If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Said to be based on the offices of US Cosmopolitan magazine and the life of iconic editor Joanna Coles, The Bold Type follows three best friends who are each working for Scarlet – a hugely successful women’s magazine.
Whilst navigating the fast paced, high pressured workplace environment, we follow Jane, Kat and Sutton as they deal with office politics, relationships, and all your standard mid-20’s life drama. We get a front row seat as Sutton deals with the dilemma of putting copious amounts of cocaine on her company credit card, when Jane experiences her first orgasm, and when Kat decides to dabble in politics. But as well as the goofy, endearing scenes, The Bold Type also weighs in on some pretty heavy subjects: sexual harassment, sexuality, gender inequality, discrimination and even breast cancer.
Within a few minutes of the first episode, I was invested in these characters. The way it accurately depicts female friendship, maybe more specifically the way it captures that unique friendship bond you can only get with people you work with, got me hooked. Workplace friendships are next level, and The Bold Type gets this spot on. We’ve all got that work bestie, and we’ve all got our own version of the fashion closet, where we go to share our latest dilemma – probably the kitchen for most of us!
Whilst most of the media continues to pit women against each other, The Bold Type is all about women lifting each other up. Its refreshingly addictive. Melora Hardin’s depiction of editor-in-chief Jacqueline Carlyle is a total juxtaposition to what we used to (insert Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada). She is a mentor to our three main protagonists. She is strong, stylish and empathetic, as well as tough, guiding the Scarlet staffers to reach their full potential, even in the most uncomfortable situations. It’s a welcome change to see women shown as kind and vulnerable as well as powerful.
There are rumours that many of the more “unbelievable” scenes, actually really happened – yes, even the one where Jane gets a Yoni Egg stuck “down there” or rather “up there.” As well as these moments of comedy, some of the topics throughout the four seasons of the show are so timely and relevant that it made for inspiring viewing.
With the UK still in lockdown, the timing of Netflix’s latest drop couldn’t have been better. The perfect binge for yet another stay at home weekend or two, I found myself forgetting about real life for 45 minutes at a time. The Bold Type is the perfect escape, it left me smiling, feeling empowered and on the edge of my seat to see what season 5 might hold for my new virtual gal pals.
So, if you still haven’t watched it, take my advice and get comfy as you definitely won’t be able to just watch one episode. You can watch it here.