by Matiara Huff
What a time it is to be a feminist! Depressing things are happening
By Netflix Inc. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
left and right, but at least TV is getting better. If you haven’t been keeping up, here is a current list of my favorite feminist shows on Netflix to spend your summer on.
13 Reasons Why (Trigger warning: suicide, sexual assault, rape) – This is an interesting, but sad story about a girl that committed suicide and left tapes behind detailing all the reasons why she did it. This show humanizes depression and sexual assault; it makes you realize just how close the two could be to you.
Grace and Frankie– This show is a gem! Frankie may be my favorite character ever. This show is about two women whose husbands fall in love with each other and get married later in life. The two women become best friends through the hilarious journey.
The OA– This is a sci-fi series about a group of people that are kidnapped by a scientist and learn how to use magic to escape.
Jessica Jones – This one is a little older than the rest, but if you have yet to watch it, she is a superhero. Jones is an incredibly strong, complex character and her worst enemy is an interesting character.
Orange is the New Black– Is also an older one, but season 5 comes out on June 9! If you don’t already know, this show is about a women’s prison and the stories of some of the inmates.
Sense 8– This show is perfection to me. The newest season came out on May 5. Though I have yet to watch it, I am sure it’s just as great as the first season. This show is about eight different people in completely different parts of the world who suddenly gain the ability to read each other’s minds and switch bodies.
Chewing Gum– The show follows a 24-year-old shop assistant who is a restricted, religious virgin, who wants to have sex and learn more about the world.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt– The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend– This show is a complete deconstruction of the title. It is meant to destroy the crazy ex-girlfriend stereotype, while also addressing some of the stereotypes of mental health, and staying a hilarious sitcom.
Crazyhead– It about two teenage girls that kill vampires. It’s a great show that passes the Bechdel test, but it is meant for a younger audience.
Scandal– This show will always have an honorary place in lists like these. It was one of the pioneers for feminist TV as we know it today.
How to Get Away with Murder – Also has an honorary place on this list for the ceilings it broke.