Gem Finder: The Bold Type is a sweet and daring tale of friendship

Alexandra Plesa 21 November 2018 NEWS

The show tackles issues like feminism, sexuality, race and sexual assault with charm and intelligence.

We live in the era of Peak TV. Streaming services offer thousands of hours of quality content and everyone seems to be recommending you a new series to binge. Through all the noise, there's no wonder some marvellous titles fly under the radar. Here's where we do our best to push them into the mainstream.

What is The Bold Type about?

The Bold Type centres on three twenty-something women, Jane, Kat and Sutton, who work at Scarlet, a glamorous women's magazine. Inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles, the series follows the three friends as they navigate love, life, work and everything in between. Jane is a writer, Kat handles social media for the magazine and Sutton starts off as an assistant but yearns to advance her career. We also get glimpses of their boss, Jacqueline, who often acts like a mentor for the three young professionals.

Who stars in The Bold Type?

Katie Stevens portrays Jane, whom you might know from Faking It. Aisha Dee plays Kat. You might be familiar with her from Chasing Life, Sweet/Vicious or Channel Zero. Completing the trio is Meghann Fahy as Sutton. She has also appeared in Miss Sloane, Chicago Fire and Political Animals. The charming Melora Hardin portrays their boss and has appeared in The Office, Transparent, Monk and more.

The cast also includes Matt Ward, Sam Page, Stephen Conrad Moore, Nikohl Boosheri and Dan Jeannotte.

Where can I watch?

You can catch the series on Stan. The first two seasons are now available to stream, and season 3 will premiere in 2019.

How many seasons does The Bold Type have?

There are two seasons of 10 episodes each. You could probably binge the whole thing in one week, two max.

Will I like The Bold Type?

If you re-watch Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada at least once per year, you'll fall in love with The Bold Type. The show is all about friendship, love and navigating modern life in New York, with the three leads rocking stylish outfits courtesy of their magazine's fashion closet and dealing with issues that range from the silly (figuring out how to stalk an ex who is not on social media) to the life-altering (deciding if they want to get tested for the breast cancer gene).

Jane, Kat and Sutton have undeniable chemistry and are always there to support one another, even when they disagree. Friendship is the main theme that anchors the show, which gives The Bold Type an optimistic feel and makes it compulsively watchable. Even when they don't see eye to eye, the three friends don't turn into mean girls. They respect each other enough to talk it out and try to understand the other's point of view. They are different, but the one thing they have in common is that they love each other unconditionally and would never turn their backs when one is in need. Plus, all three are fierce when it comes to pursuing their goals, which is compelling and empowering.

The show is all about friendship, love, and navigating modern life in New York

The supporting players are also great, with Melora Hardin in particular shining as Jacqueline, Scarlet's editor-in-chief. Unlike Meryl Streep's role in The Devil Wears Prada, Jacqueline acts like a mentor for the three young women, providing either valuable advice or much-needed tough love, depending on what the situation calls for. She leads by example, often taking risks and inspiring her underlings to do the same. Instead of instilling fear in her employees, she strives to build a workforce of confident women willing to help each other grow, even in the competitive world of women's magazines. It's a timely update to TV's women in the workplace narrative, promoting a female boss who doesn't act like a man to get ahead, but relies on her strong feminine self to get the job done, and then some.

Finally, as you might have figured out by now, the series is thought-provoking and feminist. It doesn't shy away from approaching serious topics, but it does so in an accessible way, never biting off more than it can chew. With only 20 episodes under its belt, The Bold Type has already tackled issues like gun control, sexual assault, coming to terms with your sexuality, race, slut-shaming and grief. These are things twenty-something women deal with on a regular basis and the series goes to great lengths to convey the complexity of the topics, while also maintaining a positive tone. It's not an easy feat, but The Bold Type pulls it off beautifully. If you are looking for a fast-paced, witty and bubbly new binge, press play immediately.

Anything else I should know?

The soundtrack for The Bold Type is a thing of beauty. Check out the official Spotify playlist and you might discover some new faves.

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