At certain points in your life you will come across a TV show or character that just speaks to you and where you are in your life.
At the moment for me its Sex And The City. Yes, I am completely aware the show is nearly 20 years old, but I recently started listening to the great Sentimental In The City Podcast, hosted by authors Carrie O’Donoghue and Dolly Atherton.
I totally related to the feeling of being a teenager and having the iconic series open up my eyes to this glamorous, adult world. But this podcast – combined with the passage of time – highlighted all these adult themes that now, as a single thirty-something, really spoke to me. The worries that cloud my mind everyday – especially around fertility and being single (check out this great edition of The Single Supplement that spoke straight to me soul). In a nutshell, it really hit home, in a way it never has for me before.
In classic Carrie style, it got me thinking… about what other TV shows I am finding relatable RIGHT NOW. In a world where single ladies are often portrayed in certain ways, I tend to find a lot of characters unrelatable, but here are three TV shows that I recently discovered I know fellow singletons will LOVE.
We’ve all been guilty of it, neglecting our friends when there’s a man on the scene. And that’s exactly what Dollface is all about. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Jules (played by Kat Dennings) tries to reconnect with the friends she lost during the relationship.
Its surreal (I wont give too much away but it really plays on the cat lady trope), its funny, and it got mixed reviews – but I struggle to see why. Sure, this show isn’t going to win any awards but it embraces what it is – a feminist, friendship-centered comedy with a strong millennial aesthetic – and sometimes you just want the easy watch that gives you funny storylines and heart-warming friendships on a platter.
As well as being funny, there are some amazing celeb cameos – with Margot Robbie turning up as a spiritual guru, and Macaulay Culkin as a furry-loving potential serial killer. But what I really loved was the strong female foursome that make up the principal friendship group – Kat Dennings is a great comedy actress, but any of the four characters are strong enough to hold a show on their own. A great one to watch with the girls.
I was a bit late to the party with Starstruck, but now I can see what all the hype was about!
A bit of a millennial fairytale, Starstruck tells the story of Jessie, a late-20-something in London juggling two dead-end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after-the-night-before when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a film star. As always when it comes to dating in the 21st Century, modern dating etiquette and rituals turn out to be more of a hindrance than a help.
I think the reason this show resonated with me is because it was co-written by the show’s star, 29 year old Rose Matafeo, one who has presumably faced many of the same millennial neuroses as I. You know that awkward dating situation where you genuinely don’t know how the other person feels about you, but you just pussyfoot around the situation, because its not the done thing just to ask someone straight out if they like you or not? We’ve all been there and we can all relate – but its this fundamental flaw in modern dating that provides the basic crux for the show.
I also think this show is relatable because Jessie’s life isn’t all sunshine and flowers. We’ve all had times when we feel like the world is against us – *spoiler alert* when Jessie loses her job as a nanny and feels like there is nothing to stay in the UK for, I really recognised the ‘whats the point?’ feeling that she experiences. We’ve all been there. Having said all that, Matafeo is a great comic – her timing is spot on – making Starstruck probably the funniest pick on this list.
If you only have the time to watch one show on this list, make it this one. Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick as the protaganist Darby Carter, made me laugh out loud and sob uncontrollably. I don’t know why more people aren’t raving about it.
Its a comedy anthology series all about the various relationships in Darby’s life. Each episode looks at her relationship with a different person, starting off with romantic relationships and then turning to look at her relationships with her mother and her best friend. These episodes really struck a cord with me, as sometimes the relationships that most impact your love life and the way you love as a person aren’t the romantic ones at all. I have a difficult relationship with my own mother, and I found that episode perfectly put into words some of the emotions I have to deal with on a regular basis.
In fact, the reason I loved this show so much was that I recognised myself and some of the relationships I have had in many of the episodes – especially the ones where *spoiler alert* she realises she has married the wrong man for the wrong reason, and simply couldn’t take it anymore. Whoever wrote these episodes has seen it all, and somehow managed to perfectly capture it for the small screen.
I’m glad to report that all these wonderful TV shows must have resonated with other people as well, as all have been renewed for second series.
Do check these wonderful TV shows and let me know what you think – do they speak to you the same way they speak to me?