Summer’s almost officially here, which means vacation and down time for many of us. Aka the perfect time catch up on new TV shows. What better way to figure out what shows to check out than to ask a raging feminist?
Today’s question: What is your current favorite TV show?
“Re-watching Battlestar Galactica (2004) so I can practice throwing the Patriarchy out of the airlock.” — Hilary Nunes
“Lately I’ve been watching TV shows about smart, funny women almost exclusively: I binged on Grace and Frankie when it debuted, and am now making my way through Gilmore Girls again and bemoaning the fact that I will never be as cool as Kelly Bishop, ever. Once the new season of Orange Is the New Black is available, I’m going to binge-watch that, too. I like my TV like I like the rest of my life: free of mediocre dudes (and the things created by them).” — Amy Plitt
“As a media critic, it’s been ages since a pilot has impressed me as much as UnReal, Lifetime’s (I know!) darkly satirical takedown of reality TV dating shows. Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer/EP Marti Noxon and former reality TV staffer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro deliver strong character development, compelling storytelling and biting dialogue. But what really excites me, as the author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, is how thoroughly the series deconstructs reality TV sexism, racism, infantilizing fairy tale narratives, Frankenbite editing and behind-the-scenes manipulation (and that’s just in the first few minutes of the pilot! Elements of the show may seem twisted or over-the-top, but based on my 14 years of research and monitoring of the genre, UnReal is surprisingly, daringly realistic.” — Jennifer L. Pozner
“I burned through all available episodes of The Bletchley Circle (a British series that only got three short seasons) on Netflix. It’s a fascinating look at the women who worked as code-breakers in England during World War II. The story picks up after the war when the women, who have all retreated to regular lives and aren’t allowed to talk about their wartime achievements, band together to solve crimes. This crosses many things off of my feminist TV checklist: great lipstick, badass women using their brains and so much lesbian subtext.” —Lilit Marcus
“Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. The third and fifth television shows to star a black woman in the history of television! Don’t tell me America isn’t equal when there have been five whole television shows to star black women ever.” — Ashley Black
“My complete addiction is to Netflix, and my newest, most current drug is Sense8, a paranormal story about deeply flawed love realized through spiritual, intergalactic connections and transcendent humanity. It’s sexy, it’s unafraid, its characterization throughout each interwoven storyline is absolutely captivating. The casting director is a badass motherf***ing woman named Carmen Cuba who knows her way around casting authentic ethnic families. It’s a must-watch for all raging feminists and their feminist lovers.” — Erica Hoskins Mullenix
“Well obviously, Orange is the New Black. What raging feminist can resist a show about prison that is so poignant and so real? I used to be ignorant about what prison is really like. And now I know that prison is just like camp, only instead of making s’mores, you make out with your beautiful lesbian roommate! And instead of making lanyards, you make out with your beautiful lesbian roommate! I love camp.” — Alex Blank Millard
“My absolute favorite television show at the moment is The Magic School Bus. The entire show is one long feminist rant, with Ms. Frizzle forcing my white, male 6-year-old to question everything Dinosaur Train has taught him. Ms. Frizzle is single, child-free (assuming by choice), well-educated and an expert in pretty much every field, but particularly a star in all things STEM related. The show wins big points in my heart for writing diverse girl characters that are smart, funny and sharp as whips, while daring to let boy characters take a secondary role in most episodes. ” — Lyndsay Kirkham
“Right now I am living for Sense8 on Netflix. This show from the Wachowski siblings appeals to my love for cool, mind-bendy sci-fi while also containing so much diversity. The main characters are a stunning array of sexuality, genders (including transgender), races and backgrounds. It is amazing. Also, not gonna lie, some super hot sex scenes. It is refreshing to me anytime I get to see a lesbian couple have sex in more than one way. People generally treat it like a mystery, a heterosexual mirror or some sort of hot situation created for the male gaze. So, come for the great story, stay for the actual commitment to global representation of humanity and enjoy the steamy sex scenes with something for everyone.” — Amanda Deibert
“Murder, She Wrote because murder, and she wrote it.” — Jennifer Cumby
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