Television, historically, has not been a welcoming place for transgender people. "Trans representation" has previously consisted mainly of male sitcom characters relating stories about dating women who turned out to be transgender, and then saying "Eww!"
Things are changing now, though, with the breakthrough success of Laverne Cox on Orange is the New Black and now director Jill Solloway's new half-hour dramedy Transparent. All eleven episodes of Transparent arrive for binge-watching on Amazon today.
Viola Davis stars as a brilliant criminal law professor Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder.
Last week’s New York Times article about Shonda Rhimes raised a lot eyebrows for its suggestion that the showrunner's autobiography should be called How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman. In my work as a psychologist, I’ve seen firsthand how her characters can be good role models for women—not for being angry, but for the way they define themselves positively.
The Anna Nicole Story. Liz & Dick. This is the kind of “ripped from the headlines” celebutainment feature that stalwart cable channel “for women” Lifetime has brought to the masses—accuracy and subtlety be damned.
“Lisa refuses to play dodgeball because she is sad.” This simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking line is ripped from the wonkily drawn first season of TheSimpsons, in the episode “Moaning Lisa,” where the 8-year-old wunderkind suffers from a bout of depression.
Like Homeland, it’s closest cousin in the world of prestige dramas, new BBC drama The Honorable Woman placesa powerful-but-unstable woman in the midst of one of the great geopolitical crises of our time.
I got hooked on Devious Maidswhen it premiered last year a for good reason: I was excited to see so many Latina actresses in their 30s and 40s engaging issues of race, class, and gender within the soap opera formula. As part of the Lifetime Network brand, I didn’t expect deep and subtle storytelling, I expected fun, sexy, romantic, sentimental and overly dramatic camp. And I got it. While there was much to like about the women in the initial episodes, I became quickly disillusioned with the show.