It’s been nearly 2 years since the season 2 finale of Chewing Gum aired on E4 (and roughly a year for us American Netflix viewers) and I think I can speak for everyone when I say the withdrawal has been intense.
After much back and forth on the possibility of a 3rd season of the wildly popular show, Michaela Coel confirmed in an interview last week that—as far as she’s concerned—Chewing Gum officially ended with season 2.
It is a totally respectable and understanding decision for Coel, who’s expressed desire to work on other projects and has (technically) passed on the baton to any potential writers willing to undertake the task of continuing the series.
In an interview with Jezebel she remarked that for anyone who wants to try their hand at a season 3 themselves: “Good. Do it.” I’m not doing another season. Anybody else can do it. Please, anybody. I’m just not doing it. That’s all. Everybody has permission. I’m just not. For real.“
Fair enough! Perhaps Chewing Gum season 3 will indeed be brought back to life in the form of an epic fan-written saga. Or perhaps this is all drawing out the painfully inevitable and we should let Chewing Gum go with grace and well-deserved applause.
Either way, if you’re like me and still need a dose of some good, hilarious #relatable girl content, here’s 10 more shows in the vein of Chewing Gum starring awesome, quirky women of color:
1. Some Girls
Another UK show starring a quirky black girl with epic comedic skills, Some Girls followed the every day shenanigans of four 16 year old friends as they dealt with everything from school, sex, careers, and everything in between!
Girl on the left look familiar? Well that’s because it’s Susan Wokoma, who played Tracey’s hilarious sexually repressed but religious fanatic sister on Chewing Gum! Crazyhead follows the same realm of offbeat humor, but in this series, Wokoma’s character Raquel finds herself battling a plethora of problems as a demon hunter with some…interesting Daddy issues.
3. Fresh Meat
This Youtube Series follows the antics of the eclectic Vod (played by Zawe Ashton) and her group of misfit friends as they navigate freshman year—and more awkward moments than you can count—at Manchester Medlock University.
4. Loosely Exactly Nicole
Starring the hilarious Nicole Byer from MTV’s Girl Code, Loosely Exactly Nicole paints a humorous coming-of-age tale as we follow eponymous character Nicole trying to get her break in show business and acting while navigating the trials of living on your own for the first time.
Written and directed by Roseanne Liang and starring JJ Fong, Perlina Lau, and Ally Xue, Flat3 is a super fun and upbeat web series following the lives of a trio of Asian-Kiwi girls living together in Auckland, New Zealand.
Starring Buzzfeed Star Quinta Brunsen, Broke is a Youtube Red series that follows 3 black friends as they move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and navigate the strange, often confusing world that is millennial California.
7. Shug and Fatts
A hilarious slapstick comedy in the vein of Broad City, Shugg and Fatts follows the adventures of two Hijabi women as they navigate self-identity by adopting “the latest Western trends of self expression and personal growth”.
Starring Yara Shahidi, the Black-ish spinoff follows oldest daughter Zoe as she navigates college life, friendships, romance, and living on her own for the first time.
9. Ackee & Saltfish
Expanded from a well-recieved short film, Ackee & Saltfish follows Rachel and Olivia, two friends navigating the day-to-day adventures of East London. With each character’s witty banter and hilarious comedic timing, Ackee & Saltfish definitely nails down the relatability and quirkiness that made Chewing Gum so endearing.
10. Brown Girls
Another web-series making serious waves, Brown Girls follows the friendship of Leila and Patricia as they navigate life in Chicago, and the confusing—and often times awkward AF— trials and tribulations of their twenties.
So, there you have it! Whether you watch only watch one of these shows or decide to binge them all, it can certainly be said that the love for quirky girls of color and the stories they tell runs far and wide, and is only just beginning!
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