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.
Jamie Vine, Vinyl
Are you watching the new Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger collaboration about the early days of angry rock? The show is off to somewhat rocky start (what’s with the weird musical interludes?), feeling a lot like a Mad Men rip off with coke instead of martinis. To wit: Jamie is basically Peggy Olsen with lower necklines and better drug connections, but is that such a bad thing? (Answer: No. Especially not in the scene where she threatens to kick her disloyal co-worker in the C-word).
Fierce factor: 1.5/5 Beyoncés
Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife
After months of “will-they-or-when-will-they?” our frequently zipped-up heroine finally gets her rocks off with the impossibly smooth, ridiculously charming private investigator Jason Krouse. After denying Alicia’s request to “uncork her tequila,” (whatever that means), Jason leads her in some deep breathing exercises, which inevitably give way to a hot and heavy panting fest in her office. Later, Alicia doesn’t beat around the bush when requesting round 2.
Fierce factor: 3/5 Beyoncés
Hannah Horvath, Girls
In the first scene of the new (and final) season of Lena Dunham’s manifesto on modern womanhood, Hannah emerges from her bedroom wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the now familiar “I Woke Up Like This,” mantra. It’s an awesome and totally pointed wardrobe choice for the simple reason that (unlike the hundreds of thousands of duck-facing glamourpusses who attach the #iwokeuplikethis hashtag to their selfies), Hannah actually looks like someone who, you know, just woke up. In other words, in just being normal, she’s calling out the absurdity of a culture that expects women to be anything but. Further fierce points for her refusal to add a flower crown or a wrap-around braid to her pixie cut, despite Marnie’s insistence that everyone in her wedding adhere to the “Laurel Canyon classic” theme.
Fierce factor: 4/5 Beyoncés