We’re seeing quite a resurgence of strong female characters today, especially streaming. It’s certainly refreshing and wonderful to see. We’ll be mentioning a few of the new shows with strong women characters today and where you can find them!And we’ll only be mentioning newer shows, so I won’t even hit on good solid existing shows, like Grace and Frankie.
First, one of the best new show’s with a strong female character is The Handmaid’s Tale. Adapted from a Margaret Atwood classic, it stars Elizabeth Moss as Offred. It also stars Yvonne Strahowski and Joseph Fiennes. It’s a dystopian story of Gilead, a totalitarian society where certain women are forced into sexual servitude to repopulate the planet. The Handmaid’s Tale was nominated for 3 Golden Globes, including one for lead actress, for Elizabeth Moss.
We have a couple of new shows with strong women in the lead. First, we have Alias Grace, another show adapted from a Maragaret Atwood novel. It stars Sarah Gadon, Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi. It is a story about a woman convicted of murder in 19th century Canada and the psychiatrist who studies her. It was also adapted by Margaret Atwood and Sarah Polley, who was instrumental in getting this to the screen. Netflix also has Godless, a western with the unusual attribute of having a strong woman lead, in this case Michelle Dockery. It is also produced by Steven Soderbergh and also stars Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterston.
Finally, on Amazon, we have a real treat. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Rachel Brosnahan and is directed by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. It’s set in 1950’s New York City and is about a woman who becomes a stand-up comic after her husband leaves her. The writing is good and it has a great cast of strong actors, including Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub.
Again, this post was just about new shows, but hopefully the trend will continue and I plan to make a regular feature of shows with a strong female lead. It’s about time and it’s happening online. So tune in or miss out!
For more on the subject of women and film, see the Huffington Post article: