March Madness: Based On A True Story vs. Women Be Doing It For Themselves

These categories have a thin overlap, in that the stories depicted in Women Be Doing It For Themselves (that’s a Playing House reference, by the way) mirror closely to their lives. (Not that we know anyone who became best friends with their opponent because their husbands came out and married each other. Yet.) As for our almost-non-fiction, Based On A True Story, we have both the serious and the humorous. Sometimes the truth deserves to be exaggerated.

Drunk History features historical tales, told by comedians and entertainers and depicted through reenactments. This Is Not Happening also features tales told by comedians, but lacks the reenactments. Both shows include humor and embellishment.

Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. is a limited series on USA about the ’90s investigations into the death of hip-hop megastars Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. Sometimes it seems to focus more on the nice white people investigating the crime. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace is Ryan Murphy’s latest installment in his ACS series. It follows the murder spree of Andrew Cunanan and is more measured and respectful than its predecessor, The People v. OJ.

Grace & Frankie and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are both editor-beloved streaming comedies about women who embark on new chapters after the dissolution of their marriages. Mrs. Maisel stumbles into a career in comedy after her dog of a husband cheats on her (after all she did for him!) and is set in 1960s New York. Grace and Frankie find love and friendship when their husbands leave them for each other in present-day California.

Grownish is a spin-off of Blackish, and tracks oldest daughter Zoe when she goes off to college. It airs on newly-woke network Freeform.  SMILF is a funny-but-depressing comedy about a struggling single mother in Boston.


Voting begins now, so head this way to Brackets Ninja to cast your ballot!

If you enjoyed that, there’s six more sections we’d love you to chime in on:

Family Comedy vs. Family Dramedy
Spooky vs. Superhero
Dark Places vs. Workplace Comedies
Decades Ago vs. Re-Boots
Military vs. Politics
Crime-Solving Savants vs. Medical Dramas


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