An Observation

Last night, I watched back-to-back the latest episode of AMC's The Killing (which was very good; Mirelle Enos and Michelle Forbes alone make that show worth watching) and Showtime's Nurse Jackie (Anna Deavere Smith and Merritt Wever are comedy goddesses: The End).

And it occurred to me that I couldn't remember the last time I watched two shows in a row with female protagonists who weren't sharing top billing with a dude, no less two shows with female protagonists that have well-developed secondary female characters, too. This made me happy on one hand (the hand of Getting to Watch These Shows) and sad on the other hand (the hand of This Being a Remarkable Moment).

Across both those shows, only one of those awesome female characters is not white (Anna Devere Smith's Gloria Akalitus in Nurse Jackie) and only one is not straight (Eve Best's Dr. Eleanor O'Hara in Nurse Jackie). None of them are fat or have a visible disability. That just made me straight-up sad.

I'm pretty sure there are women of color and lesbian/bi women and fat women and women with disabilities (not mutually exclusive groups) in New York City and Seattle. Ahem.

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