The rip-roaring show of a Muslim women punk rock band is coming back to our screens and our hearts.
When We Are Lady Parts came out in June of this year on Channel 4 in the UK and Peacock here in the US, it felt like a miracle for representation. Here was a show starring all MENASA, Black, and Muslim women, along with their friends and families, pursuing the dream of being a successful punk rock band. Their faith and cultural backgrounds were simply a part of who they are, and the first season of the show struck an amazing balance of having their identities inform their characters, but never be defined by them. As Amina got swept into this group of Muslim women passionate about their music and expressing all parts of themselves, she undergoes a journey that will change her life in ways she never sought out, but ultimately needed. Audiences got a meaningful, hilarious, heartfelt, and dramatic six-episode journey for these amazing women in this brilliant season based on the life of the series creator, director, and writer Nida Manzoor. But adoring audiences wondered, would we get a second season expanding on the lives of these amazing brown and Black Muslim women?
In one of the absolute best Monday entertainment news stories EVER, Variety reported that We Are Lady Parts has been renewed for a Season 2. Like the first season, it will simulcast in the US and UK on Peacock and Channel 4. In a statement to Variety, Nida Manzoor said, “I feel so incredibly lucky and excited to have the opportunity to make a second series of We Are Lady Parts. I can’t wait to delve back into the world of the band and go deeper into their lives. Expect more high jinks, more music, and more flights of fancy.”
Additionally, Lisa Katz, president of scripted content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, issued a statement. “We Are Lady Parts exploded onto our screens and into our hearts with irreverent humor, original storytelling, and boundary-pushing comedy. We’re incredibly proud that this fan-favorite series was heralded as groundbreaking for Muslim representation on TV and can’t wait to continue on this journey with visionary creator Nida Manzoor and this beloved ensemble.”
In a statement to Deadline, Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, said, “We Are Lady Parts is the rallying cry from a fearlessly funny, contemporary and dial-shifting comedy that felt uniquely Channel 4 at its heart. The show deftly took big ideas around identity, representation, gender and creativity and wrapped them up in a truly original and hilarious show full of love, romance and sisterly power. From one of the most inventive and ambitious writer-directors around, we’re so delighted to be working with Nida, the exceptional cast and team at Working Title Television, NBCUniversal International Studios and our brilliant partners at Peacock to bring this back again.”
Additionally, Surian Fletcher-Jones, Executive Producer at Working Title Television added, “I’m so proud of We Are Lady Parts — for its wit, its inventiveness and its representation — and I’m absolutely thrilled that we’re getting to make another season. Nida has got so much to say about contemporary life and she’s found the perfect vehicle with this show to express her unique and inspiring world view. I can’t wait to share Nida’s vision for season two.”
We at The Nerds of Color extend our heartiest congratulations to Nida Manzoor, Anjana Vasan (Amina), Sarah Kameela Impey (Saira), Juliette Motamed (Ayesha), and the entire cast and crew, Faith Omole (Bisma), Lucie Shorthouse (Momtaz), Aiysha Hart (Noor), and the rest of the entire cast and crew. In the meantime, we implore you to watch the sublimely hilarious and heartfelt first season.
You can watch We Are Lady Parts Season 1 is on Peacock.