Because of Haven 's lack of recurring female characters and its gender imbalance in the characters of the week, not all episodes of the show pass the Bechdel Test. For more on Haven's treatment of women and other gender tropes, see Tropes/Women.


The Bechdel Test is a litmus test for female presence in fictional media.[note 1] The test is named for Alison Bechdel, creator of the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For, who made it known to the world with this strip.

In order to pass a film or television episode must fulfil the following three requirements:

  1. It includes at least two women who are named characters
  2. who have at least one conversation,[note 2]
  3. about something other than a man or men.[note 3]


26 out of 52 episodes of Haven pass Bechdel; Haven passes 50% of the time and a fifth of these pass by virtue of only one scene.[note 4] Only 3 episodes pass without the presence of Audrey Parker.[note 5] Haven does not fail the Reverse-Bechdel once, though it comes close in "Last Goodbyes"[10], an episode that finds all but two characters in a coma.

Season 2 has the highest number of passing episodes at 10. Season 3 comes close to that number with 9 passing episodes. Having a female serial killer was crucial as many conversations revolved around her. Once the Skinwalker appeared in her true form, as Arla Cogan, she did not help the episodes she was in, as her focus was finding her husband and all of her conversations (with men and women) revolved around that.[note 6] Only eleven episodes have more than 3 female characters and only nine episodes have 3 female characters sharing the same scene. No episode has had more than 3 female characters in one scene or more than 5 female characters in the episode.[12]

Haven fails Bechdel for two reasons. The ratio for minor characters is 3:2 in favor of men, and the ratio for mentioned characters is even worse, 2:1.[note 7] And while the numbers of recurring roles are closer to even, the male characters are in more episodes and have arcs that span greater lengths of time. There are also two regular male characters (Nathan Wuornos and Duke Crocker) to one female regular character (Audrey Parker).

Recurring characters by genderEdit

The ratio of recurring characters on Haven is 4:5 in favor of men: 12 female characters and 15 male characters.[note 8] The bigger difference is in the length and prominence of the roles. The male recurring characters have not only more episodes but they also span longer periods of time.

The lack of screen time for female recurring characters is of particular importance, as recurring characters are responsible for the bulk of episodes that pass Bechdel. Almost 60% of that episodes that pass, pass because of a recurring character; only 11 pass due to minor characters (usually introduced as part of the Trouble-of-the-week).[note 9] Seasons 1, 3 and 4 each have only one episode that passes due to a minor character. Season 2 however relies on minor characters for 70% of its passing episodes. Half of all episodes without a recurring female character (of which there are 10 in total[note 10]) are in Season 2, and Evidence Ryan has almost no interaction with Parker and doesn't help a single episode pass.

Four recurring female characters have been present in multiple seasons. The real Audrey Parker showed up in the last minute of season 1 and continued when the scene picked up a season later. Vicki Dutton appeared in a season 1 episode before being brought back as a minor character in season 4. Laverne is the only recurring female character to appear in all four seasons of Haven, though she's only appeared as a voice. Jordan McKee is the only female character to have more than a full season's worth of episodes. McKee was a recurring character from the middle of season 3 to the middle of season 4, lasting just 14 episodes.

In contrast, eight recurring male characters have been in at least two seasons, and half of those have been in all four seasons. Five male recurring characters have more than a full seasons worth of episodes. Even counting the real Parker and Dutton, nine out of twelve female recurring roles spanned less than one season and two spanned less than half a season. (Jess Minnion and Julia Carr).[note 11]

To see how death breaks down on gender lines, see Tropes: Death by gender.

Recurring Characters by Gender
Past[note 12] Current[note 13] Total
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Total: 7 (4 dead) 8 (6 dead) 5 (1 voice) 7 12 15
Mean 7.14 6.75 6.8 17.71 7 11.8
Median 7 7.5 7 19 7 8
Mode 5.5 8.5 7 5 5 9
Range: 10 6 8 29 11 31
Mean 1.14 2 1.8 2.57 1.42 2.26
Median 1 1.5 1 3 1 2
Mode 1 1 1 2.5 1 1
Range: 1 3 3 3 3 3

Pass - 26 totalEdit

Season one - 3 episodesEdit

  • "Sketchy"[1] - Matt McGuinness - Audrey Parker speaks with Vicki Dutton, but the conversation is centered entirely around Van Richards. Parker's conversation with Eleanor Carr gets season one it's first pass.
  • "As You Were"[7] - Jose Molina - Passes largely thanks to the introduction of Julia Carr. Julia and her mother Eleanor fight at length in this episode and Julia also confides in Parker. This is the first episode that can pass Bechdel without using Parker, something only three episodes can.[note 14]
  • "The Hand You're Dealt"[24] - Jim Dunn - Parker speaks with Vanessa Stanley, mostly about her memories of the day the Colorado Kid died and the details of her premonitions.

Season two - 10 episodesEdit

  • "A Tale of Two Audreys"[14] - Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn - passes thanks to the real Audrey Parker[note 15]
  • "Fear & Loathing"[15] - Gabrielle Stanton - passes thanks to a short conversation that the two Parkers have and Parker's brief exchange with Jackie Clark.
  • "Love Machine"[16] - Matt McGuinness, Nora Zuckerman, & Lilla Zuckerman - passes thanks to the two Parkers conversations with each other.
  • "Sparks and Recreation"[25] - Jonathan Abrahams - Parker, Felicia Brody and Lori Fulcher share a scene. This is the first time in Season 2 that three named women have shared a scene together.
  • "Roots"[26] - Jim Dunn - Parker's has brief conversations with Beverly and Moira Keegan.
  • "The Tides That Bind"[27] - Gabrielle Stanton - Parker speaks with Mary Collins about her son, but her conversations with Gwen Glendower pass Bechdel.
  • "Lockdown"[28] - Nora & Lilla Zukerman - Parker has a conversation with Nikki Coleman.
  • "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?"[8] - Jonathan Abrahams - Passes with flying colours. Three sisters Frankie, Amelia and Sophia Benton mean that there are multiple conversations between multiple characters, passing Bechdel easily. Though there are four named female characters in this episode, there are no more than three in a scene sharing dialogue at any one time.
  • "Business As Usual"[2] - Matt McGuinness & Gabrielle Stanton - Parker's conversation with the real Lucy Ripley ensures that the episode passes.
  • "Silent Night"[3] - Brian Millikin - Parker's conversation with Hadley Chambers helps the episode pass.

Season three - 9 episodesEdit

  • "Stay"[17] - Matt McGuinness - The introduction of Claire Callahan gives Parker a recurring female character to share scenes with—the first recurring female to share scenes with Parker since early Season 2 when the real Audrey Parker left Haven.[16]
  • "The Farmer"[18] - Jim Dunn & Sam Ernst - Parker and Callahan share two scenes.[note 16]
  • "Over My Head"[4] - Gabrielle Stanton - Parker has a therapy session with Callahan.
  • "Double Jeopardy"[19] - Nora & Lilla Zuckerman - Parker has a conversation with Lynette and one with Callahan.
  • "Real Estate"[20] - Brian Millikin - Parker, Callahan and McKee get trapped in the deadly Holloway House. This is the first time in Season 3 that three female characters share a scene together.
  • "Magic Hour: Part 1"[9] - Shernold Edwards - Parker speaks with June Cogan, but only about their son. However Moira and Noelle have multiple scenes together. Though there are five named women in this episode, no scene has more than two women in it.
  • "Magic Hour: Part 2"[12] - Jim Dunn & Sam Ernst - Parker, McKee and Moira share multiple scenes. Though there are four named women in this episode, no scene has more than three women (alive) at the same time.[12]
  • "Sarah"[21] - Nora & Lilla Zuckerman - Callahan and Parker share a couple scenes.
  • "Burned"[22] - Charles Ardai - Parker, Callahan, McKee and Ginger Danvers all share scenes.

Season four - 4 episodesEdit

  • "Bad Blood"[5] - Shernold Edwards - McKee and Mason exchange a couple lines about Duke—not a pass. But Rhonda and Lexie DeWitt share a very short scene in which DeWitt says goodbye to Rhonda.[note 17]
  • "Lay Me Down"[29] - Nora & Lilla Zuckerman - The combo of a female Trouble-of-the-week and Parker being back on the job gives Season 4 it's first pass involving real people. Parker shares a few scenes with Carrie Benson, and a scene with Gloria Verrano, the new ME.[note 18]
  • "Shot In The Dark"[23] - Nick Parker - Mason and Parker speak with each other for the first time. This is the seventh episode that Parker has been out of the Barn, and she's shared scenes with Mason in three episodes ("Lost and Found",[36] "The New Girl"[37] and "William"[38]), but this is the first time the two speak.
  • "The Lighthouse"[6] - Matt McGuinness & Gabrielle Stanton - Passes due to a short, but powerful scene between Parker and Verrano where they discuss death, the afterlife and belief. While Parker and Mason do share multiple scenes, they don't talk to each other.

Close, but not quite - 12 totalEdit

These are episodes that don't actually pass Bechdel. If two named women speak only about men but have multiple scenes together or speak at length, we'll consider it close.

Season one - 6 episodesEdit

  • "Welcome to Haven"[39] - Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn - Parker speaks with Marion Caldwell at length, but the conversation is centered entirely around men: Jonas Lester, Ted Ford and Conrad Brauer.
  • "Butterfly"[30] - Ann Hamilton - Parker speaks with Hannah Driscoll at length, but the conversation is almost entirely centered around men: Reverend Driscoll, Otis and Bobby Mueller. Butterfly is one of three Season 1 episodes that has no recurring female character.[note 10]
  • "Consumed"[40] - Ann Hamilton - Parker and Megan McShaw speak for a few moments, but the conversation is centered on her husband Bill McShaw and his brother Jeff. Parker also speaks with Katarina Hall, but again, about Jeff.
  • "Ball and Chain"[41] - Nikki Toscano - has four named women in addition to Parker: Harbor Master Beatrice Mitchell, her nanny Abby, ME Eleanor Carr and Grey Gull bartender Nora. All of the conversation between the women does revolve around men (Helena's victims), but the procedural nature and the number of women who interact with each other helps excuse this.[note 19]
  • "Fur"[42] - Jim Dunn - Parker speaks briefly with Jess Minnion and Piper Taylor, but the conversation is centered on men.
  • "Resurfacing"[32] - Charles Ardai - Parker speaks with Tracy and Brooke Garrick, but the conversation is centered around men: her James, her Michael and her Jake. "Resurfacing" is one of three Season 1 episodes without a recurring female character.[note 10]

Season three - 4 episodesEdit

  • "301"[11] - Jonathan Abrahams - Parker has a conversation with the skinwalker while she is wearing Roslyn Toomey, but it's almost entirely about the Colorado Kid.[note 6]
  • "Last Goodbyes"[10] - Brian Millikin & Shernold Edwards - Parker and the Callahan-wearing-skinwalker share a few scenes, but they talk only about men: the Colorado Kid, Nathan Wuornos, Duke Crocker, and the Teagues brothers.
  • "Reunion"[43] - Gabrielle Stanton - Parker shares a scene with the skinwalker as Claire Callahan and a scene with the skinwalker as Arla Cogan but they talk only about the Colorado Kid.
  • "Thanks For The Memories"[44] - Jim Dunn & Sam Ernst - Parker and Cogan share multiple scenes, but they only talk about the Colorado Kid.

Season 4 - 2 episodesEdit

  • "The New Girl"[37] - Brian Millikin - Parker/DeWitt escaping The Barn almost gives Season 4 a pass, but it doesn't quite get there. Parker shares scenes with both Jennifer Mason and Jordan McKee but Parker and Mason only exchange a couple lines, and Parker and McKee don't actually speak with each other, but at and past each other. This episode is the first to have more than three named recurring female characters. [note 18]
  • "When the Bough Breaks"[47] - Shernold Edwards & Speed Weed - While Mason and Parker share a scene, and Parker shares multiple scenes with Verrano, the topics of conversation are men. Mason and Parker talk only about William. Parker and Verrano talk about her step-grandson Aaron Harker, her stepson Ben Harker, Jr., her first husband Ben Harker, Sr. and her current husband, Lincoln.

Fail - 14 totalEdit

Season one - 4 episodesEdit

  • "Harmony"[31] - Matt McGuinness - Parker and Lilly McBreen share scenes but do not share conversation. "Harmony" is one of three Season 1 episodes without a recurring female character.[note 10]
  • "Ain't No Sunshine"[48] - Sam Ernst - Parker exchanges only a couple lines with minor women.
  • "The Trial of Audrey Parker"[49] - Jose Molina & Sam Ernst, story by Charles Ardai - Julia Carr does make a minor appearance in this episode, but she is only one scene with Parker and they do not speak.
  • "Spiral"[50] - Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn - Parker speaks very briefly with Julia Carr but only about Max Hansen.

Season two - 3 episodesEdit

  • "Audrey Parker's Day Off"[33] - Nora & Lilla Zuckerman - Parker speaks very briefly with Berta and Jeanie Shumway, but the conversation is entirely about Anson Shumway. "Audrey Parker's Day Off" is the only Season 2 episode before Evidence Ryan's death without a recurring female character.[note 10]
  • "Friend or Faux"[51] - Sam Ernst - While Evidence Ryan is in this episode, she has almost no interaction with Parker.
  • "Sins of the Fathers"[34] - Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn - Parker is the only named woman in the episode.

Season four - 7 episodesEdit

  • "Fallout"[52] - Gabrielle Stanton - introduces Jennifer Mason and also has McKee, but they share only one scene together and do not exchange lines. Lexie DeWitt exchanges a few lines with Rhonda but they are entirely about the male customers.
  • "Survivors"[53] - Nora & Lilla Zuckerman - McKee and Mason exchange two lines about Duke Crocker, not enough to pass.
  • "Lost and Found"[36] - Speed Weed - McKee and Mason share only one scene and do not speak to each other. When DeWitt emerges from the Barn, she doesn't speak to either woman. This is however, the first episode of Season 4 to have three women in the same scene.
  • "Countdown"[46] - Matt McGuinness - Parker and McKee do share a scene but they don't exactly speak with each other. McKee shouts desperately at the room and Parker mostly ignores McKee. "Countdown" does introduce Gloria Verrano and brings back Vickie Dutto but they don't have any lines with other women.[note 18]
  • "Crush"[13] - Speed Weed - Parker shares a brief scene with Verrano but they only speak about a male victim.
  • "William"[38] - Shernold Williams - Parker exchanges a few lines with Verrano but they only speak about a male victim. Parker and Mason share multiple scenes but do not speak with each other.
  • "The Trouble With Troubles"[35] - Nora Zuckerman, Lilla Zuckerman and Brian Millikin - The first episode of season 4 to not have a recurring female character, this episode fails.[note 10] There is only one named female characters with lines of dialogue in this episode and she only has one line.

By writerEdit

When there's a gender imbalance in a work, most people point to the fact that Most Writers Are Male. And while that's true (men are responsible for almost 56% of Haven episodes[note 21]) Haven has its fair share of female writers. The writers have been broken down into gender groups to discuss this trope. Please remember that Bechdel is not necessarily indicative of how feminist a piece of writing or a writer is. Bechdel evaluates only numbers.

Men: 9 writers - 36 episodes - Bechdel pass rate of 47%[note 21]

  • Jim Dunn - 50% Pass - Introduced Eleanor Carr,[39] Jess Minnion,[42] the real Audrey Parker,[50] and Evidence Ryan.[14]
  • Sam Ernst - 30% Pass - Ernst and Dunn co-write many episodes. Ernst is also responsible for introducing Carr, Parker 2 and Ryan.
  • Jonathan Abrahams - 66% Pass - Wrote both Season 2 episodes with three women scenes. "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?" is also the first sisterhood story in Haven and one of only three episodes that can pass Bechdel without Parker.[25][8]
  • Brian Millikin - 50% Pass - Wrote "Real Estate" and "The New Girl", two episodes with three woman scenes.
  • Jose Molina - 50% Pass - Introduced Julia Carr in "As You Were".[7] "As You Were" also has scenes with three women and is one of only three episodes that can pass Bechdel without Parker.
  • Charles Ardai - 33% Pass - Wrote "Burned", an episode with four named female characters and three females sharing a scene.[22]
  • Matt McGuinness - 71% Pass - Introduced Laverne,[31] Vicki Dutton,[1] Claire Callahan,[17] and Gloria Verrano.[46] McGuiness also brought Dutton—previously a one-off character—back, re-introducing her as a recurring character in "Countdown".
  • Speed Weed - 0% Pass
  • Nick Parker - 100% Pass - Wrote "Shot In The Dark", the first episode with Mason/Parker dialogue exchanges.[23]

Women: 6 writers - 23 episodes - Bechdel pass rate of 52% Pass[note 21]

  • Nora & Lilla Zuckerman - 62.5% Pass - "Lay Me Down" contained the second matrilineal Trouble story, and the first matrilineal Trouble not to be matrilineal by default.[29] "Audrey Parker's Day Off" had Berta Shumway, one of only four mothers to not die on or abandon their child.[33] The Zuckerman sisters also introduced Rebecca Rafferty.[53]
  • Gabrielle Stanton - 71% Pass - Introduced Rhonda.[52]
  • Ann Hamilton - 0% Pass - Hamilton's "Butterfly"[30] has Hannah Driscoll one of only four mothers who doesn't die or abandon her child.
  • Nikki Toscano - 0% Pass - While "Ball and Chain"[41] doesn't technically pass Bechdel because the women only talk about the male victims, this is the first episode to have three women share a scene and the first to have five women in an episode (there are only three). This is also the first matrilineal trouble. Most Troubles follow a patrilineal bloodline. There is not another direct matrilineal bloodline until season 4's "Lay Me Down."[29]
  • Shernold Edwards - 40% Pass - Wrote "Magic Hour: Part 1",[9] one of only three episodes to pass Bechdel without needing to use Audrey Parker and one of only six episodes with five named women. "Magic Hour: Part 1" was also a sisterhood story (one of only two), and had June Cogan, one of only four mothers not to die on or abandon her child.[note 22]

By characterEdit

  • Eleanor Carr helps two episodes pass Bechdel and Julia Carr helps one.
  • The real Audrey Parker helps three out of her four episodes pass.[note 15]
  • Evidence Ryan does not help a single episode pass, largely because she does not interact with Parker.
  • Claire Callahan helps seven episodes pass, and Jordan McKee helps three of her episodes pass.
  • Jennifer Mason helps two of her episodes pass, something that reflects her position as one of "Duke's people." While she appears in at least one scene with McKee or Parker per episode, she doesn't help any of those episodes pass until the eleventh episodes of the season, "Shot in the Dark".
  • Gloria Verrano helps only two of her episodes pass, something that reflects the high number of male minor and mentioned characters.
  • Moira is the only character to help all of her episodes pass; she was in 2 episodes.

Other notable numbersEdit

High number of womenEdit

Eleven episodes have more than three named women:[note 23]

Episodes Writer # of female characters Pass
1.05 "Ball and Chain" Nikki Toscano 5 - Audrey Parker, Beatrice Mitchell/Helena, Abby, Eleanor Carr, Nora[41]
3.06 "Real Estate" Brian Millikin 4 - Parker, Claire Callahan, McKee, Tina Teagarden[20]
3.07 "Magic Hour: Part 1" Shernold Edwards 5 - Parker, Jordan McKee, Moira, Noelle, June Cogan[9]
3.08 "Magic Hour: Part 2" Jim Dunn & Sam Ernst 4 - Parker, McKee, Moira, Noelle[12]
3.10 "Burned" Charles Ardai 4 - Parker, Callahan, McKee, Ginger Danvers"[22]
4.01 "Fallout" Gabrielle Stanton 4 - DeWitt, Rhonda, McKee, Jennifer Mason - didn't pass[52] ×
4.03 "Bad Blood" Shernold Edwards 4 - DeWitt, McKee, Mason, Rhonda
4.04 "Lost and Found" Speed Weed 5 - DeWitt, McKee, Mason, and sisters Valerie and Carmen Brock - [36]
4.05 "The New Girl" Brian Millikin 5 - Parker, McKee, Mason, Rebecca Rafferty, Katie[note 20] [45] ×
4.06 "Countdown" Matt McGuinness 5 - Parker, McKee, Gloria Verrano, Vicki Dutton, Rafferty[46] ×
4.07 "Lay Me Down" Nora & Lilla Zuckerman 5 - Parker, Mason, Verrano, Dutton and Carrie Benson

Three women share a sceneEdit

Haven has nine episodes where three named women share a scene:[note 24]
Season 1:

  • "Ball and Chain" by Nikki Toscano[41]
  • "As You Were" by Jose Molina[7]

Season 2:

  • "Sparks and Recreation" by Jonathan Abrahams[25]
  • "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?" by Jonathan Abrahams[8]

Season 3:

  • "Real Estate" by Brian Millikin[20]
  • "Magic Hour: Part 2" by Jim Dunn & Sam Ernst[12]
  • "Burned" by Charles Ardai[22]

Season 4:

  • "Lost and Found" by Speed Weed - (didn't pass, the women share a scene but not dialogue)[36]
  • "The New Girl" by Brian Millikin - (didn't pass, the women shared scenes but not enough dialogue)[37]


  1. Bechdel is often misunderstood. The requirements are just what they say they are – it doesn't make any difference if, for instance, the male characters the women talk about are their family, platonic friends, or murderers they're trying to catch, rather than romantic partners. Conversely, if a work seems to pass, it doesn't matter if the women only talk about stereotypically girly topics like shoe shopping – or even relationships, as long as it is not relationships with men. This is because the Bechdel Test is not meant to give a scorecard of a work's overall level of feminism. A work that passes can pass while being incredibly misogynistic or can fail the test and still be strongly feminist in other ways. Bechdel is a test for the presence of women. Are there enough women that they can interact and discuss something other than a man?
  2. A conversation must be more than a few lines unless those lines take an unusually long time or are of unusual importance. Haven has quite a few characters who favour laconic speech, so this is taken into account. Small talk does not count.
  3. This rule is literally meant. It doesn't matter if the man is a murderer and the women are talking about catching a killer. That does not pass. Women talking about nailpolish however would. Remember, this is a numbers trope that cares about the quantity of female characters.
  4. 6 out of 26 passing episodes (23%) pass due to one scene:
    • "Sketchy" by Matt McGuinness[1]
    • "Business As Usual" by McGuinness and Gabrielle Stanton[2]
    • "Silent Night" by Brian Millikin[3]
    • "Over My Head" by Stanton[4]
    • "Bad Blood" by Shernold Edwards[5]
    • "The Lighthouse" by McGuinness & Stanton[6]
  5. Only three episodes of Haven passed Bechdel without using Audrey Parker:
    • "As You Were" by Jose Molina has scenes with Eleanor and Julia Carr.[7]
    • "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?" by Jonathan Abrahams has the Benton sisters (mainly Frankie and Sohpia) share scenes together.[8]
    • "Magic Hour: Part 1" by Shernold Edwards actually needs the scenes that sisters Moira and Noelle share together because while Parker does share scenes with June Cogan, they only speak about James.[9]
  6. 6.0 6.1 Arla Cogan is a Skinwalker, and so technically speaking, she appears in 11 episodes wearing a variety of skins: Roslyn Toomey, Grady Moore, Tommy Bowen, Claire Callahan and her own patchwork skin. Arla Cogan as played by Laura Vandervoort only appeared in two episodes and so the character of Arla is considered a minor, not recurring character. All the conversations about the Bolt-Gun Killer and the Skinwalker are considered to be conversations about a woman, though no one involved in the conversation was aware that she was a woman at the time. For our purposes, when Arla appears wearing someone else's skin, she's counted by the gender of the skin she wearing, though interestingly enough, this doesn't actually make a difference in terms of whether or not these episodes pass Bechdel. The only episode where the Skinwalker appears wearing a male skin to fail Bechdel is "301"[11] and counting the Skinwalker's interrogation scenes with Parker wouldn't help because they spoke only about the Colorado Kid.
  7. A minor character is a character who appears in at least one episode, but not more than two. Current numbers, as of "Crush"[13] are 48-31. These numbers are not exact. A mentioned character is a character discussed but never seen or heard. These numbers are particularly important when considering the 3rd part of the Bechdel rule.
  8. Recurring character is defined as someone who has a minimum of three episodes. The three regular characters are not included in these numbers. Audrey Parker's other personalities are also not included, as they are all still the same person.
  9. Episodes that pass due to recurring characters: 15
    • Season 1 - 2/3 - "Sketchy",[1] "As You Were"[7]
    • Season 2 - 3/10 - "A Tale of Two Audreys",[14] "Fear and Loathing"[15] and "Love Machine"[16] - all Audrey 2's episodes
    • Season 3 - 8/9 - "Stay",[17] "The Farmer",[18] "Over My Head",[4] "Double Jeopardy",[19] "Real Estate",[20] "Magic Hour: Part 2",[12] "Sarah"[21] and "Burned"[22]
    • Season 4 - 2/4 - "Shot in the Dark"[23] and "The Lighthouse"[6]
    Episodes that pass due to a minor character: 11
    • Season 1 - 1/3 - "The Head You're Dealt"[24]
    • Season 2 - 7/10 - "Sparks and Recreation",[25] "Roots",[26] "The Tides That Bind",[27] "Lockdown",[28] "Who, What Where, Wendigo?",[8] "Business As Usual",[2] and "Silent Night"[3]
    • Season 3 - 1/9 - "Magic Hour: Part 1"[9]
    • Season 4 - 2/4 - "Bad Blood"[5] and "Lay Me Down[29]
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5
    Episodes without recurring characters: 10
    • Season 1 - 3: "Butterfly",[30] "Harmony",[31] "Resurfacing"[32]
    • Season 2 - 5: "Audrey Parker's Day Off",[33] "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?"[8] (pass), "Business As Usual"[2] (pass), "Sins of the Fathers",[34] and "Silent Night"[3](pass)
    • Season 3 - 1: "301"[11]
    • Season 4 - 1: "The Trouble With Troubles"[35]
  11. This number does not include new recurring characters in Season 4 who have not yet been killed off.
  12. Past refers to characters no longer on the show. They can be dead, or simply have been put on a bus, but they are not current characters. It is possible for these characters to come back, even the dead sometimes get resurrected. Characters who left or died during the Season 4 finale are counted as current, as there is no way to know if these characters have been written off.
  13. Numbers current as of the Season 4 finale.[35]
  14. Technically Audrey Parker is only in a minute of this episode; a chameleon pretending to be Audrey Parker is present for most of the episode. But as the chameleon has all of Parker's memories and emotions and acts exactly the way she would, and as there is no known assigned gender to the chameleon, this is treated simply as though Emily Rose were playing Parker and not playing a chameleon who looked like, sounded like and felt like Parker.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Whether or not you can pass Bechdel by speaking to someone who is your doppleganger in every manner except appearance is questionable, but that's scifi for you. Despite the issues of identity, the friendship between the two Parkers is one of the closest female friendships on Haven (though there aren't really many to choose from).
  16. "The Farmer" introduces Jordan McKee, giving Season 3 three female characters at the same time. Season 1 briefly had Jess Minnion and Eleanor Carr as recurring characters at the same time, but they never shared a scene together. McKee, Callahan and Parker share scenes in three episodes.
  17. Whether or not you can pass Bechdel by speaking to a figment of your imagination for a few seconds is debatable, but it comes close enough.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 While almost a dozen episodes have more than three named women, only three have more than three named recurring female characters.
    • "The New Girl" - Audrey Parker, Jordan McKee, Jennifer Mason and Rebecca Rafferty[note 20] [45]
    • "Countdown" - Parker, McKee, Rafferty, Gloria Verrano and Vicki Dutton[46]
    • "Lay Me Down" - Parker, Mason, Verrano and Dutton
  19. Despite not really passing Bechdel, "Ball and Chain"[41] is one of only six episodes with five named women and has multiple scenes with three named women together. This is the first time that three named women share a scene in Haven.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Although this is Rafferty's fourth episode, she isn't given a name until this episode.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Six episodes ("Love Machine",[16] "Business As Usual",[2] "Last Goodbyes",[10] "The Trouble With Troubles",[35] "When the Bough Breaks"[47] and "The Lighthouse"[6]) were co-written by men and women. These episodes, and all episodes that were co-written were counted multiple times, once for each author. "Men are responsible for" counts the the number of episodes without a woman as a writer or co-writer (29) divided by the total number of episodes (52).
  22. See Tropes: Women for more on missing mothers.
  23. For a woman to be counted as a named woman, she must be named *while* she was alive. Minor and mentioned characters who are only given a name after death (in the squad room or autopsy room most often) do not count.
  24. For a woman to be counted as a named woman sharing a scene, she must be named *while* she was alive. A named dead woman does not count, and neither does a living woman who is only named *after* death. So while Parker, Verrano and Ashley Harker share a scene in "When the Bough Breaks", this does not count as Harker is only given a name after she falls dead. At the time she shares a scene with Parker and Verrano she is just an unnamed mother.[47]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Sketchy"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Business As Usual"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Silent Night"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Over My Head"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Bad Blood"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "The Lighthouse"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 "As You Were"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "Magic Hour: Part 1"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Last Goodbyes"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "301"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 "Magic Hour: Part 2"
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Crush"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "A Tale of Two Audreys"
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Fear & Loathing"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 "Love Machine"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Stay"
  18. 18.0 18.1 "The Farmer"
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Double Jeopardy"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 "Real Estate"
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Sarah"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 "Burned"
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 "Shot in the Dark"
  24. 24.0 24.1 "The Hand You're Dealt"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 "Sparks and Recreation"
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Roots"
  27. 27.0 27.1 "The Tides That Bind"
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Lockdown"
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 "Lay Me Down"
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 "Butterfly"
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 "Harmony"
  32. 32.0 32.1 "Resurfacing"
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 "Audrey Parker's Day Off"
  34. 34.0 34.1 "Sins of the Fathers"
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 "The Trouble With Troubles"
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 "Lost and Found"
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 "The New Girl"
  38. 38.0 38.1 "William"
  39. 39.0 39.1 "Welcome to Haven"
  40. "Consumed"
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 "Ball and Chain"
  42. 42.0 42.1 "Fur"
  43. "Reunion"
  44. "Thanks For The Memories"
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  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 "Countdown"
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 "When the Bough Breaks"
  48. "Ain't No Sunshine"
  49. "The Trial of Audrey Parker"
  50. 50.0 50.1 "Spiral"
  51. "Friend or Faux"
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 "Fallout"
  53. 53.0 53.1 "Survivors"

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