The universe has conspired so that, through television, we can choose not to witness how women seek romantic love at all costs. Now it seems that the main thing is find ourselves … and the rest will come alone.
If it comes, it may also not come and nothing would happen. We will not do spoilers from any of the series we named, so, from here, you can continue reading quietly.
Series about women that go beyond the traditional scheme
Let us begin. Sicily, 1920 … Actually somewhat later, in 1985, four women shared a villa in Miami and gave us a great example of feminism and sorority. They were called Rose (Betty White), Sophia (Estelle Getty), Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Dorothy (Beatrice Arthur), but you will probably know them as 'The Golden Girls' ('The Golden Girls').
Considered one of the first fictions with a clear feminist dye and passing the Bechdel test with note, its television shadow is still more than elongated, and numerous series have been influenced by its approach.
A little later, in 1998, we saw how again four uninhibited women in Manhattan, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis)They told us about their sexual life with hairs and signs sitting at a table drinking cosmopolitan. 'Sex in the City' broke the mold again, and that was just the beginning.
Already in the 21st century, there are many series that have reinvented the chick-lit. Could we call it post-chick-lit? Did I just invent that name? Evidently.
Literature traditionally made by and for women (although not all books focus on the protagonist finding love, it is a common thread in history) seems to have remained a step behind fiction on the small screen . If we put on TV we don't want to be witnesses of an unreal story that usually starts with a bad foot to straighten for 90 minutes until the final kiss.
Now we look for women who have taken charge and have starred, directed and written stories in which to see ourselves reflected and, why not, suffer with the problems of the characters as if they were ours and rejoice in their small daily victories.
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At the start of 'Working Women' ('Workin' Moms'), Kate (Catherine Reitman) has just been a mother and does not want to give up her professional status, and during the three seasons that are currently available on Netflix we see her juggling her job as a publicist, her children and her family.
Playing with so many balls in the air has a danger, that some always falls … and that is precisely what engages us in this series: its protagonist is not a hero and does not pretend to be. By the way, the fourth installment for 2020 is already confirmed.
For his part, the homonymous character of Phoebe Waller-Bridge In 'Fleabag' it is a disaster in all aspects of his life and he has to learn to overcome his traumas and channel his life, especially after the death of his best friend and partner.
But things are not easy because it has an environment that does not help much, led by a hypercontroller sister, a father emotionally detached from his daughters and a stepmother who plays the perfect role of supervillain, masterfully played by Olivia Colman.
'Fleabag', in addition to one of the best series in the Amazon catalog and the list of past Emmy awards, is the bittersweet comedy we can see right now. And even more bittersweet, we are told that its creator and protagonist has declared not having in mind writing a third season.
But not only good feminist fiction is made outside our borders. The great bet of Movistar +, the comedy 'Life perfect', has been for me the biggest television surprise of the season. Starring, directed and co-written by Leticia Dolera, it shows us the story of Maria, a girl so normal and so ordinary that we could be any of us.
But for a setback in life, she is forced to adapt her dream of forming a family to her new personal situation … And for that she will have the unconditional support of her older sister and her best friend. After this argument that could well be written on a cup of Mr. Wonderful, it hides a comedy unleavened, without prejudice, inclusive … and full of eschatological situations.
In short: we have already tired of helpless damsels waiting to be rescued and now we have a great time watching stories (real or not) of women to feel identified with. Stories of women who have similar things to ours. Good, bad and regular.
For example, who has been a mother recently is impossible not to have felt like Alison bell in the first season of the fantastic Australian comedy 'The Letdown' (available on Netflix): Audrey, her character, the world is on top, raising her baby is giant and has no way of knowing how many days have you been without washing your hair.
Or who has not been or has a plan to be, can be clearly reflected in the role of Aixa Villagrán, which gives life to Esther, the sister of the prota in 'Perfect Life', who has reached 40 with an existential crisis the size of the entire world and the feeling of not having advanced all that should (very debatable also that " should").
In addition to those already mentioned, there are a good handful of series that address the issue of friendship between women (regardless of their age, condition or kinship that unites them) with which to stick a good marathon, a reality bath and project on them our day-to-day concerns.
The great 'Better Things' has been brutally honest with its production and has managed to survive without its producer, Louis CK, after its sexual scandal. Its creator and protagonist, Pamela Adlon, plays a single woman who has to raise her three daughters just at the moment when the oldest begins to be a teenager, with all that that entails. It is on HBO.
In 'Girls', one of HBO, Lena Dunham He taught us, between 2012 and 2017, the ups and downs of four women and their changing relationship throughout the six seasons he had. For its part, and also developed in New York, 'Broad City' is the recommended television adaptation of the web series of the same name, and tells the real friendship of its two protagonists.
And without leaving the Big Apple, it is worth noting 'The Bold Type', available on Amazon. He teaches us the day-to-day writing of a fashion magazine while letting us see that the women who compose it have, behind those brand-name clothes and those expensive shoes, the same problems as any of us.
The wonderful and delusional 'Grace and Frankie', from the Netflix catalog, discovers how two veteran women (nothing less than Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) join in the face of adversity to discover that their husbands have been lovers for decades. And, to name just one more essential, 'Girlboss' tells the true story of Sophia Amoruso, the creator of the Nasty Gal website, the first site dedicated to selling vintage clothing. It is also on Netflix.
All these series have a common denominator: they are led by women who are forced to address problems of various kinds but, basically, problems that concern us all. It's time for blanket, popcorn, series … and think a little about ourselves.