This Women's Day, check on these English women-centric shows
It is a known fact that comedy connects people, irrespective of the genre. However in this predominantly man dominated space women are going all out to take the stand-up comedy world by storm.
Here are four such series that focus on a female character and have in a way had a rippling effect on the audience telling their story in not so traditional ways:
Great News is one of the few series that doesn’t take long to get viewers hooked on. The series is a workplace based comedy show that showcases the behind the scenes at The Breakdown which is a national cable news program broadcast from Secaucus, New Jersey. The story is centered around two women — Katie, a 30-year-old news producer who is desperate to earn some hard-hitting story assignments, and Carol, who is not only an intern at The Breakdown but also happens to be Katie’s mother. Catch the show on at from Monday to Friday at 10pm only on Comedy Central.
Orange Is The New Black
Orange Is the New Black revolves around a convict of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be. The show airs on COLORS INFINITY in India.
Superstore" is aired on Comedy Central at prime time 9.30pm and is centered on the character of Amy who is played by America Ferrera. She is the store's most stalwart employee and is in a way holding the whole place together. To add to her character, Amy never wears he same name tag as she doesn’t like strangers calling her by her name. There was an exception however in two episodes where she wore her own, assistant manager, name tag. But on her personal front, Amy is currently enrolled in part time classes while working as got married and for reasons never attended college
Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce follows a best-selling author of a self-help book series who is secretly hiding her separation from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her 40s in Los Angeles. She starts to side with and take advice more from her divorced friends rather than her married ones, and it leads her to some unexpected and life-changing experiences. The show airs on COLORS INFINITY in India as well as Amazon Prime Video.
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project is a rom-com that stays true and portrays the woman of today to the world. It isn’t a typical series based on a relationship but instead is one of the few where she puts her own wants and dreams first. Mindy Lahiri isn’t someone that is loved or even liked easily by everyone. However she goes through thoughtful and visible change in her character on the show, but she doesn’t become a different person all together. The character grows as the series continues but the good thing is that she doesn’t lose her core qualities. By heart and by choice she is an accomplished OBGYN, entrepreneur, mother, co-worker, daughter and friend and shined beautifully in each and every role. This show airs on Comedy Central, you can also stream it on Amazon Prime Video.
The show Blindspot, that airs on COLORS INFINITY in India and available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, revolves around a woman with no memories of her past (Jane Doe), is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI, which begins to follow the road map of her tattoos into a larger conspiracy of crime, while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
The series, written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) and executive producer Daniel Palladino (Family Guy), stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent—one that changes her life forever. She charts a course that takes her from her comfortable life on Riverside Drive, through the basket houses and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she storms the world of stand-up comedy…a course that will ultimately lead her to a spot on Johnny Carson’s couch. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel also stars Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk) as Midge’s father Abe Weissman, Alex Borstein (Family Guy) as Susie Myerson, Michael Zegen (Boardwalk Empire) as Midge’s husband Joel Maisel and Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men) as Midge’s mother Rose Weissman. Stream this show only on Amazon Prime Video!
Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman (Waller-Bridge), as she hurls herself at modern living in London. The show is based on Waller-Bridge’s play “Fleabag,” which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Critics’ Circle and Off-West End Awards for Most Promising Playwright and a Special Commendation from the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. This is an Amazon Prime Video’s Original show.
Feud: Bette & Joan
What happens when two of Hollywood’s most prominent, highest paid, award-winning women performers butt heads? Catastrophe. Taking things up a notch, Star World has added a new mix into its women’s day lineup to drum up the drama with Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette and Joan! The series, that follows the most famous public spat of all time between legendary female actors – Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, makes a pivotal contribution to the channel’s programming as audiences can revel, not only in the becoming of two Hollywood sensations – Joan and Bette, but also in the nuanced performances of Academy award-winning actors who don protagonist roles on the show! Starring an all-women powerhouse of acting talent in the lead – Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and Catherine Zeta Jones come together to create powerful television and viewers can celebrate their telly conquest beginning on the 24th of March at 11 PM only on Star World & Star World HD in India.
Julia Louis Dreyfus espouses the character of foul-mouthed US President Selena Meyers on the award-winning political satire Veep. Following her journey in the White House as she tries to grapple through the various political uproars, the show’s ensemble cast includes the endearing Anna Chlumsky, obsessive Tony Hale and ‘average’ Matt Walsh. Created by Amando Iannucci, the multiple-award winning series has been lauded by critics and audiences alike. The show cleverly highlights the humanity that is often lost with politics. Catch this witty and fast-paced show on the 2nd and 3rd of March 12 PM onwards, only on Star World in India.