In a world where feminism is still considered by some to be a dirty word, and women are forced to petition for their rights, it's crucial that we surround ourselves with empowering content. The introduction of F-rated movies on IMDb, which helps viewers identify feminist material, couldn't have come at a better time. But what about TV shows that provide us with fierce, funny, feminist role models? The television landscape has never looked so female-friendly, making it the perfect time to make a list of feminist TV shows to revisit in 2017. And there are so many to choose from.
From iconic role models like Leslie Knope on Parks And Recreation, to a talented ensemble of feminists in Orange Is The New Black, it's easy to find inspiration just by watching your favorite shows. If the current political climate has you feeling a little despondent, look no further than Amy Poehler's Knope, whose ambition and can-do attitude are exactly the inspiration we all need right now. Tina Fey's creations 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt both provide funny women, whose lives are far from perfect. And if you respond better to drama, Mireille Enos' performance in The Killing is nothing short of breathtaking, and her refusal to bend to any stereotype is sheer perfection. And who can forget Shonda Rhimes' impressive roster of shows, which continue to slay?
Here are just a few feminist TV shows you should return to right now.
1. Parks And Recreation
Knope isn't afraid to counteract the patriarchal society around her.
2. 30 Rock
Tina Fey is always inspiring, especially as Liz Lemon.
3. The Killing
Mireille Enos plays Sarah Linden in The Killing, a single mother and homicide detective who no one wants to mess with.
4. Grey's Anatomy
Shondaland shows regularly focus on telling women's stories. Cristina Yang's quotes are gold.
5. My So-Called Life
Angela Chase is an enduring icon.
6. How To Get Away With Murder
Two words: Viola. Davis.
I want to be Olivia Pope when I grow up.
8. Orange Is The New Black
Laverne Cox is incredible in Orange Is The New Black, but you knew that already, right?
9. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Sarah Michelle Gellar slaying vampires? Yes, please.
Laura Dern is flawless in this HBO masterpiece.
11. Pretty Little Liars
There are so many incredible women in Pretty Little Liars.
12. Sex And The City
Does Carrie Bradshaw always get it right? No. But at its core, Sex And The City is about four women doing whatever the hell they want.
13. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy is such a unique role model, portrayed by the inimitable Ellie Kemper. As a creation of Fey, I'd expect no less from this show.
14. House Of Cards
Claire Underwood for President.
15. American Horror Story
So many amazing women and female characters in this horror anthology series.
16. The Fall
Gillian Anderson is an outspoken feminist detective in this serial killer series.
Younger is about women making it in the world of publishing by any means necessary.
18. The L Word
You'll quickly get obsessed with this Showtime series about a group of best friends (and enemies) in Los Angeles.
19. Jessica Jones
Superhero turned private investigator. Krysten Ritter kills it.
20. Good Girls Revolt
Amazon canceled this show about a group of women working in journalism after only one season. It was a disappointing decision.
Season 2 of Issa Rae's HBO series is on the way.
22. Jane The Virgin
Not only is Gina Rodriguez incredible as Jane, but her mom, Xiomara, and abuela, Alba, are equally amazing.
A fictional look behind the scenes of a reality show very similar to The Bachelor. FYI, it's run by incredible women.
There are so many feminist TV shows worth revisiting right now, especially if the world has gotten you down of late.