Long ago a sacred vow was made, that somehow, some day, somewhere we lesbian TV fans would get to indulge our Boob Tubing lesbo lust for women in uniform. Well, my slutlings… I am here to tell you that our somehow has come! The some day is today, and the somewhere? The Learning Channel.
Not only does TLC’s new show Police Women of Broward County feature strong, beautiful women in uniform, but they are the real deal: cops, on the job, kicking ass, taking no crap, busting criminals. And the cameras don’t stop there. Like any other reality TV show, they keep rolling once the deputies get home, juxtaposing their roles as officers of the peace with those of wife, mom, and single mom.
Officer Andrea Penoyer
In the first five minutes of the pilot episode, Deputy Andrea Penoyer is in a squad car with her partner, the radio squawking about an undercover drug bust in progress as she answers a call from her seven year old son. She reassures her kid that while she doesn’t get off work until 10 PM, she’ll text him then to say goodnight, and if he’s still awake then, he can call her. “Okay, I gotta go,” she tells him, and as soon as she pockets her cell phone she is out the door, chasing down and detaining a drug dealer. Not your average soccer mom 9 to 5, is it? And even hotness factor aside, it’s fascinating as hell to learn about the lives of these women.
My favorite by far is Officer Ana Murillo, who is not only tough as nails, but manages to wield an unlikely (and utterly charming) mix of no-nonsense gruffness and nearly unflappable good humor… until someone interferes with her ability to do her job, that is. Then the gruff and tough thing takes over and holy god… HOT! It’s like watching a great ass-kicking chick superhero, like Buffy or Xena, only Ana and her fellow officers are real life, every day superheroes.
Officer Ana Murillo, my new TV heartthrob
Is it wrong that I find myself wishing for a battle of the cable TV reality show stars, gauntlet style, with these ladies squaring off against some Real Housewives? I don’t know. But if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.
To Watch For Next Week…
Saturday! We can only hope that one, final heaping helping of just desserts is in store on the series finale of Dirty Sexy Money, (ABC, 10 p.m.).
Sunday! Time to invent a drinking game based on catfight references and dick jokes as Kathy Griffin hosts the Roast of Joan Rivers, (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.). And speaking of hot women with badges, it’s the season finale of In Plain Sight, (USA, 10 p.m.).
Monday! The series premiere of Lords of the Revolution, which profiles a different subversive activist (Andy Warhol, Muhamed Ali) on each episode (I hope they do John Waters!), (VH1, 8 p.m.). Kyra Sedgwick on Conan O’Brien.
Tuesday! I haven’t been able to confirm this yet, but according to geek goddess Felicia Day (who starred in it), the unaired 13th episode of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse ("Epitaph 1," which premiered at Comicon last month and is FRAKKING AWESOME!) is set to make it’s world television premiere tonight (only in the UK, not in the US, you lucky bastards!), (Syfy, 9 p.m.).
Thursday! The series premiere of Into the Pride, in which big-cat expert Dave Salmoni lives alone with an infamously dangerous pride of African lions for six months, (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.).