25 shows that will make you happy to be single this summer

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Don’t be turned off by the name. It’s really a show about lifting women up, offering ourselves care when we need it, and forgiving ourselves when we are at our weakest. Conceived and created by Rachel Bloom, the show mixes acute social commentary about sexual and relationship politics with clever musical numbers.

Bloom’s character, Rebecca Bunch, is unhappy at her high-powered lawyer job in New York and decides to move to West Covina, California after a chance run-in with her high school boyfriend. Yes, it’s nuts, but it’s really just a symptom of a deeper ennui with her life.

Once Rebecca arrives in California, she becomes fixated on the boyfriend, Josh, and her life revolves around trying to win him back. The show takes on a lot of the stigma around female behavior, using humor and wit to draw attention to the impossibilities of being female and single.

The show is brilliant at balance and equivalence, acting a scathing indictment on dating and relationships, but also as an authentic story about a woman grappling with her own identity. It’s both sweet and sour; hard and easy to love; and high and low art all at once.

Where to watch: The CW delight is available on Netflix, but unfortunately the upcoming fourth season will be it’s last.