Welcome to Bad Girls Annex!
Bad Girls is a fantastic television show. And there are a lot
websites about it. They offer tons of photos and screenshots, news
articles, ongoing messageboard activity, and as much fanfic as your
But there's very little in the way of serious, thoughtful writing on
this show. Only a few published academic essays (check out our
for a list), and almost nothing in the popular media. There are entire books of
cultural studies criticism on everything from The L Word to Sex and
the City... but virtually nothing on Bad Girls. This omission has always
struck us as both baffling and intensely frustrating. This website is about
trying to address that gap.
We've written summary episode analyses,
close readings of scenes, as
well as longer essays which examine a character or theme over the
course of many episodes (or many seasons). There's a
tour of Oxford Prison (where Bad Girls was filmed), a
reading list, a timeline,
a glossary, and other bits and pieces scattered throughout the site. Enjoy!
(For the spoiler-conscious, this site is chock-full: most pieces assume you've
seen at least the first three seasons.)
Your contributions are welcome and encouraged. Check out
page for more information.
Sep. 26, 2010 Added a new close-up, on S1E7, examining
cross-cutting in the Helen-Nikki scenes
in the episode.
June 26, 2009: Replaced the art gallery with a more
elaborate, in-depth analysis of
various items of background art.
April 12, 2009: Updated the
Timeline with some additional information about the timing of Helen's
resignation in S2E2.