Blog: A guide to the female dominated fall tv lineup

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Last week, I brought to attention what feminism means, something very important to me. This week I will talk about something that has equal importance to me: television. Every fall, I tune in to the return of my favorite TV shows, as well as premieres of new television. Recently, television has become the format for strong women characters. While movies are still being focused around male superheroes and turtles, women can be seen every week being presidents, lawyers and police officers.

Here’s a guide to what shows have well-written female characters and which ones fail:


“How to Get Away with Murder”: If you tuned into ABC anytime during the last few months, you saw an ad for this TV drama from the creators of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. The show lives up to its hype. Not only does this show revolve around an unapologetic female character, she is also African American. The amount of diversity, whether that be gender or racial, is astonishing and not always apparent on every network. The strong casting choices are also highlighted by an interesting plot and snappy dialogue. This is a strong female show.

“Madame Secretary”: What makes this show interesting is its portrayal of the Secretary of State, who happens to be a woman with a family. Despite its lack of racial diversity, the female characters are interesting and well rounded. Tune in for great performances and an intelligent plot.


“State of Affairs”: This show has everything I could ask for. It has an African American female president, and a seemingly strong female CIA analyst. Whether that can be enough for me to actually start liking Katherine Heigl is tough to tell. The show premieres on Monday, ov. 17.

“Cristela”: Cristela is a struggling lawyer, and a Latina, something the show really wants to focus on. Despite this new, diverse show surrounding a seemingly interesting character, the comedy could quickly become unfunnyr worse, offensive. Time will tell as the show doesn’t premiere until Friday, Oct. 10.


“The Mysteries of Laura”: Critics have deemed this the worst show on television, but some people make still like the comedic elements. I personally think it hits too hard on the “working mom” aspect of the show and less on the idea of a strong woman who happens to be a mom.

“Manhattan Love Story”: A romantic comedy television show about the differences between men and women? Sounds unfunny and more than a little offensive. Try a returning show or Netflix before this bust.

Never before has television roles for women been so diverse and well-written. So if you are getting tired of the same male dominated movies, try the silver screen.

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