Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature whipped up to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.
Today, we honour the epic series that was ‘Xena: Warrior Princess.’
Pictured above with her lover Marcus, the character made her first appearance in 1995 to lead the Hercules spin-off to ratings glory.
For, compelled by Lucy Lawless‘ portrayal of the former villain’s quest for redemption, TV lovers turned the series into ratings magnet much to the delight of producers Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi.
Hailed, alongside ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and Jessica Alba‘s ‘Dark Angel‘, for leading the way for the fearless group of female action heroes who followed her, Xena’s impact on Pop culture is often credited for reshaping the way in which male audiences consumed TV shows fronted by women.
Alas, the last decade has seen TV fail to deliver female leads as bold and brave as the corset-rocking warrior.
Step back in time with us and weigh in on why you think this may be below….