Summer fun: 5 funny feminist TV shows

I’m off on vacation this week, so I’m bringing the summer fun to the blog with some quick recommendations for five feminist TV shows to make you laugh and cheer for women’s rights.

Key & Peele

The hilarious Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have had a lot of interesting things to say about race and gender throughout the four seasons of their show so far. Exhibit A: a feminist sea shanty:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver has carved out his own niche with funny and cutting long-form comedy journalism. Here he gives a much-needed rundown on transgender rights.

Broad City

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobsen have brought a beautiful and funny portrait of female friendship to Comedy Central, and a rarely seen portrayal of overtly sexual female stoners. From their groundbreaking episode exploring pegging:


This new rom-com series co-created by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney takes a refreshing (and bawdy and dark) look at the storyline of two people dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. As Sara Stewart writes at Indiewire, it also shows comfort with “gyno-humor” and avoids typical pitfalls of the clueless or grossed-out man. Check out the trailer and blow through the 6 episodes on Amazon Prime.

Inside Amy Schumer

I’ve already sung the praises of the show’s sharp and funny take on rape culture, but really the whole second season is killing it with the hilarity and feminist messages. The parody episode 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer was brilliant, and I cannot get this boy band song out of my head:



Author: Rebecca Griffin

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2 thoughts on “Summer fun: 5 funny feminist TV shows”

  1. These are great — thank you! Catastrophe in particular looks like something I should check out.

    Though something in the pirate chantey piece has been bothering me since a friend first recommended it. When the captain comes out at the end — and we see how the other pirates all seem afraid of her, with a vibe that suggests maybe she is the one making them sing this song in the first place? — I find it an unsettling shift. As if the butt of the joke is now the proverbial unfunny feminist/lady boss, who takes everything too seriously and squashes everybody else’s fun. Curious for your thoughts?


    1. Definitely check out Catastrophe, it’s a lot of fun!

      Interesting take on the sea shanty. That thought hadn’t occurred to me, I guess because of the tone that was set up I just saw her as the formidable leader who was respected by the crew rather than as someone who was forcing them. I’ll have to watch again with that in mind.


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