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Minority Report Card: Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 and More.   Leave a comment

“Look, dad, I made a modest studio apartment for my Malibu Stacy doll. This is the kitchen, this is where she prints her weekly feminist newsletter– dad, you’re not listening to me!”-Lisa 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”).

There were only two premieres this week, plus I also have my report on the latest episode of Vegas, which I’ve been continuing to watch each week since it hasn’t passed a single test. (Note: I’m still following American Dad!, which also hasn’t passed any of the tests, but it was cancelled this week because of baseball).

Vegas (CBS)

This new series from CBS didn’t pass a single test in its first three episodes. The following is my report on the fourth episode.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Pass

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: Yes, after three weeks of failing miserably, this episode had a conversation between two black women before the first commercial break! I was stunned. During the second commercial break CBS’s website froze and I decided to stop watching since I feel like I would have hurt about it if Vegas had suddenly introduced two queer characters. Let me know if I’m wrong!

Happy Endings (ABC)

This sitcom that follows a group of friends in Chicago returns for its third season.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Fail

Will and Jack test: Pass

Notes: Max and the physical therapist’s interactions are brief, he’s not much of a character and you don’t find out he’s gay until Max mentions he’s had sex with him and then he’s never seen again.

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC)

This sitcom about two roommates and James van der Beek returns for its second season.

Bechdel test: Pass

Troy and Abed test: Fail

Will and Jack test: Fail

Notes: The supporting cast includes two people of color: Mark Reynolds (Eric Andre) and Luther (Ray Ford), who is also gay.