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 Jonesnikkorizz: 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 ParadiseLeavesofsilver: 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.
Loveteriyakichicken: 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 MysteriesLeavesofsilver: 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.
Fringecasher7: 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 23kokopops94: 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 Betweenthemadabbe: 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 Magicabemundolack: 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 VirginKamsinKali: 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.
iZombieYourWaterloo: 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 GirlsI 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 FrankieBreakingRainbow: 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 Girlajbooker13: 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-FilesAmplitude: 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 Recreationbobfossilsnipples: 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.