1. The Carrie Diaries
2. Sex and the City
And so, you follow it up with the obvious predecessor: Sex and the City. It’s the gal pal, NYC show that started it all. Sure, it’s almost entirely unrealistic (a magazine journalist who can afford to live in a one bedroom apartment with an absurdly large collection of shoes and an unlimited bank account for brunch?) but it’s still stupidly amusing to watch.
3. The City
The follow-up to the insanely popular The Hills, I for one definitely thought this show was short-lived. Whitney Port is actually bright and interesting, and seemed pretty real. She had a relationship with a weird looking Australian that actually started on The Hills, but was a fun way to pretend like you actually lived in NYC – they were always out bar hopping, grabbing lunch, working in the Meatpacking district (very trendy), and generally doing fun and trendy things. Sure, they recast almost the entire show in the second half of the first season, but they figure it out after that.
Hailed as the most accurate show set in NYC to date (they actually go in and come out of the same building for scenes in the correct area of Manhattan… crazy, I know), Girls is beloved by girls, boys, and anyone who has even an ounce of wit or sass within them. Also known for pushing the boundaries – I mean, come on people, it is HBO – it’s insanely entertaining and you’ll never be bored.
Sort of The City-esque, but better – because these gals actually work! Shocking. They’re all competing to be DVF’s new Brand Ambassador, which is basically traveling the world representing the brand and attending awesome parties and meeting every celebrity you could imagine – all while empowering women everywhere and being Diane von Furstenburg’s wing woman, which is arguably the best “best friend” gig out there. (Wanna apply for next season?)
Obviously. I mean, sure, yogurt sales have spiked since Blair first dumped hers onto an unknowing minion, but there’s no better show to get lost in if you’re looking for hot guys, hot parties, and unlimited hookups between the main 6 characters of the show. And you can’t forget how girl-powered the entire show is – from Blair basically running Constance Billard to Serena still coming out on top, no matter what the scandal, you always have hope when watching.
Well, really from Glee’s 4th season on. This is when Rachel moves to NYC with Kurt, and Santana eventually joins them. They basically take over the city one NYADA class at a time, one song sang at a diner, literally anything musical you could imagine. If you’ve ever dreamt of making it in the Broadway / entertainment industry, this is your path to make it. Plus, Kurt + Santana + Rachel? The ultimate diva combo.