Sometimes, you just need a break from the endless stream of depressing news stories, and what better way to do so than spending an hour or two with some kick-ass on-screen ladies? From Jane the Virgin to Xena: Warrior Princess, here are 15 TV shows for when you need a strong dose of girl power.
9. Xena: Warrior Princess
Years on air: 1995-2001
Watch on: Hulu
“In a time of ancient Gods, Warlords and Kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero… She was Xena.”
Xena (Lucy Lawless) was one of ‘90s TV’s greatest bad-asses. With a penchant for leather and sharp objects, the reformed warlord and her bestie, Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor), travelled around Ancient Greece using their formidable fighting skills to help the helpless.
But the fact that it was led by a strong woman wasn’t the only thing that made Xena so special. Xena was also very, very queer, and the fans loved it!
Since it was the ‘90s, Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship was all about subtext. But in the upcoming reboot, in development at NBC, Xena is out and proud. And, according to executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, after more than 20 years, Xena and Gabrielle have finally made it official.
An action-adventure series with two strong, queer women leading the way? Who could say no to that?