Here’s the thing, I like my girly shows, I like the boy drama, the friendship drama, the work drama, the outfits that I can only dream about owning and making comments throughout it all. This is the reason why I watched all of Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, and of course, more recently Pretty LIttle Liars.
When I decided to watch The Bold Type I expected a successor to PLL, some cheesy teen drama that could entertain me during the offseason, but this series completely surprised me in every way possible and fast became one of my favourite new shows, and a mini obsession of mine.
What’s it about?
Similar to The Devil Wears Prada, The Bold Type follows three women – Jane Sloan, Kat Edison and Sutton Brady as they work for a women’s magazine. It is inspired by the life of the Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles. The series follows the struggles of discovering your identity, ambition, getting your heart broken as they navigate their 20’s.
Why should you watch it?
Relatable – I know what you are thinking, in what world is the story of three beautiful girls in a first world country relatable? But The Bold Type truly represents a post-Sex and the City world where each of these three (four if you count the editor Jacqueline) are full, 360 degree characters instead of just archetypes of completely different types of women. I see myself as more of a Jane, but I can see myself in each of the characters which helps me to relate to them and in turn connect with the story. As a journalist, I’m always going to be lured into the stories of other journalists, but further than their jobs these women deal with problems which are so relevant to women in the 20’s in the present day.
Diversity – We shouldn’t be giving shows points for diversity, it something they should have. But The Bold Type is almost refreshing, there isn’t just the one black token character (which normally would be Kat), one of the top journalists and one of the editors are also black, while another is Asian, and it didn’t feel like characters they created to get diversity points, they are actual fully-fledged interesting characters and not basic stereotypes. One of the biggest draws is the relationship between Kat and Adena, Kat is a bisexual black woman, and Adena a muslim, feminist lesbian. Both characters are unique and interesting on their own, and the relationship between them is adorable and intense and almost refreshing in its’ take.
- The clothes – You can’t have a show set at a women’s magazine without epic fashion? It’s almost unrealistic as to how beautiful and put together the girls look every episode but like it’s predecessors before it, it provides us with some great fashion inspiration and some pretty clothes to look at.
- Gripping storylines – In the ten episodes, the series dealt with the decline of print media industry, sexuality, online bullying, sexual assault, orgasms, ambition, networking, breast cancer, basically a range of issues, all of which are relevant for women in the 20’s, and it’s compelling enough for anyone to be hooked. A great test for me is if after the episode I’m still thinking about what happened in the episode, I know that the storyline has gripped me, that’s it’s more than just excellent characterisation and great production.
- Only ten episodes – It is excellent for binge-watching, I watched it one-one a week and sometimes the pain of waiting for an entire week for an episode was too much. It’s a shortened season, so you can fit all the episodes in over a weekend and make up your own mind
I am well aware that not everyone will enjoy it, but if you are a fan of The Devil Wears Prada you should definitely give The Bold Type a try. It’s a heavier version of Sex and the CIty but not as intense as Girls, it is light, funny but also tackle important issues. This show has a lot of promise, and I hope and pray that it gets renewed for a second season so I will continue to be entranced by the lives of Jane, Kat and Sutton.