So, if you are a millennial (or anyone who pays attention to the network formerly known as ABC Family) you might have started watching a new show called " The Bold Type," which is inspired by "Cosmopolitan." Set in New York City, at a fashion magazine called Scarlet, the show follows three young employees and best friends: Sutton, an assistant; Jane, a newly promoted writer; and Kat, the magazine's social media manager. This show has just about everything a millennial woman could want: fun and empowering characters, awesome clothes, good life lessons, relatable events, and my personal favorite, a drama that is not over the top. So, here is the good, the bad, and the not-so-ugly about "The Bold Type."
The good: The characters are relatable. They are young, passionate, trying to climb the ladder in the magazine world, have love life issues, and like a good glass of wine. They have varied backgrounds, ambitions, and goals. And they are not supermodel gorgeous. You can see yourself in them. It's not super dramatic. While the action in their lives is definitely a bit heightened, there is not a constant stream of cheating, murders, and so on to keep the action going.
The aesthetics. The show is fun, colorful, and fast. The clothes are great (obviously, the show is set at a fashion magazine), the sets are colorful and varied, and yet none of them are overwhelming.
The bad: The show feels a bit too perfect sometimes. It hits all the right notes for millennials, but sometimes it feels like lip service. Throw us a curveball. Make a character stand out. It can start out a bit slow. The characters feel a bit one-dimensional (though I'm sure as the show goes on, that will get better). Still, as relatable as it is to millennials, it feels like it is a bit unattainable, which I guess might be also part of the appeal.
The not-so-ugly: The characters feel real. Yes, their clothes are glamorous. Yes, they are on their way to fabulous lives. You do not feel shamed for not being this ideal of womanhood that the media has perpetuated. As I said before: the aesthetics of the show. They match the environment. The characters. The jobs.
Overall, this show is great if you are looking for something fun and serious, frothy and deep. Yes, those are contradictory, but that is what this show is. If you are looking for something to keep you hooked without overestimating your appetite for the ridiculous and macabre or underestimating your intelligence, check it out! It is a unique concept.
Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend. Watch it now.