I find it odd that there's not much talk about the TV series "Queen of the South" in the mystery writing community. I don't do the pay per view channels like HBO or stream programs like Netflix so finding such a great show about a strong woman on the cable channels is very refreshing. As for the noir angle, it doesn't get any darker. Just when you think things can't get any worse for Teresa Mendoza, there she is sliding deeper into the shit.
If you want to write a strong woman you won't find a better example than Teresa. She doesn't wait for a man to save her. She saves herself. There are men who help her along the way and they don't do it for sexual favors but because they respect her and what she's done. She doesn't crawl into a corner and moan in self-pity, she stands up and fights for her life and the people she cares for. She's a perfect contrast to her nemesis, Camila Vargas, anther strong woman but one who is vicious to a fault.
The contrast between the two women works well as they both admire each other, but they don't trust one another. It's good to see such well written women characters on TV. I like that the love interests are kept to a minimum and the relationships between the women are kept at the forefront of the show.