The Bold Type Recap

The Bold Type: Will You Subscribe to Freeform's Magazine Drama?

If you left your TV on after Tuesday’s Pretty Little Liars, you might have stumbled upon a preview of another female-powered Freeform series: the upcoming women’s mag-set The Bold Type. (Points for the clever title!)

The show — created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood) and based on the life of Hearst Magazines COO and former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles — officially debuts with a two-hour premiere on July 11, but the pilot preview provides a substantial sampling of the drama’s “stealth feminism.”

The Bold Type RecapJane (played by Faking It‘s Katie Stevens), Kat (Chasing Life‘s Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Political Animals‘ Meghann Fahy) are friends who work together at the Cosmo-esque publication Scarlet. Jane’s first day as a newly promoted writer is off to a bad start, with editor-in-chief Jacqueline (Transparent‘s Melora Hardin) rejecting all of her pitches. Rather than being a Mean Boss Lady, Jacqueline pushes Jane — she even ignores a call from Beyoncé to counsel Jane! — and gives her new writer an assignment that hits close to home. The resulting article about stalking her social media-less ex to get closure on their breakup earns a glowing review from Jacqueline.

Sutton, meanwhile, is still toiling away as an assistant, but there are big developments in her love life: she’s in a secret, no-strings-attached sexual relationship with board member Richard (Mad Men‘s Sam Page). When Jane and Kat discover the affair, they’re understandably concerned about what it would mean for Sutton’s career, if the truth ever came out. Life isn’t exactly fair, so Richard will probably get a pat on the back, while Sutton will be known as the assistant who slept with a superior, her friends argue. But this is more than just a fling for Sutton, so she tells Richard that she deserves to be the girl he can’t stop thinking about and that she wants to be asked out on a proper date — which he then does.

Social media boss Kat, perhaps the boldest of The Bold Type, fights for an article when a spread about a Muslim, lesbian artist falls through. She goes directly to the artist to get her approval for the piece and ends up bonding with the young woman. The two click so much that a distressed Kat practically comes apart after the woman is detained for smuggling vibrators, which Kat gave her, into a repressed foreign country. So maybe Kat is not as straight as she earlier declared?

What did you think of The Bold Type? Grade the pilot via the poll below, then hit the comments to let us know if you’ll be back for the official premiere.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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9 Comments
  1. Corky says:

    Hit the remote halfway through. Nothing super negative, just not for me.

  2. N says:

    Hope it does well. It’ll be Aisha 3rd cancelled show in a row.

  3. Phil says:

    Switched to Downward Dog halfway through. Martin, the dog, has a much more unique take on the world than the three Bold Type leads – no bra? Sex with an exec? Pitches got rejected? Gonna do what they are told explicitly NOT to do because they know better and almost get someone killed? Soooooo bold.
    Though I did enjoy what I saw of Melora Hardin’s take on Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant minus the great zings Calista got.

  4. Paula says:

    I watched the pilot episode simply because I love Melora Hardin (forever the beautiful Trudy Monk in my mind.) There was really nothing that captured my attention so I won’t tune in again but I do wish the best for this show.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Can anyone tell me if the pilot will be repeated? I didn’t realize that it was on (thought July 11th) and my daughter really wanted to watch this. Thanks.

  6. Ashley says:

    It was ok for a pilot. In general, pilots are rarely perfect. It seems they want to beat you over the head with certain themes. I understand the premise of the show and do not need it constantly repeated throughout the episode. It got redundant at some point. Also, I do not think I would ever define Cosmo/Scarlet as a “feminist” magazine. I subscribe to Cosmo and that is not that vibe I get when reading their articles. There are other women magazines out there I think that do a better job and are more consistent. Anyway, I’ll stick around for the other episodes to see what happens with the characters.

  7. Martin says:

    I really enjoyed this show. My favourite part of it was that the boss wasn’t a bitch, when it started I thought she’d be more of a Meryl Street a la The Devil Wears Prada type but I was pleasantly surprised.

    Came for Katie Stevens but stayed because I thought it was a good show. Yes, there are the usual pilot kinks to work out but the show should work them out (I just hope the ratings for the official premiere are better then the preview).

  8. Fabrizia says:

    Muslim and lesbian… ok