For a while now, we’ve been watching women in strong roles as characters on TV shows where they’re being unapologetic about owning it!
As much as we love watching pretty much everything with a good storyline, there’s something terribly inspiring about watching women characters on TV shows be who they are unapologetic. That could be a result of years and years of the poor portrayal of women in cinema and on the small screen. The roles offered and written for them were either about being fresh meat or existing solely in relation to a man; the society was sexist and pop culture reflected that. There, I said it!
Over the years though, we’ve seen a shift in this narrative thanks to women taking back their power and directors who are willing to present female-centric roles in a holistic manner. Today, we’re actually able to relate to what we see on the small screen instead of feeling poorly represented and pissed off. It’s been an absolute delight to watch Maya Sarabhai be her badass self in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai – 2004, Phoebe Buffay own her weirdness and eclectic personality in F.R.I.E.N.D.S. – 1994, Gina Linetti floor us all with her self confidence in Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 2013 and so many other characters over the years who made us feel like we’re looking into a mirror.
We’ve covered 32 badass female characters we have loved watching onscreen! Check them out!
Jane Sloan, Kat Edison, Sutton Brady, and Jacqueline Carlyle in The Bold Type – Netflix
Arya Stark in Game of Thrones – Disney + Hotstar
Gina Lenetti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Netflix
Jonathan Van Ness in Queer Eye – Netflix
Masaba and Neena Gupta from Masaba Masaba – Netflix
Jessica Day and Cece Parekh from New Girl – Disney + Hotstar
Mindy Lahiri from The Mindy Project – Amazon Prime
Anupama from Anupama – Disney + Hotstar
Phoebe Buffay from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. – Netflix
Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy – Disney+ Hotstar
Lydia Margarita Riera, Penelope, and Elena Alvarez from One Day At A Time – Netflix
Maya Sarabhai from Sarabhai vs Sarabhai – Disney+ Hotstar
Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek – Netflix
Eleanor Shellstrop from The Good Place – Netflix
The entire cast of Orange is the New Black – Netflix
Damini Rizvi, Umang Singh, Anjana Menon and Sidhi Patel Four More Shots Please – Amazon Prime
Jane Villanueva from Jane the Virgin – Netflix
Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Fleabag – Amazon Prime
The entire cast of Grace and Frankie – Netflix
Aarya Sareen from Aarya – Disney+ Hotstar
Kimmy Schmidt from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Annelise Keating from How to Get Away with Murder – Netflix
Samantha White from Dear White People – Netflix
Queen Elizabeth from The Crown – Netflix
Kate Mularkey and Tully Hart from Firefly Lane – Netflix
Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation – Amazon Prime
Vartika Chaturvedi from Delhi Crime – Netflix
Miriam Maisel from Mrs. Marvelous Maisel – Amazon Prime
Emily Cooper from Emily in Paris – Netflix
Maeve Wiley from Sex Education – Netflix
Tara Khanna from Made in Heaven – Amazon Prime
Which of these do you relate to? Tell us in the comments below.