Watch These TV Shows When You Need A Little Career Inspo


Feeling stuck in the same routine? Want to change things up in your life but not sure where to begin? Regardless of whether you’ve been in the working world for a few years or you’re just starting out, it’s okay to dream a little and take the time to think about what you really want to do. And seeking out your passions can come in so many forms, from reading books to listening to the words of successful businesswomen. Sometimes, the best answers can even come to you through a solid TV binge. So check out these seven TV shows full of badass women for some career inspiration and see where you end up!

1. “Sex And The City” (HBO)

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Set in the 90s with tons of Manolo Blahnik heels and trendy NYC restaurants, this timeless classic will always be one of our go-to pick-me-ups. It doesn’t matter if you’re more of a Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte or Miranda — each of these women proves that it’s always right to work hard for what you want, sip a cocktail even now and then, and look fabulous while doing so.

2. “Shameless” (Showtime)

Based in the south side of Chicago, “Shameless” follows the lives of the rag-tag Gallagher family as they work together to survive the mishaps of their alcoholic father Frank. The family is spearheaded by female lead Fiona (Emmy Rossum) as she tirelessly works every job possible and serves as the glue that holds the family together. From caring for her younger siblings to navigating her precarious love life, Fiona’s badass personality and (the entire “Shameless” cast) is bound to make you both laugh and cry.

3. “The Mindy Project” (Fuse)

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Mindy Kaling shines in this romantic comedy as a quirky OB/GYN exploring New York City. As she hilariously attempts to navigate a budding career and a frustrating love life with the help of her co-workers, Kaling’s character sometimes lets the two worlds overlap and insanity ensues. Loosely based on the life of her own mother, Kaling’s humor, sass and irresistible charm are bound to inspire you to face each day with determination and endless optimism.

4. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is the ultimate mood booster. After being rescued from a doomsday cult where she was held in captivity for 15 years, 29-year-old Kimmy breaks into the hustle and bustle of the 21st century, taking New York City by storm. Her journey is like no other, and this Netflix hit teaches us the ultimate lesson of smiling through any challenge, be it something so simple as dealing with a dramatic roommate or pursuing your dreams against all odds.

5. “Two Broke Girls” (CBS)

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This sitcom follows the lives of two waitresses, Max Black and Caroline Channing, as they struggle to make their dreams of opening a cupcake shop a reality while working at a diner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As both come from different upbringings, Max being raised by a working-class mother and Caroline by a now-incarcerated billionaire, the two friends combine their experiences and wits to navigate their various business ventures together. Each 20-minute episode ends with a tally of their current finances. Through all of the light comedy and entertaining mishaps, the show demonstrates what it means to work for your goals.

6. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

If you’ve never seen this beloved medical drama, stop what you’re doing, pull out the popcorn and turn on ABC. “Grey’s Anatomy” follows the lives of Meredith Grey and her close-knit intern crew as they make their way from residents to attending physicians and eventually seasoned doctors at Seatle Grace Hospital. Have a box of tissues ready and be prepared to tear up at medical marvels, the longing stares of “McDreamy” and, of course, the badass female power duo friendship between characters Meredith Grey and Christina Yang.

7. “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” (E)

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Love them or hate them, the Kardashians know how to do business. With a collective family net worth in the multi-millions, the Kardashian empire stretches so far and wide that it can be hard to keep track of it all. From clothing lines to makeup brands to gaming apps, much of their fortune started with this beloved TV show. Though filled with endless drama, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” gives you an inside look into each sister’s unique style and business tactics that make the group so wildly successful.


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