Big Little Lies had the audacity to examine mothering, divorce, infidelity, domestic violence, and the fractious divide between working and stay-at-home moms. And it did it with a generosity and kindness not usually afforded characters like this.
What we did need - and what we got - was an unvarnished exploration of the multitudinous ways to be a woman. A series that shattered the Bechdel test. Not a celebration of women, but simply a thoughtful recognition of them.
I hope that this current prestige TV season proves once and for all how much of a market and a blank canvas there is for female-fueled and -focused projects. Big Little Lies showed us all just how amazing and valuable a series like that can be.