TELEVISION REVIEW: "The Bold Type is Fun, But it Could Go Bolder" [PREVIEW]

A conversation that takes place at around the halfway mark of the pilot of The Bold Type is perhaps key to understanding the show as a whole: the African-American social media director at Scarlet, a Glamour/Cosmopolitan-type publication (Aisha Dee) tells the lesbian Muslim feminist photographer (Nikohl Boosheri) she’s trying to feature in the magazine’s glossy pages that Scarlet represents “stealth feminism”—“it’s no longer how to please your man—or woman—in bed; it’s about how to please yourself.”
From left to right: Meghann Fahy, Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee
“Stealth feminism” is the best way to understanding the kind of show that The Bold Type is trying to be, and largely succeeds at being: the perfect 40-minute dramedy program for the summer of 2017. The story, which centers on Jane (Katie Stevens, Faking It), Kat (Dee, Sweet/Vicious), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy, Political Animals), three ambitious young employees at Scarlet, mixes an overall light tone with measured seriousness (when it’s required by the plot) that makes it a largely enjoyable experience that doesn’t require the same amount of concentration or focus as a Game of Thrones, much less a Veronica Mars...