With the #MeToo movement shaking up the long-standing boys club that is Hollywood, visibility and representation are absolutely growing onscreen. Many of the best new shows and movies feature amazing women, both in front of and behind the camera.
And this summer, women are dominating television like never before. From 1970s single moms to 1980s women wrestlers to modern day nail artists/organized crime rings, the future of TV is definitely female.
Here are our picks for 10 women-led can’t-miss summer series’.
Created by Stephanie Danler
Premiered May 6 on Starz
This modern fish-out-of-water story follows 22-year-old Tess (Ella Purnell) as she arrives in New York City, searching for her place. When she’s invited to train at one city’s hottest restaurants, she finds an unusual sense of family in the food world. Based on the book of the same name.
Created by Tanya Saracho
Premiered May 6 on Starz
A death in the family forces estranged Mexican-American siblings Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) back into each other’s lives. As they struggle to rebuild their relationship, they discover long-buried truths about their mother’s identity.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Executive producer Jo Porter
Premiered May 6 on Amazon
Based on the 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay, it follows the Valentine’s Day disappearance of three schoolgirls (Samara Weaving, Lily Sullivan, and Madeleine Madden) and their teacher (Natalie Dormer). The event has a far-reaching impact on the school and the local community as paranoia sets in.
Directed by Vanessa Caswill
Premiered May 13 on PBS
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, this beautiful adaptation follows the four March sisters (Maya Hawke, Kathryn Newton, Willa Fitzgerald, and Annes Elwy) as they navigate love, loss, and growing up during the American Civil War.
Writers: Janet Mock and Our Lady J
Premiered June 3 on FX
Ryan Murphy’s latest creation brings the ballroom scene of 1980s New York to the small screen. Featuring the largest cast of trans actors on television, it’s a huge win for representation and inclusivity, as well as a visually striking, addictive piece of television.
Created by Marti Noxon
Premiered June 4 on AMC
Based on Sarai Walker’s best-selling novel, this show explores a multitude of feminist issues in today’s society. Plum (Joy Nash) is a writer who’s dealt with body image issues her whole life. When she sets her sights on a drastic solution, she finds herself caught in the duality of feminism.
Co-executive producer Kyle Richards
Premiered June 7 on Paramount Network
Based on the childhood of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards, this ’70s Beverly Hills drama follows Bonnie (Alicia Silverstone) as she navigates single motherhood. After leaving her cheating husband, she turns to her friends (Jennifer Bartels and Mena Suvari) to help her through this new chapter.
Executive producer Rashida Jones
Season 2 premiered June 10 on TNT
Desna Simms (Niecy Nash) is the owner of a struggling nail salon in Central Florida. With financial issues and personal drama, she and her four trusty employees turn to organized crime to keep their business afloat.
The Bold Type
Created by Sarah Watson
Season 2 premiered June 12 on Freeform
Inspired by the life of editor Joanna Coles, this show follow the lives of three best friends working at Scarlet Magazine. Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) work their way to the top of their field while navigating love, feminism, and the media industry.
Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch
Season 2 premieres June 29 on Netflix
Inspired by the women’s wrestling show of the 1980s, this dramatized adaptation follows a group of struggling actresses who form the unusual wrestling league. As the show premieres, the ladies must deal with racism, sexism, and their newfound fame while trying to keep the team together.