The Arrested Development reunion (and your subsequent realization that now you have to shell out for Showtime) isnâ€™t the only news to come out of this weekendâ€™s New Yorker Festival. At her interview with Ariel Levy on Friday night, Amy Poehler asserted televisionâ€™s superiority over movies, particularly in the area of multifaceted female characters.
â€śI 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,â€ť opined Poehler.
Weâ€™re inclined to agree â€” 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 Wireâ€™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) Poehlerâ€™s own Leslie Knopes on Parks & Recreation. Letâ€™s check out some of the rest of the best.