5 inspiring shows you should be streaming

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Women are smart, talented, passionate and driven. After all, we’ve earned the majority of bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. for almost two decades! So why is it that at the end of the day, we turn on TV to watch 30 women compete for the attention of one man?

It’s important to unwind; but this year, we challenge you to focus on intentional binge-watching. Instead of mindlessly tuning into reality TV, dark dramas or reruns of popular ‘90s shows that you’ve seen a dozen times (we’ve all been there!), stream shows that will both entertain and motivate you to be the best version of yourself. You deserve to watch something as inspiring as you are! So here are some suggestions to get you started:

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Netflix

“My mission is to spark joy in the world through cleaning,” Marie Kondo explains in her new Netflix original series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. As the inventor of the KonMari method of organizing and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo is passionate about helping people find joy in their homes through decluttering. After seeing her show, which premiered January 1, 2019, you can’t help but feel drawn to do a little spring cleaning yourself. Re-folding clothes, saying “thank you” to items you no longer need and organizing your home has never been more fun.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime Video

The fact that Amy Sherman-Palladino (the genius behind Gilmore Girls) wrote and directed this Emmy award-winning show is enough reason to watch. Travel back to 1958 New York for a glimpse into the life of Midge Maisel, an average Upper West Side housewife. When something unexpected happens, Mrs. Maisel has to re-evaluate her life and career, leading her to the stage. Watching her grow in confidence and shine as a stand-up comedian will move you, make you laugh and encourage you to follow your dreams.

The Good Place, NBC

Death shouldn’t be this funny. But somehow, The Good Place, starring Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop and Ted Danson as Michael, makes death, the afterlife and morality understandable, relatable and “forking funny,” as Shellstrop would say. Unlike tired sitcoms with predictable plots that we’ve all seen before, The Good Place depicts Shellstrop’s accidental entry into a heaven-like place with refreshing originality.

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The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

Best described as dark, twisted and slightly horrifying, The Handmaid’s Tale may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of motivational TV. However, this 11-time Emmy winning series, based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood book, urges women to fight for their rights before it’s too late. Drawing parallels to today’s political climate, The Handmaid’s Tale takes viewers into Gilead, a totalitarian society in which handmaids are forced into sexual servitude to repopulate the world for the rich commanders. The scariest part? Many of the events depicted in the show actually happened, making this drama a history lesson and a warning at the same time.

Nailed It!, Netflix

Satisfy your reality TV and sugar cravings at the same time by watching Nailed It!, one of the sweetest competitions around. For a $10,000 prize, regular people compete to bake artistic cakes, cupcakes and other treats. The end result is surprisingly realistic. Turns out, recreating a perfect unicorn cake complete with a flower crown and golden horn isn’t as easy as it looks. Whether it inspires you to make more time for your baking hobby, or it makes you feel better about your own failed attempts at being crafty, Nailed It! brings old-fashioned humor, amusement and creativity to your screen.


Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and swimming pools. She has her master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.