Why You Need To Watch: The Bold Type
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You may hear the premise of The Bold Type and immediately think of The Devil Wears Prada with the likes of its ‘dragon lady’ boss and naïve, ambitious journalists. Well, stop that. Something fresh and ready for the millennial modern experience, this show is bold even in its conception. Despite averaging less than a million views across all mediums for most episodes, The Bold Type has remained successful at the Freeform network, untouched by shock cancellations of other, more vocally supported shows. It was The Bold Type that was ordered for a two-season renewal after its first season, and the show has been positively reviewed countless times since.
Originally created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood, Pure Genius), the second season of the show is steered by a new showrunner, Amanda Lasher (Sweet/Vicious, Gossip Girl), replacing Watson. It is easy to see where a Gossip Girl veteran fits in: the transition to the new from the prior season carried out without turbulence. The premise remains the same. Three young millennial women work for a Cosmopolitan-esque magazine called Scarlet, having worked up from interns together. The leading ladies are - Kat Edison, the social media director (Aisha Dee); Jane Sloan, the up-and-coming writer (Katie Stevens) and Sutton Brady, a personal assistant-turned-fashion department assistant (Meghann Fahy). We follow their lives through career events, personal failures, relationship triumphs, sexuality confusion, and so much more. For instance, at the end of last season, Jane made a hugely precarious career decision. Since the debut of the new season, we have seen Jane in various stages of working full time, freelancing, and being unemployed, and it’s refreshing to actually see a character wallow in failure for a while. The show serves as a reminder that often our lives turn out a little differently than the way we want, or feel we deserve, and yet, makes you feel ready to try. To be bold. What makes The Bold Type stand out is, well, its epistemological boldness in which the show tackles issues as big as racism, financial inequality, sexism, and sexual harassment, as well as the smaller topics of so-called ‘Walks of Shame’, the indecisiveness of which love interest to pursue, and if the girls can afford to do certain things. For example, Kat and Jane pull together to help Sutton financially with her rent so that she can pursue her dream of working in the fashion department of the magazine, where the pay is substantially less than what she can afford. A light-hearted, nuanced approach is the foundation of this great piece of entertainment. There is not one episode where you do not somehow understand or relate to the lives of these characters.
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