The Arrested Development reunion (and your subsequent realization that now you have to shell out for Showtime) isn’t the only news to come out of this weekend’s New Yorker Festival. At her interview with Ariel Levy on Friday night, Amy Poehler asserted television’s superiority over movies, particularly in the area of multifaceted female characters.
“I think films are kind of catching up in a way to where television has been for a long time. Television is still, in my opinion, the best place for female characters,” opined Poehler.
We’re inclined to agree — sure, this has been a banner year for female-focused movies, but television has been rocking the lady-led shows for a while now. Just look at Lorelai on Gilmore Girls or The Wire’s Kima or take your pick of the four besties mini-genre: Sex and the City, Golden Girls, or Designing Women. In fact, television is building on the precedent those shows have set with a current crop of female heroines that are, frankly, killing it, including (especially) Poehler’s own Leslie Knopes on Parks & Recreation. Let’s check out some of the rest of the best.