Amy Poehler originated Galentine’s Day back in 2010 on an episode of Parks & Recreation. The idea was to define the female experience while celebrating your best women friends on the 13th of February and give those friendships their due.

So, in our continued attempt to offer creative inspiration and expand your options beyond the run-o-the-mill, cliché’ “chick flicks”, the following selections offer even more than the classic “buddy picture” formula with the added benefit of a woman’s point of view. These options are not your Mom’s “Mama Mia”, “Steel Magnolias” or “Sex in the City”, not that those aren’t great selections in their own right.

This list is the good stuff. Consider it the unabridged, top shelf, off the beaten path, unexpected, yet incredibly relatable content. So, if you’ve been craving some insightful, extremely entertaining and enlightening TV and film, the following were curated especially for you for Galentine’s Day! Your significant Valentine, if you happen to have one, will likely find them intriguing as well.

Enjoy yourself…

1. 9 to 5 (Apple TV) Film. Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton show us how to run the show so EVERYBODY wins!

2. Adam’s Rib (HBO Max) Film. Katharine Hepburn at her best!

3. Agnes Browne (YouTube) Film. Anjelica Huston at her Irish best!

4. Alien (HULU) Film. Sigourney Weaver leads this

5. All About Eve (YouTube) Film. Bette Davis shows us what’s what.

6. American Horror Story (Apple TV) 10 seasons and still going strong. Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga, Billie Lourd and more!

7. Auntie Mame (Apple TV) Film. Rosalind Russell blows you’re mind.

8. Bend It Like Beckham (HULU) Film. Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley play ball!

9. Better Things (HULU) Series. Pam Adlon is the boss with 3 incredible daughters.

10. Big Little Lies (HULU) Limited series. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Meryl Streep rule Monterey.

11. Big Love (HBO) This incredible series delivers an extraordinary cast with the likes of Jeanne Triplehorn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Chloe Sevigny, Ellen Burstyn.

12. Booksmart (HULU) Film. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein lead this come of age story directed by Olivia Wilde.

13. Bridesmaids (HULU) Film. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy star.

14. Bring It On (Netflix) Film. Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku.

15. Broad City (HULU) Series. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson were born to crack you up.

16. Calendar Girls

17. Call the Midwife

18. Casa de Los Babys (2003)

19. Claws

20. Clueless

21. The Color Purple

22. Crazy Ex-girlfriend (Netflix) Series. Rachel Bloom stars in this romantic, comedy-drama series.

23. Dancing at Lughnasa

24. Dead to Me

25. Derry Girls

26. Dream Girls

27. Erin Brockovich

28. The Farewell

29. The Favorite (2018) Film. Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz

30. Feud: Bette and Joan

31. Fleabag (2016-2019)

32. Frida

33. Fried Green Tomatoes

34. Frozen

35. Garfunkel and Oates

36. Gentleman Jack

37. Ghost World

38. Gilmore Girls

39. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

40. Girls Trip

41. GLOW

42. The Good Fight

43. Good Girls

44. The Good Wife

45. Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

46. Gypsy

47. The Handmaid’s Tale

48. The Help

49. Hidden Figures

50. His Girl Friday

51. Howard’s End

52. How to Get Away With Murder

53. Hunger Games

54. Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

55. I’m No Angel (1933) Mae West leads the path to independence!

56. Iris

57. The Iron Lady

58. Joy

59. The Joy Luck Club

60. Julia

61. Juno

62. Killing Eve

63. Kill Bill Vol 1 and Vol 2

64. Lady Bird

65. Little Fires Everywhere

66. Little Miss Sunshine

67. Little Women (1936. 2019) They’re all good. Pick one.

68. Love & Basketball

69. Madame Secretary

70. Mare of Eastown

71. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

72. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

73. Mrs. America (HULU) This miniseries captures the Women’s movement in America from the early 1960’s till about 1980. Cate Blanchette, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Banks star. Truth is stranger than fiction.

74. Mean Girls

75. Men Don’t Leave

76. The Miracle Worker

77. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

78. The Morning Show (AppleTV+) Series.

79. Nora From Queens

80. Norma Rae (1979)

81. Nuclear Family (2021) This 3-part, HBO documentary series chronicles a lesbian couple’s experience after their sperm donor chose to claim paternity.

82. On the Verge (Netflix) Series. Julie Delpy rules! She’s the artist behind this amazing series. Wanna know what the best of women friends is *really* like? It’s in here in aces. What honestly cracks women up? Like I said, it’s delivered here, pitch perfect. Not to be overlooked or missed!

83. Orange is the New Black

84. Orphan Black (BBC America/AMC)

85. Parks and Recreation

86. Pretty Little Liars

87. Promising Young Woman

88. Queens

89. Queen Bees (2021)

90. The Queen’s Gambit

91. Queen of the South

92. Real Women Have Curves

93. Rough Night

94. Russian Doll

95. Self-Made (Netflix) Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish star.

96. Sense and Sensibility (HULU) Film. This is one of my all-time favorite film and one of many of Emma Thompson’s triumphs.

97. Silence of the Lambs

98. Silkwood

99. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

100. Sophie’s Choice

101. Stage Door

102. Suffragette

103. Terms of Endearment

104. Thelma and Louise

105. The Tinder Swindler

106. Thirteen

107. Tortilla Soup

108. Two Dope Queens

109. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

110. An Unmarried Woman

111. The Unsinkable Molly Brown

112. The Virgin Suicides

113. Waiting to Exhale

114. Waitress

115. Watchmen (HBO) Series. Regina King rules.

116. Weeds

117. The Whales of August (1987) Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price and Ann Southern star

118. Wit

119. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

120. The Women

121. Wonder Woman

122. Working Girl

123. Workin’ Moms

124. Whip It

125. Why Women Kill

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