Here’s our pic of the top 10 shows from the past year in which an interesting female character is at the helm.
1. The Good Wife
Courtroom drama injected with interesting plot lines, strong emotional journeys, and women kicking ass in high-powered job roles. We simply adore Christine Baranski’s laugh!
2. Jane The Virgin
Based on the South American telenovela Juana La Virgen, this comedy centres on a devout woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated. This unlikely tale is pulled off with impeccable comic performances and very real characters.
3. The Comeback
We always love it when Lisa Kudrow comes back. In season two of The Comeback, she once again smashes it. Obviously.
4. Happy Valley
Six-part drama Happy Valley is British violence at its best. Even more impressive, however, is the show’s ability to maintain compelling, rich, and emotional drama while slowly building a suspense that keeps you watching.
5. How to Get Away With Murder
This legal thriller is made with a recipe of sexiness, mystery, and exciting characters. TV addicts eat your heart out.
6. Masters of Sex
Okay, so maybe this isn’t technically a female driven show, but let’s face it, we’re watching it for the women and the story of gender politics that ensues. Masters of Sex is based on real events making it informative, outrageous, and, dare I say, entertaining.
7. Orange is the New Black
I’m not sure how much I need to go into this. Everyone knows the strengths of OINB and its female-centric nature, but no list would be complete without it. A. Must. See.
Another show that is a no-brainer for such a list as this. Girls’ strength is in its ability to make people say “I’ve so been there,” and it continues to do this in spades.
9. Girlfriends Guide to Divorce
What could have been a tired idea, Lisa Hedelstein delivers supreme wit and an emotionally evocative performance.
10. The Honorable Woman
Maggie Gyllenhaal is perfection in this, well, honorable show. The Honourable Woman is Homeland-esque, but avoids repetition by addressing issues from a side angle. Nothing regurgitated here.
2014 was a great year for women on the silver screen. Since female characters are too often portrayed as two-dimensional in mainstream television, it’s great to see such a plethora of exciting women at the helm of these substantive shows.
So, get catching up on those days off!