4 TV Shows With Strong Female Leads You Shouldn’t Miss

Elle Fanning in "The Great"

In recent years, TV has been experiencing a rise in amazing shows and productions that put the cinema to shame. But, many of the most high-rated shows focus on the experiences of leading men. If you’re looking for a more feminine outlook on the world, check out these TV shows, released in 2020 so far, that portray leading women—fictional and real.

Mrs. America (Hulu)

The exquisite Cate Blanchett portrays Phyllis Schlafly, who led the backlash against the Women’s rights movement in the 1970s. Through the eyes of the women of that era—both Schlafly and second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem (Rose Byrne), Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman), Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba), Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale), and Jill Ruckelshaus (Elizabeth Banks)—the series explores the political movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

Created by Dahvi Waller (Mad Men), the series premiered to critical acclaim on April 15, 2020.

The Great (Hulu)

The Great, an occasionally true story is a satirical comedy-drama miniseries loosely based on the rise of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. The series stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, both winning the critics’ praise.

The Great explored the rise of Catherine the Great from an outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. The series is fictionalized and portrays Catherine in her youth and marriage with Emperor Peter III, focusing on the plot to kill her depraved and dangerous husband.

All 10 episodes of the first season were released on May 15, 2020.

I May Destroy You (HBO)

This British comedy-drama-mystery series was co-produced by HBO and BBC Television. Written, executive produced, co-directed, and starring Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), the show centers around the story of a young woman who must rebuild her life after her drink is spiked. 

According to a review published on Vulture, “the show stands, ultimately, on the strength of Coel’s work as a writer, director, and performer.”

The series premiered on June 7, 2020.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)

 created by Austin Winsberg, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist premiered on January 7, 2020.

The series stars Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a computer programmer who discovers she has the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of people as songs. The series also stars Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Peter Gallagher, Mary Steenburgen, and Lauren Graham.