A Feminist’s TV Guide
Shelby Rosten | On 10, Sep 2013
Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back, so of course it is time to put on that comfy sweater and fur-lined boots, curl up on that couch and settle in for the 2013 Fall TV Season. With The Big Bang Theory and other shows like it topping the charts, it can be difficult to find television shows to watch that are lady-positive. We’re here to help you out. Here are a few of the shows we’re really looking forward to seeing back on our silver screens.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Season Premier: September 26th – 8:00
Because when Leslie Knope speaks, we listen. This show is the last remaining, hilarious relic of NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup, having sent 30 Rock and The Office off into syndication last season. More than that, it is filled to the brim with diverse, amazing, headstrong, independent women characters who support and love each other seemingly to no end. Also, there are plenty of great male characters as well, who are just as supportive to the ladies as any of them are; or have we forgotten that Ron Swanson is a feminist? Leslie and Ann and April and Donna make this show great, and are at the center of all the action. This show is basically made of waffles, positivity, and women, so why would we not love it, and re-watch it on Netflix at every turn, and count the hours until its return?
ONCE UPON A TIME
Season Premier: September 29th – 8:00
Fairytales with a twist, Emma Swan heads this ABC drama as the daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White, and kind of kicks ass. Every single fairytale character, who we have looked up to in childhood, and found problematic in adulthood, returns in this show as a fully-formed, confident female character that was missing from the Disney animated movie we watched back then. Snow White? Now she’s Mary Margaret, ready to shoot some arrows at anyone who threatens her family. The Evil Queen? Meet Regina Mills, the mayor of Storybrooke (and by all appearances the only elected official in this town) and adoptive single mother of Henry. Sleeping Beauty? Aurora and Mulan (yes, Mulan) help Mary Margaret and Emma get home at great self sacrifice and risk to themselves in a huge arc during season two. Currently, Emma and co. are setting sail for Neverland, and promo pics promise appearances by Tinkerbelle and Ariel as well.
NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT
Season Premier(s): September 17th – 9:00 and 9:30
While NBC’s comedy hayday is waning, FOX is proving to be a powerhouse for ladies in comedy, having really pushed and marketed the Zooey Deschanel/Mindy Kaling Tuesday night lineup to much success. While both shows have received a fair amount of criticism (even from Feminspire, and deservedly), these women are amazing comedians, and deserve our attention. They are both pushing the envelope in comedy, and their shows are still fairly new and still finding their footing. Especially since Mindy Kaling is one of the few leading women of color on our screens, I am really looking forward to seeing where The Mindy Project goes in its second season, and New Girl in its third.
Up and Comers
ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND
Series Premier: October 10th – 8:00
From the same team that’s bring us Emma and Mary Margaret, we are being treated to a short, contained, one-season-only journey into Wonderland. Alice returns as the star of this remake slash psychological drama slash love story in a bizarre re-imagining of the classic Lewis Carroll story. If this one is anything like the original Once Upon a Time, Alice will be so much more than the girl in a pretty blue dress and black headband.
Tina Fey, the reigning queen of comedy, TV, and basically the world, has recently sold not one, but TWO new comedies that will hopefully be reaching our screens in the next few years. One will be about a women’s college accepting men for the first time (on FOX). The other will be a female driven series “in the vein of Cheers” (on NBC). Having been crying nonstop since we left Liz Lemon, we cannot wait until Tina Fey’s amazing voice has made it back to our television screens, although she has no plans to star as of right now.
If we left out any shows you’re looking forward to, please let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for new shows to watch featuring ladies to admire and adore.