9 Strong Female Leads to Watch on OSN Right Now

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Big Little Lies | Photo: Courtesy of OSN

With the addition of Disney+ this past April, as well as a recently launched feature making movies and TV shows streamable from any device, OSN has never been more desirable. Not only can you finally watch all your favorite Disney classics, as well as every single movie from the Marvel Universe, but now you can also watch all of your favorite shows from HBO, Hulu, BBC, AMC, and so many more. 

Savoir Flair has compiled a list of this summer’s hottest lineup of binge-worthy TV shows and movies all available for streaming on OSN, so you can finally put an end to the indecisive scrolling. And as an extra bonus, they all feature strong female leads. 

1

The Great

In this Hulu Original comedy-drama, Elle Fanning effortlessly takes on the role of Catherine the Great – one of history’s most enigmatic characters and the longest reigning Empress of Russia. From her first disastrous meeting with future husband, Peter the III (played expertly by Nicholas Hoult, who manages to make you laugh at his insidious idiosyncrasies), we are privy to the mind and machinations that begin the metamorphosis of the disillusioned bride into the future Empress of Russia. The Great cheekily claims to be ‘mostly’ based on true history, and clips along at a fast-talking pace, dragging us happily into 18th century Russia where husbands give their wives lovers, courtiers connive and contrive, and a young, foreign girl manages to stage a coup to overthrow an emperor.

Elle Fanning in The Great
The Great | Photo: Courtesy of OSN
2

Big Little Lies

Based on the best-selling book by Liane Moriarty, this HBO show’s starring lineup is the stuff dreams are made of. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern star as ‘The Monterey Five’, who become mysteriously entwined through the death of a man. The show dives deep into their individual stories and plots, while stringing you along as you try to solve the mystery of who was killed that night, and how the five were involved. The women shine in this series, but we cannot fail to mention the cast of outstanding supporting male actors whose talents these female forces of nature stand upon. Alexander Skårsgard, Adam Scott, and Jeffrey Nordling give brilliant performances, that are nuanced, emotional, diabolical, and sometimes heartbreaking. And oh, Meryl Streep joins the cast in Season 2.

Big Little Lies | Photo: Courtesy of HBO
3

Little Fires Everywhere

Following the success of Big Little Lies, Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, teamed up with Hulu to produce Celeste Ng’s best-selling novel, Little Fires Everywhere. The story follows two mothers (played by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington) from different socioeconomic backgrounds. It “explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood, and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.” There is only one season as Little Fires Everywhere was just released in March 2020, however, it has already left us greedily hungry for more.

Kerry Washington in Little Fires Everywhere. Courtesy of Hulu
Little Fires Everywhere | Photo: Courtesy of Hulu
4

Game of Thrones

If you didn’t understand the hype behind Game of Thrones, lend us your ears. Set in a medieval realm of seven kingdoms, this series (based on George R.R. Martin’s cult fantasy novels) centers on the savage struggle for the Iron Throne and the power it wields, all while facing a more sinister threat just beyond the Wall. Characters and subplots sprout up like weeds every week throughout the first season in an effort to weave the world of fire and ice, but we promise you it is worth it. No character is safe from Martin’s notorious sword, and HBO does not hold back from the author’s signature gore and scandal. Just when you think you’ve figured out who the good guys and bad guys are, you are faced with real humans who make good and evil choices simultaneously. The plots twist and turn, entangling themselves with each other at seemingly random until more is revealed, and the battle scenes are some of the most epic action sequences in all of film and television history. But the character journeys and the relationships that are forged and shattered are what keep you clicking to the next episode over and over and over. We guarantee you will feel shocked, ecstatic, enraged, betrayed, triumphant, and avenged all in one episode. If you can stomach it.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones | Photo: Courtesy of HBO
5

Killing Eve

BBC America’s comedy-drama, Killing Eve, might be the ultimate female-driven show on this list. Harking back to the old trope of cat-and-mouse detective stories, BBC reworked the genre and cast two strong actresses (Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer) in the roles of dedicated detective (Oh) versus psychopathic assassin (Comer). The show runners made sure to hire female head writers for each season as well. Perhaps this is why the relationship, chemistry, and dialogue is real, gritty, believable, and utterly terrifying. With three seasons to binge, you will be on the edge of your seat as the obsession to catch the killer begins. But who is the cat, and who is the mouse?

Jodie Comer in Killing Eve on OSN
Killing Eve | Photo: Courtesy of OSN
6

Sharp Objects

If you liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, then you are going to love her new novel-turned-miniseries, Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams. Adams stars as Camille Preaker, a mediocre reporter battling mental illness and various demons from her past. After she is assigned to return to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri to write about the murder of two young girls, she is forced to reunite with her controlling and cruel mother, Adora Crellin, and her supposedly perfect half-sister, Amma. She struggles to maintain control by drowning out her memories of the death of her sister with vodka and self-harming. True to Flynn’s style, the series is raw, suspenseful, morbid, and leaves you scared to watch but too afraid to stop. The confusing edits, flashbacks, non-linear storytelling, and abrupt cuts in a scene help the audience experience the chaos that consumes Camille’s mind. A must-watch for anyone who loves a true psychological thriller.

Amy Adams in Sharp Objects on OSN
Sharp Objects | Photo: Courtesy of HBO
7

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

If you’re looking for an easy movie night, you don’t need to be a child to enjoy this sequel remake of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie returns in the title role of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. She is joined on screen by Michelle Pfeiffer as the war-mongering Queen Ingrith, and Elle Fanning reprises her role as the newly installed Queen Aurora. After Prince Phillip and Aurora become engaged, Prince Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith, invites his bride-to-be and her adopted mother to dinner, where she stages a sleight of hand that turns even the tender-hearted Aurora against Maleficent. Fleeing for her life, Maleficent encounters a secret flock of winged fairies on the brink of peace or revenge, and she unexpectedly becomes the pivot on which the balance sits.

Maleficent | Photo: Courtesy of OSN
8

The Perfect Candidate

Keeping things a little more close to home, Saudi Arabia’s first female director, Haifaa Al-Mansour, tells the story of a young doctor who breaks convention and runs in her town’s local city election. Specificity and nuance color this remarkable drama that captures the struggles of Dr. Maryam Alsafan (portrayed by beautiful newcomer, Mila Al Zahrani), a modern, educated woman, in a patriarchal society. Its enlightening, to say the least, and we would be remiss to not show our support for more female voices like Al-Mansour’s in the region.

Mila Al Zahrani in The Perfect Candidate. Photo: Courtesy of OSN
The Perfect Candidate | Photo: Courtesy of OSN
9

Harriet

Okay, full disclosure. This one isn’t available to stream until August, but we cannot wait until it comes out, so we had to add it to our list. Harriet is based on real-life American hero, Harriet Tubman, and chronicles her escape from slavery and her journey through the Underground Railroad to the subsequent events that led to her becoming a conductor on the Underground Railroad and personally liberating 70 slaves. Starring Cynthia Erivo in her breakout role as the title character, this film earned the Color Purple Tony Award-winning actress her first Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Original Song, “Stand Up,” which she performed and penned with Joshua Brian Campbell. It is definitely a biopic not to be missed.

Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman. Courtesy of Focus Features
Harriet | Photo: Courtesy of Focus Features
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