BY HANNAH SCHAUDER
If you’re in need of a fresh show for your isolation Netflix and Stan binge, here are some queer and female-based shows worth considering.
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
While not a new show, Orange is the New Black is a standout for its strong and diverse female-dominated cast. Following Piper Chapman’s experiences in a women's prison, the show is a sharp mix of black humour, interesting characters and intriguing flashback structure, making its seven seasons the perfect Friday night binge.
Sense8 is a science fiction drama about eight strangers who all become linked to each other, mentally and emotionally. Through daring scenes and complex characters, the show raises questions about politics, identity and religion. Sense8 should be watched this isolation for its stunning visuals, great heart and sci-fi slyness.
Veronica Mars (Stan)
With four seasons (and a movie) to date, Veronica Mars is up there as one of the best female-led crime shows. Set in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is a 17-year-old detective underdog, a cynical sleuth fighting for decency in a world that’s never afforded her any. Full of sassy one-liners, great story arcs and Kristen Bell’s amazing acting, this show is bound to satisfy your needs for teen drama with a heavy dose of crime and action.
The Bold Type (Stan)
For something a bit closer to home, The Bold Type centres on a trio of millennial best friends and their adventures living and working in New York City. Simone Lay, a graphic designer, describes this show as a socially aware version of The Carrie Diaries, with a lot of heart, comedy and realness to it.
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Stan)
Everyone has talked about this show but it has to be restated; RuPaul’s Drag Race is the quintessential queer show. Drag artists and drag queens compete through a series of challenges; full of punchy catchphrases, larger than life contestants and hilarious tests. While it sticks to the same formula and structure each episode, RuPaul’s is the kind of show where you can pick off from any season and still be able to connect to the charisma of the contestants and the creativity of the challenges. Not to mention, every look is totally inspirational.
Killing Eve (ABC iview)
This critically acclaimed spy thriller follows Eve and Villanelle, addicted to each other but trying desperately to live their lives apart. Keeping its queer, female-based protagonists beautifully subtle, this show’s writing has the perfect blend of comedy and tragedy, flipping the spy genre into something new.