I am absolutely a TV junkie; Netflix is probably the best invention ever as far as I’m concerned. Sliced bread? No thanks, I’ll just take TV. I don’t spend all my time marathoning shows of years past. Here are five shows airing now that I absolutely love. These shows, along with being amazingly entertaining, have some of the most badass, complex female characters. These are all women I would love to have in my corner.
Okay, I watched this pilot because I was curious, watched the next couple episodes as a bit of a joke, and then got really, really into this show. This series follows the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots in sixteenth century France. This is like the CW’s version of Game of Thrones plus Anthropologie clothing. If brothers at odds are your thing, look no further than the CW as it seems to be a theme (see The Originals below). In addition to the eye candy, this show has a great lead in breakout star Adelaide Kane. She insists on doing what is best for her country and often puts her own feelings aside for the good of her nation. It’s great to see a woman handling intense political matters at so young an age. Speaking of political women, The Queen on this show is probably my favorite character. She’s adept at poison, cunning and savagely protects her son, she just does not quit.
#2 The Originals
The CW’s highest rated new drama, The Originals, is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries following the Original Family – Klaus, Elijah and Rebecca – as they return to New Orleans and attempt to take control of the city that was once theirs. This show is essentially a mob drama and it’s easy to get caught up in the scenes between Klaus and Elijah (warring brothers are just so compelling!) However, Rebecca is just as fierce as her brothers and really is just a woman looking for love while trying to remain loyal to her family. Her struggle between the two is compelling to watch and you can’t help but wish for her happiness. The most badass character award definitely goes to Devina. She’s the most powerful witch in the French Quarter and is constantly trying to forge her own path and not be controlled by those that just want to use her for her power.
#3 Bob’s Burgers
Now for a foray into comedy…Bob’s Burgers. I’ve recently started watching this show and blasted through the first two seasons on Netflix. My favorite character is Linda. She reminds us that you can still be yourself, put on dinner theater, experience road rage and get a little tipsy, all while running a family, a business and being a Mom (plus she has the best one-liners in the show).
Bones has been on air since 2005 and is one of FOX’s tentpole shows. This show has everything, murder, romance and three very strong ladies putting the bad guys away. Cam, the head of the lab was a coroner in New York before landing her job at the Jeffersonian and she’s the beacon of professionalism always. Angela, a free-spirited artist, who creates amazing technology, gives faces to the missing and the dead and is the heart of the show. She’s the only one consistently grossed out by all the gore in the lab and for that she’s super relatable. Of course it wouldn’t be a show without Dr. Temperance Brennan aka Bones. Although she’s hyper rational and can come off cold and emotionless at times, Bones has grown so much as a character throughout the ten seasons on air. She’s very brazen about sex and money and the fact that she’s an atheist. She knows she’s the best in her field and proves it over and over again.
#5 Game of Thrones
Mother of Dragons, need I say more? Game of Thrones has been lauded for having a plethora of female characters (a lot of characters in general, really) and has been examined as a very feminist show. I mean when you have Daenerys Targaryen starting as essentially a slave to her own brother and transforming into a woman with her own army, eyes set on the Iron Throne, you can’t help but root for her. Another fan favorite, Brienne of Tarth, proves herself to be loyal, understanding and one hell of a fighter.