Our second podcast ambivalently dissects Shonda Rhimes’s How to Get Away With Murder. Good on race, questionable on gender, sexy because Famke Janssen, not sexy because lack of chemistry.
How to Get Away with Murder stands as one of the few primetime television shows featuring a woman of color in the lead role. Viola Davis gives a tour de force performance as Annalise Keating, a law professor and defense attorney. Along with five law students, Keating defends alleged murders, indifferent as to their guilt. It’s not quite clear if any of the characters in this highly compelling show are likeable, as those closest to Annalise are drawn into webs of deceit, violence, and murder. Joins us as we consider the show’s approach to feminist and race-positive politics.