Gail, Sue and Linda

Here’s why we think you’ll love it. 

The series starts with a man overboard.

It’s as shocking as it is dramatic. You know things can only get better from there. 

You’ll wish the characters were real. 

The three central women are the type of people you’d just love to have a coffee with, or go to for a cuddle when you’ve had a hard day. Linda, Sue and Gail will always put a smile on your face.

It makes light of hardship. 

Despite the dramatic tension, the storylines are sensitive and heartening. It’s a relationship drama, packed with warm fuzzies, laced with black comedy.

There’s a revelation in every episode. 

Just when things are starting to look up, they drop a bombshell on one of the characters, and you’re left reeling. Usually cliffhangers are kind of stressful, but in this case it’s brilliant because you can stream the full season right now.

The Guardian calls it “real and glorious and fun.”

“The result of people with talent to burn - writing, acting and directing.” We can’t argue with that. Besides the all-star cast, the series is written and directed by Kay Mellor, who brought us Strictly Confidential and In the Club.  

The stories are separate, but they intertwine flawlessly.

These three women and their families are connected in more ways than one. You won’t see it coming, and it’s fascinating to watch it unfold.

It’s Grace & Frankie without the old-lady stereotypes.

You don’t have to be middle-aged or partly-crazy to relate to these older women. Their friendship, their struggles and their humour defy generations. 

And it’s a Harry Potter reunion.

Gail is played by Zoe Wanamaker, whom you might recognise as Madame Hooch the Hogwarts flying teacher. Gail’s son Tom is played by Matthew Lewis. He’s grown up a little, but he’ll always be Neville Longbottom. 

It will also make you nostalgic for Downton Abbey

Phyllis Logan is lovable and convincing as always, but this is Mrs Hughes as you’ve never seen her before. No longer the staunch 1920s British housekeeper, she’s now a mother who finds herself in a tight spot, trying her best not to lose her grip. 

Season 2 is pretty much a given. 

If not, the writers have a lot to answer for. 

Read more about Girlfriends right here, or jump straight in and stream the full season now.