Many TV series pride themselves on passing the Bechdel test, which means they have two or more female characters talking about something other than a man. Here are five shows that ace the exam with flying colors:


(7 p.m. Tuesdays, KSTP, Ch. 5)

In a nutshell: The Conner family matriarch finished at the head of her class the first time around, and she's still shattering stereotypes in the wildly popular reboot.

Talking points: Drug addiction, paying bills, Donald Trump.


(7 p.m. Sundays, Starz)

In a nutshell: Two sisters deal with the aftermath of their mother's death by trying to revive the bar she was barely keeping afloat in Los Angeles' Eastside.

Talking points: Sibling rivalry, foreclosure, gentrification.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

(Streaming on Amazon Prime)

In a nutshell: A New York City housewife and mother finds her true calling onstage in a Greenwich Village comedy club during the late 1950s.

Talking points: Feminism, stand-up comedy, Judaism.

Killing Eve

(7 p.m. Sundays, BBC America)

In a nutshell: A stuck-in-a-rut British MI5 agent finds new life when she pursues a pathological assassin who is tickled pink by her worthy adversary.

Talking points: Killing time, killing plans, killer jokes.


(Streaming on

Bridgette is living the Great American Nightmare: raising a kid on her own, coping with dashed dreams of making the WNBA and having Rosie O'Donnell as a mom.

Talking points: Basketball, bills, Boston.

Neal Justin