The Bold Type follows the lives of three young women working at a New York women’s magazine named Scarlet. It tells the story of the ups and downs of their lives, their romantic entanglements, and career choices. But the show goes one step further too in exploring important issues that face women in this day and age.
Here are five reasons why The Bold Type is a fantastic TV show that you should definitely watch:
1. Female Friendship
At the core of The Bold Type is the friendship between the three central characters – Jane (the writer), Kat (the social media manager), and Sutton (the assistant who wants to work in fashion). Though we’re in the year 2017, the portrayal of female friendship on TV somehow still continues to be revolutionary. Because good and honest portrayal of it is still difficult to find. Yet, The Bold Type avoids lazy stereotypes about female friendship, instead creating a show that centralises the important and nuanced bond that exists between these three women. Though Jane, Kat, and Sutton don’t always see eye to eye, and have their ups and downs during the show, their support and trust for each other never wavers. Nor is their friendship ever challenged by silly clichés that usually crop up on TV – like boys.
2. Nuanced characters and relationships
Of course the three central characters are developed with care throughout the show. But The Bold Type also puts care into the development of its secondary characters – along with the relationships that Jane, Kat, and Sutton share with these characters. Each love interest – whether it’s a casual romance or a serious, lasting relationship is given depth and a chance to grow. The show’s most popular relationship is probably the most developed of them all – a romance between Kat and the photographer Adena. Their romance is borne of the friendship and trust they share, allows for a healthy exploration of Kat’s sexuality, and is allowed to progress slowly from episode to episode.
3. Important stories handled with delicacy
Speaking of Adena – the Muslim, hijabi photographer is not only Kat’s love interest, and an intriguing, developed character in her own right. She also shines light on important issues such as immigration in modern-day America. But there are many other important issues that the show tackles with real depth. Whether this is rape culture, women in politics, or office romances. Here’s the thing about The Bold Type – it tackles each of these topics in a fresh, new way. It doesn’t fall into old tropes and stereotypes. And the characters themselves are so relatable and nuanced that each of these stories is richly emotive.
4. Women Help Women
…or, this show is literally the opposite of The Devil Wears Prada. Don’t get me wrong – I love that movie, but at a certain point it does get a bit tiring – this old trope that women are constantly in competition with each other trying to get to the top. Here’s the thing – as a woman, most of the time I’ve only gotten unmitigated support from fellow women. Women who want me to get to the top alongside them. And I was so glad that The Bold Type reflected my reality in Jaqueline Carylyle – the editor-in-chief of Scarlet magazine who will go above and beyond to support and encourage the women of the show.
5. Work and play
From all my talk of ‘issues’ you might think this show sounds super serious. Well, fear not! The Bold Type definitely gets into the nitty-gritty of some serious topics but it also has a lot of time for fun. Since the show is mainly focused on the lives of Jane, Kat, and Sutton, we always get glimpses into their friendship – which is filled with a lot of love, laughter, and heart. Most of their scenes together are utterly enjoyable and entertaining.
The Bold Type unfortunately only has one season so far, but it recently got renewed for two more. We don’t know when the next season will be airing, but here’s hoping that the wait won’t be too long!