For years, our small screens were awash in angsty male antiheros. Dark and tortured Don Draper types who wouldn’t know fierce if it kicked them in the cojones. Lately though, the TV tide seems to be shifting with a surplus of super fly females from surgeons to sorority queen bees. To mark the moment in Grrrrrrl Power, we’re rounding up the most butt-kicking women on the boob tube each week.
Haley Dunphy, Modern Family
Her advice to little sis Alex on what to do when the dude you dig wears clogs: “If he’s not a chef, a nurse or a tulip salesman, you need to run.” That is some needlepoint-worthy wisdom right there.
Fierce factor: 1.5/5 Beyoncés
Olivia Pope, Scandal
Memo to Monica Lewinsky: this is how you bring the torch-wielding villagers onto your side after getting outed as the president’s mistress. Olivia’s “I wish I had never laid eyes on him,” speech is classic Shonda Rhimes, meaning that she repeats the same searing sentence multiple times for effect. Note that even playing the love-struck other woman, Liv is still a total boss, proving that this woman can do fierce in her sleep (or, in clothing that was purchased at—shudder—the mall, as was the case last week).
Fierce factor: 3/5 Beyoncés
Helen Solloway, The Affair
Chugging pinot in your Spanx while belting out the lyrics to Lucinda Williams’ “I Changed the Locks on My Front Door”—solo day-drinking hasn’t been this fierce since Bridget Jones got her act together. Further props to Helen for making what we’re pretty sure was the first “queef” reference on a mainstream TV show…now if only her afternoon of mid-life rebellion had ended there instead of in a cop car. How many times must we say it: fiercing and driving do not mix!
Fierce factor: 4/5 Beyoncés
More FLARE Fierce-O-Meter:
The Most Fearless Women on TV: September 21-27
The Most Fearless Women on TV: September 28-October 4
The Most Fearless Women on TV: October 5-11
The Most Fearless Women on TV: October 12-18
More Women on TV:
5 Minutes With TV’s Newest Scream Queen, Abigail Breslin
5 Reasons You Need to Start Watching Empire Right Now
The Most Badass Babes of Fall TV
The Olivia Benson Guide to Being a #Boss