A BANGER, A WORD: 10 Years After ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ TV Shows are Still Watching
Ten years ago, when “Boys don’t cry” became a TV trope, the network’s reaction was muted.
“Bachelor in Paradise,” the show that debuted on Bravo in 2011, never touched on it in its first season, when it ran for six seasons.
“Girls,” the sitcom that launched in 2011 and ended in 2016, did not feature a male character who didn’t cry, either.
The show’s lead characters cried onscreen, but they were also often in the same position.
And there was no question that this was a trend that would continue.
In the years since, the show has gotten darker and darker, while the characters of the female leads are increasingly crying, too.
“It’s a big theme,” said Chris McCumber, the creator of “Bones,” the hit comedy series on ABC that began its run in 2015.
“We’re all in the dark about our feelings and what they are and why we’re feeling them.”
But even then, “BONES” was not the first network show to explore the topic of men and boys.
On network television, there are other programs that delve into this issue, like “Battlestar Galactica,” which premiered in 2010, and “The Vampire Diaries,” which aired its first four seasons in 2013.
The series is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which a young woman has a family that is torn apart by war and violence.
The lead character, who is named Olivia, is a survivor of a similar situation.
But unlike “Bats,” “Bees” was a sitcom that featured an all-female cast.
Olivia, who has a long history of being the subject of female characters’ sadness, is the one who has had the most experience with that topic.
She and her father, a soldier, were both killed in combat during the Korean War.
In one scene, she is in a room with her dad and a woman, played by actress Anna Paquin, who speaks in hushed tones.
The woman asks, “Why is this so hard for you?
Why can’t I get the answers that I need?”
She responds with a short, emphatic “No,” and Olivia replies, “I don’t have a lot of answers.”
Olivia’s father’s death, and the subsequent loss of her father in the war, changed her.
But she didn’t know that until after the war.
“I didn’t really have to think about it, because I knew the answers,” Olivia said.
In one of the most famous scenes, Olivia struggles to make sense of what happened to her father. “
Theres this whole sense of loss, but also, like, maybe it’s just the fact that we can’t really control it.”
In one of the most famous scenes, Olivia struggles to make sense of what happened to her father.
She has no idea what his name is, and her family doesn’t.
“When I first got that name, I was like, ‘Why is that on my head?'”
Olivia said, explaining why she was so shocked when her father’s name appeared in the episode.
“What if it’s a different name?”
“Bodies, Bodies” was the first episode of “Girls” to feature a female lead, who did not cry.
(Ellie Kemper/Netflix) But in another scene, Olivia is still reeling from the loss of the father she had been raised to love.
“Why did you have to do that?”
Olivia says, recalling how she felt when she heard that her father was killed in action.
“My father was a very strong, tough, loving man, and I just didn’t understand how this could have happened to him.”
But when Olivia hears the word “bodies,” she begins to realize that the situation was more complicated than she had thought.
“That’s what I thought about it a lot, ’cause that was the way that I felt.
That was my worst fear.
That I didn’t want to be the girl who cried and cried.”
As Olivia and her friends explore their feelings, they also find themselves grappling with how to tell their parents about their struggles.
In a scene that shows a female character making a comment about how she thinks that her dad would’ve felt, she says, “You know what, it’s true.
He was a strong, masculine man.”
But it’s not just about the loss.
“There are certain things that girls feel,” Olivia says.
“And I think there’s a lot more that girls can learn about their emotions, too.”
That’s because, as the show’s writer, creator, and executive producer, Amy Sherman-Palladino, told me, the reason we watch shows like “Girls.” is because the characters feel.
“To me, a lot is about how we perceive those emotions, the ways in which they’re expressed, and then how we