Positive female representation on TV is regrettably a harder thing to find these days than it should be.
If you find yourself cringing at shows that fail to pass the Bechdel Test on a weekly basis or seem swathed in toxic masculinity, fear not. There are options out there that will put your feminist heart at ease. This holiday season, give your friends the gift that keeps on giving by recommending these shows that depict female characters as the awesome, empowered women that they are.
“Supergirl” takes female empowerment quite literally, given that Kara (Melissa Benoist) is practically the strongest being on the planet. The show also has great messages about learning to put yourself first, and it unabashedly champions women’s issues. It even introduced a female president in the form of Lynda Carter!
Catch it: Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW
It pretty much goes without saying that a series centered on the first female pitcher to play in the MLB is a pretty empowering show. The women of “Pitch” are complex characters with huge aspirations and zero tolerance for male BS, and Ginny’s (Kylie Bunbury) weekly struggles are always about how to overcome sexism in the industry while being a stellar role model for little girls everywhere.
Catch it: Season 1 streaming on Fox.com
Tatiana Maslany finally won an Emmy for her astoundingly brilliant work on “Orphan Black” in 2016, and that alone should have prompted you to take a look. If it didn’t, we can assure you that all seven female characters Maslany plays on a weekly basis (yeah seriously… seven characters) are their own special brand of feminist.
Catch it: Seasons 1-5 streaming on BBC.com
If you’re looking for a grittier take on a female superhero, “Jessica Jones” is the binge watch for you. Jessica (Krysten Ritter) is a brawling, cursing super strong crime fighter with a bit of a drinking problem. She’s a raw, honest look at how giving female characters flaws makes them way more interesting. The show also tackles the subject of sexual assault by focusing on what it means to be a survivor rather than a gratuitous and violent rape scene.
Catch it: Season 1 streaming on Netflix
If comedy is more your thing than action, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” should definitely be on your list of must-watch shows. You might cringe with second-hand embarrassment every time Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) makes a fool of herself, but the show doesn’t shy away from depicting the harsh reality of being a woman in today’s world. You’ll be singing along to songs about the inconvenience of UTI’s and impossible standards of beauty for women before you know it.
Catch it: Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Late night TV is a typically male-dominated field, but Samantha Bee showed up and stole the show with her witty sense of humor and awesome truth bombs. If the latest news cycle is getting you down, just wait for Monday to roll around, and Samantha will undoubtedly show up with some scathing (and yet, strangely inspiring) commentary on current events.
Catch it: Mondays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on TBS