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
Alice Vaughan, The Catch
Shonda Rhymes’ latest take-no-prisoners #girlboss is a private investigator with a husky voice, a killer wardrobe and—oh right—a fiancé who turns out to be a super elite conman. Fierce points subtracted for sleeping with the enemy. Fierce points added for the red dress/red hair/vamp red lipstick power clash.
Fierce factor: 2/5 Beyoncés
Marnie Michaels, Girls
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and when some skeezy old perv mistakes you for a prostitute…you fleece him for a few hundred bucks…then flee…then ditch the loser men in your life…then hop into bed with the one person you can always count on. As the saying goes, if you have one BFF who you can hop into bed with in the wee hours of the morning with no explanation, you have everything.
Fierce factor: 3/5 Beyoncés
Olivia Pope, Scandal
If last week’s The Good Wife didn’t convince you that #HJs are trending, this week’s episode of Scandal—where Liv unzips-and-grips Jake in the restaurant washroom stall—most certainly did. Who knew such a junior high sex move would be the fierce 40-something woman’s sex weapon of choice?
Fierce factor: 4/5 Beyoncés