The Girls on the Bus review: An election-year drama that won’t stress you out

Three years ago, Sadie McCarthy, a political reporter for the New York Sentinel, became a meme for “liberal tears” when the candidate she was covering lost the election. Now, with a new election cycle approaching, Sadie is eager to prove her objectivity by trailing the frontrunner, Caroline Walker. However, her bosses are hesitant, questioning her ability to remain impartial.

After pleading with her editor, Bruce, for another chance, Sadie is granted permission to cover the campaign again, with the condition that she lands an exclusive interview with Walker. As Sadie joins Walker’s campaign trail, she meets a diverse group of fellow reporters, including the experienced Grace Gordon Greene, the ambitious Kimberlyn Kendrick, and the outspoken Lola Rahaii. Despite their initial skepticism of each other, these women form a bond as they navigate the world of political reporting together.

“The Girls on the Bus” draws inspiration from Amy Chozick’s memoir, “Chasing Hillary,” and presents a glossy and exciting depiction of political journalism. While the show’s earnestness and on-the-nose dialogue can be off-putting at times, it offers a nostalgic portrayal of journalism as a noble pursuit, free from the challenges of modern media.

The series also delves into the personal lives of its characters, exploring their relationships and struggles outside of work. These personal stories add depth to the characters and provide a humanizing element to the show’s political backdrop.

Despite its flaws, “The Girls on the Bus” offers a compelling and entertaining look at the world of political reporting, with strong performances from its cast and a refreshing focus on female journalists.

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