When someone asks me my favorite show, I kind of freak out. I mean, I do that pretty much any time someone asks me to choose a favorite something, but there are so many shows I watch and enjoy that it’s really hard to narrow it down to just one.
But I think there’s finally a show that’s changed that: The Bold Type.
If you haven’t watched it, it’s a show on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) about three best friends living in New York and working for the fictional fashion magazine Scarlet.
It would be fun on it’s own right there, because the idea of living in New York and working for a fashion magazine makes my heart swell, but it’s what else the show does that makes it not only work, but also makes it important.
Millenials are kind of a tough generation to crack. We get joked on all the time about all the industries we’re “killing” because we care too much about the issues, and yet we’re also considered superficial, entitled, and unfocused. And yes, I know that every generation gets crap from their predecessors, but it is really confusing to me (and a lot of other millenials) what exactly it is that we’re doing so wrong.
Which brings me to The Bold Type. Since the show started last year, it’s addressed everything from sexual harassment and assault, body positivity and body shaming, slut shaming, cheating boyfriends, new relationships, old relationships, feminism, white privilege, the problems with requiring a college degree for jobs, cancer and health, and even religion.
And they do it in a way that makes sense to the characters. And at no point, even during some pretty heated arguments, do the main characters stop being friends or being there for each other. Because that’s another thing it focuses on: strong females and empowering and building each other up instead of being in competition with each other. It doesn’t water down the subject to make it easier for the watcher to swallow. It attacks head on and in a way that’s straightforward without being accusatory.
I’m constantly looking forward to the next episode and it honestly is the only thing that gets me through summer. I love having a current show to get excited about every week and I love that it’s not all drama all the time, but it’s also not happy-go-lucky all the time, either, because honestly, life isn’t like that.
If you’re looking for a great show with strong female characters, a good storyline, relatable issues, killer fashion, and all from the millennial perspective (whether or not you are one), I absolutely recommend you start watching.
Next thing I’d like to see on the show? I’d love to see them have a fat girl who isn’t a stereotype and who is living life like the girls and becomes a regular. Because as important as the body positivity episode was, and as cool as it was seeing Tess Holiday on that episode, seeing someone that looks like me on the regular would be refreshing.
What are your favorites shows? Anything that has really had an effect on you or characters that felt relevant and relatable? Let me know!