I think I speak for everyone when I say that Netflix has become a life raft in some uncertain times. The streaming service has truly been there for me lately, offering a variety of new shows, some of which make me laugh, some of which make me think, and others which make me cry, which sometimes is just so needed. After a long week, I find it relaxing to get totally lost in one of these shows, and as many of them feature great female leads, I am also really invested in their success. And every time I think I've found the perfect show, Netflix puts up a new one to dive into, and I become totally obsessed with that one, including these Netflix shows that I think every woman should be watching.
If you have been a bit distracted lately, you might have missed some of these new finds popping up on the site. These recent additions are notable for their diversity, and it's great to see how interesting female stories from a variety of perspectives are becoming the new norm. Ask for complicated, flawed, funny, interesting women on shows that pass the Bechdel-Wallace test, and you shall receive.
So next time you need to take a break from work or worrying, open up your Netflix account. In the recently added section, you might find an interesting new watch, whether it's a character study of British royalty or a supernatural mystery.
When Queen Elizabeth's father passed away, she inherited the throne at just 26, and this bio-drama follows the life of the leader after her wedding and coronation. The serious show gives the deets behind the royal family, but it also shows a darker side of the royal responsibilities.
Prairie Johnson has been missing for seven years. When she returns, she is no longer blind, is covered in mysterious tattoos, and won't tell anyone where she has been or how her eyesight came back. Now, she calls herself the OA, assembles a team of locals, and is trying to rescue others who are missing. This show is a fantastical, supernatural mystery thriller that will keep you guessing. PSA: it will be too difficult to watch just one episode, so block off the whole day for this series.
24-year-old Tracey Gordon has two gods — the Holy Father and Beyoncé. In this super funny show, Tracey wants to have sex and learn more about the world and herself, but is held back by the religious convictions of her family and boyfriend. Watch her navigate her religion, friends, and romance with the kind of relatable awkwardness that is rarely seen on TV.
What did we do to deserve more of Rebecca Bunch's hilarious antics? Though not a Netflix original, the whole first season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is now on the site, so you can catch up and sing along. Don't be fooled by the title of this show; Rebecca is actually one of TV's most identifiable characters. She is a smart and powerful lawyer, a flawed but caring friend, and is unabashedly herself, big personality and all. I've loved watching her friendships with Paula, Valencia, and Heather evolve, and am so looking forward to learning more about Rebecca's personal story in the upcoming seasons.
5'One Day At A Time'
This show is a reimagining of a classic sitcom from the 1970s, and it centers around a Cuban-American family. Single mother Penelope is raising her two kids, a daughter named Elena and a son named Alex. Alex is a nerdy tween, while Elena is an outspoken feminist. With the help of their grandmother Lydia, the whole family comes together in this show for comical, yet often touching, shenanigans.
6'A Series Of Unfortunate Events'
Everyone knows that Violet is the best character in Lemony Snicket's series. She's smart and resourceful, and her wild inventions get her siblings out of some serious scenarios. In this new Netflix show, Violet gets the appreciation she deserves as the oldest Baudelaire sibling and crucial part of the team. This funny and macabre series is a fun watch for anyone who grew up reading the books and wanted to be just like Violet.
7'Degrassi: Next Class'
Everyone who watched the original Degrassi knows that there is some serious drama going down on Degrassi Street. Whether you're fresh out of high school or a true adult just looking to revisit the hallway gossip, check out this reboot.
8'Santa Clarita Diet'
This show might not be for the squeamish. The horror-comedy follows Sheila and and Joel Hammond, a seemingly normal couple, both real estate agents, living in Santa Clarita, California. It's all fun and games until Sheila, played by Drew Barrymore, turns into a flesh-eating zombie. Joel and Sheila need to find people to eat and things are going to get weird. Eeeeep!
Kara Zor-El came to Earth from the planet Krypton, and after hiding her powers for years, she comes out of superhero hiding to fight some serious evil. This CW show, streaming on Netflix, is both an action-packed thriller and an important character study of a feminist superhero.
Being in your early 20s isn't always the easiest. However, it's much harder when you have to fight real demons in addition to your inner ones. In this show, Amy is an unhappy bowling alley worker who joins forces with socially awkward Raquel to fight the evil they see in society. For anyone who loved the show Misfits, this series is by the same creators, and will definitely be just as exciting.
In Chelsea Handler's new documentary series Chelsea Does, each episode sees the comedian take a closer look at some controversial societal topics, like marriage and the role of Silicon Valley.
12'White Rabbit Project'
Oh, how many sick days I spent watching Mythbusters in my youth and seeing all those explosions, scientific jargon, and Kari Byron's hilarious asides. Now, White Rabbit Project brings back Mythbusters' producers and some of the cast for a show that explores modern technology through wild experiments.
In this maybe too-real-for-this-time-in-history dystopian world, a group of 20-somethings are fighting for a spot on an utopian piece land called the Offshore. Watch for some kick-butt characters and environmental commentary.
This is a serious syllabus of awesome, female-centric television. Better get watching if you want to catch up.