The Netflix series Partner Track tells the story of a young Korean-American woman named Ingrid Yun whose only dream is to become a partner in her law firm. She is hardworking and dedicated and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve the only thing she has desired. But as a woman, especially as a woman of color, there are many hurdles to overcome on the way there. The series addresses the challenges Ingrid constantly faces, most of which are things her male counterparts don’t have to go through. While the series veers toward romantic drama at times, it doesn’t shy away from tackling real issues at work. If you want to see more stories like this, we’ve put together a great list for you. Here’s a list of shows like Partner Track that you can watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.
7. Shrill (2019-2021)
Based on Lindy West’s Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, this Hulu series stars Aidy Bryant as Annie, a talented journalist determined to change her life for the better. While she sees the change in a better job, a steady boyfriend, and a better relationship with her parents, others often attribute the change she needs to her weight. The series focuses on several issues, most notably the discussion of body image and weight and how a poorer image of a person is created because they don’t look the way they’re supposed to.
Speaking of looks, the world looks at women differently when it comes to their age. As if sexism, racism, and body image issues weren’t enough to plague a woman at work, there’s also the element of age that troubles them. Younger tells the story of a woman fighting ageism in the publishing industry. The story revolves around Liza Miller, a 40-year-old divorcee who finds that she’s not living up to her age. When she realizes that she could easily pass as a 20-year-old, she decides to use that to change her life.
5. The Morning Show (2019-present)
Starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, the Emmy-nominated series portrays the struggles of two women trying to find their place in the turbulent world of TV news. Inspired by Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, the series touches on many topics, from sexism and sexual harassment to an identity crisis and struggling to find your place in a crowded-out industry. Aniston stars as Alex Levy, whose life is thrown into turmoil after her broadcast partner is fired over a sexual misconduct scandal. From here things start to unravel for Alex, both professionally and personally.
4. How to Get Away With Murder (2014-2020)
When talking about shows with strong female leads, especially in the legal genre, it would be a crime not to mention How to Get Away With Murder. The series, which stars Viola Davis in her Emmy-winning role as Annalize Keating, tells the story of a criminal defense attorney and a law professor who become involved in a very complicated chain of events. Created under the Shondaland banner, the series shares its DNA with the Shonda Rhimes series, all known for their outstanding female leads, compelling storylines and treatment of important themes through a cast of unique characters.
3. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-present)
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Set in the late 1950’s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tells the story of Miriam Maisel, whose life changes when her husband leaves her for his secretary. Dejected Miriam gives an impromptu and outrageous stand-up performance, and discovers that she’s pretty good at it. So begins her journey in a male-dominated industry where she has to work constantly to be taken seriously. While it’s her talent that sets her apart, she must contend with the constant misogyny that is thrown at her, and Miriam capitalizes on all of this for her performances, which explore sexism and the general struggles of a woman trying to make her place in the world to be found, strongly discussed.
2. Hacks (2021-present)
If the comedy of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has captured your heart, then you should also check out Hacks. In this HBO comedy series, Jean Smart plays a stand-up comedian who finds she must reinvent herself if she wants to compete in an increasingly competitive industry where old age could spell the end of her career. She gets a new partner in Ava Daniels, a young comedy writer with her own baggage. As the two women begin to work together, they discover parallels between their lives and seek to help each other in their personal and professional endeavors.
1. The Chair (2021)
A rule of thumb when it comes to quality television is to watch anything Sandra Oh is in. If the success of Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve hasn’t convinced you of Oh’s talents, The Chair should put all your doubts to rest. In this Netflix series, she plays the role of Ji-Yoon Kim, who becomes the first woman to be appointed Chair of Pembroke University’s English Department. Despite being a comedy, the series treats the issues of sexism and racism with brilliant tact, and Oh’s charming performance ensures there is never a dull moment on the show.