The Mindy Project and The New Girl — starring two of the most quirky-cool ladies on TV, Mindy Kaling (as Mindy Lahiri) and Zooey Deschanel (as Jess Day) — return tonight on Fox. The female-anchored shows air back-to-back and have successfully maneuvered past their freshman seasons (The Mindy Project is entering its second season, while The New Girl will start its third), garnering fans and award nominations along the way.
While the myth of the manic pixie dream girl is alive and well in film, TV only recently seemed to embrace shows that orbited around a less-than-perfect, idiosyncratic female lead. It’s refreshing to finally see women who are beautiful and flawed and beautiful because they’re flawed: Girls who are Anthropologie sale-section connoisseurs and major klutzes. Girls who have wonderful gal-pal personalities and are at times wildly undateable. Girls who have ambitious careers and want families (someday).
So it’s high time we celebrate the evolution of the quirky girl on TV. Before Mindy and Zooey, there were ball- (and genre-) busting femmes who paved the way for quirky female characters everywhere. Here are 10 of the best quirky female characters ever on TV:
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