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5 Shows like Ally McBeal: What Else Could There Be?

Roxanne_Sancto_itcher_contributorWomen in shows like ‘Ally McBeal’ may seem like they have everything going for them, but usually, there’s always that one aspect of life they’re missing out on – whether that may be a love life or a solid career, that differs for everyone. If you feel motivated by strong women trying to get their act together, you’ll find a lot of inspiration and laughter from ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’ and ‘Miranda’. ~ Roxanne Sancto

I know I’ve got it great, really. Good job, good friends, loving family. Total freedom and long bubble baths. What else could there be?

Well, that’s a good question, Ally (Calista Flockheart). What else could there be? A man, perhaps? Yes, that’s exactly what Ally is missing in her life: A solid relationship with a dreamy, successful, funny, handsome, intelligent and considerate man. Too much to ask for? Maybe, but Ally is determined not to lower her standards so she jumps from relationship to relationship desperately trying to find the one. But no one can quite compare to her childhood sweetheart Billy (Gil Bellows).

Ally is a respected lawyer, a loyal – if somewhat self-absorbed – friend and a well-liked, funny, young woman. Yet somehow, she finds it difficult to embrace the good things about her life and prefers to focus on the bad – most notably, her lack of a romatic relationships. Granted, she does try to stay positive (at times), but it doesn’t always work.

If you find yourself relating to TV series like ‘Ally McBeal’ and the protagonists constant search for love and harmony, check out the shows mentioned below!


Shows Similar to ‘Ally McBeal’…

‘The Mindy Project’ (Hulu, 2012)

Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) is an OB/GYN in her late twenties to mid-thirties (depending on which day you ask) whose passions are celebrities (and the gossip surrounding them), fashion and men. She flirts with everything that walks, exudes the kind of confidence men find either thrilling or intimidating and although her heart is in the right place, she is completely and utterly narcissistic.

As a shy, nerdy teenager and adolescent, Mindy spent most of her time watching romantic movies and even to this day, she wants nothing more than to find her handsome fairy-tale prince who will sweep her off her feet and whisk her away on a magical date before living happily ever after. But apparently, that’s easier said than done…

Similarity Match: 85%
Mindy Lahiri and Ally McBeal are both professional women lacking a romantic life. But while Ally whines about her relationships (or lack thereof), Mindy invents crazy schemes to get what she wants.

‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’ (CBS, 2010)

TV shows like ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’ are great because they show you that even a recently divorced, single mother with her own business can find romance – even if it’s not easy. Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has just been dumped by her ex-husband Richard (Clark Gregg) for a “new” Christine (Emily Rutherford), but she refuses to let it get to her.

Instead, she concentrates on not embarrassing herself in front of the bitchy, superficial “meanie-moms” Marly (Tricia O’Kelley) and Lindsay (Alex Kapp Horner) and finding a little love of her own. Seeing as she is Mrs. Neurotic, finding the right partner is challenging…

Similarity Match: 80%
Ally and Christine have very fulfilling lives in terms of career, friends and family, but both miss having a romantic partner. The difference is: Ally doesn’t have a child to take into consideration.

‘Miranda’ (BBC Two, 2009)

Miranda’ (Hart), is what I call, a beautiful person with a great sense of humour and an unfortunate tendency to get herself into the most humiliating situations. She lives in a cosy little flat above her very own joke shop which she runs with her best friend Stevie (Sarah Hadland) and has plenty of good friends (even vegetable friends!). But she can’t seem to get anywhere in the dating department.

She’s crazy in love with Gary (Tom Ellis) but his handsome presence makes her so nervous and clumsy, their dates usually end catastrophically. But who knows, despite her mother Penny’s (Patricia Hodge) beliefs, there may still be hope for Miranda…

Similarity Match: 75%
Even when Ally is happy, she attracts drama – whether it be her own personal drama or that of clients. Miranda on the other hand, is a happy-go-lucky gal who knows how to laugh at whatever life throws at her.


If You Like ‘Ally McBeal’, You Will Also Like….

TV series like ‘Ally McBeal’ and ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’ focus on career-driven women who are missing romance in their lives. Let’s see what happens when we turn the tables. Here are a few female characters that are happy with their lives in general, but are desperate to hit the jackpot in their careers!

‘Spaced’ (Channel 4, 1999)

Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Tim (Simon Pegg) share a flat together. They are both creative, lazy and always up for fun but when it comes to finding the necessary motivation to further their careers, they find themselves stuck. Or smoking doobies and gaming instead.

Daisy is a budding writer who dreams of being a successful journalist one day but lacks the discipline to write on a regular basis. So she gets by with meaningless jobs instead and usually ends up getting fired for disrespecting authority figures and manifesting a disinterested attitude…Will we ever get to see one of her books in a shop window? Hmm…

Daisy doesn’t take herself all too seriously, whereas Ally does. They are both roughly the same age but Daisy is still too busy having fun, while Ally seems to try and stop herself from having fun.

‘The Big Bang Theory’ (CBS, 2007)

Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) girlfriend Penny (Kaley Cuoco) has a tough time making ends meet as a waitress. She is an aspiring actress but finds it difficult to get cast in quality movies and usually ends up in extremely bad horror movies instead. She is constantly struggling with her determination to make it in the Hollywood world and the realization that maybe, it’s time to consider other career options.

Penny is a lot younger than Ally, so she doesn’t feel the pressures as strongly. But both long to make it to the top one day.


Can We Really Have it All?

Yes, of course, women can have it all – the career, the kids, the loving husband. But no one said it was going to be easy getting it all and TV series similar to ‘Ally McBeal’ prove just that without letting us lose hope. You can find love in the most unexpected places and if you stick with your passion, you can reach the career goals you have set out for yourself too.

Ally, Penny, Miranda, Mindy – they all make it in the end, romantically and professionally. So what’s your game plan? Are you more of a Mindy or a Christine?

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