It has been a really hard fall for a feminist TV lover. Problems abound with both the character of Julia Braverman-Graham of Parenthood, and Mindy Kaling’s character on her new show, The Mindy Project. But nothing–nothing–has exceeded my disappointment more than the transformation of Up All Night.
By disrupting the everyday with a yearly tradition which unite a show’s cast, Halloween episodes can use the holiday’s blurring of fantasy and reality to speak to questions of character.
To the series’ credit, it often “goes there”—into those contentious waters of clearly gendered dilemmas about women’s work, motherhood, and guilt that were a mainstay of a lot of 1980s and 1990s drama.
Seeing Graham as Sarah Braverman evokes for both Derek and me her role of Lorelai, but whereas I view Sarah as maybe a little snarkier and wittier than she’s written in the show, for Derek the roles crash.