The Bold Type: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)


Season 1
The Bold Type

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Smart, hip, and exuberantly performed, The Bold Type sharply blends its soapy plotting with workplace drama that feels very of-the-moment.



Critic Ratings: 29


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User Ratings: 504

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Air date: Jul 11, 2017

In the series premiere, newly-promoted writer Jane is unsettled when Jacqueline assigns her a big story about why her ex broke up with her; Kat chases a story about an outspoken photographer, but is confused by her strong connection to the woman; and Sutton tries not to feel left behind by her best friends as she still toils in the assistant ranks, but she shocks them when they uncover Sutton's major secret, her scandalous affair with a lusted-after Scarlet magazine lawyer.

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Air date: Jul 11, 2017

Kat finds herself questioning her identity, as she continues to spend time with Adena; Jane is horrified when she is tasked with writing Scarlet's sex column, especially when her story turns intensely personal; and Sutton is given an opportunity to advance at Scarlet, but questions if it's what she really wants to be doing with her life.

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Air date: Jul 18, 2017

Jane dips her toe into a casual fling with pinstripe guy, but is turned off when she finds out he's writing a rebuttal to her last article.

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Air date: Jul 25, 2017

Jane is thrilled she's been invited to speak on a panel for rising political writers under 30, but when she compares her credentials to other speakers, she begins to feel like her experiences don't stack up.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2017

The subject of Jane's latest article, a woman who left a finance job to become an exotic dancer, threatens to sue Scarlet and Jane; Sutton thinks she's making a step forward in her career; and Kat questions whether she is ready for a real relationship with anyone, especially in light of recent events with Adena.

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Air date: Aug 8, 2017

Jane wrestles with her past and her own anxieties while working on a controversial article about BRCA gene testing; and Sutton is determined to excel at her tasks at hand, but Alex rushes to her rescue when things fall apart.

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Air date: Aug 15, 2017

Richard invites the ladies to his apartment for dinner in an effort to get closer to Sutton's friends; Sutton attempts to network with a new social circle by attending a high tea; Jane comes to a realization about Pinstripe; and Jacqueline intervenes when Kat's new staffer keeps damaging Scarlet's social-media presence.

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Air date: Aug 22, 2017

Rumors of layoffs sweep through the office, while Jane is tempted by an offer to interview at a competing publication; Sutton is given a big opportunity when a coworker buckles under pressure; Kat is tasked with organizing a "Readers' Night" for Scarlet; and Jane talks Sutton and Kat into joining her on a dating app.

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Air date: Aug 29, 2017

Jane, Sutton, Alex, Pinstripe and Jacqueline are all trapped in the Scarlet offices due to a massive traffic jam. Meanwhile, Jane re-examines her feelings for Pinstripe; Sutton makes a surprising move; and Kat makes an impulsive decision when she learns Adena is leaving New York.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2017

Thoughts of Adena distract Kat while she tries to throw a memorable New York Fashion Week party. -- (C) FREEFORM

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Critic Reviews for The Bold Type Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14)

It's a long, long way from All the President's Men, but what The Bold Type does, smartly, is give us a glimpse of what the battle to stay in business looks like.

Jul 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite this shiny veneer, The Bold Type channels its inner Teen Vogue by weaving in weighty stories about self-expression, politics, equality, sexuality, religion and freedom.

Jul 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The Bold Type's ability to pull off so many small feminist victories in just two episodes is fun to watch; that those feminist victories exist in this format is extra exciting.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm not asking for Loachian realism, but show me these women in tracky bottoms weeping over their stiletto-induced bunions and The Bold Type could count on my subscription.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

If The Bold Type keeps finding ways to make its characters, their friendships, and their aspirations as much compelling fun as the first couple of episodes have, it'll make for one of the more satisfying rom-coms out there, TV show or no.

Jul 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The connection between Kat, who is newly bisexual, and Adena, a Muslim lesbian, is one of the highlights of the show.

Sep 19, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The Bold Type is a fun, zingy drama.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Each episode succeeds in arousing an energy that is genuinely, if flimsily, unifying and empowering.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The Bold Type wants its viewers to consider important political and social issues, while also enjoying the endless wardrobe options of the Scarlet Magazine fashion closet.

Aug 15, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

[The writers] have amazing story ideas and a perfect cast with a wide range, but they need better execution.

Jun 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

In some ways, The Bold Type isn't just an homage to or extension of those previous looks at life in a highly fashionable New York City; its something of a response to them.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Towards the end I began to find it a bit earnest and cloying.

Feb 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bold Type: Season 1

  • Apr 25, 2019
    Light and committed at the same time. I love these three girls.
  • Aug 23, 2018
    Don't know what it was about this first season but i couldn't stand it
  • Jul 04, 2018
    The best show its sooooooo good I'm n love with it #the bold type all day xoxoxo
  • Nov 07, 2017
    LOVE this show! Is absolute hilarious and spot on to real life problems and issues that makes and females experience today. ??
  • Oct 30, 2017
    The Bold Type: The Breast Issue The Bold Type is a scripted show on the Freeform network that explores the life of the women who work for a magazine in New York City called Scarlet. The executive producer of the show was once the editor-in-chief of the magazine Cosmopolitan, which is where the influence for the show came from. The Bold Type focuses on the life of three women that work for the magazine. It reflects their private their life, and their jobs at the magazine. The Breast Issue episode of The Bold Type was a great episode that goes on to talk about a blood gene test that checks for mutations in a gene called BRCA 1 and 2. It tells you your chance of getting breast or ovarian cancer. In this case it is breast cancer. One of the main characters, Jane, was assigned to the article about getting the gene testing done for women in their twenties. This is when the episode starts to take a turn to a more serious note because the actress Katie Stevens, who plays the role of Jane, really starts to show her compassion for this subject. All her friends know that it is a touchy subject, but she still tells everyone that she is okay. Acting Katie Stevens was definitely the right person to cast for this role. With this show being a comedy, she was able to put her serious face on and get the job done. In her break out show Faking It, she always seemed more like a serious actor. I am not sure if it was just who her character was or if that was just the kind of actor she was trying to be. Connection to Characters The creator of this makes it easy for you to connect with all of the characters. Aisha Dee who plays the role of Kat, is a free will character that just goes with the flow of life. Which is almost a complete opposite from her role in Sweet Vicious where she was an uptight sorority girl. Having a relatable, a realistic character like her really adds onto the show. It was also nice to see her in a more upbeat role, I feel like it fits her better. Moral of the Story This episode teaches you a great lesson, which is do not let fear consume you. Once you let it consume you, you let it control your actions. One of the characters in this episode goes through a situation where they find themselves going through this. The writer of this show does great with putting these types of morals in the episodes. Overall Overall, this show is a great addition to the Freeform channel. Everything about this show screams amazing. The characters, the story line, the morals and the acting. I feel like a show of this type was definitely needed and long overdue. That is why I give this show 5 out of 5 stars.
  • Oct 27, 2017
    Great series, I am guilty of doubting it at first..
  • Oct 12, 2017
    Love this show!!!! And melora Hardin is spectacular
  • Oct 11, 2017
    Didn't really care for the Pilot when I first saw it. But then I saw that this got a 100% certified somehow, so I decided I had to at least re-watch the first episode. Watched it on the Freeform app, and then saw that they also had the second episode free without log sign in, so I did that as well. After watching two episodes, the second being tied for the highest rated of the series, I can say that this is not for me. But I guess I understand why people like it. I would have tried to watch more episodes, but I don't get to use the TV (for On Demand) very much, and I just heard it was renewed for two more seasons with a different showrunner. Not interested anymore. But, before I end this, I have one critical critique uh type thing to do say, and that's that Melora Hardin killed kills it, and honestly the show should have been about her. I would have watched that. I also liked, I believe the character name was Alex? The black guy that was a writer, and was helpful to Jane in the first episode, and was the writer for Adena in the second episode.
  • Sep 16, 2017
    Wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did! Relevant, funny, real.
  • Sep 12, 2017
    Best Freeform show yet.

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