8 Shows To Watch If You’re Caught Up with “Firefly Lane”
This show’s main character Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) has a similar story to “Firefly Lane”’s Kate Mularkey. Both struggled with finding jobs in their field due to their age — only 40-year-old Miller passed herself as 26 to secure the position. “Younger” features supportive and loving friendships resembling the strong bond between Tully and Kate (not to mention a steamy yet scandalous love affair with a young tattoo artist in relation to Tully’s younger fling). Self-reflection and the importance of loving yourself despite your age is a common theme in both shows.
Why watch a show between two best friends, when you can watch one between four? “Girlfriends” takes you on a rollercoaster of romance, friendships, and the continuous struggle of women trying to navigate adulthood the best way they can — by having fun. Throughout eight seasons, you’ll watch Joan, Maya, Lynn, and Toni (who is absent from the last two seasons) navigate divorce, relationships, and the realistic challenges of working in a white male-dominated space. Every episode is a lesson you can implement into your life, one being that you’re never too old to accomplish your dreams.
Grace & Frankie
If you’re looking for a series honing in on the challenges of two best friends — similar to the ups and downs of Katie and Tully throughout their 30 years — “Grace & Frankie” is the perfect series to add to your list. The show follows Grace and Frankie, once rivals-turned-best friends, after their husbands leave them for each other. Their on-screen chemistry is contagious, as the series explores their complex yet emotionally supportive friendship. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching: You can find friendship where you least expect it.
“Sweet Magnolias” features three childhood best friends as they navigate their careers, love triangles, and families — all stationed in their small Southern town of Serenity. Based on a popular book series of the same name, the 10-episode series follows Maddie Townsend on her journey to open a spa with her two friends after her husband’s affair leaves his mistress pregnant. Community and friendship are at the forefront of this series, as the characters experience the hardships of personal and professional relationships. The show does a great job of highlighting mental health and divorce — while adding humor and drama that will get you hooked.
“Gilmore Girls” can be classified as one of the original female-based relationship dramas. Different from “Firefly Lane,” “Gilmore Girls” explores the relationship between Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel). Over the course of seven seasons, you’ll follow the challenges Lorelai experiences as a single, highly independent mom running her bed and- breakfast, the Dragonfly Inn, with her best friend Sookie, played by Mellisa McCarthy. You can even watch the sequel, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” where the characters return to their small town of Stars Hollow nearly a decade after the original series.
Little Fires Everywhere
Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the 1990s, “Little Fires Everywhere” stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, who play two mothers intertwined by motherhood, secrets, and a clash of cultural and socioeconomic differences. Witherspoon plays Elena Richardson, a married mother of four who meets the nomad artist Mia Warren (Washington), a single mother who moves into the Richardson’s old duplex with her teenage daughter Pearl. With only eight episodes in the miniseries, Witherspoon and Washington give viewers a performance that reaches beyond just a simple show, as their characters’ relationship blossoms into a complex, gripping, and emotional whirlwind of social reflection.
Ginny & Georgia
“Ginny & Georgia” follows a mother-daughter duo who move to a town in Massachusetts. Ginny is a troubled teenager frustrated by the free-spirited and childish antics of her mom, Georgia, who gave birth to Ginny as a teen as well as her half brother, Austin. They try to settle into their new home despite their troubled past. Similar to Tully and Kate, Ginny and Georgia learn from each other, and the audience get an inside look into flashbacks of Ginny’s childhood — a perspective that gives us an in-depth look into Ginny’s character and the woman she yearns to become.
Rizzoli & Isles
In this TNT series, Angie Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, the only female police officer in Boston’s homicide vision, and Sasha Alexander plays Maura Isles, her medical examiner best friend. Just like Tully and Kate, these two crime-fighting characters have a quirky yet supportive friendship. In “Rizzoli & Isles”, crime, drama, and romance collide as this series explores their strong bond and personal lives as accomplished and hardworking female role models.