It might be the most feminist TV season ever — and not just because there’s no Bachelor at the moment! Here, a few of our favorites to put on your must-see list:
Girls: Let’s just say you’re not allowed in the young, cool feminist club right now if you don’t watch this show when it premieres April 15. Seriously, everyone is talking about it. It also happens to involve Tiny Furniture’s Lena Dunham, producer Judd Apatow, and a wickedly realistic take on life as a struggling, confused, terminally poor young woman. So, win-win.
Mad Men: The drama phenomenon has been hinting at the coming feminist movement since its storytelling began in 1960 (with plenty of ’50s sensibility left over). Now that we’re deep into the ’60s, there’s no escaping the impact of women’s lib. Peggy is now openly lamenting having to “act like a man” to get ahead in her job, while Joan showed her military hubby the door for dominating her for too long. Thanks to those ladies’ show-stealing turns, we barely even care anymore what happens to erstwhile philanderer Don Draper. Oh, and he’s having terrible guilty fever dreams about that, by the way; his seeming desire to make good to second wife Megan makes her more intriguing to us than we thought possible.
Veronica Mars: Yes, our favorite crime-solving teen is back, thanks to cable. SoapNet, known for its awesomely addictive repeats of such hits as The O.C. and One Tree Hill, is now running Veronica, which brought us Kristen Bell, noirish intrigue, and important issues in one package. Set your DVR for the April 15 marathon that kicks it off.
Game of Thrones: This fantastical, sexy, bloody HBO romp was debatably feminist last season; now in its second go-round, it’s become an undeniable tale of female empowerment. Little Stark family runaway Arya is staying under the radar in a cross-dressing plot more believable than anything Shakespeare ever dreamed up; Dany has taken on an indisputable leadership role after the death of her husband; and Theon Greyjoy’s latest conquest turned the tables on him after a roll in the hay. We’re hooked on the soapy, layered plots and drooling over the scruffy hunks in addition to getting our weekly dose of woman-power from the cable net’s newest hit. Thank the Gods it’s already been renewed for a third season.
Nurse Jackie: The tough, pill-popping nurse played by Edie Falco feels real and complicated; she also gives us a dose of Falco’s brilliance every week.