kick-ass women TV shows I don’t know well (or at all)


Here’s another list for my ongoing kick-ass women project. (For your reference, I have an index to previous lists in the project.) I seem to be getting to the end of my lists, and soon I’ll be moving on to phase two: world domination. No, wait. That’s Starbucks. My next phase will be to start actually working at qualifying and quantifying what it means to be a kick-ass woman. Or at least what I mean when I say “kick-ass woman.” But first, a few more lists.

Anyhow, this list is following up on my last 2 lists of favorite kick-ass women TV shows (1 & 2). This time, the list is of shows I either never watched, or didn’t see much of, but that prominently feature (or at least appear to prominently feature) kick-ass women. And this list includes some of the glaring omissions from the previous lists. (Again, shows are listed chronologically by start date.)

Some kick-ass women TV shows I didn’t watch

  1. The New Avengers (1976-1977)
    Starred Joanna Lumley as Purdy. The most I have seen of this show was actually as a snip in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous. This show is supposed to bear little resemblance to the previous Avengers incarnations, aside from the presence of Patrick MacNee resuming his role of John Steed. But I’m still pretty curious.
  2. Cagney & Lacey (1982-1988)
    This cop series with Sharon Gless (Cagney) and Tyne Daly (Lacey) was on for quite a few years, but I’m not sure I ever saw a single episode.
  3. The X-files (1993-2002)
    I never watched this show, but I have, of course, heard of it. My spy network informs me that Gillian Anderson kicked ass as Dana Scully.
  4. Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001)
    I’ve seen maybe a couple of episodes of this, or possibly only parts of episodes, but actually had trouble getting into its particular flavor of campiness. (I realized many of the shows and movies I enjoy are definitely campy.) I think it was mostly the other characters that I found irritating. But I fully acknowledge the supreme kick-assedness of Xena.
  5. Dark Angel (2000-2002)
    Never saw it. Don’t know much about it. Jessica Alba stars as a “genetically enhanced superhuman prototype.” Which sounds like definite kick-ass potential.
  6. Kim Possible (2002-????)
    Don’t know much about this animated show. I understand it’s about a girl (voiced by Christy Carlson Romano) who can do anything. Which sounds appealing.
  7. She Spies (2002-2004)
    I know nothing about this beyond, well, the title. I’m guessing it’s a spy show. With females. Hence the feminine third person subject. Was somewhat short-lived. Starred Natasha Henstridge, Natashia Williams and Kristen Miller. (Funny –how often do you have 2 Natash(i)as in the same cast?)
  8. Commander in Chief (2005-2006)
    Geena Davis plays President of the US. (That is potentially an even cooler role than pirate.) I should probably see this. I’ve read that it’s good. And I like Geena Davis.
  9. Heroes (2006-????)
    A new show about superheroes. Haven’t seen it. I’ve heard it’s pretty good. I don’t know all the details, but there had better be at least one kick-ass woman on the show. (Anyone care to enlighten me?)
  10. One more item:

  11. Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981)
    I’m not sure what I think about this one. Strange as it may seem, I don’t really remember watching this show as a kid. It was certainly a presence, though. I must have seen a few episodes. And I remember kids playing Charlie’s Angels, etc. Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson played the brunettes, and a string of others (Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack & Tanya Roberts) play the blonde. But I’m not sure to what extent these women kicked ass. Isn’t this the show about which the expession “jiggle TV” was coined?

5 thoughts on “kick-ass women TV shows I don’t know well (or at all)

  1. The New Avengers (TNA) DID bear resemblance to the original series, although some die-hard fans get very snobby about the series. Certainly the first 13-part series is up there with the peak of the Diana Rigg era, & the whole series is better than the Tara King era.

    Joanna Lumley as Purdey became a major star in the UK – her ‘Purdey’ hairstyle was the UK equivalent of the Farrah Fawcett flick. Of course being made in the mid-70s, the series portrays the trends of the 70s – clothes, design etc. – rather than the 60s, but for a whole generation of British males who grew up idolising Purdey, TNA is the definitive series.

    Recently released as an 8-disc Region 2 DVD set of the entire series.

  2. Matt-
    Thanks for dropping by, and for the info. I’m more curious than ever, and will look into getting a hold of the DVD set. Of course, my burning question is: did Purdey kick ass? (I’m expecting that she did. I can imagine Joanna Lumley in a kick-ass role.)

  3. And where TNA certainly triumphed over the original series was that Joanna Lumley performed the vast majority of her own stunts. In the earlier series it was very obvious when Cyd Child etc used to double for Rigg & Thorson, but it was decided that because Child looked nothing like Lumley – Lumley was blonde, taller & thinner than the previous Avenger girls – she would do most of the stunts & was trained to Olympic standard before the series began shooting.

  4. Matt-
    Glad to know that Purdey kicked ass. And it’s very cool that Joanna Lumley did most of her own stunts. Much as I love the Avengers from the Diana Rigg years, the fight and other action scenes were generally not terribly convincing.

    And now you’ve made me curious about what you mean by Lumley being “trained to Olympic standard.” I’ll have to look up her bio when I have a chance!

    Oh, and thanks for that article from The Hathor Legacy site. I’ll have to add Sapphire & Steel to my lists. Plus that looks like a website I should investigate further in general. (It looks to be written by some like-minded folks.)

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