• Devyn Molina

5 female lead Netflix shows to binge

Why not fill those long lockdown days with a little female empowerment?

With all this newfound downtime during lockdown, picking the right show to binge has become a new weekend ritual. Luckily, more and more shows have made strong female leads the forefront of every genre.

From teen comedies to murder mysteries, we’ve rounded up a few suggestions to save you from aimlessly scrolling through Netflix’s comprehensive list of shows.

Never Have I Ever

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Starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Jaren Lewison and Darren Barnet.

Created and produced by actress Mindy Kaling, the show centers around first generation Indian-American, Devi Vishwakumar.

After the grief Devi endures in the beginning of the series, she’s hopeful the start of her sophomore year of high school will bring about new changes like being invited to a party, thinner arm hair and a chance to date “stone-cold hottie,” Paxton Hall-Yoshida.

A subtle nod to Kaling's childhood, Devi goes through the woes of being a teenager while balancing school, friends, family and her Indian culture.


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Starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Britney Young, Chris Lowell and Kate Nash.

In what seems like her last attempt at fame, struggling actress, Ruth Wilder, joins the cast of over-the-top glitter, neon and spandex clad show, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling or GLOW.

Set in Los Angeles and eventually Las Vegas in the late 1980’s, Ruth and 12 other aspiring actresses form an unlikely bond with each other and their sardonic, has-been director, Sam Sylvia.

The fourth and final season is set to be released summer 2020.

Dead to Me

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Starring Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini and James Marsden.

After her husband dies in a hit-and-run car accident, cynical real estate agent, Jen Harding, quickly befriends good-natured art teacher, Judy Hale. While they may be polar opposites, the two become each other’s confidants and emotional support one wine glass at a time.

But their blossoming friendship takes a very dark turn when Jen discovers Judy’s deep dark secret that may have a hand in knowing what really happened to Jen’s husband.

Jane the Virgin

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Starring Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Justin Baldoni, Yael Grobglas, Ivonne Coll, Brett Dier and Jamie Camil.

Immaculate conception!? Well, sort of.

After a mix up at the gynecologist, Jane Gloriana Villanueva, accidentally becomes artificially inseminated, making her a very confused and pregnant virgin.

She inevitably finds out that the biological father is her former summer crush, millionaire hotel owner and bad boy, Rafael Solano, who also happens to be married. But the emotional rollercoaster has only just begun.

This satirical telenovela is filled with cliffhangers, a series-long love triangle, evil twins, deadly drug lords, heart-warming family moments, a wedding or two and sprinkled with some magical realism.

Derry Girls

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Starring Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and Dylan Llewellyn.

Based in the 1990’s, the show follows Erin, Orla, Michelle, Clare and James (the honorary Derry girl), through the trials and tribulations of growing up in the Northern Ireland city, Derry, during the tail end of The Troubles.

Despite the mayhem ensuing around them, these Catholic school girls (and James) still manage to make trouble of their own. Whether it’s a first relationship, detention, nearly burning down the local fish and chip shop or going to a concert against their parents wishes while a polar bear is on the loose.

The third season has been delayed and is set to return next year.