20 TV Shows to watch during Women's History Month

Updated: Sep 18, 2021

In recent years television has been defined in different ways: long format, anti cinema, the opportunity to stay with a character for an extended time, a superior way to tell new stories about the underrepresented. But in recent years as I've watched shows from different decades, I've realized I've never heard anyone define TV as adventures. TV shows are all the aforementioned things, in the literal sense, but the best shows aren't only memorable tales or enhancing the form, but are made up of compelling side stories, spotlight stealing supporting characters, and impactful smaller lessons. Every part of the journey and the journey itself becomes a story you carry with you and exists not only in our memory or emotions, but our being. The best stories do that for us. These 20 shows are just some of the many that take us into the adventures of Women. From shows that take us into women's journey in love, friendship, building an empire, the dark, but authentic sides of the self that have been ignored, to not being the perfect adult, building a new life, learning to outgrow the old and live in the new, and so much more. Here are 20 TV shows about Women that will stay with you for a long time.

1. Nora From Queens: Created by Awkwafina and Teresa Hsiao









Hulu, Comedy Central


Awkwafina stars as Nora Lin in this series based on her life in Queens, NYC. Raised alongside her cousin by her dad and grandma, Nora leans on her family as she navigates young adulthood. -Comedy Central


2. Four More Shots Please: Created by Rangita Pritish Nandy










Amazon Prime


Four female friends from different walks of life deal with romance, work-life conflicts, ambitions and anxieties in modern-day India. -Google


3. Jane the Virgin: Created by Jennie Snyder Urman











Netflix


The daughter of a teen mother, Jane Villanueva grew up determined not to repeat her mom's mistakes. At 23, her life is on track; Jane is studying to be a teacher and engaged to a handsome detective who supports her decision to remain a virgin until marriage. Then a routine clinic visit flips her life upside down. Inseminated by a specimen meant for a patient in the next room, now-pregnant Jane is in a situation made only more insane when she learns that the sperm donor is her boss, Rafael. As her meticulously planned life gets more like the telenovelas she loves, she faces a lot of complicated decisions about where to go from here. -Google


4. Glow: Created by: Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch








Netflix


Alison Brie stars as Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work actress living in Los Angeles in the '80s. Wilder finds an unexpected chance at stardom: enter the glitter and spandex-laden world of women's wrestling, where she must work alongside 12 other Hollywood misfits. Marc Maron plays the role of Sam Sylvia, a washed-up director of "B" movies who tries to lead the group of women to fame. -Google


5. Insecure: Created by Issa Rea









HBO Max


Modern-day black women might be described as strong and confident; in other words, just the opposite of Issa and Molly. As the best friends deal with their own real-life flaws, their insecurities come to the fore as together they cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. -Google


6. Claws: Created by Eliot Laurence Executive Produced by Rashida Jones










Hulu, TNT


Claws is a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness set in a South Florida nail salon. It follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. Claws is about good women caught in bad places with worse men. It's the story of hardworking women trying to get by in this economy, set against the surreal, bright, gritty landscape of Florida and the luscious, absurd, extreme excesses of the crime world.-TNT


7. One Day at a Time: Created By Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce









Netflix

Inspired by Norman Lear's 1975 series of the same name, this time around, the series follows the life of Penelope, a newly single Army veteran, and her Cuban-American family, as they navigate the ups and downs of life. Now a nurse, Penelope is raising two strong-willed children. When faced with challenges, Penelope turns to her "old-school" mother, and her building manager, who has become an invaluable confidant. The series offers a contemporary take on what life looks like in both good and bad times, and how loved ones can help make it all worthwhile. -Google


8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Created by Tina Fey, Robert Carlock










Netflix


Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square. The unlikely pair find they're well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life, and her providing him with the inspiration that you should never give up. Together they'll make it through whatever life throws at them. -Google


9. Moesha: Created by Sara Finney-Johnson, Vida Spears












Netflix


Moesha Mitchell is a teenager juggling school, friendships and romance. Previously the female head of the household, she is learning to love and trust her father's new wife. While at home, she does her best to be the "glue" that helps hold her family together. -Google


10. Tuca and Bertie: Created by Lisa Hanawalt










Netflix


Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong voice the titular characters of this animated comedy series that explores the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building. When The former roommates separate-- Bertie moving in with chipper architect Speckle and Tuca moves upstairs from them, the change brings the opportunity for confident, carefree Tuca and anxious, daydreaming Bertie to face adulthood, confront inner turmoil, and learn more about each other and themselves. -Google, Me


11. Derry Girls: Created by Lisa McGee











Netflix


Set during the time of The Troubles, this candid, family-centred comedy and coming-of-age story follows 16-year-old Erin and her friends as they grow up in a world of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points in the 1990s of Northern Ireland. Teenage life goes on despite the bleak circumstances, and Erin is more concerned about her boy crush not knowing that she exists, or her nosey cousin meddling with her life. `Derry Girls' is a reminder that the teenagers of Northern Ireland dealt with the same growing pains as the rest of the world. -Google, Me


12. A Black Lady Sketch Show: Created by Robin Thede










HBO Max


A Black Lady Sketch Show is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson. -HBO


13. Chewing Gum: Created by Michaela Cole













Netflix


British writer and actress Michaela Coel plays 24-year-old Tracey Gordon, based on Coel's lead character in the semi-autobiographical monologue `Chewing Gum Dreams', which follows a young lady as she leaves behind adolescence and enters womanhood. Tracey deals with new adult challenges and her many conflicting interests, as she struggles with the strictness of her religious beliefs and family members who don't quite understand her, but it is her friends and her need to broaden her life experiences that keep her moving into a transformative place. -Google, Me


14. Pen15: Created by Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle









Hulu


PEN15 is middle school as it really happened. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in this adult comedy, playing versions of themselves as thirteen-year-old outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual thirteen-year-olds, where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen. -Hulu


15. Good Girls: Created by Jenna Bans










Netflix, NBC


When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it's time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local grocery store. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn't take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think. -NBC


16. Sensitive Skin: Created by Hugo Blick








Netflix, Apple TV


Davina (Kim Cattrall) and Al (Don McKellar) try to revamp their lives as they struggle with the uncertainties of middle age. -IMdB


17. Pose: Created by Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy











Netlfix, FX


Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the 1980s. -FX


18. Killing Eve: Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge









Hulu


Eve's life as a spy is not adding up to what she had hoped it would be when she started. She is a bored, very smart, MI5 security officer who is very desk-bound. Villanelle is a very talented killer, mercurial in mood, who clings to the luxuries of her job. Eve and Villanelle go head to head in a fierce game of cat and mouse, each woman equally obsessed with the other as Eve is tasked with hunting down the psychopathic assassin. -Google


20. Broad City: Created by Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson










Hulu


Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as 20-something best friends who are trying to navigate life in New York, despite that their adventures always seem to lead down unexpected and bizarre paths. They have very little money, but they are survivors who aren't afraid to throw themselves into sticky situations, no matter how messy the end results may be. -Google


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