tv.broadwayworld.com

BWW CRITIC'S CUT Articles
Click Here for More Articles on BWW CRITIC'S CUT...

CRITIC'S CUT: The Most Empowering Female Characters in TV History

Related: CRITIC'S CUT

BWW TV World is thrilled to present our weekly Critic's Cut: slicing the best (and the worst) moments of pop culture into ten little digestible pieces.

Critic's Cut runs every Friday, presenting television's 'Best Of' moments, characters, shows, and more!

This week's edition presents the women that moved televised feminism forward. These ladies (and those that played them) aren't just admired for their acting prowess. Those featured had a stake in making TV no longer a man's world - they were embodiments of the best that humanity had to offer, genderized roles be damned.


10) Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker)
SEX AND THE CITY
The Manhattanite at the center of THE SEX AND THE CITY, Ms. Bradshaw, will never win a Nobel Peace Prize for her fornication-focused column. But the fact that she questioned everything - literally everything - and found a way to live with the answers, even when she didn't like them, was a lesson many learned right alongside her. She's no activist, but it would be absolutely ridiculous to claim that Bradshaw wasn't a source of empowerment for women (and a lot of men) in the late 90s with a premium cable package.



9) Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore)
THE Mary Tyler Moore SHOW
Anyone can make it! Equal pay, discrimination in the work place, Mary Richards rose above it all. She was a proud, intelligent single woman, one of the first on TV, and proved that the whole 'man's world' business is just a load hock.




8) Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner)

ALIAS
Sydney Bristow may have saved the world a lot, but my god, Sydney Bristow was lame. Like, potentially the most BORING super secret agent ever. Did ANYONE actually find her interesting? Whatever. She was like 007 as a female librarian. And that's exactly why she's a legend. She was wickedly intelligent, the source of a centuries old prophecy, but didn't rely on her sexuality to forward her sleuth. Bristow may have looked like a Bond girl on the outside, but she was a total nerd on the inside. And that's way more admirable that being able to hide a knife in a tube-top. Though she could totally do that, too.




7) Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen)
MURPHY BROWN
Brown proved that anyone - women or men - can do it all. Brown became a single mother, was the anchor for the fictional morning show FYI, and for your information, she was about as ambitious and scrappy as journalists come. To Brown, controversy meant nothing - except that you were doing your job right.




6) Liz Lemon (Tina Fey)
30 ROCK
Listen up, everyone! Liz Lemon does it right. There aint' nothin' wrong with climbing into bed with a Cheesy Blaster or two. That ain't no dealbreaker. Lemon, and Fey herself, proves there's nothing pathetic about being who you are - and what you're not. Just remember: "You're a star, you're on top, somebody bring you some haaaam!"
Sidenote: don't ever try to make Cheesy Blasters. There's a reason why those things don't actually exist.

Related Articles


Related Links
CRITIC'S CUT: New Pilot-to-Series Pickups with the Most PotentialCRITIC'S CUT: New Pilot-to-Series Pickups with the Most Potential
by Tyler Peterson - May 13, 2013
CRITIC'S CUT: The Most Entertaining Reality Stars of the Past YearCRITIC'S CUT: The Most Entertaining Reality Stars of the Past Year
by Tyler Peterson - May 06, 2013
CRITIC'S CUT: 8 Reality Shows Past Their PrimeCRITIC'S CUT: 8 Reality Shows Past Their Prime
by Tyler Peterson - April 30, 2013
CRITIC'S CUT SPECIAL: 2013-2014 Season Renewal RoundupCRITIC'S CUT SPECIAL: 2013-2014 Season Renewal Roundup
by Tyler Peterson - April 15, 2013
CRITIC'S CUT: 10 Shows on the Brink of CancellationCRITIC'S CUT: 10 Shows on the Brink of Cancellation
by Tyler Peterson - April 08, 2013


About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts
Tyler Peterson Tyler Peterson works on the BroadwayWorld News Desk after having served as an intern and BWW Chicago writer while wrapping up undergrad. He currently lives in New York City.



BLOGS
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Welcomes 'Edward Mordrake,' Emma RobertsSpoiler Alert! AHS: FREAK SHOW 'Edward Mordrake;' Complete LIVE Recap! BroadwayWorld's Matt Tamanini Discusses Broadway, TV, Film on THAT'LL PLAY PODCAST
BWW's Matt Tamanini Discusses Theatre, TV, Film on THAT'LL PLAY PODCAST
dotted line
But, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Thurs., Oct. 23rd: Olivia & Daddy Pope Face Off 8:00: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES | CW

9:00: SCANDAL | ABC

10:00: PARENTHOOD | NBC

Click for more picks!

Become a Fan, Follower & Subscriber