WRITTEN BY Gabby Bellot
In the past several years, we have seen the rise of sitcoms that are letting go of antiquated tropes that see women as mere objects and not interesting multi-dimensional characters.
With more women in the writer’s room, behind the camera and as strong leads, the focus on appealing to feminist audiences is apparent.
In a season of spending more time at home, binging TV shows has become a national pastime. Here are some sitcoms with strong female characters and rich feminist takes.
This show follows Abbi and Ilana, two best friends trying to navigate adulthood in New York City.
The show creators play the main characters of the show, allowing for an untarnished female point of view throughout. Discussion on several topics, such as sex and finding purpose in life, are touched on in a manner that doesn’t shy away from how messy real life can be.
If you’re looking for a hilarious show that looks at the realities of millennial women, “Broad City” is for you.
Fleabag is a fantastically written show about a woman in London trying to cope with a recent tragedy. Written by the brilliant Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who stars as the main character Fleabag, this show uniquely looks at the life of a woman who is flawed and broken. It is a refreshing character study that allows for a woman to be imperfect and human.
If you’re looking for something comical yet heartbreaking, watch “Fleabag.”
This show looks at the realities facing two Black female characters, Issa and Molly, in a way that feels real and without ulterior motives. This obviously has something to do with the fact that it is written by Issa Rae, an incredibly talented Black writer who approaches relationships in the show with awareness and authenticity. Much like “Fleabag” and “Broad City,” “Insecure” looks at women who don’t have it all figured out and reveals to audiences that this reality is okay.
If you’re looking for a show with wonderful storytelling and a great soundtrack, “Insecure” needs to be on your list.
“Schitt’s Creek” seems to have taken the world by storm, amassing Emmy’s in each comedy category – a feat that has never been done before.
What stands out about this show is the way it looks at family dynamics and portrays relationships. Specifically, the show looks at LGBTQ relationships with such care and sincerity that moves away from the normal tokenization seen on many other shows.
Sexual fluidity and the challenging of the patriarchy are topics woven into the story seamlessly without becoming melodramatic plot points.
If you’re looking for exciting characters to get invested in, “Schitt’s Creek” is the show for you.
This Netflix sitcom set in Canada is a show that seems to still be widely unknown.
It follows a group of working moms, as the title suggests, and paints a picture of motherhood in a nuanced way that has just begun to become prevalent in the mainstream media. You don’t have to be a mother to watch this show and find it entertaining, show creator and comedian Catherine Reitman writes a witty narrative on moms who try to do it all and fail as humans do.
A sort of commentary on the societal pressures women face daily, Workin’ Moms is just as interesting as it is impactful.
If you’re looking for something different, you should check out Workin’