This past week Big Little Lies finished off Season 2, and while there’s always hope it could come back for a miraculous third season, there’s not a lot of hope. That means we’ve said our last goodbyes and fond farewells to the women in Monterey, California and let’s hope they can live lie free at least for a little while. But knowing them...probably not.
If you need something to fill the women-lead drama in your heart, don’t worry! While nothing will ever live up to the way Renata (Laura Dern) screams at people, there are plenty of other complex, layered shows out there that feature all-star casts led by some amazing actresses. And yes, some of them do involve murder and cover-ups if you really want that plotline to continue on in your life.
So if you’ve got some time to binge, we’ve got some shows for you to watch. Here are 12 shows you should check out after Big Little Lies.
This super over-the-top melodrama has everything you could ever want from a guilty pleasure binge that stars Renée Zellweger as you’ve never seen her before.
There’s a reason Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won six Emmys playing Vice President (and later President) Selina Myer. While the show has 100% more comedy than Big Little Lies, it still relies on strong female characters.
10. The Act
If you’re in the mood for something based on real events, The Act follows the shocking true story of Gypsy Rose and her mother Dee Dee Blanchard who kept her locked away from the world — until she got out.
9. Alias Grace
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, the show follows convicted murderer Grace as she tries to leave her past behind and start a new life, while lingering doubts about her crime remains.
Do you like strong female friendships that can withstand anything? Then Kat, Jane, and Sutton might be your new best friends as go through the ups and downs of their professional and personal life at Scarlett magazine (and later the dot com).
7. The Affair
Told from different perspectives each episode, The Affair follows the build-up and the fallout following an extramarital affair, sometimes with horrible consequences.
6. Dead to Me
Everyone’s got a secret, but some secrets might be way worse than others. After her husband dies, Christina Applegate’s Jen finds comfort in Linda Cardellini's Judy, unaware that her new friend is actually responsible for her husband’s death.
5. Dirty John
Based on the podcast of the same name, Connie Britton’s Debra is just looking for love after her divorce when she meets John. Things are going great until he turns out to be a con-man.
If you’d rather teenage drama than adult drama, look no further than HBO’s Euphoria. The show gives us a harrowing look at what it’s like to grow up in the social media age and how young people cope and deal with their addictions.
Being a stand-up comedian is hard, so try being one in the 1950s while also juggling motherhood and parents who just don't understand. From the creators of Gilmore Girls, get ready for fast-talking, pop culture references complete with an amazing retro wardrobe.
2. Killing Eve
Get ready for the most dangerous game of cat and mouse ever, as a fearless female counter-intelligence agent as she tracks down a female assassin.
Based on the novel by the same name by Gillian Flynn, Sharp Object follows Amy Adam’s Camille as she returns home to confront her demons — one of them being her overbearing mother.