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    18 TV Shows Created By Women That Are Really, Really Good

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    We all know that women have been killing it in the television department, so here are some shows that you might not have seen, but should definitely add to your watch list!

    1. The Wilds

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    Prime Video

    It's about: A group of girls trying to survive life stranded on an island after their plane crash. They all thought they were on their way to a women's empowerment retreat, but it's soon revealed that the crash was no accident: they're actually part of a social experiment.

    Why you should watch: It's a wild ride – it starts off a little slow, but that's because there are so many layers to the plot. If you like thrillers, complex characters, and twists that'll make you gasp out loud, this one's for you.

    Created by: Sarah Streicher

    Where to find it: Prime Video (UK and US)

    Number of episodes: 10

    2. Betty

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    HBO

    It's about: Janay, Honeybear, Kirt, Indigo and, Camille – a group of effortlessly cool girls navigating the male-dominated skater scene, being teenagers, and all the drama that it brings them.

    Why you should watch: I don't know about you, but I haven't seen many TV shows that delve into the world of skater girls, and this paints a captivating picture. It's semi-scripted which makes it feel really authentic, and all the cast are so charming that it's impossible to not get invested in their journeys.

    Created by: Crystal Moselle

    Where to find it: Prime Video / Sky Comedy (UK) HBO (US)

    Number of episodes: 6

    3. Feel Good

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    Channel 4

    It's about: Mae, a comedian and recovering drug addict, and George, a slightly uptight closeted woman. They hit it off at one of Mae's comedy shows and start dating, but it's not smooth sailing – we follow the ups and downs as Mae navigates her addiction and George struggles with her sexuality.

    Why you should watch: It's honest, funny, and even though the character's journeys are quite specific, their emotions are very, very relatable. Plus, Lisa Kudrow plays Mae's mum, which is a nice little cherry on top.

    Created by: Mae Martin

    Where to find it: All4 (UK) Netflix (US)

    Number of episodes: 6

    4. Dix pour cent AKA Call My Agent

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    It's about: A group of talent agents trying to keep a talent agency thriving as they're relentlessly hit with disasters from the showbiz world, as well as their own problems, of course.

    Why you should watch: It's set in the heart of Paris, gives you sneaky peek into the entertainment industry, and is hilarious without feeling like it tries too hard. It's in French (there's an English dub too), so if you've been Duolingoing in quarantine you might also find it ~edutaining~.

    Created by: Fanny Herrero

    Where to find it: Netflix (UK and US)

    Number of episodes: 24

    5. Dead to Me

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    Netflix

    It's about: An unlikely friendship blossoms after Jen and Judy meet at a grief support group. Jen’s coming to terms with the death of her husband and Judy has some dark secrets. Not much more can be said without revealing big spoilers, but it’s really good.

    Why you should watch: Dead to Me is so funny and well written you forget it's about some pretty dark subjects, and you won’t be able to resist Jen and Judy's unique, complex friendship.

    Created by: Liz Feldman

    Where to find it: Netflix (UK and US)

    Number of episodes: 20

    6. This Way Up

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    Channel 4

    It's about: Aine, an Irish woman living in London trying to get her life back together after having a nervous breakdown – from finding a job to building relationships.

    Why you should watch: It's honest, witty, and all the characters are super likeable. Sharon Horgan plays Aine's sister, and the hilarious dynamic of their close relationship is something that you won't be able to get enough of.

    Created by: Aisling Bea

    Where to find it: All4 (UK) Hulu (US)

    Number of episodes: 6

    7. Anne With an E

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    Netflix

    It's about: A 13-year-old orphan with a complex past and a zest for life ends up in the care of a pair of elderly siblings who had wanted to adopt a little boy to help out on their farm. She’s so charming that she ends up staying, and the Green Gables are never the same again.

    Why you should watch: It’s set in the late 1800s, but the themes are timelessly relatable, from struggling with bullying to building your own identity. She’s a bit of a loose cannon, but you’ll love Anne the minute she steps on screen, and you’ll definitely have some strong feelings about some of the other characters.

    Created by: Moira Walley-Beckett, based on Anne of Green Gables

    Where to find it: Netflix (UK & US)

    Number of episodes: 27

    8. Girlfriends

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    It's about: A group of smart, independent women living in LA in the early noughties. They may be friends, but they’re all very different – Joan's a successful lawyer, Maya’s her assistant, Toni’s a lady of luxury, and Lynn’s a free spirit. The show follows the development of their friendship as they date, develop their careers, and navigate their late 20s in general.

    Why you should watch: If you like sitcoms, Girlfriends is a must-watch. It may be two decades old, but it’s SO relatable. The characters are fun and lovable, and it won’t be long before you’ll be finding parrellels between them and your own friendship group.

    Created by: Mara Brock Akil

    Where to find it: Netflix (UK and US)

    Number of episodes: 172

    9. Weeds

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    Showtime

    It's about: Nancy, A PTA mom who turns to dealing weed to support her kids, and maintain her fancy suburban life after the death of her husband. Her bakery is the perfect cover for her dealing, and as you can imagine, criminal hilarity ensues.

    Why you should watch: Well, the premise should be enough for you tbh, but if you like dark comedy with stakes that never seem to stop rising, this one's for you. Everyone involved in it is super talented – it was made by the creator of Orange Is The New Black, and it won’t take long for Mary-Louise Parker to become one of your favourite actors.

    Created by: Jenji Kohan

    Where to find it: Prime Video (UK) Netflix (US)

    Number of episodes: 102

    10. Ginny and Georgia

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    It's about: Georgia, a young single mum with southern charm and her kids who move to a pleasant but boring suburban town. Her eldest, Ginny, settles in quickly, but Georgia’s dark secrets threaten their close relationship and new life.

    Why you should watch: Okay, if you’ve got social media, you’ll know that there are a few things Ginny and Georgia gets wrong, but if you like dramatic teenage drama and can forgive a few dodgy scenes, you should give it a go. It’s Gilmore Girls meets a dark thriller, and there’s a lot to keep you hooked. Just like the show itself, the characters are flawed and chaotic, and that’s what makes it so watchable.

    Created by: Sarah Lampert

    Where to find it: Netflix (UK and US)

    Number of episodes: 10

    11. Twenties

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    It's about: Hattie, a masc queer black woman trying to make it as a writer in Hollywood, and her two besties Marie and Nia. The three are all trying to achieve their dreams, but as it so often does – life keeps getting in the way. They deal with workplace issues, family dramas, and tricky relationships.

    Why you should watch: I haven’t met anyone in their 20s who hasn’t felt just a little bit discombobulated when the reality of adulthood sets in, and this ticks the reliability box. The characters are messy but lovable, and the friendship between the trio feels really real. Oh, and the soundtrack will keep you dancing from your sofa the whole time.

    Created by: Lena Waithe

    Where to find it: BBC iPlayerm (UK) BET, fuboTV, and Sling TV (US)

    Number of episodes: 8

    12. Good Girls Revolt

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    It's about: A group of women who, due to the sexist climate of the late ‘60s are stuck in low-level positions in their jobs at News of the Week. They’re more talented than their male colleagues, so as the title suggests, they’re not having it. It’s based on true events, so you’ll probably be familiar with some of the characters, including Eleanor Holmes Norton and Nora Ephron.

    Why you should watch: Good Girls Revolt paints a pretty compelling picture of some of the BS career women went through in the ’60s and ’70s. The women are ambitious, fierce, and sometimes flawed, and you’ll find their relentless fight for fair treatment empowering.

    Created by: Dana Calvo, based on a novel by Lynn Povich

    Where to find it: Prime Video (UK and US)

    Number of episodes: 10

    13. Thirteen

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    It's about: Ivy Moxam, a young woman who’s been missing for 13 years escapes from the cellar her kidnapper kept her in. Or so it seems. While Ivy faces the culture shock of returning to a world she last saw when she was 13 years old, detectives try to find her abductor, and they find way more questions than answers.

    Why you should watch: You’ll think you’ll know where this story is going, but trust me, you don’t. If you’re a fan of psychological mysteries, this one’s for you –Thirteen will have you second-guessing your own opinions from the first episode. Plus, it stars Jodie Comer – what more could you want?

    Created by: Marnie Dickens

    Where to find it: BBC iPlayer (UK) Prime Video (US)

    Number of episodes: 6

    14. Little Fires Everywhere

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    It's about: Two very different, but equally complex women, and what happens when their worlds collide. We’ve got Mia, who’s an artist, a single mum, and all-round rolling stone. Then there’s Elena, a wealthy housewife who traded a journalism career to raise her four children in suburbia. Elena rents an apartment to Mia and it doesn’t take long for the drama to kick off.

    Why you should watch: It’s a dramatic and engaging look into how privilege and race impact motherhood, and every single character is full of depth. From the first episode, it’s impossible to not have strong feelings about Mia and Elena. Plus, it’s set in the ‘90s so it’s very nostalgic.

    Created by: Liz Tigelaar, based on a novel by Celeste Ng

    Where to find it: Prime Video (UK) Hulu (US

    Number of episodes: 8

    15. The Bisexual

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    It's about: Leila, who enters a whole new world of sleeping with men after breaking up with her long-term girlfriend. It’s all very awkward, because, not only is Leila struggling to come to terms with her bisexuality, but her ex is also her business partner.

    Why you should watch: Leila’s journey of self-exploration and her struggles with acceptance is honest, funny, and will definitely resonate with a lot of people. The Bisexual tackles a fair amount of tired stereotypes in a way that’s equal parts entertaining and moving.

    Created by: Desiree Akhavan and Rowan Riley

    Where to find it: All4 (UK) Hulu (US)

    Number of episodes: 6

    16. Queen Sugar

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    It's about: The Bordelon siblings, who are unexpectedly brought back together after inheriting the dad’s sugarcane farm in Louisiana. They’re not the closest family, and the tension isn’t helped by the fact that the farm is struggling in a big way.

    Why you should watch: Queen Sugar takes on some very important topics like class, gender, and family dysfunction from a Black lens, and it’s movingly addictive.

    Created by: Ava DuVernay

    Where to find it: Hulu (US)

    Number of episodes: 60

    17. The Nest

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    BBC

    It's about: Emily and Dan, a well-off couple who persuade Kaya, a teenager on parole, to be their surrogate. After she gets pregnant and moves in with the couple, they realise that they probably should have asked Kaya for a bit more background information…

    Why you should watch: From the jump, you can see that it’s not going to be a simple surrogate story, but you’ll really have no idea where the story is going to take you. The whole cast is great and as far as thrillers go, it’s pretty damn thrilling.

    Created by: Nicole Taylor

    Where to find it: Prime Video (UK) Acorn TV (US)

    Number of episodes: 5

    18. Back to Life

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    BBC

    It's about: Miri, a woman who moves back to her parent’s small town after spending 18 years in prison. She wants to rebuild her life, but things aren’t easy – the world is completely different, her parents are awkward with her, and she’s got a checkered past, to say the least.

    Why you should watch: Well the premise is pretty unique, and it tells an ex-con story that’s realistically sombre while being genuinely funny at the same time – dark British comedy at its finest.

    Created by: Laura Solon and Daisy Haggard

    Where to find it: BBC iPlay (UK) Netflix (UK and US)

    Number of episodes: 6

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