The Bold Type premiered this summer on Freeform and it is incredible! It follows Jane (Katie Stevens), Sutton (Meghann Fahy), and Kat (Aisha Dee), three women working for a Cosmo-esque magazine called Scarlet. Throughout the show, the ladies balance their jobs, encounter relationship problems, and test their friendship.
Ah! I’m not doing it justice. Let me list a few reasons why you should be watching The Bold Type.
A Fierce Friendship
To say that the portrayal of women’s friendship on this show is amazing is an understatement.
Jane, Kat, and Sutton consistently support each other in their positions at Scarlet.When Kat is attacked mercilessly by trolls on Twitter, Jane and Sutton offer advice. When Jane worries about her health, the girls are there with her in the doctor’s office. When Sutton struggles with her decision to get more money, Jane and Kat push her to go get what she deserves.
Kat, Sutton, and Jane meet up throughout their day, sometimes in the walk-in fashion closet, sometimes at each other’s apartments. Jane and Sutton send texts to Kat. Sutton will give an encouraging nod to Jane. Kat will provide reassuring words when Sutton or Jane need it most. They cry together, argue with each other, and laugh with each other, and, in one case, watch porn for an assignment together.
When Sutton, Jane, and Kat aren’t shown together or alone, the ladies appear as power duos. These moments truly highlight each friendship and its dynamics.
The Bold Type is a refreshing representation of friendship. Jane, Sutton, and Kat? #FriendshipGoals.
One Badass Boss
Jacqueline (Melora Hardin), the Editor-In-Chief of Scarlet, first appears on screen, you get serious Miranda Priestly vibes. Jacqueline is so much more. She’s firm, pushes her employees to give her content that represents a piece of themselves, and has a heart. Jane and Kat both have heavy situations during the show that require Jacqueline’s attention. She gets both ladies through it with wise words and a touch of kindness. Jacqueline is a reminder of how a boss lady is multi-dimensional.
Kat, Jane, and Sutton each find themselves a bit of love in the workplace. The Bold Type doesn’t present romance as the basic love and sex that is typical in television shows. It really delves into the complexities of romance and relationships. This show also provides a fair representation of LGBT relationships.
Without spoiling too much, Jane’s secret impacts her prospective relationship. Meanwhile, Sutton’s romance is, itself, a secret which threatens to end more than her relationship if discovered. Kat’s romance with an artist opens her mind, but quickly impacts her work both negatively and positively.
Situations from the trio’s love lives play a part in bettering their characters. The love interests take the backseat, and aren’t the focal point of conversations throughout this show. What’s more, the romantic relationships don’t diminish the importance of the trio’s friendship.
The Bold Type isn’t afraid to dig into serious topics and real problems for women everywhere. Not every episode ends with things being 100% okay. Some things won’t be resolved for another episode, and others simply can’t be solved. But the underlying feel is that as long as you have your friends, you’re going to make it through. As long as Jane, Sutton, and Kat have each other, they can take anything on and carry on.
If you haven’t watched The Bold Type, you can catch up on Freeform’s website or on demand. New episodes of The Bold Type air on Freeform Tuesday nights at 9/8c.