Recently I have seen a few fantastic television shows starring Black women! I like to see women who look like me in the media especially if they appear very feminine, elegant, desirable, and non-stereotypical. When I watch these shows I almost feel like I am the characters...but then again I feel like the main character most of the time anyway. Now that so many shows are available over the internet it is possible to watch past and current shows including international ones at our leisure! I watch almost everything online and it's wonderful! The shows I'll mention below include a high profile lawyer, a young woman on probation, a ghost, a maid servant/Queen, and police officers, who are all involved in romantic relationships at some point, in multicultural casts, on popular shows!
I am a big fan of fantasy shows and one of my favorites has to be the UK show Misfits. The show is about a group of young people on probation who develop super powers after a freak storm (happens in first episode). One of the stars is Antonia Thomas and she is actually highly desired by men on the show and has romantic relationships. In fact, she was in one of the most romantic and dreamy love scenes I've ever seen on television! In that relationship I was just dying and wishing I was her! The show has really funny dialogue and actually a lot of swearing and raunchy humor but very entertaining. Apparently swearing is allowed on UK cable and I think some Canadian shows allow it too. I thoroughly enjoyed the first three seasons and the show has ended after four seasons :)
I am also a fan of any show about supernatural things and if you are like me you will love Being Human. This is a UK show but there is also an American version. The show is about a vampire, werewolf, and ghost who are roommates and their coping with being supernatural in a human-run world. It stars Lenora Crichlow as the ghost. There is a bit of romance for the ghost but really not much unfortunately. I found the show to be very interesting, quirky, and unique and very moving sometimes. I'm not sure if it is coming back for a fourth season.
Recently I have also thoroughly enjoyed watching The Adventures of Merlin another UK show. I LOVED this show because it had all the things I like including monsters, magic, adventures, great fight scenes, chivalry, romance, comedy, and drama....really the perfect type of show for me. The show is about a young Merlin who you probably know as the great wizard of Camelot and ally of King Arthur who is still Prince Arthur at the beginning of the show. As you also probably know King Arthur eventually marries Guinevere (played by Angel Coulby) who was actually a maid servant on the show! Amazingly Guinevere is played by a Black woman and is seen as THE ONLY female character who is of romantic interest to any of the attractive men on the show. What I find amazing is that we get to see a Black woman in the role of someone (although a maid servant) who displays such elegance, femininity, and ladylike behaviour. She is seen as highly desirable and beautiful by everyone and we all know she eventually becomes Queen! The show is coming back for a fifth season :)
EDIT: After watching the first season of Rookie Blue I do love it! Enuka's character never actually acts hard or any different from the lead character (actually the blonde rookie is the one with the nasty attitude lol). Melanie's character is kind of hard at times but then again she is the only non-rookie female on the show and she is playing a cop after all. So my verdict on the show is positive!
Do you know what's interesting...in every single show I have mentioned ALL of the women have at least one interracial relationship and some are only in interracial relationships! All the UK shows had women with natural hair too. None of these shows are "Black shows" where most of the cast is Black and I don't recall Scandal, Misfits, Being Human, Merlin, Grey's Anatomy, or Private Practice ever even discussing race. I think that made the shows so enjoyable for me because there was no race burden, people were just people, and the plots were focused on more exciting things. I want to see more shows like this please!