These 39 Hilarious TV Shows Starring Women on Netflix Will Last You All of 2020
Netflix is here to bring the laughs with women-led TV shows that are as LOL-worthy as they get. From dark comedies like Bonding to dramedies like Atypical and classic comedies we know and love like New Girl and Parks and Rec, funny ladies rule the episodic offerings on the streaming service, and we are here for it. So grab your popcorn and a boozy beverage and settle in for the night with women like Zooey Deschanel, Amy Schumer, and Gina Rodriguez. Chances are, once you get a taste for these hysterical shows, you'll want to binge them all!
— Additional reporting by Stacey Nguyen and Macy Cate Williams
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Seasoned comedy writers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock join forces to create this heartfelt and very funny Netflix series about Kimmy, a young woman who adjusts to urban life in New York City after escaping a doomsday cult. Bright-eyed and a little naive, Kimmy gets into crazy antics with her roommate Titus and boss Jacqueline that'll have you cracking up.
In this hilarious romantic musical comedy, Rebecca is a successful lawyer who moves from New York to California in order to track down her ex-boyfriend Josh.
Jane the Virgin
Gina Rodriguez charms in Jane the Virgin, a quirky TV comedy about a young Latina woman who, despite vowing to be chaste until marriage, discovers that she's pregnant due to a mistake at the doctor's office
In Cheers, Shelley Long plays Diane, an erudite graduate student who becomes a waitress at a bar after her engagement with a snooty literature professor falls apart. At the bar, Diane befriends local barflies and coworkers, though they sometimes make her the butt of their jokes. Her will-they-won't-they relationship with bar owner Sam drives most of the romantic tension of Cheers.
Zooey Deschanel plays Jess, an adorkable and guileless schoolteacher who moves into an all-male apartment.
In the '80s, a ragtag crew of actresses transforms into the Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling in the very funny and often very sentimental Netflix original series GLOW. The series, which stars Marc Maron and Alison Brie, will come out with its fourth and final season this year.
Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie are just enjoying retirement when their husbands leave them for each other. They forge a friendship from this mutual experience and, of course, hilarity ensues. Beloved actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin play the titular characters.
Orange Is the New Black
A wealthy New York PR executive gets caught for a decade-old crime and lands in an all-women prison in the hilarious Netflix original Orange Is the New Black.
Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation is about Leslie Knope, a hypercompetent public servant in the Parks Department of Pawnee, IN. Leslie's coworkers are anything but boring, and they'll have you cracking up over their goofy schemes and quirky personalities. The show's star-studded cast includes Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Retta, and Nick Offerman.
Sketch-comedy-lovers will get a kick out of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's absurdist hipster comedy Portlandia, a quirky, witty show about all things Portland.
Michaela Coel won a BAFTA for her laugh-out-loud, raunchy performance in the British series Chewing Gum, which is about a devout 24-year-old virgin who is determined to learn about and engage in all kinds of wanton sexual acts.
The Good Place
Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), a self-described medium person, finds herself mistakenly put in The Good Place, where do-gooders reside in the afterlife. She has to learn how to actually be a good person before anyone finds out that she doesn't belong there.
Are you seriously that one holdout in your friend group who refuses to watch Schitt's Creek simply because everyone says it's good? The show stars female leads such as Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose and Catherine O'Hara as Alexis's mother, Moira, and altogether their dysfunctional family will have you laughing your butt off. Get off your high horse and watch it, already. We promise it'll make your heart happy.
Never will you find a more wholesome, loving place than Stars Hollow, the hometown of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. The premise of the show is that a woman becomes best friends with her daughter who she had as a teenager, but it's so much more than that. Fans get to watch little Rory Gilmore grow from a shy teenager to a confident college student, and see how her relationships with her mother, friends, and family evolve.
Dead to Me
This dark comedy from Liz Feldman, the writer of 2 Broke Girls, tells the story of an unlikely friendship that blossoms between Judy, a free spirit played by Linda Cardellini, and Jen, a hotheaded widow played by Christina Applegate. The Jen-Judy dynamic is one of the best dysfunctional female friendships we've seen since Grace and Frankie, and the totally bingeable 10-episode series ends on a cliffhanger that has us grateful season two is confirmed.
In this short-form dark comedy series, two former high school BFFs, Pete and Tiff, reconnect years later in New York City only to discover that Pete is gay and that Tiff (who attends grad school by day) is secretly one of the city's top dominatrices, introducing Pete to a whole new underground world of sexual secrecy and BDSM. Yes, the premise is totally crazy, but it's crazy in a great way, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that it returns for a second season.
If you're sick of TV moms who always make child-rearing look easy, then you're going to want to tune in to Workin' Moms. This Canadian series follows four friends — an ambitious PR executive, a no-nonsense psychiatrist, an IT tech with an identity crisis, and an unfailingly optimistic real estate agent — who share a bond as women attempting to balance careers and family. From postpartum depression to the agonies of breastfeeding, this dramedy is never afraid to show the less glamorous side of being a new mom, and — best of all — there are three full seasons to binge.
Never Have I Ever
Produced by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, this comedy series tells the story and struggles of a modern first-generation Indian-American teen, played by newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishna. Tennis legend John McEnroe narrates the series; Ramakrishna's late father was a big fan of the tennis bad boy, as were Kaling's parents.
When it's available: Watch it now.
Looking for a laugh? The girls of Derry are here to give you two seasons of adventures so wild, you won't be able to hold back the laughter. This British sitcom follows the personal exploits of 16-year-old Erin Quinn and her four best friends during the tough times that her small town faces in the early '90s.
Based on the founder of the online retailer Nasty Gal, Girlboss tells the story of Sophia Amoruso and how she followed her dreams of becoming a fashion designer, regardless of the challenges that came her way. Complete with the highs and lows of living in a city, dating in your 20s, and everything else that comes with growing up, this one-season show is a quick watch for anyone looking to add a little humor to their day.
Dark, funny, and oh so witty, Russian Doll tells the story of Nadia, who unfortunately keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party. Created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, you already know this show is going to be good.
She's Gotta Have It
Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) is a sexually free artist who moves through life taking what she wants. She's by turns a feminist, an activist, and a woman who has no time for the people who don't understand the way she's chosen to live her life.
As Jackie, Edie Falco relishes exploring the darkest corners of her character's psyche. Jackie is a person with a whole lot of demons, including addiction. She makes mistakes every single day, but she also does a lot of good as a nurse. Her sharp edges make Jackie a true antihero, and one you'll find yourself rooting for no matter how many times she falls off the wagon.
One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time is an old-school sitcom in the best way possible. It centers on an Army veteran named Penelope (Justina Machado) and her day-to-day family life, but the show does an exquisite job of weaving in social issues like coming out, dealing with PTSD, and the threat of deportation. Add in a star turn from the legendary Rita Moreno as a proud, sexually active 70-something, and you have a comedy with heart and a whole lot to say.
The Halliwell sisters are the perfect example of just how powerful the bonds between sisters can be, but they're also witches who take down demons on the daily. That dynamic makes Charmed a unique and fun female-driven supernatural series that never gets old.
Love, a series cocreated by Judd Apatow, explores the ups and downs of bad girl Mickey and good guy Gus's relationship, and just how hard modern love can really be.
Kavya and Dhruv are a young couple living in the fast-paced city of Mumbai and navigating the crazy new-age world of relationships, careers, and family.
This TV comedy highlights modern-day relationships and everyday dating dilemmas as it follows a real-life married couple (Emily Axford and Brian K. Murphy). It covers dating, sex, marriage, and more.
The Hookup Plan
Elsa, who can't seem to get over her ex or figure out why she's so unlucky in love, finds herself falling for a new guy who her friends set her up with. Little does she know that he's a male escort.
Friends From College
Twenty years after they graduated from college, couple Lisa and Ethan reconnect with a tight-knit group of friends as they head into a new era together: their 40s. They must navigate this new time in their lives, as well as figure out what relationships are worth having.
This series looks into the lives of a married couple who must figure out whether lifelong monogamy is possible or even desirable for them anymore. It explores what makes a good relationship and how to maintain that through the ups and downs of life.
End of the F***ing World
This dark comedy-drama tells the story of 17-year-old James, who thinks he is becoming a psychopath, and Alyssa, a rebel who sees James as a chance to escape from her unfortunate home life.
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
When Abby McCarthy, an author of self-help books about family relationships, gets a divorce, her whole world comes crashing down. Her friends help her navigate being single at 40 and start her life all over again.
Evie Covington's overly orderly life gets flipped upside down when she meets a free-spirited man who believes that the whole human race is soon to be wiped away by an asteroid that is bound for earth in less than eight months. This new relationship makes her question her old life and if she wants this to be the new normal.
Starring the beautiful Emmy Rossum and strangely sexy William H. Macy, this incredibly raunchy and hilarious series follows a woman attempting to keep her life, her relationships, and her five younger siblings together in the South Side of Chicago, while her bumbling alcoholic father continuously wreaks havoc on them all.
Written, starred in, and created by Phoebe Waller-Bridges, Crashing follows the lives, relationships, and ups and downs of six 20-somethings who live together in a former hospital as property guardians.
In this dark comedy, Nancy Botwin is a widowed mother of two trying to make some extra money by selling weed in her suburban neighborhood while simultaneously navigating an endless parade of problematic men, and here's what makes Mary-Louise Parker's character so great: she loves sex, and she's not sorry about it.
Accidentally in Love
This Chinese drama follows a pop star who decides to return to school for some normalcy, only to have his every move tracked by fans, classmates, and the media — except for his quirky and seemingly ordinary new seat mate, Chen Qing Qing, who changes his world around for the better.
The Road to Love
What happens when a woman from a macho truck family is kicked out of her home after an argument with her dad? She strikes out to make it on her own as a trucker, of course, which is exactly what happens in this new romantic dramedy.