Available on Starzplay, Run The World is a new choral series that follows the daily lives of ambitious African-American women ready to embrace life to the fullest. Is this new feminist show worth a look?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
A group of smart, funny, dynamic and fiercely loyal African American best friends in their 30s live, work and have fun in Harlem. While they dream of conquering the world, they face ups and downs in their careers, meet new people and experience heartaches that will lead them to ask questions about their life: who are they and where are they going?
Run The World by Leigh Davenport. Episodes seen: 6/8.
WHO IS IT WITH?
Run The World features a group of four friends embodied by faces known to popular series: Andrea Bordeaux, known for her roles in Rizzoli & Isles and NCIS: Los Angeles, Bresha Webb seen in Emergencies, Grey’s Anatomy, Love That Girl! and Marlon, and Corbin Reid, who performed well in the Murder and Valor series. More popular, especially for her roles in Greek, 22 Jump Street and Criminal Minds, Amber Stevens West completes the main cast.
WELL WORTH A LOOK ?
“Who Run The World? Girls! “ This is the mantra of the aptly named Run The World, a new series available on Starzplay. Produced and showrunned by Yvette Lee Bowser (Dear White People), this sparkling series was created by Leigh Davenport who drew inspiration from her personal life to write the daily lives of four ambitious young African-American friends living in Harlem.
If the series explores the universal quests of romance, professional future and family restraint, Run The World makes the refreshing choice to put at the heart of its tale a strong friendship that unites Ella, Renee, Sondi and Whitney against all odds. This sorority spirit, which does good, reigns over the entire series and serves as a benchmark for these women full of envy and ready to conquer the world.
Resolutely feminist and dynamic but realistic, Run The World will appeal to fans of Insecure and The Bold Type with whom she shares similar themes and visions. You can’t help but think of Sex and the City while watching this series with the character of Ella, journalist and writer like Carrie was, but also the character of Renee, who would surely be a great friend with Samantha.
But Run The World frees itself from this television heritage with a welcome modernism and openness and a highlighting of a culture long flouted and underestimated on the small screen. In addition to its very good dose of humor, its dialogues that hit the mark and its well-chosen soundtrack, Run The World can count on its impeccable cast of actresses who perfectly portray their characters and bring them an inspiring authenticity.