These are (most of) the woman-centered comedies that have premiered* on major networks within the last year. This has nothing to do with the quality of the shows.
The recent “boom” in women-led tv shows has many critics and feminists alike singing “this is good for women!” or “finally women are being represented!”, so I made this to highlight which women are getting representation. There is nothing wrong with white women starring in tv shows; however, the fact that there is such a clear lack of diversity in this recent boom is definitely problematic—especially when the major cities in which most of these shows are set have their racially diverse identities erased. For example, the upcoming comedy Veep is set in Washington D.C., where only about 39% of the population is white. Yet, there is only one POC in the entire main cast. This does not mean Veep won’t be funny, or as good as reviews indicate it should be. But it does cast a shadow over these claims of “progress”, and explain why women of color like myself may not be jumping on the optimism-train concerning the future of television. Because in a time where white women are gaining more opportunities to see their stories on the small screen, many WOC’s hopes of seeing even adequate representations of themselves are very, very low.
*with the exception of Veep, which premieres April 22.
From left to right, starting at the top: New Girl, Girls, Suburgatory, 2 Broke Girls, Whitney, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Best Friends Forever (BFF), Veep, Are You there, Chelsea?, Don’t Trust the B—— in Apt 23.