Your summer watchlist: 15 shows you can watch to beat the heat

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11. Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce

The rundown: Successful relationship expert and author Abby McCarthy finds herself going through a divorce but struggles to cope with it in a way that is on brand for her public image. She has a bit of a meltdown in the first episode. Abby ends up switching professional gears while she also figures out how to live apart from her estranged husband.

Why it’s summer fun: I’ve said this before, but Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is to divorce and middle age, what Sex and The City was to casual sex and the freedom of youth. While both series features a group of impeccably dressed women supporting each other through all the bad stuff that happens to us, GG2D is more about restarting, and the rebirth that happens after you get divorced and your children are older.

It’s about exploring phase 2 of your life. You know, that time after your divorce, when the world is new and scary again, and you don’t know how to live alone or date or parent on your own. This show, even with its designer bags and ageless stars, explores an important moment in many women’s lives. Even though it doesn’t flinch from the hard stuff, it’s a reminder that life can still be fun.

Where to watch it: Sadly, Bravo is about to air the fifth and final season of this gem, but it lives on through the magic of streaming and Netflix.