Minority Report Card: Suburgatory, Nikita and More.   Leave a comment

“Will that girl ever shut up?”-Homer Simpson

For every major network premiere this season I will be looking at whether it passes the Bechdel test, a test that asks whether the premiere has two female characters who have a conversation about something other than a man. I will also see whether it passes the same test modified to apply to people of color (the “Troy and Abed test”) and then modified to apply to queer people (the “Will and Jack test”).

This week we’ve only got three premieres and the two shows that I’m still monitoring due to their thus far terrible representation (“Vegas” and “American Dad!”) didn’t air episodes, so it’s a light week indeed. Here are the results for the three shows that premiered.

Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW)

This new drama on has been described as “Grey’s Anatomy meets Mean Girls.”

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Pass

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: Even though this episode didn’t pass the third test, the lesbian doctor played by Kelly McCreary was very prominent and distinct. It seems likely that they’ll add love interests for her in the future.

Suburgatory (ABC)

This sitcom about life in the suburbs returned for its second season this week.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Fail

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: The representation of people of color in this episode was atrocious. The Latina housekeeper sat silently in scene after scene of white people saying racist things. Having white characters say racist things and trying to pass it off as satire doesn’t work when you don’t let the people of color be real characters.

Nikita (The CW)

This spy drama returns for a third season.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Pass

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: The lead character is an Asian woman and the show generally does an awesome job with representation of women and people of color. However, they need to get some queer characters in here.

Posted October 22, 2012 by lennyburnham in Minority Report Card, The Simpsons

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