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Minority Report Card: The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl and More.   Leave a comment

“Homer, listen carefully. John is a homo…”-Marge Simpson

“Right.”-Homer Simpson

“…sexual.”-Marge Simpson

“Ahhh!”-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”).

Not only am I watching every premiere, but I’m continuing to watch every show until it passes at least one test. So, before I get into the premieres, here are the shows that still hadn’t passed anything as of last week.

Vegas (CBS)

This show failed to pass a single test with its first two episodes. The results below reflect the third episode.

Bechdel test: Fail

Troy and Abed test: Fail

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: Although it still didn’t come close to passing any of the tests, this episode had a handful of prominent, distinctive female characters and people of color.

CSI: NY (CBS)

This failed to pass a single test with its first two episodes. The results below reflect the third episode.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Fail

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: After failing with the first two episodes, this one had several scenes that were just two women talking.

American Dad! (Fox)

This failed to pass a single test with its first episode. The results below reflect the second episode.

Bechdel test: Fail

Troy and Abed test: Fail

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: This episode has two bisexual characters besides Roger and still can’t manage to pass. It’s like they’re trying.

And now onto this week’s premieres!

The Cleveland Show (Fox)

The third show created by Seth MacFarlane returned this week.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Pass

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: This is one of the only shows on network TV about a non-white family.

Gossip Girl (The CW)

This drama about rich young people in New York’s Upper East Side returns for its final season.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Fail

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: Shockingly, a show that focuses on the beautiful and incredibly rich is not great at diversity.

90210 (The CW)

This reboot of the ’90s teen drama returns for another season.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Pass

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: The show does have two queer characters (Trevor Donovan’s Teddy Montgomery and Jessica Lowndes’s Adrianna Tate-Duncan), but Adrianna’s bisexuality hasn’t come up in over a season and it’s unclear whether she now identifies as straight.

Arrow (The CW)

This new show about The Green Arrow premiered this week.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Fail

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: There is definitely a major focus on wealthy white heterosexual males on this show.

Nashville (ABC)

This new show pits Connie Britton as a reigning queen of country music against Hayden Panettiere as a young up and comer.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Fail

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: The setting of the country music scene doesn’t lend itself to a lot of diversity, but we’ll see what they do with it.

Chicago Fire (NBC)

This new show about firefighters in Chicago premiered this week.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Pass

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: This show does have one queer character, lesbian Leslie Shay (Lauren German). The scene that established that she’s gay was pretty awkward, but hopefully they’ll handle her better in the future.

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

This supernatural drama returned for another season.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Pass

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: I haven’t seen every episode, but I think all witches are black people and vis versa.

Beauty and the Beast (The CW)

This new show about a beautiful young woman and a hunky alleged beast premiered this week.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Pass

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: The show features two women of color as partner detectives. Hopefully they’ll add some queer characters soon.