Strong sex: 16 series about strong women

We all need motivation, and sometimes a magic pendel, to get going. But series can also motivate, although they don’t have knees to kick. But there are heroines – charismatic, self-confident, and fearlessly problem-solving ladies. For you, we have prepared a list of a series of strong women who have lost almost everything, but never their dignity and faith in the best.

Jeannie and Georgia (2021)

Before you are an ambiguous series that highlights the problems of intergenerational relations, parenthood, racial discrimination, and feminism. The plot revolves around one family – a 30-year-old mother Georgia, her teenage daughter Ginny and her son Austin. They move to an unfamiliar city to start over. But the secrets of the past are knocking on their new door, and the relationship of an infantile mother with a strong-willed daughter cannot be called simple.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title: Ginny & Georgia
Genre: Drama, comedy
Actors: Brianna Howey, Antonia Gentry, Diesel La Torraca …
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.5
Age restrictions: 18+


The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

The next on the list of the best series about strong women is one of the most popular foreign projects of recent years. The focus is on a girl named Elizabeth. After her mother’s death, 9-year-old Beth is sent to an orphanage for girls. Here, an orphan will discover an exciting new world thanks to the chess she plays with the school janitor. These games turn out to be the first step toward finding Beth’s life’s work. After all, chess will become her not just a hobby, but a real passion.

Original title: The Queen’s Gambit
Genre: Drama
Actors: Anya Taylor-Joy, Mariel Heller, Moses Ingram, Thomas Sangster …
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.6
Age restrictions: 18+


Great (2020 – 2021)

British historical series – a satirical show about the reign of Empress Catherine II. The daughter of a German prince becomes the wife of the Russian Emperor Peter III. A shy and sweet foreigner at first does not delve into state affairs at all and still hopes for a strong happy marriage. However, realizing that her husband turned out to be a useless husband and the same monarch, he decides to take control of the country into his own hands.

Original title: The Great
Genre: Comedy, biography, history
Actors: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox …
Country: UK, Australia
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 8.1
Age restrictions: 16+


And Fires Smolder Everywhere (2020)

Mia Warren is a dark-skinned woman of free morals. She travels around the cities with her teenage daughter, not staying anywhere for long. After all, Mia is an artist and does not tolerate limits and rules. Arriving in another American suburb, she rents a house from Mrs. Richardson. Its own rules reign here, secrets are hidden behind beaming smiles, gossip, and falsehood are hidden behind good neighborly relations. Soon, a conflict flares up between the guest and the hostess, which will affect everyone and lead to irreversible consequences.

Original title: Little Fires Everywhere
Genre: Drama
Actors: Kerry Washington, Alexandra Underwood, Reese Witherspoon…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7
Age limit: 16+


Why Women Kill (2019 – 2021)

Fans of layered stories should take a look at how the characters in a series about strong-willed women from different times deal with personal dramas. In the center of the plot is the same house. In 1963, a housewife Beth lives here, who is experiencing the loss of a child and suspects her husband of infidelity. In 1984, the socialite Simona cannot come to terms with the idea that her husband wants to leave, and even to a man. In modern times, a young couple of free morals enters the house. The Hardings are not averse to inviting a third to bed, but how can this end?

Original title: Why Women Kill
Genre: Drama, comedy
Actors: Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Alexandra Daddario…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.3
Age restrictions: 18+


Fire Station 19 (2018 – 2021)

Who said only boys dream of being a firefighter? Andy watched her father work all her childhood, spending a lot of time at the fire station, and when she grew up, she also decided to get a job in the unit. There, she and the other girls will have to become strong to gain respect from the male team and not die on the next call.

Original title: Station 19
Genre: Action, thriller, drama, romance
Actors: Jessica Ortiz, Jason Winston George, Gray Damon…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.6
Age restrictions: 16+


Ordinary woman (2018 – 2021)

The heroes of the Russian series are a strict mother-in-law, mother, father, and two children. Each spouse has a secret. Marina’s flower stall is just a cover for another business because the 39-year-old woman’s main income comes from pimping. And her husband has been having an affair at work for a long time. Starting with the murder of one of Marina’s words, the plot is gaining momentum. The big secret of “mommy” is ready to break out, throwing her not only family troubles but also problems with the law.

Genre: Drama, crime
Actors: Anna Mikhalkova, Evgeny Grishkovets, Yulia Melnikova, Aglaya Tarasova …
Country: Russia
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4
Age restrictions: 16+


Vanity Fair (2018)

The plot of an interesting series about strong and independent women takes place in Europe in the 19th century. In the center of the story are two young ladies – a poor but punchy Rebecca and a girl from a wealthy family, Emily. Unexpectedly for herself, Emily will find happiness where she did not expect it at all. And Rebecca, full of ambition and desire to get out of poverty, will gnaw out her place in the sun with her teeth. Manipulating men, cheating, and playing dangerous games, can a shameless person achieve her goal?

Original title: Vanity Fair 
Genre: Drama
Actors: Michael Palin, Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman…
Country: UK, USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.3
Age restrictions: 18+


The Handmaid’s Tale (2017 – 2021)

In the world of the future, America was divided into two parts, one of which was the military seized power. Cruel morals rule here, and women have no rights. They cannot work, own property, speak their mind, read or write. They are left with only one function – childbearing. For the families of officers to be able to continue the race, since most of their wives have lost this ability, there is a community of servants – surrogate mothers. Fred is one of them. She still remembers what it was like in the free world and hopes to escape from the totalitarian Gilead, where a woman has become a thing.

Original title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Genre: Fiction, thriller
Actors: Elisabeth Moss, Amanda Brugel, Madeleine Brewer …
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.4
Age restrictions: 18+


Big Little Lies (2017 – 2019)

The series focuses on three young women, their families, and their secrets. Celeste’s family life seems like a haven, but things aren’t so perfect behind closed doors. Madeleine has an affair and problems with her teenage daughter. Jane is raising her son alone and tries to forget about the past. In parallel with the story about the life of the heroines, we find ourselves in a police interrogation, where each answers questions about some kind of accident, or maybe murder? So what happened in the quiet California suburb?

Original title: Big Little Lies
Genre: Detective, drama 
Actors: Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.5
Age restrictions: 18+


Feud (2017)

The action of the series takes place in Hollywood in the 60s, where two film stars compete – Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. They still want to act, but more and more often they are left behind – younger actresses get the roles. And so one of the directors decides to invite two legendary stars, known for their long-standing feud with each other, to his horror film. The atmosphere of old Hollywood, the pitfalls of show business, competition, set-ups, and intrigues – all this awaits you when watching a biographical drama about strong women from the world of cinema.

Original title: Feud
Genre: Drama, biography
Actors: Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Judy Davis…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.5
Age restrictions: 18+


Catherine (2014)

1745. Princess Frederica’s parents send their daughter to distant Russia, where Empress Elizaveta Petrovna is looking for a bride for her nephew. Here, a young girl will have to face a cruel reality and forget about fairy tales about love and a prince on a white horse. Court intrigues, conspiracies of spies, assassination attempts – this is what the young heroine will face in a foreign country. Frederica is to become Catherine II, but for this, you need to be strong to get rid of people who want her dead.

Genre: Drama, melodrama
Actors: Marina Alexandrova, Vladimir Menshov, Konstantin Lavronenko …
Country: Russia
Rating: Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1
Age restrictions: 12+


Orange is the hit of the season (2013 – 2019)

The plot of the series is built around Piper Chapman, a young woman from New York. She lives in a prosperous area and is about to get married soon, but the past unexpectedly knocks on her door with a subpoena. 10 years ago, our heroine had an affair with Alex Vause, who was involved in drug smuggling. Now the girl is accused of complicity and sentenced to 15 months in prison. She needs not only to adapt to harsh conditions but also to learn how to survive among hardened criminals.

Original title: Orange Is the New Black
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Actors: Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba…
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.0
Age Limits: 16+


Scandal (2012 – 2018)

The American series about the politics behind the scenes introduces the viewer to Olivia Pope. Previously, a woman worked for the President of the United States, and after her resignation, she decided to organize her agency – an anti-crisis service that solves the delicate problems of rich and influential people. The prototype of the heroine was the former press secretary of George W. Bush – Judy Smith, who acted as a creative consultant on the series.

Original title: Scandal
Genre: Thriller, drama
Actors: Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes …
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7
Age restrictions: 16+


Vice President (2012 – 2019)

A satirical comedy about the advancement of politicians in a modern democracy. The main character Selina Mayer is a strong woman who became vice president. Despite hard work, fierce rivalry, and political intrigue, Selina dreams of removing the prefix “vice” from her position. To get to the top of her political career, she does not disdain anything and goes over the heads of her rivals.

Original title: Veep
Genre:Comedy
Actors: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale …
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 8.3
Age limit: 16+


Mildred Pierce (2011)

Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, decisive changes are unfolding in the life of the main character. After her divorce from her husband, Mildred has to cope with financial difficulties on her own and raise her two daughters alone. However, a truly strong woman is not accustomed to losing heart. Mildred has pride, and faith in the best and confectionery talent, which she will try to convert into a profitable business.

Original title: Mildred Pierce
Genre: Drama
Actors: Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce …
Country: USA
Rating: Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6
Age Limits : 16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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