Nothing helps us feel more supported in our own journey than seeing others who are experiencing (and managing) similar issues.
Research tells us that women consider the most challenging aspects of midlife to be coping with multiple co-occurring stressors. These include changing family relationships, divorce/breaking up with a partner, re-balancing work/personal life, re-discovering self and personal health issues.
It is therefore no wonder the that we want to hear other women’s stories. We need to know we are not alone.
It is for this reason that I have compiled this list of inspiring, funny, insightful, binge-worthy shows to help you feel seen and heard, and reassured that women near and far are navigating this powerful life stage right alongside you.
Here is a list of the top 14 shows midlife women need to be watching…
Better Things is a comedy about the mundane moments of modern female adulthood. Sam is a middle-aged woman dealing with the difficulty of being a single mother of three daughters, juggling all the demands of parenthood while still trying to have a dating life. It explores the ordinary, hectic world of mothers raising and loving their daughters. The midlife character of Sam is realised with such incredible nuance and authenticity, it makes this show insightful and inspiring.
Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere is a study of two women—Elena Richardson, a wealthy mother of four, and Mia Warren, a nomadic single mom and artist, who become inextricably linked. It is a moving examination of motherhood, female ambition, underlying tensions within race and class and sexual politics.
Fleishman Is In Trouble
Fleishman Is In Trouble explores the midlife crises plaguing the show’s main characters as they navigate the aftermath of marital split. The story begins when Rachel drops her two kids off at her ex-husband apartment a day early, to go on a yoga retreat, leaving Toby to care for his children. He is furious about the interruption to his professional and dating life. Fleishman Is In Trouble examines how two people can be looking in the same direction, yet see very different views.
Wanderlust tells the story of Joy, a psychotherapist treating couples and individuals, and her husband Alan, who is an English teacher. They’ve been married for more than 25 years. They love each other, but have differing needs, sexually, and start to…wander. Wanderlust provides a fresh take on marital disinterest brought on by time.
Mare of Easttown
Mare Sheehan, a police investigator in a small Pennsylvania town, investigates a brutal murder as she tries to keep her life from falling apart. She is dealing with the loss of her son and a hectic household while trying to solve a cold missing persons case. It is a beautiful portrayl of the fed-up midlife woman.
Fisk is a fast-paced comedy about high-end contracts lawyer Helen Tudor-Fisk, who is forced to take a job at a shabby, suburban law firm following a humiliating marriage breakdown and a professional fall from grace. Helen is socially awkward and tends to speak her unfiltered truth. Fisk addresses themes of ageism, sexism, and issues surrounding evolving social expectations and breaches of etiquette.
Hacks is a dark comedy about the complicated relationship between a veteran comedian and an up-and-coming comedy writer. They are a pair of strong-willed, hardheaded women from opposite worlds and generations, who share a common passion: comedy.
Dead To Me
Dead To Me two is the story of two midlife women who have become fast friends after seeking refuge in a grief counselling group, albeit for very different reasons. Their bond develops quickly and they have their first big fight within days of meeting each other. It is really a love story about two female friends. The men come and go, but the women are forever.
On The Verge
On The Verge is a comedy about four midlife friends who are all facing something life-altering. It unravels a few hard truths, rarely sddressed by Hollywood, for women in this age group. This series looks at the guilt of working mothers, relationships that have been long struggling and the challenge of finding a job in one’s late 40s. On The Verge is just the right balance of escape and reality.
Us tells the story of a married couple who are setting out on the holiday of a lifetime. Wife Connie is frustrated after 24 years together. She tells her inhibited, orderly and risk-averse biochemist husband, Douglas, that now that their child is leaving home, she no longer wants to stay married to him. The story follows their relationship as Douglas tries to win back the love of Connie.
Marriage Story is a tale about the divorce of two successful theatre artists – he, the celebrated director and she, the lead actress and his muse. It is clear even from the first moments of the film that Charlie neither sees nor appreciates Nicole. Whilst Charlie grows and changes over the course of the film Nicole’s arc is one of discovering self-confidence, refusing to be taken for granted or overlooked. She comes to believe in her own potential and talent and recognises her own strength and worth.
Scenes From A Marriage
Scenes From A Marriage tells the story of Mira and Jonathan, a couple that have been married for 10 years. This is the beginning of a very slow and agonising dissolution of their marriage. As his character unravels we realise that Jonathan has emotional needs that he does not know of, and has never wanted to fully address. And Mira has gone about the marriage struggling through many silent screams. The series is full of passion and angst and a complex depiction of jealousy.
The Lost Daughter
The Lost Daughter is an absorbing psychological drama. Alone on a seaside vacation, Leda becomes consumed with a young mother and daughter as she watches them on the beach. Unnerved by their compelling relationship Leda is overwhelmed by her own memories of the terror, confusion and intensity of early motherhood. An impulsive act shocks Leda into the strange and ominous world of her own mind, where she is forced to face the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and their consequences.
Please know that this list is by no means exhaustive, and if you have your own recommendations to add please put them in the comments below.
About Michelle Seelig
Michelle Seelig is a Counsellor, Meditation Teacher and Coach working with women to help them get unstuck, rediscover the joy and meaning in their lives and ultimately grow into the person they were truly meant to become. Some of these stories and depictions may reflect your own. If you are seeking support and would like to resolve the challenges you face book a Complimentary Discovery Call over here and together we can discuss your unique needs.
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