Minx might be the most underrated comedy series of 2022. Wrapping feminism with comedy and nudity takes this mission driven comedy to the next level.
This fictional origin story of the first porn magazine created for the female gaze is an entertaining, yet insightful, look into a time and place unwittingly defined by a burgeoning women’s liberation movement. In 1970s Los Angeles, an earnest young feminist (Ophelia Lovibond) joins forces with a low-rent publisher (Jake Johnson) to create the first erotic magazine for women.
Despite its relatively few flaws, it is a bubbly treatment of sex, gender, and ambition during a watershed moment in American history. Minx’s greatest source of charm comes from upending expectations and the conflict between Lovibond’s buttoned-up, humorless feminist outlook and the compromises she has to make to get her magazine out there. It gets really funny.
To be honest, what I really liked about Minx at first is not the comedy. In fact, the scripts are smart and the supporting players brilliantly cast. At first, Bambi (Jessica Lowe) might look like your typical dumb blond. However, she ends up being one of my favorite characters on this show.
In summary, the show tackles a lot of things without being pushy about it. Starting with double standards, racism and stereotypes, all the way to changing ethics in the thick of the women’s liberation and civil rights movement of the early 1970’s.
Expect plenty of penises but no smut. Can’t wait for another season!
Should you watch it?
The rapport between Ophelia Lovibond and Jake Johnson is the irresistible centerfold of Minx, a bawdy and sharp comedy that merits a full-page spread and definitely a renewal.