The arrival of Good Girls' fourth and final season on Netflix is bittersweet. On one hand, it's great to finally have every episode of the NBC crime dramedy; on the other, it's a reminder that the show was canceled too soon. The series starred Retta, Christina Hendricks, and Mae Whitman as financially troubled mothers who go on a crime spree to get money, and while it's possible that nothing else will ever compare, there are plenty of shows out there with the same elements that made Good Girls such a gem.
Whether you're looking for more shows about normal (or, well, relatively normal) people doing crime, morally conflicted protagonists, or complicated moms, you're sure to find your next watch in here.
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Three women on the run from dangerous criminals. A tale of women taking control of their own agency. Lots of sex and nudity. OK, so Netflix's Sky Rojo has two things in common with Good Girls, but they're two really big things! The series comes from Money Heist's Álex Pina, who knows exactly what people want out of a TV show: violence, sexiness, non-stop action, just enough plot, and a great soundtrack. For his latest adventure, he follows a trio of women -- including Argentine superstar Lali Espósito -- who escape their pimp after being trafficked to Spain to work at his brothel. It's hard R-rated action with three strong female leads that also revels in spinning a ridiculous yarn that is immensely watchable. You'll power through this in an afternoon. -Tim Surette
While I, personally, would be entertained watching Niecy Nash make a grocery list, it's nice that she also stars in a great TV show. Much like Good Girls, Claws is about a group of working women trying to make ends meet -- manicurists, to be specific -- who decide to start laundering money. Under the impeccable pedicures and the brightly colored, loudly patterned dresses are women who will do just about anything to succeed in the traditionally male-dominated field of organized crime. Claws isn't afraid of indulging in high drama -- seriously, it has everything from mob bosses to sex slavery to murder -- and if that sounds like a lot, it's also hilarious. And anyway, all the craziness is just part of the whole Claws package.
Dead to Me is about grief -- Jen (Christina Applegate), a widowed mother of two whose husband was killed in a hit-and-run, spends many episodes grappling with hers -- but it's also a twisty, weird dramedy about what happens when ordinary people get involved in crime. Working through her loss, Jen decides to join a support group, where she meets Judy (Linda Cardellini), who claims her fiancé has also recently died. As their friendship deepens, secrets are exposed, and Jen and Judy find themselves getting in over their heads trying to cover up and justify their actions. It'll remind you of those early Good Girls days, when the biggest problem Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta), and Annie (Mae Whitman) had was trying to keep Boomer (David Hornsby) quiet.
While Good Girls (like many of the shows on this list) is all about people willingly plotting out and executing crimes, Search Party is about people who become unwittingly involved in crime -- at first, anyway. The black comedy stars Alia Shawkat as Dory, an aimless twenty-something living in Brooklyn who decides to assign purpose to her life by tracking down an old college classmate who has recently gone missing. Having seen every episode (so far) of Search Party, and knowing the bold, dark places the show has since gone to, it feels a little bizarre for me to even write those words -- the way it starts is such a far throw from where the show currently is. It's much weirder than Good Girls, and it revels more in the satirization of millennial culture, but Search Party is often laugh-out-loud funny, and it's well worth your time if you're willing to go along for the ride.
After her husband is eaten by an alligator (this is a show set in Florida, and it really leans into that), Krystal Stubbs (Kirsten Dunst) is left with a baby, a mountain of debt, and boxes of unsellable merchandise from the multi-level marketing business he believed would make them rich. Her job at a local water park doesn't pay her enough for the life she wants to be living, and so she decides to take matters into her own hands by working her way up in the pyramid scheme that financially ruined her. Just like how Good Girls explores Beth sinking deeper into the dark world of criminality, On Becoming a God goes deep into Krystal's hunger for power and money.
If your favorite part of Good Girls is its willingness to end episodes on a high-stakes cliffhanger, meet Why Women Kill, a show that is even more audacious about its love for soapy drama. The dramedy weaves together the stories of three women from three different generations, played by Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, all of whom are stuck in marriages plagued with infidelity. And eventually, as the title suggests, there's murder, but I won't spoil that for you. It was created by Marc Cherry, most famous for giving us Desperate Housewives, which should tell you all you need to know about the tone of this show.
Maddie (Inbar Lavi) is a con artist with a very specific specialty: She ropes people into marriage and then robs them blind. But when she discovers that she might actually have real feelings for her latest mark, and three of her former husbands show up to take back what's theirs after realizing they've all been scammed by the same woman, everything is thrown into question. Imposters is fast-paced and enthralling, and evens out a lot of the darkness with witty humor.
Who hasn't, at least once, wished to reinvent themselves, to move somewhere new and completely start over? That's what Barry is all about, following the titular Barry (Bill Hader), a hitman who doesn't actually want to be a hitman anymore, as he attempts to start anew as an actor living in Los Angeles. But, just as Beth finds out after meeting Rio (Manny Montana), it's not so easy to pull yourself away from a life of crime, and Barry spends much of the show struggling to leave his past behind him, usually unsuccessfully. He just can't seem to turn off that part of his brain, no matter how much he wants to, and Barry has a lot of interesting things to say about whether or not people actually have the capacity to change. It's fascinating, funny, and devastating.