Here at Philo, we are celebrating Women’s History Month by bringing you a new curated collection titled Celebrating Women. This collection contains forty movies and shows from different decades, cultures, and genres that showcase and broadcast the female voice in television.
We’re embracing nostalgia by highlighting some of our favorite shows with powerful lead women. Below are a few recommended titles from the 1980s, 1990s, and early 00s featuring strong and iconic female characters and celebrities we’ve always loved watching that you can find on Philo this month.
Working Girl (1988): An Oscar winning 1980s classic! Set in New York City in 1988, Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver star as clever, and eager young professionals that devise a cunning plan to get the credit they deserve. Follow Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) and Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) as they seek revenge on their manager and slip into various scenarios.
Insecure (2016): From nostalgia to new-stalgia, Issa Dee (Issa Rae), a Youth Liaison for a non-profit youth organization, and her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), a young corporate attorney, navigate the landscape of real life flaws, a challenging career, and dating in south Los Angeles. This comedy series examines the duo’s friendship as they face their own troubles and cope with a never ending road of uncomfortable daily experiences in a funny, authentic way.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006): Another Big Apple classic, this Manhattan Dramedy stars young journalist Andy (Anne Hathaway) and Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in an unforgiving and fast-paced prestigious fashion-world scene. Watch Andy as she goes from frump to fabulous, pragmatic to daring, during a transition she thought was impossible. Follow Andy’s journey as she takes on a career path catering to Miranda, a demanding, diva, editor-in-chief, and balances life in the fast-paced world of New York City.
Next playing on Lifetime on March 25 at 8 a.m. You can save the show on your DVR if you can’t watch it live!
The Nanny (1993): Another New York City set, this time a hit television series. Set in the Upper East Side, Fran Fine finds herself freshly dumped, jobless, and at her own rock bottom contemplating what’s next. Enter Mr. Sheffield, Manhattan’s svelte and stylish bachelor in need of hiring a nanny for his two elementary school-aged children. Watch Fran Fine navigate her new role as a nanny, life in NY, and a blooming romance.
Lucille Ball: Life, Death & Money (2021): A story about one of the most legendary female comedians on television, Lucille Ball. When Ball died in 1989 at the age of 77, she had an estimated net worth of $40 million, which is equal to about $80 million today. The legacy estate was divided between her second husband and children. The series, Life, Death and Money dives into the personal lives, highlights, and scandals of celebrities and the monetary trails they earned and left behind.
CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013): Originally released by VH1, this documentary narrated by Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora follows the full storyline of the legendary music group TLC. Nominated for seven awards, the film begins by showcasing the girls’ lives as children and then fast-forwards to the year 1990 in Atlanta when the group initially forms. The film debuted with 4.5 million viewers when it first aired on television. As a result of the high viewership it then became the highest-rated television film premiere of 2013, as well as the highest-rated original film premiere in VH1’s history.
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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