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The Female Bad Fan

Emily Nussbaum on television shows with “morally sketchy” heroines

“For some viewers, the idea that her flaws were there on purpose, that they were the whole point, remains hard to swallow. But ‘relatability’ is a trap—it’s a cage for artistic ambition. When it comes to role models … we may simply be looking for love in the wrong places: instead of looking to the show, we should look to the showrunner.”

Above: Mindy Kaling in “The Mindy Project.” Photograph by Isabella Vosmikova / Fox / Everett.