Absolutely Fabulous, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Insecure, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (BBC, The CW, HBO, Netflix)

Galentine’s Day Viewing Guide

Female friendships are complicated and often fraught with drama – particularly when they’re fictional ones that appear on long-running TV shows and need roller-coaster moments to make good stories. But the greatest BFF relationships? They’re always worth a repeat viewing.

In honor of Galentine’s Day — the February 13 celebration of gal pals that began on a 2010 episode of Parks and Recreation — we’ve compiled a list of current and old series that have some of the best and most interesting portrayals of women and their friends, as well as their accompanying Tomatometer scores where available (series are otherwise listed alphabetically).

Some programs, like the CW’s Gossip Girl, are included because they show relationships that persevere beyond the years of high-school backstabbing. Others, like BBC’s Absolutely Fabulous and Comedy Central’s Broad City, are here because they give us #squadgoals. And then there’s NBC’s The Golden Girls, which is included because everyone deserves to spend nights in the kitchen eating cheesecake and learning about St. Olaf, Minnesota.

Is your favorite Galentine’s TV not included? Tell us in the comments!

Insecure (2016)
97%

#1
Synopsis: Modern-day black women might be described as strong and confident; in other words, just the opposite of Issa and Molly.... [More]

The Bold Type (2017)
89%

#2
Synopsis: Putting together a magazine is not an easy task, requiring a lot of teamwork to finish the job and get... [More]

Girlfriends (2018)
86%

#3
Synopsis: Three friends struggle with the responsibilities and inevitable changes that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.... [More]
Directed By: Kay Mellor

Bunheads (2012)
100%

#4
Synopsis: "Bunheads" tells the fish-out-of-water story of Michelle Simms, a once-promising classically trained professional dancer who was drawn to the lights... [More]
Directed By: Amy Sherman-Palladino

Broad City (2014)
99%

#5
Synopsis: The critically acclaimed Web series "Broad City" moves to Comedy Central as a half-hour scripted series. It's created by and... [More]

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015)
98%

#6
Synopsis: Successful and driven, Rebecca Bunch seemingly has it all -- an upscale apartment in Manhattan and a partnership at a... [More]

Synopsis: Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where... [More]

New Girl (2011)
95%

#8
Synopsis: After going through a rough breakup, awkward and upbeat Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three single guys. Intelligent and... [More]

Big Little Lies (2017)
89%

#9
Synopsis: Based on the same-titled bestseller by Liane Moriarty, "Big Little Lies" weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief... [More]

#10
Synopsis: Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to... [More]

2 Dope Queens (2018)
94%

#11
Synopsis: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson -- described as hilarious and socially aware at the same time -- bring their hit... [More]

#12
Synopsis: Leslie Knope, a midlevel bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her... [More]

Girls (2012)
89%

#13
Synopsis: An aspiring writer and her three friends, all in their early 20s, together try to make sense of what life... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner

The Mindy Project (2012)
86%

#14
Synopsis: Mindy Lahiri is a successful, skilled doctor, but when she leaves the office, all bets are off. She aspires to... [More]

Pretty Little Liars (2010)
81%

#15
Synopsis: As time has passed since Alison, then the queen bee of the bunch, went missing. Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily... [More]

Grace and Frankie (2016)
90%

#16
Synopsis: For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt,... [More]

#17
Synopsis: Sarah Michelle Gellar takes on the role of Buffy Summers in this TV version of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," based... [More]

Cougar Town (2009)
89%

#18
Synopsis: A divorced mother must face the harsh realities of dating and aging in a youth- and beauty-obsessed culture. Having spent... [More]

Grey's Anatomy (2005)
84%

#19
Synopsis: The medical drama series focuses on a group of doctors at a hospital in Seattle, including several who began their... [More]

2 Broke Girls (2011)

#20
Synopsis: Street-wise Max (Kat Dennings) doesn't expect much from the new waitress at her night job, a rich girl who has... [More]
Directed By: Michael Patrick King

#21
Synopsis: A show brilliant in its uncensored bad behavior and satirical humor, this series features Edina and Patsy, two hard-drinking, drug-taking,... [More]
Directed By: Jon Plowman

Charmed (1998)

#22
Synopsis: A group of sisters discover they are witches. Luckily for the world, they're of the good variety. Banding together in... [More]

#23
Synopsis: "You take the good, you take the bad ... ." Originally set at the prestigious Eastland School for Young Women,... [More]

Fuller House (2016)

#24
Synopsis: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are among the original "Full House" cast members who have returned to... [More]

Gilmore Girls (2000)
85%

#25
Synopsis: Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated by an eclectic mix of dreamers, artists and everyday folk, this multigenerational drama... [More]

Synopsis: After Abby McCarthy, author of self-help books and guru to people with family issues, states that she and her husband... [More]

Gossip Girl (2007)
84%

#27
Synopsis: High school is over for the privileged former students at an exclusive prep school on Manhattan's Upper East Side, but... [More]

#28
Synopsis: Four mature women live together in Miami and experience the joys and angst of their golden years. Strong-willed Dorothy, spacey... [More]

#28
Synopsis: When their plane has trouble while on a flight to Paris, three glamorous LA women find themselves in a completely... [More]
Directed By: Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner

#29
Synopsis: Ted has fallen in love. It all started when his best friend, Marshall, drops the bombshell that he plans to... [More]

I Love Lucy (1951)

#30
Synopsis: Lucy Ricardo is the wacky wife of Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo. Living in New York, Ricky tries to succeed in... [More]

Synopsis: Mary Richards is a thirty-something single woman who settles in Minneapolis after breaking up with a boyfriend. She lands a... [More]

#32
Synopsis: Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane,... [More]

Sex and the City (1998)
70%

#33
Synopsis: A sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw, and her three friends -- Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda -- explore Manhattan's dating scene, chronicling... [More]

 

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