Articles about Television

Anne with an EAnne with an E tells the trauma of adoption like it is

Alessia Galatini watches Netflix’s recent adaptation of L.M Montgomery’s 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables and finds it takes a stand on what it means to be a good parent

Alessia Galatini // 21 June 2017

Categories: Reviews, Television

Law, love and the era of the alt-right

Becky Kukla is impressed with how The Good Fight tackles issues in the current political climate

Becky Kukla // 7 June 2017

Categories: Reviews, Television

A rather tame riot

Cath Murray is slightly disappointed with the slow burning fifth season of the iconic Netflix prison drama, Orange is the New Black

Cath Murray // 6 June 2017

Categories: Reviews, Television

The secret lives of white middle class America

Nick Beard is impressed with the nuanced way in which Big Little Lies deals with domestic violence and the emotional aftermath of rape

Nick Beard // 24 May 2017

Categories: Reviews, Television

13 Reasons Why Hannah Baker could have been me – and how the series lets us both down

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Caitlin Logan makes the case for better mental health representation on our screens

Caitlin Logan // 9 May 2017

Categories: Body and Health, Features, Television

All singing, all dancing, all rather toxic

D H Kelly enjoys the brilliant comic songs in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend but is disappointed by the show’s treatment of mental ill health and its reliance on toxic heteronormative romantic messages

D H Kelly // 25 March 2017

Categories: Reviews, Television

Flipping gender stereotypes rather than challenging them?

Fleabag explores a modern woman’s experience of her sexuality in a way that flips 'male' and 'female' stereotypes but Cath Murray wonders if it could have done so in a less binary way

Cath Murray // 6 February 2017

Categories: Reviews, Television

Robbing the galaxy

Anastasia Wiltshire finds that the future universes of Dark Matter and Killjoys are made up of women who are strong, but often only exceptional

Anastasia Wiltshire // 14 December 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Conviction: a Shondaland-esque legal procedural

The excellent casting makes the show but the women are not complex enough, says J. T. Rattray

J. T. Rattray // 5 December 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Drama and intrigue at the expense of victims

In this second review of Undercover, Jane Fae is not impressed

Jane Fae // 28 May 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

The best shot at the truth?

In our first of two reviews of Undercover, Rashida Islam sees a great premise let down by a sidelining of the most important issues at the show’s core

Rashida Islam // 27 May 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

A case of clashing intersections

Nick Beard watches The People v OJ Simpson and finds a nuanced portrayal with an appreciation of the deep societal prejudices informing and impacting on the case

Nick Beard // 20 April 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Your body is the vessel

Anastasia Wiltshire watches the first series of The Shannara Chronicles and is disappointed in the objectification of the two initially strong female leads, as they realise the key to saving the world lies in their own subjugation

Anastasia Wiltshire // 9 April 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

A shadow of progress?

Nick Beard welcomes Shadowhunters’ diverse casting when wider representation has often failed to reach television shows aimed at teenagers and young adults

Nick Beard // 25 March 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Beautiful dead women

Ailsa Bristow looks at Making a Murderer as part of a broader cultural trend in which women’s deaths are fetishised and made into a spectacle, while the women themselves are erased

Ailsa Bristow // 26 January 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Dickensian fails to meet great expectations on female characterisation

D H Kelly watches a BBC drama set within Charles Dickens' novels, finding a selection of uncomplicatedly likeable young women, whose journeys to old age lack the development allowed for the men of the stories

D H Kelly // 19 January 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

The heinous vengeance of women

Nick Beard finds the latest Sherlock special attempting to lampoon the boys-club nature of Sherlock Holmes stories, with mixed success

Nick Beard // 12 January 2016

Categories: Reviews, Television

Superhero and survivor

Nick Beard praises the TV adaption of Jessica Jones for its refreshing feminist credentials and bold survivor perspective

Nick Beard // 31 December 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

Is suffrage black or white?

Rashida Islam watches a recent BBC documentary about Sophia Duleep Singh and argues that, when it comes to Black activists throughout history, her story is not necessarily the most significant

Rashida Islam // 15 December 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

A fair perspective

Nick Beard watches the second series of The Affair and finds a sophisticated examination of the gap between who we perceive ourselves to be and the reality of how we behave

Nick Beard // 22 November 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

Downton and Dukedom: The real-life Lady Marys saving our country houses

Television drama, Downton Abbey and recent documentary, The Last Dukes both offer insights into the patriarchal traditions of the often unaccountable ruling class. Beccy Roberts challenges these traditions and discusses the importance of women in sustaining the UK’s country houses

Beccy Roberts // 6 November 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

Nothing feminist to detect?

Lisa Glass watches the 2015 DVD release of 1990s detective drama Chandler & Co and is disappointed with the old fashioned humour and lack of realism

Lisa Glass // 28 October 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

A defiant exception

Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams watches a futuristic drama set in a fictional Northern American town circa 2046 and finds a refreshing change from the usual limitations placed on female characters in sci-fi

Sarah Louisa Phythian-Adams // 24 October 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

Doctor Foster: an apologia for domestic violence?

The BBC TV series Doctor Foster has gripped viewers for five weeks. But it contains some disturbing take-home messages, writes Cath Murray

Cath Murray // 14 October 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

Women unlocking change

Recently released on DVD, 2003 BBC drama The Key follows three generations of female activists in Glasgow. Nick Beard takes a look, finding it as relevant as ever in the current political climate

Nick Beard // 11 October 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

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