Julia Teti
January 25, 2018 4:02 pm
Eric Liebowitz / Netflix, Mark Johnson/ Netflix, The CW

After binge-watching every available season of New Girl on Netflix five times over, it’s probably time to move on…to a new show. Jess and the boys from the loft will always hold a very special place in our hearts. But it might be a good idea to take a breather, before our beloved Jess Day graces our television screens when New Girl returns this April.

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to watch that is like New Girl, but isn’t New Girl, we’ve got you covered. So snuggle up with a cup of tea, your favorite blanket, and relax. These shows offer complex female leads, and hilarity at every turn. Here are our recommendations that are Jess Day-approved.

1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 

The brain child of Tina Fey, Kimmy is found in an underground bunker after “surviving” the apocalypse with her fellow cult members. Once finding the world still intact, Kimmy moves to New York City and, well, as with work by Tina Fey, hilarity ensues. 

2. Jane the Virgin 

When there’s a mix-up at the OBGYN (don’t you hate those?), devout Catholic Jane Villanueva finds herself pregnant. What starts as a horror story from the gynecologist turns into a romantic comedy series. 

3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 

Seemingly put together from the outside, there is more to Rebecca Bunch than meets the eye — you know, it’s a little more neuanced than that. She decides, on a whim, to leave her life in NYC and heads to West Covina, California…to follow her one-time camp crush. 

4. The Good Place 

We’re big Kristen Bell fans here, but you won’t find her singing about building a snow man on this show. After Bell’s character passes away, she’s to The Good Place — uh, “Good Place.” The show is full of more twists and turns (and deaths) than an episode of Game of Thrones, and completely deserves a spot on your to-binge list. 

5. Chewing Gum 

Chewing Gum is a British comedy written and starring Michaela Coel (who you might recognize from the most recent season of Black Mirror). She plays Tracey, a sex-obsessed virgin who is equal parts awkward and bold, who has to deal with dating AND – plot twist – her very religious mother.

6. Lady Dynamite 

Weird and wacky, Lady Dynamite is a surreal show about the life of Maria Bamford, or at least, the life she’s accepted she has. The show stars Bamford, Ana Gasteyer, and some pug dogs. Yes. Pug dogs. 

7. Girlboss 

Based on the novel Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, the one and only season of Girlboss is definitely worth the watch. In the semi-biographical series, Sophia tries (and fails), to run her own business while balancing her personal life. For anyone out there struggling with trying to be an adult, his is a great find. 

8. Drop Dead Diva 

When a vapid, selfish model is killed in a car accident, she comes back as Jane Bingum. Now a successful lawyer, Jane must find the true meaning of beauty by looking from within. 

9. Garfunkel and Oates 

If you’ve ever wanted a moment in your life to become a song parody, then look no further. Garfunkel and Oates follows two twenty-something women as they write and perform song parodies inspired by the misadventures in their personal and professional lives.

Now get to binge-watching!