Gossip Girl opened up a sordid world on the Upper East Side that some of our favorite characters reveled in, including Blair Waldorf, Serena Van Der Woodsen, Dan Humphrey, and others. From their mornings spent on the MET’s steps before school (because clearly, that’s what the rich kids on the UES do) to their attendance at Gala events in tuxedos and gowns, it was a show that kept viewers coming back for more drama each week.
Six friends who drink coffee (lots and lots of coffee) and deal with the same everyday struggles most 20- and 30-somethings encounter—dating, family, job, being broke, and more. This show was special because it made us laugh, and laugh hard (could I be laughing anymore?!), but Friends was also sensitive at times, showing everyone that getting through life in the Big Apple was very much dependent on the friends who are actually your family.
Sex and the City
SATC truly embodied what it was to be a young professional woman in NYC; through dating, working, marriage, babies, and more, this show had it all. At times, it seemed unrealistic and too glamorous. For example, Carrie supposedly lived in a large one bedroom on the Upper East Side (the real house façade is in the West Village) with no income to speak of and bought $500 Manolo Blahnik stilettos, but the audience loved the show in spite of its (sometimes) unrealistic nature. Carrie’s trial and tribulations in her love life and more were something to aspire to and glamorize. If she could love New York City that much, so could anyone else.
Still a classic show that many love to chat about or reference (hello, soup Nazi), this is a great series to watch in order to see what New York City adults were up to in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, a different world from today’s Girls. Seinfeld’s characters lived on the Upper West Side—a sign of the times: Uptown was where people of their age and socioeconomic status lived and hung out (Friends was set downtown in the West Village, and Girls was set in Brooklyn). Seinfeld’s main female character is quite the female protagonist—Elaine led a generation of blazer-wearing ladies into offices and diners.
If you liked Girls, you will most certainly like Broad City. It’s a little less glossy and a bit grimy (when compared to Girls), but that’s part of its charm. The show navigates two friends living in NYC (in their 20s) and goes through their daily trials and tribulations from work to love and everything in between. The comedy is dry and raunchy at times, but it brings a realness that other shows about the same topic might not.
The Mindy Project
Dr. Mindy Lahiri is full of sass and wit, which only makes her more endearing to the audience. She lives in New York City and is forever looking for love. She’s the perfect mix of flirty, clueless, and disarmingly smart. Her love life matures throughout the series, but you should take a look back at some of the early episodes to get that “single girl living in the city” feel.