Women have always been in the spotlight when it comes to comedy on TV. From “I Love Lucy,” which was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons to “30 Rock,” which won 16 Emmy awards, women have ruled the comedic silver screen. Yet despite how successful sitcoms lead by women are, women continued to be shut down and told they aren’t funny.
However, the success of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and Netflix’s “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” show that women have always been – and will always be – funny.
“Broad City” follows the life of two twenty-somethings in New York. Played by Upright Citizen’s Brigade alumnae Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the two leading ladies themselves in the most ridiculous situations and show what it’s really like to be young and broke. [Hint: It’s nothing like “Girls”]
While “Girls” depicts four twenty-something women with low-paying jobs living in posh Manhattan apartments they clearly cannot afford, “Broad City” depicts the reality of recent college grads who live with shitty roommates (or shitty roommates’ boyfriends) and understand the importance of bargain hunting.
Last week my favorite show “Parks and Recreation” came to a close. As I balled my eyes throughout the entire hour-long series finale, I was reminded that one of the main reasons why I loved the show was because its main character, Leslie Knope was a loud and proud feminist. I can’t think of another show on television that celebrates girl power and female friendships as well as Parks and Rec. Here’s my ranking of the show’s 10 best feminist moments, in chronological order.
1. Beauty Pageant (Season 2, Episode 3)
In one of the first tests of Leslie Knope’s unabashed feminism, she stood up against the stupidity of beauty pageants, much like her foremothers did at the 1969 Miss America Pageant. We all know Susan should have won, but frankly her brain was too smart to be weighed down by that stupid plastic crown.
2. I’m Just a Girl (Season 2, Episode 10 “Hunting Trip”)
In this episode, Leslie proved she was as tough as the boys by going on a hunting trip with Ron, Tom, Jerry/Garry and Mark (ps I’m so happy they wrote that jerk out of the show). Leslie … Read more