24 – Learning from mistakes

I just finished watching the first three seasons of 24, with an eye toward how it presented women. What I found was interesting: it started out sucky, and ended on a bit of a high note. The first season was very old-school. Every plot, every nuance, every moment was completely predictable to someone who’s watched […]

Northern Exposure: Eve

Eve was an occasional but memorable character on Northern Exposure. She was a hypochondriac, which might pass for a female stereotype. She kidnapped Joel and held him hostage in her cabin in an attempt to force him to treat her imaginary disorders. That’s where the stereotype falls apart. She’s crazy and cunning, and through the […]

Northern Exposure: Shelly Tambo

While the lead female in Northern Exposure may have been ripped apart to prove that women without men are neurotic lunatics, the rest of the women in the show are actually pretty interesting. Shelly Tambo was the blond teenage airhead beauty pageant winner who was on her way to marry Maurice when she fell in […]

Northern Exposure: Maggie O’Connell

I recently watched the first three seasons of Northern Exposure on DVD, and it struck me the same way it did almost fifteen years ago. At first, all of the women in it are pretty interesting, except Maggie. Maggie, from start to finish, is a neurotic mess. And whatever the writers intended (don’t know, don’t […]

Lee, better known as Quincy’s girlfriend

My quest to find something remotely positive to write about this week led me to some interesting thoughts on the girlfriend from Quincy. Yes, Quincy, the show from the ’70’s starring Jack Klugman as a coroner who just can’t keep his hands off a good mystery. Not the sort of show I normally watch, but […]

Xena: Making Men Incidental

I warned you guys a Xena article might be next, and here it is. LadyKate posted in the forum here recently a link to an article she wrote for Salon.com on why Xena really needs to be recognized as an innovation in the portrayal of women in TV. It’s great reading, and it got me […]

Cordelia: Why I Stopped Watching Angel

Recently a friend of mine mentioned that she was watching Buffy and Angel on DVD, and liking Angel better. I remembered that I had quit watching Angel in disgust sometime during the first season, but couldn’t recall exactly why. Then I remembered: they screwed Cordelia up, bigtime. I loved Cordelia on Buffy. She was such […]