When Orange is The New Black first arrived on Netflix four years ago, it was nothing like we were used to seeing on network TV at the time. We were presented with fearless, complicated and damaged characters like Piper, Poussey and Sophia. And the show unlocked another important truth: women want to see real and relatable groups of women supporting each other on screen.
That means groups of women who, despite their differences, show that power and influence can be achieved through coming together and having each other’s backs.
Sure, there have been plenty of groups of women on TV before, on shows like Girls and Sex And The City, but those relationships have typically fallen into two stark stereotypes: the girls are catty and talk mostly about boys. So that means they’re miles away from passing the Bechdel Test.
Authentic portrayals of female relationships have been sadly absent from our screens - and Netflix wants to change that.
In 2017, the power of the collective couldn’t be more relevant.
The Women’s Marches in January, the rise in female mentorship programs (as seen through Sheryl Sandberg’s #LeanInTogether campaign) and exploration of more complex female relationships in show like Big Little Lies and, more recently Glow these cultural moments are reflective of a broader transition from me to we. Netflix is home to storytellers who have the freedom to create shows and characters that naturally reflect this cultural shift.
Here is a rundown of Cosmo’s favourite Netflix shows, which portray the best, and most real, female friendships and relationships…
1) Grace and Frankie
3) Orange Is The New Black
4) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
5) Gilmore Girls
6) Fuller House
Which are your favourites? Let us know @CosmoMiddleEast