Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the three classic science fiction/fantasy TV shows (the others obviously being The X-Files and Xena) of the 90s that changed the way women were depicted on TV. No just by having strong female characters, but by making female characters the focus of the show – the stories are seen from a female perspective. Scully, Xena, Gabrielle, Buffy and Willow, in their various ways, all defied traditional ideas of how women should behave and what women should want. But did these characters actually blaze a trail for other women characters to follow? What other programs made since then have had equally strong female characters and an equally strong female perspective?
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