The show business does not have the best reputation, especially when it comes to a fair portrayal of the sexes. Roles, screen-time, and opportunity both on and behind the screen have been long criticized as being biased. The pinches of off-screen patriarchy are often translated to punches of objectification and stereotype on-screen, fueling much feminist aggression regarding the general trend. However, with the most popular shows on English television taking a lead in putting a woman at the helm of their stories, a silver lining seems to emerge. Here we take a look at the most feminist-friendly shows on television, that treat their women right.
Game Of Thrones: In this show, the women rule, quite literally. It has killed off its kings over five seasons, and the queens have taken over. From Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen, who are busy preparing armies for war to the traveling assassin Arya Stark, to her sister Sansa who casually executed her abusive husband, the girls are in the game. Westeros is filled with estrogen, and John Snow still knows nothing.
Castle: Every author has a muse, and detective Beckett from the NYPD is Richard Castle’s. Stana Katic is for the show what Kate Beckett is for Castle, it’s drive and inspiration. She is the crime solving, gun wielding, athletic, bad-ass cop with a real back story, who the male protagonist is more than happy to follow around!
Downtown Abbey: For a show about an aristocratic family in the rather orthodox times of 1920’s post-war Britain, Downton Abbey manages to Austen-ify it’s women quite effectively. With Maggie Smith’s “Granny” sharing anecdotes of wisdom, to the daughters of the house managing the country estate to house-maids acquiring educational degrees, the show subtly indicates changing times, for the women in the society.
How To Get Away With Murder: A law firm owned by a fierce woman. A fierce, intelligent woman who is African-American. This show manages to get two birds with one stone, taking the fight against both patriarchy and racism leaps ahead in the world of the screen.
Homeland: The female lead is an undercover agent for the CIA, and NOT made to wear a tight leather bodysuit. She uses her time instead to track down terrorists and work through severe emotional issues, much like women out in the real world today.
Though shows, where the women are more than mere eye-candy, can be counted off your fingertips, it is definitely a good start. With so much new work constantly attempting to break convention, it is only a matter of time before these unfair differences are overcome!