Girl Power! (Part II)

kapow!A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on female action heroes in movies and highlighted how prevalent they have become in the past decade. Fortunately, this character trope isn’t limited to film, but has carried over into television with great success. The female action hero isn’t a new phenomenon in television, but she is certainly more popularly utilized now than in past decades. There is something immensely satisfying about watching a female action hero take charge of difficult situations and evolve emotionally, mentally and physically over the course of a long-running television series.

Kimberly’s Picks for Female Action Heroes in Television:

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Cool!  Female TV action

Cool!  Female TV action heroes!  I have to put in a word for the first one I remember: Diana Rigg as Emma Peel in The Avengers.  Great character on a great show.  And for recent characters, I vote for Stana Katic as Kate Beckett on Castle and Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds. 

I had a great time putting

I had a great time putting this list together, so I'm glad to find a fellow fan of the female TV action hero. I tend to be pretty picky about the female characters on TV, so it was heartening to realize that, when I stopped and thought about it, there are a number of smart, sassy, independent women on television.

As for your suggestions: I very nearly put Emma Peel on the list. It was a close thing! I don't avidly watch Castle, so Beckett never crossed my mind. But she is a perfect example and certainly deserves a spot. And, although I adore Criminal Minds, Prentiss isn't one of my favorite characters. Despite that, she does have some mad skills!

Another character I seriously considered adding to the list is Diane Farr as Megan Reeves on Numb3rs. She might be my favorite female character on a television show.

Thanks for reading and commenting!