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2017-03-04 08:43
 
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Cape Town -  It’s International Women’s Day next week (Wednesday, 8 March), so we’re indulging our love for strong female characters on internet TV this weekend.

Check out these binge-worthy series on ShowMax, Netflix and Amazon Prime, and find out just how far these badass women will go to keep their secrets, their jobs, their fame, their reputations, their sanity and their self-respect.

Younger
Season 3

Liza Miller is done lying about her age, her divorce and the existence of her teenaged daughter - to her boyfriend Josh, at least, who, at the end of Season 2, was not so much her boyfriend as the sexy neighbour who wants her back. Will this be the season where Liza is finally ousted to her friends and coworkers, including her exceedingly eligible boss Charles? She’s got to watch her back, because Kelsey’s ill-fated fiance Thad might just bust her from beyond the grave…


Available on ShowMax.

UnREAL

The first time we see Rachel, she’s lying on the floor of a limo full of reality-TV “wifey” hopefuls, getting yelled at by her boss through her headset. She’s wearing a “This is what a feminist looks like” T-shirt, used to be a Women’s Studies major, and is clearly doing her job as a producer on reluctantly. As we see more of the darkness and cynicism behind the scenes of the show, we can totally relate. Rachel’s back in the game after she had a nervous breakdown and “bombed out”, but her bitchy boss Quinn (one of our favourite women on TV at the moment) needs Rachel’s people-skills to make the show succeed, so she’s got to keep it together this time around.


Available on ShowMax.

Haters Back Off

Colleen Ballinger racked up 7 million subscribers to her satirical YouTube channel, where, as Miranda Sings, she posts painfully terrible videos of herself singing cover songs in her bedroom, parodying the desperate, talentless teens trying to break onto the scene. With this series, Ballinger makes the transition to internet TV, and she does not disappoint. This is probably the most awkward comedy series we’ve cringed our way through since the Office (and, actually, it stars Angela Kinsey from The Office as Miranda’s long-suffering mother), but, as the Guardian points out, this is the first time we’ve seen a woman killing it in the so-appalling-it’s-funny comedy genre. As soon as we saw Miranda’s man-child Uncle Jim’s 5-point plan to fame (which ends with “5. Magician”) at the beginning of episode 1, we knew we were onto a good thing.

This indie film won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It stars Melanie Lynksey (Seeking A Friend for the End of the World and The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Ruth, a timid, depressed nursing assistant who turns into a vigilante after suffering a series of indignities that include her grandmother’s silver being stolen in a house robbery. Together with her weird neighbour (Elijah Wood), she goes after the criminals who robbed her, but is soon way out of her depth. This is a crime thriller with some very funny moments, and a strong message about our collective despair at what assholes people can be.

Goliath
Season 1

Critics love this antihero/courtroom drama for its beautiful filming and award-worthy performances by Billy Bob Thornton (who’s also brilliant in Fargo) as William McBride, a down-and-out lawyer who takes on his former law firm, and Maria Bello as Michelle, his ex-wife and a super-lawyer partner at the firm. McBride is silver-tongued and a bit of a drunk, coming across as a laidback, chilled dude, but he’s hiding deep regret, shame and a lot of anger. We love his performance in the legal scenes, when he can be really cutting and funny, but our favourite character has to be the fireball Nina Arianda, as a ferocious lawyer who used to operate above a taco shop before joining McBride’s oddball team.

StartUp
Season 1

This is a crime drama set in the world of technology start-ups. Martin Freeman plays a ruthless and troubled FBI agent who’s on the trail of Izzy Morales, a tech genius who has just developed a digital payment system. (Isn’t it refreshing to see a woman in the role of a daring technology wunderkind?)  She’s been funded by Nick (Adam Brody, who plays an eponymous role in the light comedy Billy & Billie), a young banker, whose father gave him the money to bankroll the company from somewhat unsavoury dealings of his own. Enter Ronald (Nairobi-born Edi Gathegi, who also played a recurring role as Dr Jeffrey Cole in Season 4 of House MD), a gangster with an axe to grind, and you’ve got the set-up for a thrilling, gritty TV show that begs to be binged.

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