It was a first for modern television when Grace and Frankie premiered in 2015, featuring two women in their 70s as the central characters. It is now Netflix’s longest-running show, having aired seven seasons in a row. It’s been nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes, among other honors.
As Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin play the wives of husbands who confess their love for each other, we see the breakdown of Grace Hanson (Jane Fonda) and Frankie Bergstein (Lily Tomlin) marriages. The two women have never been close because they are so diametrically opposed. As a result of being thrown together, they grow close and become the best of friends. The series is a joy to watch because of their hilarious, touching, and joyful friendship. Try these shows if you’re looking for other shows with strong female friendships.
‘The Bold Type’ (2017 – 2021)
Three millennial women working at a fictitious women’s magazine called Scarlet are the subjects of The Bold Type. This season’s cast includes Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy, as well as Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy).
Executive producer Joanna Coles, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, served as an inspiration for the show. It depicts friendship in a complex way, with flaws and mistakes visible in everyone and open lines of communication. The show’s freshness and relevance is due to the show’s diverse cast of characters. Hulu is where you can watch it.
‘Sex and the City’ (1998 – 2004)
Sex and the City, which follows the lives of four friends in New York City, was one of the most popular shows of the 1990s. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a dating and relationship columnist for a weekly newspaper. Charlotte (Kristin Davis), the idealistic art dealer (Cynthia Nixon), and the sexually adventurous Samantha (Kristin Davis) are her closest friends (Kim Cattrall).
With a storyline inspired by Candace Bushnell’s book of the same name, Sex and the City shows how women balance their personal and professional lives. Although some of the show’s episodes may be a little dated, it is still a cultural touchstone. There was a prequel TV show, and then there was the sequel series And Just Like That……. HBO Max has it.
‘Good Girls’ (2018 – 2021)
Three women instead of three men would be interesting. In Good Girls, three suburban mothers who are fed up with having to make ends meet by stealing from a grocery store decide to take matters into their own hands. These thieves’ actions lead to something far more complex than anyone could have anticipated.
Their best friend Ruby (Retta) is unable to pay her daughter’s medical bills because of the financial difficulties caused by her husband’s actions. Beth (Christina Hendricks) is also struggling financially because of her husband’s actions. It’s fascinating to watch their moral dilemmas, especially when they find themselves in perilous situations. Despite the difficulties they’ve faced, their friendship has remained solid and, at times, even moving. Netflix has a copy of it.
‘Insecure’ (2016 – 2021)
Yvonne Orji (Molly) has been best friends with Issa Rae (Issa Rae) since their days at Stanford University. In contrast to Molly, Issa works for a non-profit and doubts her relationship with her long-term boyfriend. Insecure is based on Issa Rae’s personal experiences, and it follows two best friends as they deal with personal, professional, and romantic difficulties.
Young Black women in Los Angeles face a variety of social and racial issues, which are addressed in the show. Five seasons of Issa and Molly go through a lot, including a tumultuous breakup. Despite this, they always find a way back to each other. HBO has the show.
‘Dead to Me’ (2019 – present)
Her husband was killed recently in a hit-and-run accident. A support group is where Judy (Linda Cardellini) met her fiancé’s heartbroken fiancée, who had recently died. They become closer as a result of their loss, but a dark secret threatens to sever their newly formed bond. Dead to Me is a dark comedy about death and bereavement, but it never loses sight of the positive aspects of the story.
It’s a miracle that the two of them can find common ground when they’re both going through so much. Even though their relationship is fraught with conflict, their genuine affection for one another shines through in every scene. Let’s hope their friendship can withstand whatever challenges they face in the upcoming season. Netflix has a copy of it.
‘Younger’ (2015 – 2021)
Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), 40, decides to pass herself off as a 20-something in order to get a job at a publishing company after she is mistaken for someone younger. At work, she becomes friends with her coworker Kelsey Peters (Miriam Shor), who is Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) (Hilary Duff).
At work, women are expected to present an image that is both authentic and professional. However, it’s also about the bonds formed by female friendships at various stages in their lives. The show’s characters are able to deal with conflict in a way that makes it feel both lighthearted and grounded at the same time. Stream it via DirectTV.
Alison Brie plays a struggling actress who gets cast in a women’s wrestling promotion called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in 1985 Los Angeles (GLOW). Retired soap opera star Debbie Eagen is her new coworker, and she’s not happy about it! (Betty Gilpin). GLOW features an all-female cast that captures the highs and lows of the glamorous world of women’s wrestling.
To make GLOW a success, Ruth and Debbie, who are initially antagonists, must find a way to work together. The show celebrates the strength of female friendship in a setting that is rarely seen on television while also being visually stunning and jam-packed with exciting action scenes. Netflix has a copy of it.
‘The Golden Girls’ (1985 – 1992)
The Golden Girls are a household name, and who doesn’t recognize them? This iconic sitcom features four older women living together in Miami, featuring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty. Aside from the charming Blanche (McClanahan), the ensemble includes the upbeat Rose (White), the witty Dorothy (Arthur), and Sophia, the mother of Dorothy (Getty).
An entertaining clash of personalities occurs between the two main characters, and each episode shows how their friendship grows. It’s no surprise that the show is still popular today, thanks to its witty writing and talented cast. The Golden Palace is a spin-off of the main series. Hulu has the show.