If you’ve never heard of the Bechdel test, it’s a way of measuring the representation of women in fictional media, including books, film and TV. Created by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel in 1985, in order to pass the test, the work must feature at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. An added stipulation is that the women must also be named characters.
While the Bechdel test is not a perfect system — because even the most overtly feminist piece of media could fail (intersectionality matters) — it’s a great jumping off point if you’re looking for a way to support more female-centric stories.
Not sure where to begin? Start with these 10 TV series that have passed the Bechdel test with flying colours.