15 Girly TV Shows On Netflix To Watch This Spring That Aren’t Totally Cheesy

Like so many other young women (and men!) out there, I have a weakness for “girly” TV shows. You know what I’m talking about: the television version of a romantic comedy, where there is no shortage of beautiful people, tons of over-the-top romance, and lots of unrealistic cliches that are probably potentially damaging to our minds as a whole. These shows might be a total cheese-fest, but they’re fun to watch, and sometimes you need some light fluff in your life. But then there are times when you need something with more meat to it, but not a full-blown action show. You know, a girly TV show that isn’t totally cheesy.

It can be hard to find this kind of show out there! There are specific genres that work and that Hollywood likes to stick to: super cheesy girly shows, super macho action shows, crime shows, Shondra Rhymes dramas, reality TV, etc. Not too many channels are focusing on shows that appeal to women while also leaving out the over-the-top romantic moments or crazy stereotypes. Luckily for us, there is Netflix.

If you’re wondering what to binge-watch next, look no further. This Ask Reddit thread discussed some girly TV shows that aren’t corny, and they all sound amazing. If you want to watch something that includes a perfect first kiss but that also includes a badass female character (or a few!), Netflix has tons of options. Here are 15 girly TV shows that aren’t cheesy that you need to watch this spring. They’re so good that they’re worth missing out on the warm weather for!


Jessica Jones

nikkorizz: Jessica Jones is a gritty superhero-type series. It's set in the same universe as the Avengers, but it's a lot darker and the main character is more relatable IMO.

If you haven't started watching Jessica Jones yet, I'm not sure what you're waiting for. This is the show for every woman out there who has been waiting for a female superhero story. Kristin Ritter finds her starring role - finally - as Jessica Jones, an anti-hero who is darkly humorous and a little bit scary. The show is gritty and interesting, and very different. It features some steamy sex scenes, some great female friendships, and a lot of butt-kicking.

The Paradise

Leavesofsilver: Yes to The Paradise! So girly, but not in an annoying way. I love romance in my shows, but most put way too much of an emphasis on it. The Paradise had the perfect amount of it, for my tastes.

I haven't ever seen this or heard of it, but it's a British TV show, so it probably features some zany humor and fun romance stories. The Netflix bio says it's about a small-town girl who moves into a big city to work at the nation's first department store. It's now on my list.

Love

teriyakichicken: I just started watching Love. I'm only into the first episode but it's pretty funny and shows the darker side of relationships.

I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about Love since it showed up on Netflix a few weeks ago: some people love it, others can't stand it. It's a Judd Apatow comedy, so you can most likely expect some bold comedy, along with discussions about things you probably don't usually see on TV. It's definitely intriguing!

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Leavesofsilver: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. If you like Agatha Christie-like mystery stories, the roaring 20s, Australia and strong female characters, it's perfect.

This is another show I haven't seen or heard of yet, but after just reading this quick review, I added it to my list (a few other Redditors suggested it also). It's always fun to see strong female characters in parts that are normally given to men.

Fringe

casher7: Speaking of sci-fi and fantasy things, I'd recommend Fringe. I have yet to finish it, but if by "girly" you mean "female characters that are actually relatable and realistic and strong and won't make you cry for humankind," then Olivia is what you need.

Sounds good to me! This show is about a female lead who is an FBI agent looking into paranormal activity. Again, it's always great to see a woman take over a traditionally male role.

Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23

kokopops94: I recently binged Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 and I really enjoyed it, not sure if its on Netflix though.

This show only lasted about one season on cable, but was a cult favorite. It's still worth watching. Don't Trust The B is silly, a little weird, and very funny. It's nothing to take seriously, but it's a new way to look at female characters, and it's just interesting. James van der Beek is also literally perfect in his role, and watching him alone is worth it.

The Time In Between

themadabbe: I know I'm a little late to the party, but one of my favorites has not been mentioned... If you don't mind subtitles (or know Spanish) The Time In Between is SO GOOD. It's about a Spanish dressmaker turned spy for the Allies during WWII.

I'm not familiar with foreign shows like this one, but it certainly sounds very interesting. And don't knock sub-titles! Sometimes they aren't as bad, and the quality of the show more than makes up for them.

Madoka Magica

bemundolack: Madoka Magica, if you like anime. It flips the concept of "magical girl anime" on its head. Very good.

I know some of our readers are huge anime fans, so hopefully you guys will appreciate this show!

Jane The Virgin

KamsinKali: JANE THE VIRGIN! Cannot recommend this show enough 🙂

As I recently tweeted, I am so happy to be alive during the time that Jane The Virgin is on TV. I am obsessed with this show. I had my doubts at first, but it is truly a work of art, and I tell everyone to watch it. Jane The Virgin seems like it would be cheesy, but the beauty of it is that it embraces that cheesiness and makes fun of it. The characters are interesting and loveable, the dialogue is smart and funny, and it's just refreshingly different.

iZombie

YourWaterloo: iZombie is a good one! It's not overly girly, but it has a female lead, and is good campy fun.

Looking for another female superhero movie? Okay, I don't know if this is exactly it, but it comes close. The show is about a medical student turned zombie who has to eat brains to retain her mortality, and also has the ability to save lives. How can you not be interested?

Gilmore Girls

I can't write about TV show recommendations without including my number one favorite: Gilmore Girls. This show is everything. It features two female leads who are two wonderful examples of feminism (that are literally thrown all throughout the show, even when you don't realize it). It's funny and smart and entertaining and wonderful. I am obsessed with it. Admittedly, it does have its cheesy moments, but in the end, it's very different from most other shows geared towards women. And catch up now, before the new episodes air!

Grace and Frankie

BreakingRainbow: Grace and Frankie is such a great show! I put it on one night as a background show thinking I wouldn't be into it and then found myself loving it. Very unexpected, but just awesome show.

Don't be turned off by the fact that this show is about older women! Grace and Frankie has been getting tons of praise for being female forward and very funny. It's definitely unique!

New Girl

ajbooker13: I was a skeptic of New Girl but I've already watched it all the way through twice now! It's quirky and hilarious.

New Girl has a few cheesy moments, but it's still worth a spot here. It's so funny, and the best thing about it is that it features a woman as the lead. For most buddy comedies like this, men are the lead. Sure, there are three men that Jess lives with, but the show is mainly focused on her.

The X-Files

Amplitude: In addition to Buffy, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and Jessica Jones, you should consider watching the original X-Files. The character of Scully is incredible, strong, and completely a role model. She would be a breakthrough character now - I'm only watching it this year and am so surprised that the show is over 20 years old.

This is on my list to watch! It sounds smart and fun and so different.

30 Rock and Parks And Recreation

bobfossilsnipples: 30 Rock and Parks and Rec aren't traditionally "girly" but they have more female depth of characters than you usually see on tv by a mile.

I wouldn't really describe these as girly either, but they're still awesome. And since they were created by women, that kind of counts, right? Both of these shows are laugh out loud hilarious and full of important feminist references. They will change your life.

Which of these shows have you watched? Which is your favorite? What did we forget? Let us know in the comments.

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    Netflix true crime series Narcos spurs huge demand for Colombian women.

    Produced by Netflix, the show “Narcos” takes on the infamous Medellin drug cartel which follows the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Drug Enforcement Agency agents hunting him. The story is told largely from the points of view of Escobar (Brazilian actor Wagner Moura) and U.S. DEA Agent Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), on opposite sides of what would become an all-out war.

    Many critics of true crime dramas have always complained they are promoting crime and violence by glorification, an unintended consequence of American entertainment industries. These shows can have other interesting Netflix true crime series Narcos spurs huge demand for Colombian women.

    Pconsequences. The Foreign Bride industry has seen a huge spike in demand for Colombian women. This can be viewed as positive or negative, depending on social perspective.

    Foreign Brides, sometimes referred to as “mail order brides”, a term the industry completely rejects, have become a billion dollar a year business. According to industry leaders, Colombia represented only about 3% of the market three years ago. Since the popularity of Narcos, many companies have seen near tenfold increases in men seeking Colombian wives.

    A Foreign Affair (AFA), a company that helps men find women through international tours, says tours to Colombia are now selling out. AFA arranges group tours where 10 to 20 men travel together to Medellin, Cartagena or Barranquilla. During the tour, they attend arranged Social events where the men meet hundreds of beautiful Colombian women looking for marriage. Women can also place their profiles on the AFA web site, in the hopes of finding a husband.

    Kenneth Agee, the marketing director for AFA says, “Because of the show we are doubling our tours to Medellin for next year. Narcos has brought a lot of attention to the intense beauty of Colombian women. Although the show is often very violent, the women of Colombia come across as very family oriented and loyal. These values seem harder and harder to find in this world. I would have to agree, because of the interest in Narcos, we even added an excursion to where Pablo’s self-built prison was located, in the hills overlooking Medellin.

    The crowning of 2015 Miss Universe Paulina Vega put Barranquilla, Colombia on the map. Barranquilla now has recognition for being home to some of the most beautiful and talented women in the world. Not only is Miss Universe from here, Grammy Award winning pop singer Shakira, and actress Sofia Vergara also call Barranquilla home. Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. She’s been nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Prime time Emmy Awards, and 7 Screen Actors Guild Awards, all stemming from this role. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd Most Powerful Woman in the world by Forbes.

    David from Mesa AZ says he met more qualified women in one week than he has during the last 10 years. In 2010, Lisa Ling and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) filmed a one hour show on the AFA tour called “Online Brides – Our America with Lisa Ling.” Even Lisa Ling was surprised by the beauty and sincerity of the women from Barranquilla.

    Janet Davis, head of a women’s rights group says “AFA is just taking advantage of women from these third world countries. This is no different than Pablo trafficking in narcotics, but these companies traffic women.” Proponents refer to a Report (INTERNATIONAL MATCHMAKING ORGANIZATIONS: A REPORT TO CONGRESS) that these marriages have much lower divorce rates and abuse rates compared to traditional domestic marriages. This data makes international dating similar to a woman in the US joining eHarmony to look for a husband.

    23-year-old Viviana, from Cartagena, says “I come to these events because I know the men attending are serious about marriage, they are faithful and are good to family. For Colombian women, it is the most important thing, good husband and good family.

    Kenneth says, “It has not been all rosy. Narcos has brought us some problems. In Cartagena, we have several Penthouses we rent out. One was originally owned by “Don Diego” head of the Norte Del Velle Drug Cartel, the other by Pablo’s people. Over the past year, the properties have been tracked down by individuals thinking they will find large qualities of cash hidden, thus we sometimes find holes all over the walls after a tenant leaves.

    For Narcos fans, those who love the gangster genre, or just those who just like seeing beautiful Latin women, there’s good news; Netflix’s has confirmed Season 3 and 4.