In projects like Late Night, Little and Veep, the archetype is being used to tell more explicitly feminist tales — and to question power itself.

There is a feminist fantasy in Late Night, Mindy Kaling's new workplace romantic comedy. In its universe, a woman has been hosting her own late-night talk show for so long that she is considered a relic. But there is a feminist nightmare in it, too. That woman — the fictional comedian Katherine Newbury — is terrible to her employees, and she is even worse to women, whom she will not hire at all.

Finally Katherine