Let’s face it: Hollywood typically casts very skinny beautiful leading ladies. At this stage, it seems as though it is part of the winning formula when it comes to television and movies. Even though beautiful women are the leading ladies, is it possible that Hollywood is having a change of heart allowing the regular girl find her prince charming? While the debate is still out on this one, it is important to share with you the shows that are on television that are working against the norm and showing the regular girl–whether regular or slightly plump–as the leading lady getting the guy. The following shows are certainly breaking barriers with their female main characters.
Drop Dead Diva – Lifetime
Jane was a former model who gets re-incarnated in a plus-size body of an intelligent lawyer. Her former fiancé (now legal colleague) has no idea that she is in this new body but somehow has grown to love her as Jane the smart and supportive co-worker. What is great about Jane is that although she has the body of a plus-size woman her re-incarnated model interior make her have all the confidence in the world. She walks as though she is on a catwalk, flips her hair to show of her good side when she remembers ground-breaking legal cases and has done quite well on the dating scene. She is in love with Grayson, her gorgeous and smart colleague. She wants to tell Grayson who she is but her guardian angels remind her that she needs to embrace her current self to really live life. The cases they solve are very interesting and many times just hilarious. You can’t go wrong with having a dim-witted ‘bestie’ and Margaret Cho as the sarcastic assistant with eclectic talents that come in handy. This show was cancelled once but was brought back to Lifetime. Take advantage of any upcoming Drop Dead Diva marathons and enjoy!
The Mindy Project – Fox
Mindy Kaling stars as Dr. Mindy Laheri, a gynecologist who shares a practice with three other doctors. What is great about Mindy is she is a pleasantly plump and stylish professional with a teenage spirit on the hunt for Mr. Right. By the middle of the second season Mindy worked her way through four boyfriends. Count it four boyfriends! Not only did she have multiple boyfriends, all of them were very easy on the eye. There have been a lot of cast changes but the core doctors and nurse Morgan Tookers (played by the hilarious Ike Barinholtz) have made a strong foundation for the show. The chemistry between Mindy and her colleague Danny is undeniable and he also brings the true thoughts of the typical man to light when Mindy over analyzes the secrets to attracting and keeping a man. This is television worth watching if only to see Mindy’s development in relationships.
Super Fun Night – ABC
Kimmie Boubier, played by Rebel Wilson, is a junior attorney with two friends that she hangs out with every Friday night. That was the premise of the show; however, this kind of changed in the middle of the first season. What makes Kimmie special is that she is a little naïve and was a late bloomer, not having a boyfriend until her late 20s. This late bloom also makes Kimmie a little socially awkward. Kimmie has a crush on dashing Richard, the son of the firm’s owner. What makes Kimmie a little different is that she eats and is rarely seen trying to starve herself to get thinner. Some of the laughs come from Rebel Wilson dressing in a variety of clothing which emphasizes her size and figure. She is confident and that is something that a viewer will come to appreciate. The writing in the beginning is funny at times but the show is still finding its voice. It’s still worth watching to see exactly when Kimmie gets Richard.
Girls – HBO
This is more of an honorable mention for Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’. Since winning numerous awards in its first season Girls has a following that includes comedian and late night host Chelsea Handler. Girls is about 20-somethings and their trials and tribulations. Most notably there is Hanna who is looking to catch her break as a writer. Hanna tries to squish tons of life experiences into short periods of time in order to write about them later. The reason Girls gets an honorable mention is because Hannah ends up with Adam, not the traditional Mr. Right, but definitely Mr. Right for Hannah. Two controversies about this show is that Lena Dunham appears nude a lot throughout the series and Hannah, with her non-conventional looks also gets her share of men. Listen, Lena Dunham created and writes the show, so quite frankly she can do whatever she wants. Second, it seems like those who have an issue with the non-conventional girl getting their prince charming are the same ones who have been trained by the media to hold one image as ideal, which is very unrealistic. Girls is a show that is for those who are looking for a simple look at 20-somethings who live in the world today. It may not be for everyone but all the awards and critical acclaim may stir up the curiosity to watch at least one episode.
These four shows may not realize it but they have begun a trend in television of the regular girl being the leading lady and getting the guy (or in Mindy’s case, many men). It should also be noted that most of the shows, with the exception of Drop Dead Diva, has the actors who play the main characters play a leading role on the other side of the camera. The women from most of these shows are producing, writing, etc. No wonder a touch of reality has finally hit the small screen!