‘Good Girls’ is good! All the great girl power shows on Hulu
It’s been a long time since the world’s greatest thinkers discovered girls aren’t made of sugar, spice, and everything nice and thank God they did, because it was the kinda fake science that had men confused for decades. All women are different – some are good, some are bad. And some fall right into the middle like the characters in NBC’s Good Girls, as three suburban moms (Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman) find themselves in desperate circumstances.
Saying “screw you” instead of playing it safe, the trio risks everything to take their power back – by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint: a true example of sisters doin’ it for themselves! (Not recommended at your local supermegamart.)
With season two in the rearview mirror and S3 on the way, you’d be silly to not binge the show that tells us girls are made from 100% badassery on Hulu. While you’re at it, why not check out these other fabulous female-focused shows available to stream on Hulu, too? Girl power and all that jazz . . .
The Handmaid’s Tale (2017 – )
A dystopian tale based on Margaret Atwood’s same-name novel in which women get the real shitty end of the stick. Elisabeth Moss (High Rise) stars as one of many concubines in a totalitarian, American dystopia where women are considered property of the state. With such a lack of power, the female characters discover it’s the smaller victories that are the most impactful.
Broad City (2014 – )
Yas queen!! We’re absolutely devo the forthcoming fifth season of Broad City will also be the last. Since 2014, comedy queen duo Ilana Glazer (Rough Night) & Abbi Jacobson (BoJack Horseman) have taught us the power of female friendship as they embark on a series of misadventures as two broke girls living in New York. We can only hope that with the end of the show, Val will get her very own spinoff.
The Golden Girls (1985 – 1992)
The Golden Girls sees OG OAPs Bea Arthur (Mame) Betty White (The Proposal), Rue McClanahan (Maude), and Estelle Getty (Stuart Little) as four mature, formerly married women living together in Miami and experiencing the joys and angst of their golden years. Over 30 years later and it’s still one of the most progressive shows in terms of its portrayal of female friendship and for tackling important issues relating to LGBTQI and women’s rights.
Harlots (2017 – )
If you love The Handmaid’s Tale but you find it a little tough going, Harlots is a great alternative. Also tackling female oppression but through characters who take back control and gain economic freedom with their profession as sex workers, it’s refreshing to see a show that tackles the sex industry from both sides of the spectrum – the good and the bad.
Homeland (2011 – )
Homeland has continued to prove itself as one of the most thoughtful political thrillers on TV, with Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison – a bipolar CIA operative who struggles to navigate the deadly concoction of mental illness and the terror of war. Homeland has maintained a level of quality throughout its long seven-season run, with a strong female lead and an ability to mirror current world events that is unrivalled in TV.
Dirt (2007 – 2008)
Get thrown into the chaotic world of celebrity journalism as Courtney Cox (Friends) plays Lucy Spiller – the ruthless and relentless editor of celebrity gossip magazine Drrt. Revelling in the excesses and cutthroat fickleness of show biz, Lucy oversees a crack team of reporters and paparazzi as she bulldozes her way through an industry of celebrities, tabloids, and utter sleaze.
While you might argue Lucy makes for a terrible example of feminism, she does show us that a woman doesn’t need to be a hero to be powerful. Some are good, some are bad, and some will fight dirty for power.
UnReal (2015 – )
UnReal is headed to Hulu with its fourth and final season, bringing with it a sharp satire on the nature of reality TV shows while also taking shots at modern dating rituals and the issues surrounding gender roles and power. The show has a strong cast of women at the helm, including Shiri Appleby (Roswell) & Constance Zimmer (Agents of Shield) as the central characters.
I Love Lucy (1951 – 1957)
An oldie but a goodie, I Love Lucy centers on the misadventures of a daffy woman as she strives to become a star, landing her in the strangest of situations. Lead actress and famed comedian Lucille Ball (Yours, Mine and Ours) was an absolute trailblazing badass feminist at a time when women weren’t allowed to be and was revolutionary in her portrayal of female friendship, pregnancy, and by simply showing that not all women had to be “ladylike”.
Scream Queens (2015 – 2016)
A semi-anthology series that centers on returning characters being terrorized by a serial killer in various locations, Scream Queens is a cracking horror-comedy from Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), starring veteran of the genre Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) alongside modern idols like Emma Roberts (Nerve), Abigail Breslin (Signs), and Lea Michele (Glee).