By Rachel Lankester, Mutton Club editor
There are some great TV shows out there now aren’t there!! We took a look at some of the best Netflix show that are definitely worthy of a binge! Here’s our pick of some of the best TV shows on Netflix for women – well for anyone, really. But picked by a woman so for women!
Who doesn’t like a series about the British Queen? Now into its final season, we’re almost bang up to date with the lives of the royal family. It starts back when Elizabeth II ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the 20th century. The last season is far from the best but if you’ve watched the ones before, you’ve got to get to the end, huh!
Who Is Erin Carter?
This is a British thriller Netflix original series. The series centres on Erin Carter, a British-born schoolteacher living in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and daughter, who during the course of an armed hold-up at a grocery store is forced to defend herself proving remarkably adept at that – for a school teacher! So who is she really. Lots of fun and action to keep you on the edge of your seat.
This is brilliant. The strongest of strong female characters! And written by women too. Killing Eve is a British spy thriller television series, which follows Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). As the chase progresses, the two develop a mutual obsession. Based on the Villanelle novel series by Luke Jennings, each of the show’s series is led by a different female head writer. The first series had Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the head writer, the second series Emerald Fennell, the third series Suzanne Heathcote and the fourth series Laura Neal. If you haven’t seen this great show yet, lucky you!
More great period drama. Downton Abbey is a British historical drama television series set in the early 20th century, created and co-written by Julian Fellowes.The series, set on the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era, and the effects the great events of the time have on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. The sixth and final series introduces the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints at the eventual decline of the British aristocracy.
I found this a fascinating look into a world that is hidden to most of us. A Hasidic Jewish woman flees an arranged marriage in Brooklyn to start a new and better life abroad, but her past catches up to her.
Unorthodox is a German drama television miniseries that debuted on Netflix on March 26, 2020. The first Netflix series to be primarily in Yiddish, it is inspired by Deborah Feldman’s 2012 autobiography, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. It’s a masterpiece in character development!
The psychological thriller examines the lives of two hunters — one is a serial killer who preys on victims in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the other is a female detective drafted from the London Metropolitan Police to catch him. The local authorities have no suspects and no experience with cases involving sexually motivated serial killers; DSI Stella Gibson has. The killer is hiding in plain sight, the protagonist in a cat and mouse game that is every police officer’s worst nightmare.
Bridgerton is an American historical fiction-romance series that took the first bold steps in colour-blind casting with great results. Based on the book series by Julia Quinn, it is Shondaland’s first scripted show for Netflix. It revolves around an eponymous fictional family and is set in the competitive world of Regency era London’s ton during the social season where marriageable youth of nobility and gentry are launched into society. A delicious romantic drama.
Orange Is The New Black
This has been around for a while now, but if you haven’t see it, it’s definitely worth a binge! Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiancé when her past suddenly catches up to her and she’s sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets. This is littered with strong female leads you can fall in love with! I was hooked from the very first episode.
All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See is an American drama limited series based on Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name. The four-part series follows the stories of a blind French young woma named Marie-Laure and a German soldier named Werner, whose paths cross in occupied France during World War II. It’s beautifully done and will grab your heart.
Beef is a 2023 American comedy-drama television limited series created by Korean director Lee Sung Jin for Netflix. It stars Steven Yeun and Ali Wong as Danny Cho and Amy Lau, two strangers whose involvement in a road rage incident escalates into a prolonged feud. These two won Oscars for their fantastic performance. This is very funny and it’s great to see Asian Americans staring in a drama.
Back To Life
This is British dark comedy at its best. After serving a sentence of 18 years in prison for a terrible crime she committed in her teens, Miri is finally able to return home to her small town. Although Miri would like to move on from her dark and conflicted past, her neighbors have not forgotten what happened all those years ago. Now 36, Miri wants to rebuild her life and makes a start by moving back in with her parents. She soon finds herself with no friends, no job or any clue about how to move on with her life. Very funny.
I loved this. Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan write and star in `Catastrophe’, a transatlantic, romantic comedy that follows an Irish woman and American man in London as they struggle with family life, trying to make their relationship work despite the tricky situations they constantly experience. The fourth season deals with Rob’s secret drinking relapse and the subsequent car crash it caused, as well as the difficulties of maintaining an active sex life in a long term relationship. Hilarious.
The Lincoln Lawyer
This is great fun. The main character is a midlife man with two wives complicating his midlife! The second season came out in summer 2023. I hope there’ll be a third season of this Netflix original. Extremely watchable.
Grace and Frankie
Another TV series I was very sad to see end. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are sublime in this wonderful original series about two glorious older women coming to terms with betrayal, new love and getting older. This show was the first of its kind and is still a true and hilarious ground breaker. One of the very best shows on Netflix for older women especially!
The Night Agent
While monitoring an emergency line, a vigilant FBI agent answers a call from a woman in danger, that plunges him into a deadly conspiracy involving a mole at the White House. Lots of drama and action to keep you guessing and wanting more. Can the agent protect the woman who called him late at night and keep them both alive?
The Night Agent is an American action thriller television series created by Shawn Ryan based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quirk. The series emerged as the third-most-viewed debuting series on Netflix in its first four days, and within a week it was renewed for a second season. Within a month, it became the streamer’s sixth-most-viewed series.
Pieces of Her
I love any series with strong women in it and especially Toni Colette. This is a very exciting watch and a bit scary too! It follows the story of Andy, a 30-year-old woman caught in a deadly shooting at a local diner. She sees her mom, Laura, violently eliminate the threat with ease. As Andy begins to unravel her mother’s actions, her perspective on their entire familial relationship takes a new turn. Compulsive viewing!
The Queen’s Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit follows the life of orphan chess prodigy, Elizabeth Harmon and her hard work to become an elite chess player, while dealing with emotional problems, drug and alcohol dependency. The title of the series refers to a chess opening of the same name. The story is set in the mid-1950s and 1960s. This is great TV about a fabulously tenacious young woman that we’re all rooting for!
Russian Doll follows a woman named Nadia caught in a time loop at her 36th birthday party one night in New York City. She dies repeatedly, always restarting at the same moment at the party, as she tries to figure out what’s happening to her. She eventually meets a man experiencing the same thing at a different event. This is the perfect vehicle for kookie star Natasha Lyonne who first came to my notice in Orange Is The New Black.
I hope you enjoyed our list of the best Netflix shows for women. We reckon these are definitely bingeworthy and there are different things for every taste. Now’s the perfect time to dip into a new season and see what grabs your attention. You may also like Stranger Things, Firefly Lane or Squid Game… We could go on and on! There’s so much great TV out there. Enjoy!
Rachel Lankester is the founder of Magnificent Midlife, author, host of the Magnificent Midlife Podcast, a midlife mentor and editor of the Mutton Club online magazine. After an initially devastating early menopause at 41, she dedicated herself to helping women vibrantly transition through the sometimes messy middle of life, helping them cope better with menopause and ageing in general, and create magnificent next chapters. She’s been featured in/on BBC Woman’s Hour, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, The Age Buster, Woman’s Weekly, Prima Magazine, eShe, Tatler HK and Woman’s Own amongst others. She believes we just get better with age. Get her book Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond which was recommended in the New York Times.
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Last Updated on January 17, 2024 by Editorial Staff