The roles women have played on television over the years have seriously changed since the days of June Cleaver. But as time changes, so do people. Women, in particular, have been influenced tremendously by several female characters, including the five listed below:
1. Charlie’s Angels
One of television’s all-time favorite inspirations came from this drama series. The late Farrah Fawcett and her character, Jill Munroe became an iconic sex symbol to men. Women wanted to be like her. All of the “angels” made impressive fashion statements, but it was Farrah Fawcett pin-ups that plaster the walls of young males and who could forget that gorgeous flowing hair. If nothing else, the hairstyle created an influx of business for hair salons. Police departments across the United States saw an increase in female detectives joining the force thanks, in large part, to Jill Munroe and her fellow “angels.” The series aired from 1976 to 1981.
2. Murder She Wrote
Best-selling author and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) was so loved until AOL named her one of the “100 Most Memorable Female TV Characters” in 2004 and listed her among “TV’s Smartest Detectives.” Jessica Fletcher ranks at number 6 on Sleuth Channel’s poll of “America’s Top Sleuths.” However, long before all of that, the Cabot Cove resident taught fans how to search for clues and for some, instilled in them the dream of becoming a mystery writer in their own right. During those days, authors traveled extensively just like the character. The only difference being, Jessica Fletcher would always find herself in the midst of a homicide and solves the case. The series aired from 1984 to 1996.
3. Sex and the City
This romantic sitcom featured a group of four devoted friends as they navigated through life in the Big Apple facing job challenges, love relationship conflicts, active social lives and the joy of shoes. Well, at least Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) had an attachment to Jimmy Choos and other high-end footwear. Due to her superb fashion sense, Carrie introduced women to a fabulous way of dressing. A columnist for the fictitious newspaper, the New York Star, Carrie also demonstrated a committed work ethic and vulnerability that most women can relate to. The series aired from 1998 to 2004.
4. Desperate Housewives
The show followed the lives of the women of Wisteria Lane. The four main cast members featured: Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp and Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis. They were stressed, struggled with perfection and had a sense of humor. Some were married, divorced or single and looking. Most of all, they knew how to keep a secret which is somewhat of a lost art in today’s society. Nevertheless, they collectively represented solid friendship and the need for such. The series aired from 2004 to 2012.
5. The Good Wife
“Ally McBeal” may have shown us how to balance romance and courtroom drama, but “The Good Wife” gives glimpses into much more. Julianna Margulies plays Alicia Florrick, an attorney and politician’s wife who is no stranger to political disgrace, scandalous affairs and the like. She is smart, independent, calm, cool and collected. To many, Alicia Florrick knows that a good wife is more than a woman who stands by her man. She also knows when to cut her losses and gain control. No longer just a dutiful housewife or doting mother, Alicia Florrick has her own law firm. (2009 to present).