Shantay you stay Girlboss. The nastiest gal on Netflix stole our heart and blew our mind with the new Netflix original show, Girlboss. Fresh, fun and completely nostalgic for anyone who grew up in the days of Myspace. Girlboss starts in 2005, long before the Kardashians even had a TV show, which is hard to believe but even Britney Spears had not shaved her head yet. If RuPaul guest starring wasn’t enough, the show is produced by the only and only Monster herself, Charlize Theron.
In fact Britney Spears won her first Grammy award for “Toxic” in 2005. And the show also heavily features mid 2000’s pop culture events like Marissa’s death on The O.C., Kelly Clarkson winning American Idol, Myspace top friends drama and all the crazy Britney moments that we miss. So sashay away and get to watching this beautiful gem.
The show is based on the life and success of real life vintage clothes retailer, Sophia Amoruso. The show changed last names for artistic purpose but she is a modern day success story in real life. Sophia Amoruso was named one of the richest self made women by Forbes magazine in 2016. So some genius TV people decided to tell her story via Netflix and it was genius. Sophia’s store is called Nasty Gal and specializes in selling vintage clothes.
The show follows the life of Sophia Marlowe who is a free spirit to say the least. Sophia lives life by her own rules and doesn’t take crap from anybody. She lives life on a whim and does what she wants, when she wants. This includes not paying bills and stealing wine from movie theaters. Her character is insanely selfish but also amazing to watch. Hot mess train wreck is the best description we can think of.
Sophia is a good character but her best friend Annie gets our favorite character alert. Annie is awesome, fun and so pretty. We found ourselves falling in love with Annie way more than Sophia. The bottom line is that all the characters are pretty great. The gay friend and his mom, hilarious. Sophia’s neighbor, RuPaul, outstanding. Her dad is played by the chubby DEA agent guy from Breaking Bad, and hes great in this too.
We were pleasantly surprised at how good the show turned out to be. This is the reason we love Netflix and is why we started this website in the first place. We love being able to go into a show, completely unheard off, with an unbiased view. We had no expectations and were VERY happy with our results.
There is not a huge amount of sexual content, and what is shown is not very graphic. The language is very strong, but we love cursing so we fit right in with their lingo. The best part of the show is the nostalgia. It is sad to say but 2005 was 12 years ago. 12 YEARS. over a decade ago. And we were fortunate to grow up during that time. So many things about this show spoke to us in our very soul.
If you can’t remember a time when the internet did not rule our lives then you are too young to understand life. We remember where we were when Kelly Clarkson won American Idol in 2002. We remember our Myspace page and how moving people around your top 8 was the biggest online sin a friend could commit against you. You could literally murder someone, but hell hath no fury like a person who went from your number 1 to number 4 overnight.
(P.S.- Danity Kane was one of our favorite choices for Myspace page songs.)
We remember the rise of eBay, blackberry phones and the whole Britney Spears saga. The show really does a great job of showing how empowering it is for women to run their own business. Sophia is fearless and uses the internet to her advantage. The show focuses on her eBay store, Nasty Gal Vintage. Which she eventually gets banned from because of jealous competitors who hate her store.
The best part, besides the nostalgia, is the episodes about posting in internet forums. The show decided to take a totally new and inventive approach to showing online communication. Most shows and movies will just show you the phone/ computer screen and expect you to read the conversation in real time. While this does happen a few times, they took it to a whole new level.
The show has a dark room with a circle table that’s lit up. Each person at the table represents their online identification or store with a name plaque in front of them. For instance when Sophia comments on the thread, she appears, in person at the table with a name plate that says NastyGal. She then acts out what she is typing. Like all the different people and personalities are meeting in person but they are online. They even have a random spam person appear and an annoying bitchy teen.
It is the most inventive way we have ever seen the internet told. We were just sitting, starring, in awe of how genius this tactic was. If anything just watch that episode because it was incredible and hilarious. The show has only 1 season as it is a new Netflix release. There are 13 episodes and each one is only about 30 minutes long. So the binge is so not long enough.
We highly recommend this show and we think it will appeal to many of you out there needing a new show. The show is a drama but also a comedy. We found ourselves laughing uncontrollably hard at some parts, and wanting to cry at others. The combination of genius story telling, the fact it is based on a true story and the nostalgia it brings really makes this one of our new favorite shows. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE O.C. EPISODE and the one about the internet forums.
SASHAY AWAY and go watch this masterpiece right now. It is worth it and you will be thanking us for giving you life. And if anything it’s worth it to see RuPaul playing a pot head TSA agent.
5/5 stars for this show and a 10/10 rating for binge worthy success
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