In celebration of March’s Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day, Philo has released a curated collection titled “Celebrating Women.” The collection includes movies and shows that amplify female experiences, explore narratives centered around women, and commemorate their vital role in today’s society.
Here are a few recommended titles featuring strong and smart female characters that you can find on Philo this month and beyond:
Tyler Perry’s Sistas: Sistas is a comedy-drama about a group of single Black women, navigating the ups and downs of modern life. The series follows Andi Barnes, an ambitious divorce lawyer; Danni King, a funny and fearless airport employee; Karen Mott, a street-smart hair salon owner, and Sabrina Hollins, a smart and stylish bank teller. The show takes viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions and moments that epitomize “squad goals.”
Killing Eve: Catch up on the show everyone’s talking about! Eve’s life as a spy isn’t turning out how she had hoped. The bored, desk-bound MI5 security officer is thrust into a deadly cat and mouse game with Villanelle, a sadistic assassin clinging to the luxuries and perks of her unusual job. Each woman equally obsessed with the other, face off in stunning locales across the globe, leaving a trail of chaos in their wake.
Grey’s Anatomy: This long-running medical drama focuses on Meredith Grey and a group of her colleagues at a Seattle hospital. The series follows their journey from interns to surgeons.. Watch all of the drama, and a little romance, unfold as they deal with challenging interpersonal relationships and the unpredictability of working in a busy hospital..
Bombshell (EPIX add-on): In the mood for a movie? Bombshell is the provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America’s most powerful news networks — becoming headlines themselves when they risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.
Dr. Mercy: Follow Dr. Mercy Odueyungbo in her television show as she specializes in treating the most unusual, extreme and rare skin disorders. Dr. Mercy helps patients regain a sense of confidence and self-worth along the way.
Damages (STARZ add-on): If you haven’t seen this riveting series, you should definitely give it a watch. Rose Byrne stars as a young, hotshot lawyer who crosses paths with a cutthroat veteran attorney, played by Glenn Close. The two engage in a deadly game of manipulation and backstabbing, putting those closest to them at risk.
Don’t Waste Your Pretty: Sorting through life’s challenges can be tough, but having good friends by your side can make it all worthwhile. Don’t Waste Your Pretty is a drama that follows a close-knit group of friends who lean on each other when jobs, romance or family interactions prove more complicated than they had ever anticipated.
Michelle Obama: Forward Motion: Empowering. Charismatic. Intelligent. These are just a few of many ways to describe the former first lady, Michelle Obama. This captivating documentary peels back the layers of this iconic woman, detailing her journey from her humble beginnings on the South Side of Chicago to the White House.
Tina Turner: Live in Barcelona: She’s simply the best! Tina Turner is at the top of her game as she performs all of her greatest hits with a full band, dazzling the audience with her iconic dance movies and powerhouse vocals against a backdrop of fireworks and pyrotechnics in this TV special.
Erin Brockovich: Julia Roberts stars in this blockbuster, based on the true story of a single mother who becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply, causing devastating illnesses among its residents.
A League of Their Own: This 1992 film starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from the 1940s that sprung up during WWII. With Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell also co-starring, it has strong messages of teamwork, compassion, and “girl power” and offers relatable female characters who throw fastballs right through the gender stereotypes of their day.
The Carol Burnett Show: Comedian and stage legend Carol Burnett, leads a motley crew of comedic actors in this ‘60s variety show. Tune in to see a laugh riot of sketch comedy and hilarious characters.
The Golden Girls: Four mature women experience the joys and angst of living out their golden years together in Miami. Strong-willed Dorothy and her mother Sophia lend their biting wit and Cicillian flair to every situation, while lusty southern belle Blanche proves that you can have an active dating life at any age. And the ladies can always count on spacey Rose, played by comedy legend Betty White, to lend her homespun wisdom at the most inappropriate times. Things aren’t always perfect, but when the show’s theme song is titled “Thank You for Being a Friend,” you know it’ll all work out in the end.
What do you love watching during Women’s History Month? Tell us about your favorite female characters and women-led movies and shows on Twitter and Facebook, with the hashtag #CelebratingWomen.
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