"Not Your Typical Woman" is a play on viewer expectations formed over decades of female misrepresentation on TV. Typical women in visual media are usually superficial characters, often defined by the men in their life. Typical TV women lack the depth of a real person, even if the show is su…

“The Following” focuses on the larger-than-life, unconventional group of serial killers— each elaborately interconnected. Originally framed as a Poe-inspired group of serial killers, “The Following” grew to encompass many forms of cult worship in the second season. Now, in its current season…

“The Blacklist” is another crime/detective/spy TV series in a long lineup of the same genre. Though the story may seem tired, “Blacklist” finds new angles to tell a familiar story. The show follows Raymond “Red” Reddington, a criminal extraordinaire who decisively joins the FBI to cleanse th…

"The 100” is a young adult-oriented drama checkered with futuristic elements immersed in rustic pre-civilized scenery. It’s an odd pairing that works to create a world truly on the edge of revival and destruction. The show follows humanity’s effort at rebuilding life after nuclear fallout ne…

Amy Poehler’s unashamedly feminist series, “Parks and Recreation,” came to a close this week as the nation laughed and cried at the crew’s last farewell. The emotional finale reminded viewers what front-woman Leslie Knope (Poehler) is all about. The final season ended with heartache as audie…

SHIELD offers audiences a unique way to connect Marvel’s growing live-action universe. Writer Joss Whedon anticipates using Agents of SHIELD as a way to interconnect past and upcoming silver screen Marvel projects by laying down the groundwork for new characters as well as further explaining…

“Gotham,” just like the scale of the fictional city, is a massive undertaking for DC comic-to-television adaptations. The series follows alternate origin stories for infamous villains like Poison Ivy, the Penguin and the Riddler, while surrounded by legions of minor villains. 

Series introduction: Though 2015 just began, it’s proven to be the year that TV shows begin to feature strong, smart women of all types. Women on the small screen are now represented with more diverse and complicated roles than ever. Interestingly, this trend is closely linked to the rise of…