The show ran for 3 seasons and is over now and confirmed it will never be returning. It is oddly one of the most unexpected feminist shows I’ve ever seen and I can’t recommend it enough for those that haven’t seen it.
For those that haven’t seen it, Broadchurch was a show starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman as police officers in a small town investigating the few violent crimes that occur there. Seasons 1 and 2 revolve around the murder of a young boy whose mother is played by Jodie Whittaker and season 3 revolves around a rape.
A quick rundown of some of my favorite moments, spoilers will be marked:
The entire friendship between Whittaker and Coleman’s characters. Real women who are struggling and love their families and each other. Excellent actresses being amazing as well. Special mention for Coleman’s clear distress for Whittaker when her son’s body is discovered, this is such an emotionally charged scene and one that both women did so well with Coleman trying to physically reach out to Whittaker and unable to reach her or fix it for her. It’s devastating and will give you chills.
Coleman’s character being a bad ass cop while her husband is a SAHD. Smashing stereotypes, you love to see it.
Very slight spoiler: unapologetic portrayal of abortion twice, once where Whittaker decides not to get one and again when Eve Myles’ character gets one and is glad she did. Particularly when a man tries to tell Whittaker she shouldn’t do it and she snaps at him for being a man telling her what she should do with her pregnancy.
Adult lesbian relationship that is not sexualized in any way and happens between two women in their 50s or so. It’s a B plot, but their love story is absolutely wonderful and both characters are worth their weight in gold for many reasons but this relationship is just such a sweet, subtle love.
Coleman’s character realizing that she judged another woman too harshly and was wrong not to understand her situation (don’t want to give too much away here).
There’s an entire plot line around Coleman’s son watching porn, which she shuts down for being misogynistic and refuses to tolerate on any level.
Portrayal of a teenage girl whose nudes are shared at school and it’s ruining her life.
Several raw portrayals of abusive relationships and stalking which are not romanticized. The third season in general is just a left and right takedown of misogyny and male violence.
Anyway. I rewatch this show pretty often and there are plenty more examples of unexpected feminism and just plain old great writing and acting. Even the smallest characters manage to have depth and complexity to them. Anyone else have any personal favs?