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The verdict’s in: Netflix’s new satirical comedy 'Insatiable' is pure trash. Here are ten of the best female-fronted shows to stream instead.

All the best #GirlPower shows to watch instead of ‘Insatiable’

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The verdict’s in: Netflix’s new satirical comedy Insatiable is a disastrophe. And not the good kind you can sit and enjoy with a bottle of wine and absolutely no shame. The kind that misfires in its attempt to be edgy while lacking the sharpness and wit to nail the delivery of its controversial subject matter.

The show itself follows a “fat girl” (a thin girl in a fat suit) named Patty (Debby Ryan) who gets punched in the face, has her jaw wired shut, loses weight (and subsequently becomes “hot”), and seeks revenge on those who bullied her.

Although the premise is problematic in itself, we were quick to challenge the naysayers who denounced the show before they’d even seen in. However, having seen the first few episodes ourselves now, we can confirm Insatiable contains none of the sharpness it needed to deliver such a satirical statement on body image.

The show is at once aggressively cruel and a total yawnfest, and contains some tired queer tropes via its depiction of Patty’s closeted lesbian bestie Nonnie (Kimmy Shields) to boot. So while everyone expected Insatiable to be bad, the reality is even worse.

Instead of wasting your time on this trash heap of a “comedy” (which drops on Netflix today), turn your focus to better content with these stunning examples of #GirlPower. Here are ten of the best female-fronted shows to stream instead of Insatiable:  

GLOW (2017-)

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling body-slammed its way into our hearts when it first hit Netflix in 2017, and continued to do so into S2 with a solid core cast, nostalgic 80s setting, heartfelt portrayals of female friendship, and oodles of spandex.

A diverse cast including Alison Brie, Sydelle Noel, Sunita Mani, Britt Baron, Kate Nash, Gayle Rankin, Kia Stevens, Ellen Wong, Jackie Tohn, and Britney Young star as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling as they grapple with life both in and out of the ring, managing to remain both frothy and fun while exposing societal prejudices that are still prevalent today.

Broad City (2014-)

Yas queen! While it’s bittersweet to know that Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson’s next season will be their last, marking the end of an era, we can at least remind ourselves of the hilarious times the comedy duo have brought to us over the years (from seafood allergies to Val’s diamond-munching antics – no mo FOMO).

For four tumultuous seasons (soon to be five), Abbi and Ilana have kept our sides splitting with their portrayal of two broke girls living in NYC, while teaching us the true value of female friendship. It’s thanks to this show that we can’t leave the house without a Bingo Bronson at our side and a backup vape in our rucksacks.

Killing Eve (2018-)

A dazzling thriller from Phoebe Waller-Bridge – the creative mind behind Fleabag – Killing Eve stars Sandra Oh as a woman whose job as a bored low-level MI5 security employee takes an exciting turn when she links a string of murders to the capricious and dangerous assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer).

As Eve embarks on the task to seek out her culprit, the two end up obsessed with each other and enter into a risky game of cat & mouse. The genre-bending miniseries is at once slick, gripping, and wildly entertaining, bringing fresh energy to a worn out genre.

Good Girls (2018-)

Jenna Bans’s dramedy is getting a second season and we’re here for it every step of the way. Centering on three suburban moms (with glorious turns from Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman) who find themselves in desperate circumstances, the tired trio have had enough of playing it safe and swap wholesome housewife values for a life of crime, chaos, and dollar bills by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. Some girls are good, some girls are bad, and some are just doing what they can to get by.

Veronica Mars (2004-2007)

A show that was cut from the air and from our lives too soon, the neo-noir YA crime thriller saw Kristen Bell long before her Good Place days, as a snarky high school student turned private investigator who dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune, including the murder of her best friend Lily.

Using her smarts and determination to unturn a number of stones (while dealing with sexual trauma of her own), Veronica is the ultimate example of girl power, proving you don’t have to show physical strength to be powerful.

Riverdale (2016-)

The CW’s dark, edgy, and sexy take on the Archie comic books has proved highly addictive, set in the once-idyllic small town that becomes a hotbed of controversies and secrets with the death of Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines).

From Betty (Lili Reinhart), to Veronica (Camila Mendes), to Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), Riverdale features a host of female characters who show strength and are fierce in their own special ways.

Daria (1997-2001)

The TV show equivalent of your 00s teen angst, Daria was more than just a cartoon – it was a way of life.

Fuelled by misanthropy and cutting wit, Daria was and still is the perfect example of sardonic apathy, following the titular character through teenage life as a proud outsider in a world of mainly idiotic adolescents and condescending adults. Together with her bestie Jane, the pair take on the world in Creepers and grunge boots, one snarky quip at a time.

Big Little Lies (2017-)

Arguably one of the best crime dramas of last year, HBO’s Big Little Lies stars Hollywood heavyweights Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley as suburban moms who exist in a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots.

As their seemingly perfect lives unravel, dark secrets bubble to the surface and we begin to see that life is not as it seems in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey. Not only does the show offer a gripping storyline and three-dimensional characters whose arcs you can’t help but be enthralled by, but the show also tackles the tricky subject of domestic abuse in a complex and nuanced manner. With season two on the way, we’d recommend giving season one a watch or rewatch ahead of its release.

Vida (2018-)

Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera star in Tanya Saracho’s latest comedy as Emma and Lyn – two estranged sisters who return to their old LA neighborhood where they are confronted by the past and the truth about their mother’s identity.

In its first season, the show has been praised for its portrayal of Latinx culture, LGBTQI relationships, and gentrification – with another season on the horizon, we’re excited to see what hot topics Saracho and the creative team will take on.

Pose (2018-)

Ryan Murphy’s portrayal of 80s NYC ball culture is dazzling, authentic, and deals with its challenging topics with tact and finesse. A landmark show in terms of LGBTQI representation, Pose explores the fetishization of trans women and the details of gender reassignment surgery in ways that have not been seen on TV before.

As well as lifting the curtain on the bold ball subculture and the issues the trans community faced both inside and out of the scene, Pose also feels like a family drama thanks to the relationships formed by the sweet yet powerful Blanca (Mj Rodriguez), who builds lives and shows love by making a home for Angel (Indya Moore) and Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain). In short, Pose demands to be seen – it’s one of the greatest shows on TV and we’re giving it tens across the board.

To ensure that you can become a Gorgeous Lady of Wrestling while bingewatching the second season, here’s our guide on how to dress like a 'GLOW' superstar.

‘GLOW’ style: How to dress like a Gorgeous Lady of Wrestling

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As we wait for news of whether Netflix will or won’t pick up GLOW for a third season, what better way to show the streaming site your appreciation of the show by dressing up as your very own Gorgeous Lady of Wrestling and pulling some shapes that would even make Zoya the Destroyer blush.

To do so, you’ll likely be tempted to drop a fair chunk of money on a set of spandex ensembles. But the truth is, it takes a lot more than some shiny leotards to dress like a Gorgeous Lady of Wrestling – the look revolves around a specific attitude, not just a whole set of shimmering looks.

To ensure that you can become a Gorgeous Lady of Wrestling while bingewatching the second season, here’s our guide on how to dress like a GLOW superstar.

Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have

Early on in S1 we see Ruth (Alison Brie) drawing inspiration from iconic wrestler Hulk Hogan to practice some moves and some serious looks in her bedroom. Why? Because she wants this job, dammit! Rip open an old shirt, tie a towel around your head, and give yourself a fierce pep talk in the mirror to be the person you know you can be.

Don’t be afraid of a DIY look

Sometimes you just have to go with your instinct, cut some fingers out of a pair of dish washing gloves, and Frankenstein an outfit out of old threads to look your best.

Try new things

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling aren’t afraid of invention and neither should you be! Every day is an opportunity to be someone new. If that means throwing on a space helmet or a cape to your boss’s party, so be it!

You’d better work!

Who says a workout wardrobe has to be drab? Look as fierce as your regime is by rockin’ a heroic leotard, some rainbow leg warmers, and a cut off tee. Or make like Tammé Dawson (Kia Stevens) and tone down that badass body with some delicate floral spandex.

Don’t be afraid of bringing some major hair game to the gym, though. Braids and bouffants make you stronger, honey!

Speaking of which, your hair – go big or go home!

The bigger, the better, ladies and gentlemen. There are powers to be pulled from a high stack of well spitzed hair. Pair with your best gnarly fighting face.

And take your opponents down.

Your day & night looks both need to involve pure power outfits

Whether you’re kicking ass hustling for money like the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling do when they’re trying to fund the show or kicking ass in this big wrestling ring called life, you need to bring some power to your look. For daytime, this means dazzling the world for money like Melanie (Jackie Tohn):

Before unleashing your bad girl after dark with enormous hair and bodycon realness.

Experimenting with some bold shoulders, sleek hair, and sweet colors like Jenny (Ellen Wong).

Before letting your hair down and letting your wild side out.

Looking like Nancy Reagan one moment.

And looking like Nancy Reagan’s worst nightmare the next.

Always try and work a solid pair of suspenders into your look

Justine (Britt Baron) is a big fan of them and so are we. Incorporate them into every look possible. It’s dynamite!

Most importantly, always be true to yourself

We hate that characters Arthie (Sunita Mani), Reggie (Marianna Palka), Tammé, and Jenny are forced to dress as the obnoxiously offensive stereotypes of their respective heritages. Particularly as their characters are nothing like the wrestling personas they’re forced to adopt. To dress like a Gorgeous Lady of Wrestling means knowing yourself and celebrating your strengths, just like Sheila who never loses sight of herself even at the damn roller disco.

Jump off the ropes and go dazzle the world, folks!

Here’s a handy recap to remind you of who all the gorgeous ladies of wrestling are ahead of the S2 premiere of Netflix's 'GLOW'.

Recapping who all the gorgeous ladies of wrestling are in ‘GLOW’

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You’d better be fixing up your finest spandex costume and sticking to that training regime because S2 of GLOW returns to Netflix on June 29 and you’re gonna want to jump straight into the ring and bingewatch it in full the second it drops.

Since we still have a fair few days left to wait for the new episodes – and your memory is likely hazy from all those power slams you’ve been practicing lately – here’s a handy recap to remind you of who all the gorgeous ladies of wrestling are ahead of the S2 premiere.

Carmen “Machu Picchu” Wade (Britney Young)

Carmen “Machu Picchu” Wade (Britney Young)

Coming from a family of wrestlers who don’t want their baby girl entering the same business, Carmen is rebellious but loveable, simply looking to find her place in the world. The character is initially a little shy and awkward and doesn’t quite fit in, making her eventual position as one of the most essential women in GLOW – the one who can teach them all the best moves – all the more satisfying by the end of S1.

Reggie “Vicky the Viking” Walsh (Marianna Palka)

Reggie “Vicky the Viking” Walsh (Marianna Palka)

Despite a legit professional athlete, poor Reggie gets the pivotal role of Liberty Bell taken away from her because she doesn’t seem “all-American” enough and is then lumped with a minor role as Vicky the Viking.

Jenny “Fortune Cookie” Chey (Ellen Wong)

Jenny “Fortune Cookie” Chey (Ellen Wong)

In one of the many racial stereotypes Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) forces upon the gorgeous ladies of wrestling, poor Jennie is forced to inhabit the most heinous of sweeping “Oriental” stereotypes by wearing a conical hat and declaring herself “cute like panda, fast like dragon!” Jenny is actually Cambodian-American and is probably one of the biggest Valley Girls in the entire ensemble.

Melanie “Melrose” Rosen (Jackie Tohn)

Melanie “Melrose” Rosen (Jackie Tohn)

Melrose is essentially one of those background babes you’d see in a 80s hair metal video but with a slammin’ look and the ability to slam other wrestlers down in the ring. The party girl can be playful and fun but also vindictive and bitter when crossed.

Justine “Scab” Biagi (Britt Baron)

Justine “Scab” Biagi (Britt Baron)

The punk rock teenager is revealed to be Sam’s daughter towards the end of S1 and so it remains to be seen what sort of an impact that might have on her involvement in all the wrestling antics of S2. One thing’s for sure – she’s definitely going to be kicking up a ruckus either way.

Arthie “Beirut the Mad Bomber” Premkumar (Sunita Mani)

Arthie “Beirut the Mad Bomber” Premkumar (Sunita Mani)

Indian-American Arthie is given the most distasteful and offensive wrestling persona by Sam, who glibly urges her to present herself as a “terrorist or genie or some sort of other evil Arab.” The character didn’t enjoy a gigantic arc in S1, but we’ll hopefully be seeing a lot more of her in S2.

Stacy “Ethel Rosenblatt” Beswick & Dawn “Edna Rosenblatt” Rivecca (Kimmy Gatewood & Rebekka Johnson)

Stacy “Ethel Rosenblatt” Beswick & Dawn “Edna Rosenblatt” Rivecca (Kimmy Gatewood & Rebekka Johnson)

Sorry, but these come in a pair and stay in pair. The hairstylists are hilarious and bring some serious comedy hijinx to the wrestling ring as elderly ass-kickers Ethel and Edna. Outside of the ring, the dynamic duo pull pranks, cackle their butts off, and ham it up wherever they can.

Rhonda “Britannica” Richardson (Kate Nash)

Rhonda “Britannica” Richardson (Kate Nash)

Allowing the character to live out a flip side to her own ditzy personality, Britannica is the smartest woman in the world whereas Rhonda is happily coasting on her good looks and rockin’ body. But what she lacks in a superior intellect, she more than makes up for with heart, including having actual feelings for Sam – and not just sleeping with him for perks – and coming up with that offbeat white girl rap in the S1 finale that most definitely made you cry. No point denying it.

Sheila “The She-Wolf” (Gayle Rankin)

Sheila “The She-Wolf” (Gayle Rankin)

Be still, our beating hearts! Sheila is easily one of the sweetest and most passionate wrestlers in the ring with one of the most authentic personas. To quote Suicide from Return of the Living Dead, it’s not “a fucking costume, it’s a way of life!” As a result, Sheila lives her wolfy truth and is one of the most fascinating characters in the show for it.

Tammé “The Welfare Queen” Dawson (Kia Stevens)

Tammé “The Welfare Queen” Dawson (Kia Stevens)

S1 of the show saw Tammé wrestling not just with her fellow gorgeous ladies, but also with the idea that her persona is more of a racist caricature than the subversive satire Sam makes it out to be. As Buzzfeed described her, “She’s a boogeywoman right out of Reaganite rhetoric” and we imagine those questionable dimensions of her persona could prove to be challenging for Tammé once more in S2.

Cherry “Junkchain” Bang (Sydelle Noel)

Cherry “Junkchain” Bang (Sydelle Noel)

The ex-stuntwoman is clearly the low-key leader of the ladies and one of the main forces who encourages everyone to train harder, push further, and go bigger with their performances. Unlike some of the other ladies, Cherry has no grand delusions as to what GLOW may be at its basest – a cocaine fever dream on a flimsy budget.

Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder (Alison Brie)

Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder (Alison Brie)

She’s obnoxious, desperately needy, and way too theater kid for anyone’s tastes, but Ruth is also endlessly endearing and one of the most passionate characters about the whole project. Her Russian villainess Zoya chews the scenery and laps up every boo the audience launches at her.

Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan (Betty Gilpin)

Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan (Betty Gilpin)

In the ring, Liberty Belle is an all-American hero complete with dazzling smiles, shining blonde hair, and an impossible sense of togetherness and strength. Out of the ring, Debbie is a single mom and former soap opera star grieving the simultaneous disintegration of her marriage and her close friendship with Ruth (who slept with her husband).