Like most people, I'm always on the hunt for a great show. A bold cast, strong female leads, intriguing storyline and relatable. I found all of this and more in Freeform's (formerly ABC Family) latest show The Bold Type based on the ladies of Cosmopolitan.
Pictured (l to r): Katie Stevens as Jane, Meghann Fahy as Sutton, and Aisha Dee as Kat
Three former assistants (Kat, Sutton and Jane) became best friends while working at Scarlet, a fashion and lifestyle magazine that challenges women to be bolder versions of themselves and to redefine the rules. They face everyday challenges and struggles about exes, sleeping with the wrong people, figuring out where you need to be in life, careers and overall pretty much what we are all going through. Unlike many shows created about millennials this one shows the bold side, relatable problems and addresses everyday issues in such a profound way.
Each character has their layers. With only six episodes in, I am invested and will continue to see what happens. While there are many characters that make this show great, it is the core three that create the bold type.
The writer of the bunch recently promoted and trying to find her voice. Much like any young writer, she struggles to dig deep and bare her soul in her writing. Through every episode, I have become more drawn to her character. Surprisingly honest and insightful, Jane juggles with her reserved nature and letting go as a writer. After her boss, Jacqueline assigns an article about orgasms she finds herself in the oddest positions (literary). She had to bare it all through various experimentations and research ultimately writing, What It’s Like When The Big O Is The Big No. It was then Jane's bold nature shined through after a spontaneous encounter with pinstripe.
Stuck in neutral as an assistant, yearning to be a part of the fashion world. She lacks the experience to join the world she is longing for and contemplates taking a more obtainable role. Young, scrappy and hungry she doesn't settle for the ad sales job. She juggles her current job while trying to impress Oliver, head of the fashion department all while hiding her forbidden 'fling' with a board member of the magazine. She realized that sometimes you can be your worst enemy and end up holding yourself back when fearing failure.
The outspoken, no holds bar Social Media Director. Unapologetically says what she is thinking. Battling her sexual orientation when she unexpectedly falls for an artist after fighting to publish her art. They cultivate a friendship that lands itself into some unexpected territory. Kat is usually put together, but it crumbles when she falls victim to online bullying. Obsessive trolls tweeting her address, personal pics and degrading comments about raping her she knew she needed to fight back but act smart. Teaming up with a string of women who have fallen victim to cyber bullying they create a campaign to fight. Like many of her ideas like #freethenipple, #typewithkindness breaks the rules.
Extra note: Jacqueline (Editor-In-Chief of Scarlet) is queen. Stern yet somewhat approachable, she tells you what you need to hear like a big sister. Sometimes we forget that bosses have lives outside of work and you learn about her surprising layers through Jane's meltdown in Episode 6. Don't miss it!
Binge watch and catch up. Tune in every Tuesday at 9 pm on Freeform to figure out if you are The Bold Type.