Netflix's Most Feminist Shows To Binge-Watch This Month

It's Women's History Month, and traces of the epic Women’s March are still in the air. Let those golden specks of empowerment make their way onto your computer screen, and follow them down corridors of Netflix entertainment. The streaming service is home to multitudes of binge-able TV shows that portray smart, brave, funny, flawed, and utterly relatable women. Of course, each of the shows on this list passes the Bechdel test with flying colors. Did ya even have to ask?

So, when you’re seeking a new batch of heroines to spend a few hours with, look no further. We've got your new favorite ladies.

Cable Girls

Cable Girls will make you marvel at your cell phone as a marvelous piece of technology. In 1920s Madrid, four women work for the a fast-paced phone operating company, back when calling someone on the phone was an ordeal. The Spanish show looks at the bonds that form between the women, who are out in the world alone at a time when that was just beginning to be a possibility for women.

Two years prior to the start of this limited series' action, 88 men of La Belle, New Mexico headed to work in the mine. How could they have known only one miner would emerge that day alive? After the mining accident, the mothers, sisters, and wives left behind take over the town. All is well until the notorious outlaw Roy Goode (Jack O'Connell) is harbored by a townswoman, leading another pack of outlaws right to La Belle to wreak vengeance.

From the creator of Orange Is the New Black comes GLOW, the story of an all-women wrestling TV show in the '80s. Ruth (Alison Brie) is a failing actress, not a professional wrestler. But after she auditions to be a part of the Gorgeous Ladies of Women's Wrestling, she's pushed to new limits as a performer. She and 12 other Angelino misfits become the campy, glittery, nicknamed faces of women's wrestling.

GLOW is based on a real show that aired in the '80s.
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The Good Wife

If you didn't manage to catch this beloved show when it was on the air, now's your chance.

Alicia Florrick has always been a good wife to her husband, the former state's attorney (hence the title The Good Wife). But, in something out of Andy Weiner's life story, her husband is arrested after a humiliating sex scandal. After years as a housewife and mother, Alicia returns to work as a litigator to fend for her two children and keep the family chugging along.

The Good Wife mixes a gripping courtroom procedural with a feminist family drama. Catch it on Hulu and Amazon.
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Orange Is The New Black

When Orange Is the New Black premiered in 2013, it mainly centered on Piper Chapman, a woman sent to prison 10 years after a smuggling drugs as a favor for her ex-girlfriend. In the years since, Orange Is the New Black has become less Piper’s story and more a symphony stories of the many women in Litchfield County Prison with her.

Each episode focuses on the backstory of a different member of the gloriously diverse cast, treating each character’s back stories, mistakes, and current situations with empathy. The show remains a pioneer in developing multi-faceted, complicated women characters, and giving them the on-screen time they deserve.
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Call The Midwife

This British miniseries will especially appeal to fans of Downton Abbey or anyone who can't resist a good period drama. The show focuses on Nurse Jenny Lee and the other nuns of Nonnatus House who work as midwives in London’s East End during the 1950s. London and its inhabitants are still reeling from the wreckage of WWII. Call the Midwife highlights the actions a set of women took to serve a community in need, and the public policy in place that allowed them to do so.

Another draw? Like Orange Is the New Black, Call the Midwife boasts a case of almost exclusively women.
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Grace And Frankie

Grace and Frankie, the wives of two law partners, don’t have anything in common other than the fact that they can’t stand one another. Grace, played by the ever-classy Jane Fonda, is the uptight, martini-sipping, country-clubbing founder of a makeup company. Frankie, played by Lily Tomlin, is the free-spirited, organic eating artiste with a gallery in her garage.

But when their husbands make the dramatic announcement that they’re leaving their respective partners for each other, Grace and Frankie suddenly find themselves in the same boat. We watch their relationship blossom through the emotional turmoil that no one else — not their kids, friends, and certainly not their husbands — can relate to. Balancing just the right amount of wit and sentimentality, humor and heart, Grace and Frankie is the sweetest binge-watch on Netflix. Watch it with your grandma.
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Garfunkel And Oates

Calling Flight of the Conchords fans: America’s finally produced a duo that can rival the zany New Zealander singers. Deriving their name from two other famous rock duos, Garfunkel and Oates prefer singing about the struggles of the modern-day woman to bridges over troubled water. The duo catapulted to fame with hilarious YouTube music videos. In this IFC show, the women play exaggerated versions of themselves, interlaced, of course, with song.
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The Fall

If Stella Gibson were in charge of solving every crime, I bet there’d be no more crimes left to solve. In this Northern Irish drama, Gillian Anderson plays an eerily refined and collected police detective who’s on the hunt for a serial killer (played by 50 Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan). Gibson has the uncanny ability to deftly get into Paul Spector’s serial killer psychology, and rarely lets her emotions rise to the surface. In addition to the challenges of tracking down Spector, she has to establish her authority in a field run by men.

Over the course of the three series, Gibson and Spector fall into an exhilarating (and terrifying) game of cat and mouse, where the stakes are women’s lives. The highlight of the show is watching Stella take down a male-dominated field, fight the patriarchy, and hunt down serial killers on her own terms. More than your run-of-the-mill police procedural, The Fall may well be the most feminist show on TV.
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