Why We Need More Bad Girls on TV

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Why We Need More Bad Girls on TV

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


ven eight episodes in, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s delightful Killing Eve remains unclassifiable: It’s at once a workplace comedy, gritty police procedural, sexually charged queer love affair, and an intense portrait of sociopathy. But what makes the show truly stand out is how cleverly it subverts a testosterone-fuelled spy genre and feminises it: an overworked female spy chases a glamorous female assassin in Killing Eve.

Even more refreshing is the fact that the show goes a step further and makes both these women utterly terrifying and impossibly unlikeable. And, by extension, deeply watchable.