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5 Hulu Shows To Watch Featuring Strong Female Leads

There are few things more inspiring than seeing an ambitious woman on screen who motivates you to go after what you want. Thanks to Hulu’s new college student discount, which offers a monthly subscription to the ad-supported plan for just $1.99/month (yes, you heard that right), I’ve been binge-watching some of my favorite TV shows to get inspired. If you need a reminder of how powerful women can be, check out these five TV shows on Hulu featuring strong female leads:

The Bold Type 

As a young woman writer in New York City, The Bold Type makes me feel *seen.* The series follows Kat, Sutton, Jane, three best friends who work for the fictional Scarlet Magazine (whose editor-in-chief is inspired by Joanna Coles, AKA the ultimate strong female lead). Not only is the show fun and entertaining to watch, but it does a great job tackling nuanced issues specific to women. Trust me, this show will make you want to quit your job and work for a magazine ASAP.


Clare Danes portrays the ultimate female protagonist in Homeland, a drama following a CIA operations officer Carrie Mathison investigating a threat to national security. Between her unending ambition, laser-sharp focus, and intolerance for mansplaining (so relatable), Danes plays one of the savviest lead characters I’ve seen in a while. Plus, the thrilling plot and complex personal issues she faces throughout the show make for a thought-provoking viewing experience.

Big Little Lies 

TBH, there are few shows I’ve loved more than Big Little Lies — from the mystery and drama to the characters’ lavish west coast lifestyles, it’s safe to say the obsession is real. The show gives us not just one, but a handful of strong female leads in Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and of course, the iconic Meryl Streep. Escape to the idyllic hills of Monterey with this all-star cast, and you won’t be disappointed.

Killing Eve

I love a good thriller, and Killing Eve is all that and more. Eve (played by the one and only Sandra Oh) is a whip-smart security operative who dreams of leaving her desk job and becoming a spy. When she encounters Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a talented killer who nobody can seem to pin down, the two women become obsessed with each other and begin a dangerous game of cat and mouse. I’ve honestly never seen a show like this before, and it’s 100% worth the watch.

Total Bellas

If you love reality TV, check out Total Bellas, a series featuring the story of Nikki and Brie Bella. Not only are the Bella twins physically strong (no, really, they’re professional wrestlers), but they have a great story and sense of humor that make them refreshingly honest female leads. The show explores topics like sisterhood, love, relationships, and how to juggle family and successful careers. 

This weekend, I plan on curling up on the couch, making some popcorn, and streaming some of my favorite shows on Hulu. With their new college student discount, you can get access to thousands of shows and movies for just $1.99/month. Honestly, does it get any better than that?! It’s always amazing to see strong, confident female leads on screen, and I can’t wait to discover more shows this weekend for a boost of women’s empowerment. 

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Tianna was an Associate Editor at Her Campus Media HQ where she covers all things pop culture, entertainment, wellness, and TikTok trends. She graduated from North Carolina State University and received her masters from Columbia University. Tianna currently lives in New York City where you can find her sipping coffee, practicing yoga, and singing show tunes.
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