BY BILLY SUTER
THE second season of The Bold Type, the hit series inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, is now streaming first and only on Showmax in South Africa.
Created by Parenthood writer Sarah Watson and set in New York, The Bold Type is about three ambitious friends who met as they started at Scarlet, a global woman’s magazine described as “a fictionalised version of Cosmopolitan by way of Teen Vogue’s rebrand as the internet’s most intersectional magazine”.
Season one kicked off as Jane (Katie Stevens from Faking It) had just been promoted to writer at Scarlet; Kat (Aisha Dee from Channel Zero: The No-End House) is now the social media director; and Sutton (Meghann Fahy from Political Animals), alone of the three, is still an assistant.
It’s like Younger set in the fashion and magazine world; or The Devil Wears Prada with a nicer boss; or a millennial Sex and The City with better friends and more of a social conscience.
You shouldn’t need more reasons than that to add this to your watchlist, but here are five more anyway, reports a Showmax spokesman:
“Jane, Kat and Sutton may make you feel like you haven’t been a good enough friend recently.
“They see each other every day – and almost every night. They drink wine and gossip in Scarlet’s fashion closet, have frank conversations about everything, go on group Tinder dates, get drunk in a bathtub together, and even make breakfast for each other – during the week.
“These are the kind of friends who step in to offer free housing when you hit financial troubles, who hold your hand when you get tested for the BRCA gene, who force you to take off a fedora before you humiliate yourself…”
The Chicago Tribune hailed The Bold Type and Younger as successors to Sex and the City‘s unique brand of single-city-girl life,” but added that, in contrast, “they stand out because dating partners consistently take a back seat to the 9-to-5 grind for the main characters…”
“If watching people work doesn’t sound like fun to you, just remember that this is a fashion magazine. If nothing else, as Vulture says, ‘The Bold Type is really the place to visit for wardrobe envy these days.’”
Season one has an impressive 96% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes but the new season is doing even better, with a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the consensus, is that “The Bold Type is getting better and better. Season two is a big improvement. ”
Still not convinced? The series was nominated for Teen Choice Summer TV and Choice Summer TV Star Female (Aisha Dee) awards, as well as a GLAAD for Outstanding Comedy, a Satellite Award for Best TV Drama, and an Imagen Award for Best Actress (Katie Stevens).