NEED A NEW SHOW TO BINGE? CHECK OUT THESE ONES WITH POWERFUL, BADASS WOMEN
In the first three months of the pandemic, Netflix gained sixteen million new subscribers. With bars, restaurants, clubs, sports arenas and movie theaters temporarily shutdown, at-home entertainment is the ultimate escape.With winter in full effect, what sounds better than curling up with a hot drink and watching some badass ladies rule the screen? Here are some of the most stellar female characters in entertainment.
Beth from The Queen’s Gambit
Who knew a show revolving around chess could be so addicting? Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit took viewers by storm. This miniseries follows Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor Joy, and focuses on Beth’s journey to become one of the most incredible chess players of all time. Beth is a shy, resilient, motivated, young woman who never lets her gender dictate her position in the chess world; therefore, she defeats the boys without hesitation. This show perfectly blends the struggles of growing up as a young woman while simultaneously displaying a young woman going after what she wants. Additionally, this show dives into addiction, loss and family. This miniseries is available to stream on Netflix.
Arabella from I May Destroy You.
I May Destroy You is writer and actor Michaela Coel’s newest show. Coel is also the creator of the television show Chewing Gum which is available to stream HBO Max. When it comes to I May Destroy You, it is best to go in blind, but what you should know is this; Arabella, played by Michaela Coel, is a deeply flawed but courageous woman. The show revolves around Arabella’s life as a struggling writer in London and her relationship with her close friends. Lies and a hunt for a criminal drive this show. Coel blends serious topics with comedy incredibly well, making not only her a badass, but her character Arabella one as well. Season one is available to stream on HBO Max. (Trigger warning includes sexual assault.)
Polly Gray from Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders, which first premiered in 2013, is waiting to begin production on the sixth and final season. Set in England post World War I, Peaky Blinders follows the Shelby Family, who runs the gang called the Peaky Blinders. Polly Gray, played by Helen McCrory, is the aunt and right-hand woman of the head of the family, Thomas Shelby, who is played by Cillian Murphy. With her brutal honesty, tragic backstory and fearless nature, Polly calls the shots and is never afraid to pull her gun if need be. The show blends crime, post-traumatic stress disorder, sex, corruption and family seamlessly, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. With five seasons on Netflix, this show will keep you enthralled and wanting more.
Leti from Lovecraft Country.
HBO’s horror drama Lovecraft Country premiered last summer, and it’s like nothing you’ve seen before. Based on Matt Ruff’s novel, by the same title, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman’s journey to find his missing father. Atticus, played by Jonathan Majors, his uncle George, played by Courtney B Vance, and his old friend, Letitia decide to travel across America in search of Atticus’s father. Taking place in the 1950s, this show puts racism in America on full display and focuses on George, Atticus, and Leti’s journey. With extreme horror elements that throw the viewer for a loop, this show addicts its audience in wanting to know more about this supernatural world. Leti, played by Jurnee Smollett, steals every scene she’s in with her fierce attitude and badass fighting skills. Season one is available to stream on HBO Max.
Eloise from Bridgerton.
Bridgerton which premiered on Christmas Day this past year, is officially Netflix’s most-streamed show to date with eighty-two million households tuning in. Bridgerton follows the courting season of England’s most elite socialites in the early eighteen hundreds. Eloise, the younger sister of the show’s protagonist Daphne, is ahead of the times. Not wanting, nor seeing why she would need a man, Eloise is a feminist queen and aspiring journalist, who spends most of her time focused on uncovering the identity of mysterious gossip writer, Lady Whistledown. Eloise is not afraid to speak what’s on her mind and is a dedicated best friend and loyal sister to her siblings, propelling her to a badass level. This show is narrated by the iconic Julie Andrews, has colorful costumes, and steamy sex scenes. Cannot recommend this show enough.
Annalise Keating from How to Get Away with Murder
Viola Davis stuns as Annalise Keating in this drama series. Davis plays criminal defense lawyer and law professor Annalise Keating. Annalise, though at her core a protective and loyal woman, is seen as a hardass, no bullshit, stern and confident boss who teaches her pupils not only about the law but about life itself. How to Get Away with Murder follows the lives of Keating, her students, and their involvement in a mysterious murder. No one messes with Annalise and she is the ultimate leader of this show. Last spring, the show concluded after six seasons and all seasons are available to stream on Netflix.
Catherine from The Great.
Another period piece for you, The Great premiered last spring on Hulu. This drama-comedy is a fictional depiction of the true story of Catherine The Great’s marriage to Peter III of Russia, played by Nicholas Holt. Elle Fanning wows in the witty and mastermind role of Catherine. The many ways that Catherine tricks her dufus and psychotic husband into giving her power, keeps the audience engaged and rooting for her. The show displays how the intelligent and determined Catherine became Catherine The Great.
Though Law and Order SVU has been on the air for nearly twenty-two years, a recent newcomer, Katriona “Kat” Tamin has added a sense of modernity and fierce femininity to the show. Kat, played by Jaime Gray Hyder, is an ambitious detective, competitive boxer, and openly bisexual woman. Kat Tamin is the first openly LGBTQ character on SVU since George Huang, played by BD Wong, was introduced. Kat is always trying her hardest to advocate for the victims and sometimes goes against what her superiors say in order to do so. Alongside the fiercely dedicated Department Captain Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, Detective Kat Tamin adds a breath of fresh air and female empowerment to the long-running drama. You can binge all of Law and Order SVU on Hulu.
Mia Warren in Little Fires Everywhere.
This Hulu limited series, based on the book of the same title, premiered earlier last year. Little Fires Everywhere stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. This drama takes place in the nineties in Shaker Heights, Ohio, an upper class, predominantly white neighborhood. The show tackles race, sexuality, class and motherhood. Kerry Washington’s character Mia, is a single mother who works incredibly hard to keep her and her daughter Pearl, played by Lexi Underwood, afloat in Shaker Heights, all while dealing with the racism embedded in the town. Mia’s loyalty and commitment to do the right thing, even when immense obstacles stand in her way, propels her into the badass category and everyone should check this show out.
Villanelle from Killing Eve.
Killing Eve first premiered in 2018 with rave reviews. Writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, known most notably for her play-turned-Emmy award-winning show Fleabag, was the showrunner and head writer of the first season of Killing Eve. The show follows M15 agent Eve Polastri’s, played by Sandra Oh, hunt to find a psychopathic, chic assassin called Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer. Villanelle is confident beyond belief, creative, intelligent and a jet-setting assassin. Comer and Oh amaze in this BBC America series, and the cat and mouse game they play is addicting. The show, though set primarily in London, uses other European cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and Saint Petersburg as the beautiful backdrops for the hunt. Need I say more? Currently, there have been three seasons and you can watch all of them on Hulu.