July 18, 2020

We have listed some of the best TV series about talented women. The heroines of these stories oppose harassment, assert their rights and break stereotypes about what a girl can and cannot be.

Good Girls Revolt (2015 – 2016)

What is the series about?

The series takes place in 1969, just at the height of the struggle for equal rights. Three girls, Cindy, Patty and Jane, work for the News of the Week magazine. Each of them is talented and does her job no worse than male colleagues, but women are not trusted to write large materials. Their job is to collect information and write notes that will be retold by male journalists and signed in their own name. 

Why is it worth watching 

Journalists assert their rights and prove that they can do much more than write about fashion and cooking.


Each of the heroines is ambitious, talented and dreams of a career in the world of journalism, but they are not even given a chance to prove themselves. They cannot independently choose which topic to work on, they are not trusted to write full-fledged articles, and sometimes they are not even allowed to collect information. 

Gradually, each of the heroines comes to the realization that she deserves more. They cease to compete with each other and unite to fight for their rights and change the rules of the game.

The Morning Show (2019 and Continued)

TV Series About Talented Women

What is the series about?

The New York Times received an anonymous message: America’s favorite, the host of the morning show on UBA, Mitch Kessler is accused of harassment. In order not to lose reputation, the television company was forced to fire the host, after which the company began a real cold war. Alex Levy, a colleague of Mitch, has to fight for his place, competing with the new leader, the principal Bradley Jackson, who is trying to figure out how the television company and its leadership are involved in the scandal. 


Why is it worth watching

New roles of actresses who were previously associated only with the comedy genre. Jennifer Aniston is no longer funny Rachel from the series Friends: in the Morning Show, she has a serious dramatic role. Reese Witherspoon also plays an uncharacteristic character: a masterful and principled rebel, dreaming of working in “real” journalism.

The plot focuses on the problem of harassment: the creators of the series show what consequences for all participants can result in harassment at work and why women who managed to break into the “male world” should not turn a blind eye to what is happening in the dressing rooms.

Immersion in the psychology of heroes on both sides of the conflict helps to look at the problem from different points of view: for example, the “nice guy” Mitch at first really does not understand why he is guilty, because he did not force anyone, did not force anyone, and in general everything (seems to be) consent.


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017 and Continued) 

TV Series About Talented Women

What is the series about?

Miriam Meisel, an exemplary wife and an exemplary housewife, whom friends call Midge, lives in New York in the late 1950s. She always looks perfect, cooks deliciously, runs a household, raises children and supports her husband with all her might – not a very successful comedian. But this is not enough for her husband: he has a lover and leaves the family. Midge is struggling with a divorce, wondering what she did wrong. A suddenly discovered talent for a stand-up helps to believe in yourself as a person and start a new life for a girl.

Why is it worth watching

To be inspired by how Midge from a helpless woman trying to please her husband, turns into an independent strong personality. Brought up in America in the 50s, she used to rely on her parents first, then on her husband. After the divorce, she finally has to take responsibility for her life and go to work.

Midge’s path as a female comedian is no less interesting. First, she witty talks about relationships with her husband and mother, hiding behind ridiculous pseudonyms, and then openly raises more resonant topics: breastfeeding in public places, politics and the woman’s place in society.


And, of course, fashion. Midge looks are carefully thought out by costumers. You will definitely (just for a second!) Want the exact same purple dress, pink coat and velvet hat.

Mrs. America (2020 and Continued)

TV Series About Talented Women

What is the series about?

In America in the 1970s, “second wave” feminists are fighting for women’s rights. Suddenly, a conservative party activist Phyllis Shaffley is launching a campaign against them: she is convinced that new constitutional amendments discredit housewives and pose a threat to family values. Phyllis convinces other district housewives that the feminist movement is evil, the consequences of which are compulsory military service, gender-neutral toilets, deprivation of custody of a child during a divorce, and oppression of all unemployed women.

Why is it worth watching 

The series is based on real events. And although the authors before each series remind that there is a place for fiction, it is interesting to see how the feminine movement in the person of Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus looked like.


Cate Blanchett in the role of Phyllis Shafley is gorgeous. Her heroine evokes mixed feelings: is she really against it? or is it a game to attract attention? From the first series, it is clear that the Phyllis, so vehemently opposing feminists, herself suffers from the current system. Educated and ambitious, she dreams of making herself known in the political arena, but none of the ruling men takes her seriously: in their opinion, a woman is only good at keeping protocols and baking cupcakes.

Masters of Sex (2013 – 2016) 

What is the series about?

The series is also based on real events. He talks about people who were the first to study human sexuality. Gynaecologist William Masters and his liberated assistant Virginia Johnson begins a bold cycle of sex experiments for the 50-60s. In the course of their work, they make revolutionary discoveries for that time: for example, that women pretend that clitoral and vaginal orgasms do not exist.

The studies of Masters and Jones led to the beginning of the sexual revolution and significantly influenced the perception of female libido. They opened their eyes to society that a woman may want sex with a man, not dreaming of marrying him, and if she does not get an orgasm from penetration, this is not a reason to call her frigid.


Why is it worth watching

The series will be liked if you are interested in how sexuality research experiments go. But, of course, it is not so much about the sex as about people and their relationships. What happens in the bedrooms between people? How do psychological trauma and fears affect sex life?

Particularly noteworthy is the liberated and independent Virginia Johnson, who is fluent in sex. Because of her revolutionary views, she provokes the disapproving reaction and dismissive views of contemporaries. It’s hard to imagine who would do the job better than Lizzy Kaplan.

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