'Girls' And Three Other Boxsets Your Girlfriend Was Right About

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From Don Draper’s boozing to Walter White’s metamorphosis into a meth kingpin – not to mention Game of Throne’s orgy of blood and boobs – your other half has put up with a lot of box sets aimed squarely at men.

You, meanwhile, have sat through three whole minutes of Grey’s Anatomy, made your excuses and hightailed it down the pub.

How are you going to find a compromise and share a quiet night in together without facing another 'real life' documentary about childbirth, horrifically disfiguring ailments or children born with horrifically disfiguring ailments?

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Thankfully, there’s more to "female orientated programming" than reruns of Friends, and just as she made an effort with The Sopranos and ended up loving it, you too can win by giving in to your partner's Netflix of choice...
 

Girls (above)
The mere thought of a bunch of over-privileged twentysomething interns prancing about New York might have you pre-emptively gouging your eyeballs out with your TV remote, but stick with us: Girls is funny. Piss funny. In fact, maybe even accidentally-leak-a-tiny-bit-of-wee funny. Created by and starring the teeth-nashingly talented 27-year-old Lena Dunham (also worth checking out is her similarly themed film debut Tiny Furniture) and produced by Knocked Up’s Judd Apatow, this is the anti-Sex in the City. There’s none of the shrill glamour, only abortion clinics, weird boyfriends and the occasional accidental consumption of crack. 

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Not to be confused with: Gossip Girl

Orange Is The New Black
From Prison Break to Porridge, we’ve seen so many TV jail cells it actually feels like we’ve done time ourselves. The latest insta-binge from Netflix takes a different angle – set in a female prison, where it’s not just their emotions inmates get in touch with. Don’t just take your girlfriend’s word for this one: it comes shackled to a heap of critical praise.

Not to be confused with: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit; some hil-arious The Devil Wears Prada / Ugly Betty fashion mag send-up; Prisoner: Cell Block H



Friday Night Lights

A classically cheesy concept that subverted expectations. As with the film of the same name, Friday Night Lights follows a high school football team in a tiny Texan town. Yeesh. But pin-sharp writing and nuanced character development made it a cult hit. Sure, it's deathly earnest, but FNL is part of that rare breed of TV show that can make your eyes misty and heart ache. Really.

Not to be confused with: Footballers’ Wives


Big Love
This under-the-radar Mormon drama deals with the realities of a particularly male fantasy – polygamy – and suggests that legitimately bedding more than one woman might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Not to be confused with: My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
 

Girls season two is out on DVD now