these points are still applicable today (for both men and women), so even though GLOW is set in the 1980’s, it is all still relevant to our lives today.
It’s not hard to see why we love this show. GlOW is available on a Netflix, go check it out!
3. Good Girls
Synopsis: Good Girls is a relatively new crime comedy-drama series, premiered in 2018. Good Girls follows three women, who have grown up together (well, two of these women are sisters). The trio are struggling to make ends meet, so they decide to do pull off a heist…robbing the local supermarket. However, this heist leads to much larger story where the trio must stay one step ahead of law enforcement.
Good Girls features three Mothers who do everything in their power to keep their families running. We have Beth, a suburban home-maker and who grows to realise that she is a strong, and very capable in women who “gets things done” and takes control of the situation (even when her husband doesn’t recognise this). Annie is Beth’s little sister, a single Mother who is a bit of a rebel and is shown to have little impulse control. And then we have Ruby; arguably, Ruby is the most sensible of the bunch and is horrified by their plans to rob the supermarket, but goes through with it for the sake of being able to pay the medical bills for her sick daughter.
This show is filled with these women overcoming personal, and societal expectation of them. Watch the pilot (and them some) and let us know what you think!
Good girls is available on Netflix.
4. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Synopsis: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows Rebecca Bunch, a lawyer at a top firm in New York. After encountering her ex-boyfriend (Josh) from summer camp one day in New York, she decides to quit her high paying job to move across the country to West Covina, California (where Josh lives) to pursue a romantic relationship with him and picks up a job at a local law firm.
At first glance, this doesn’t look like it fits our theme, I mean, the protognist literally gives up her career to follow her ex-boyfriend in the hopes of getting into a relationship with him. But if you’ve seen the title sequence of this show, Rebecca wasn’t happy with her life. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend uses comedy (including musical singing) to share and bring awareness to mental illness, personal relationships, brings to light gender inequality for both men and women, fights racial stereotypes (the main love interest for our protognist Rebecca is a Filipino man), as well as points at societal and personal expectation upon one’s self.
The show stays with you and you may get some of their catchy songs stuck in your head. If you haven’t tried this show, we really recommend having a go! Available on Netflix.
5. Killing Eve
Synopsis: Killing Eve is a British spy thriller television series, based on the books by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri, a desk-bound British intelligence officer, begins to track down talented psychopathic assassin Villanelle while both women become obsessed with each other.
Another Pheobe Waller-Bridge masterpiece, Killing Eve will inevitably be shown in future classrooms to demonstrate how women should be portrayed on screen. Eve is in a serious profession, excels in her job, but she stumbles, she’s confused, sometimes she slips up. And Villanelle, she will be an icon for years to come. Everything she does, she does for herself. She indulges, she makes herself happy, she knows how to do that. She’s smart, confident and fearless. Comer’s ability to switch between accents is mindblowing, and the leads have a chemistry that keeps you guessing, never sure who’s side you are on. It’s the ultimate female empowerment show.
Killing Eve is available on BBC iplayer.
That’s a wrap of our top 5 shows for you to watch. Let us know if you’ve seen any of these of these and what you thought of them!