I watch a lot of TV. Like, A LOT. I’m obsessed with Netflix, I’ve got a huge collection of boxset DVDs and most evenings in are spent in front of the telly. I think it’d be fair to say TV pop culture influenced me throughout my life, and these are just some of my favourite female characters from just some of my favourite shows.
Carol and Maggie, The Walking Dead
Yes, of course, Daryl is a babe and Rick is a hero, bla bla bla. But, for me, the real stars of the series are Carol and Maggie. Carol is strong, independent and can overcome just about anything, while Maggie is feisty and smart, but caring too. Whatever camp they’re in, they’re both respected and usually end up ruling the roost. My kinda ladies.
Elliot and Carla, Scrubs
I love both female leads in Scrubs, but for TOTALLY different reasons. I think Carla is streetwise, confident, independent and in control, and I think she’s how I’d want to be. Elliot is insecure, neurotic, clumsy and kinda geeky, which is how I think I actually am. I’m inspired by Carla, but I’m definitely feeling Elliot.
Buttercup, The Powerpuff Girls
Just to clear things up right away, I’m talking about the golden era of Powerpuff Girls, late ‘90s on the Cartoon Network. As a kid, I loved Buttercup. I mean, I adored the whole show, had cuddly toys of all the characters and everything, but she was by far my favourite. I loved how she was a tomboy, unlike her cutesy sisters, and I thought her tough, reckless nature was pretty cool. And I also think her black hair and dark striped clothes heavily inspired my teenage emo phase.
Margaery Tyrell and Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones
No-one in GOT is without some serious character defects. They’ve either slept with a relative, killed someone of royalty, betrayed their bessie mate or something like that. It’s a pretty messed up show, not gonna lie. But I still think, of all the amazing women in the show, these two ladies stand above the rest. I love how Margaery plays the patriarchy until she eventually ends up on top of the system and, as for Daenerys – WHAT a woman! Every time she steps forward as a leader I just get goosebumps. She’s so powerful. I’d definitely be on her side of the war, I know that much!
Lily and Robin, How I Met Your Mother
Lily and Robin are the PERFECT friendship because they complement each other in the best of ways. Lily is sweet, creative and nurturing but can be a bit of a pushover – but it doesn’t matter because Robin is bold, determined and totally bulldozes her way through life. Lily teaches Robin to get in touch with her emotions, and Robin teaches Lily to toughen up. I’d like to think I’ve got a little bit of both in me. Right?
Aunt Polly, Peaky Blinders
Last year I got hooked on Peaky Blinders – it’s Cillian Murphy’s eyes, they just hypnotise you like that snake from The Jungle Book. Anyway. Because of that, I discovered the awesome character of Aunt Polly. Aunt Polly pretty much runs the show; all these boys might be going about thinking they’re in charge, but it’s Pol who really keeps things ticking over. Behind every great man, etc, etc…
Lisa, The Simpsons
Lisa Simpson is portrayed as a spectacularly uncool member of the animated nuclear family, but I think she’s the exact opposite. I’ve always thought Lisa was awesome – she’s super intelligent, which is great, but she’s also a feminist, an activist and a killer musician. She comes from a blue collar family with limited money, aspirations and opportunities, yet she still dreams of going Ivy League schools and becoming the first female US President. Lisa doesn’t let anything spoil her belief that she can change the world, and that’s pretty rad.
All the girls from Friends
Friends is my fave. I’ve watched it through every stage of my life since I was a kid so, because of that, I’d like to think I’ve learnt a lot from each one of them. Rachel taught me it’s okay to try and make it on your own, even if you’re not really sure where to start. Phoebe taught me it’s okay to be unique and stick to your principles, no matter what other people think. Monica taught me it’s okay to be organised and determined and bit pushy sometimes, because it forces you to be the best you can be. Not bad for a ‘90s sitcom.