God bless Netflix for giving us the gift of streaming so many great female-created tv shows! Grab your popcorn + take a night to celebrate the best female showrunners in the biz by binge-watching one of their divine shows available on Netflix right now!
The shows have been split up into 3 categories: something light, something dark, and somewhere in between.
That way you can find the perfect show for you depending on the category you’re looking for…
Something Light —
30 Rock (Tina Fey and Robert Carlock)
There might not be a better comedy currently on Netflix. Former SNL standout/current Queen in Glasses Tina Fey and co-creator Robert Carlock created one of the most memorable sitcoms in recent years. The show follows a variety show producer named Liz Lemon (played by Fey) as she navigates her life working on the show and its eccentric cast and crew. It’s full of one-liners, clever quips, and absurd visual gags. Watch it (or re-watch it) right now!
Chelsea Does… (Chelsea Handler)
If you are a fan of Handler from her former talk show on E! or any of her hilarious books then you will no doubt enjoy her new series. Chelsea Does… is a docu-series that follows Handler as she looks into various broad topics like sex, drugs and racism. The host manages through each episode with her signature humor and no-nonsense attitude. For the first season, there are only 4 episodes clocking at a little over an hour – totally binge-able.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Tina Fey, Robert Carlock),
- The Characters (Lauren Lapkus, Kate Berlant, Natasha Rothwell),
- The League (Jackie Schaffer),
- New Girl (Liz Meriwether),
- Jane the Virgin (Jennie Snyder Urman)
Something Dark —
Top of the Lake (Jane Campion)
This mystery drama created by Jane Campion stars Elizabeth Moss as a detective that returns to her hometown to investigate the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl. Once I started this series, it was hard to pull myself away. If you like your mysteries dark, check this one out ASAP.
Happy Valley (Katherine Kelly)
Sarah Lancashire is brilliant as West Yorkshire police sergeant Catherine Cawood. Season One runs with parallel plot lines, one following an ill-advised kidnapping scheme, the other focusing on Sarah as she manages life after her dead daughter’s rapist is released from prison. Yeah, it’s THAT kind of show. Don’t miss it.
- The Killing (Veena Sud),
- Criminal Minds (Erica Messer),
- Flesh and Bone (Moira Walley-Beckett)
Somewhere in between —
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Melissa Rosenberg)
Does this latest Marvel hit even need my recommendation? Jessica Jones is both fun and deep, following a tortured superhero as she tries to track down her former foe. If you’re on the fence on superhero entertainment I still suggest giving this show a chance. It’s worth it for the dynamite performance from the Krysten Ritter alone.
Orange is the New Black (Jenji Kohan)
Another smash hit that would be a sin not to mention here. Over the past few years, OITNB has become a pop culture phenomenon for good reason. The show follows the lives of a group of women in a minimum-security federal prison. It’s layered with humor, heart and tremendous pathos. Catch up on the first three seasons now before the fourth season drops this June.
- Scandal (Shonda Rhimes),
- How to Get Away With Murder (Shonda Rhimes),
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Maurissa Tancharoen),
- The Vampire Diaries (Julie Plec),
- Pretty Little Liars (Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick)