TOP 10 TV HEROINE’S OF 2017!

In honour of International Women’s Day, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Toughest Women on TV. (This post was originally created in October 2013 – some rankings have changed based on the ending of several series – sorry Gemma Teller and Deborah Morgan) Click here to see who made the original list.

10. Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)

So Arya Stark made our original list as well, coming in at the number ten spot, it’s not that we don’t think Arya is the ultimate heroine, she embodies everything that is a heroine, we just think she has so much more potential. She’s been on this crazy journey since the moment they chopped off Ned Stark’s head in the first season. She made it over to Braavos, she was selling oysters and cockles, she was blind and learned how to become a master fighter, and now she’s ready to kick some Lannister butt. Just like Khaleesi, Arya is on her journey home and I’m getting goosebumps just writing this up because I am so excited to see her reunite with everyone. Or at least, check off some of those names on her list. She is the Kill Bill of our heroine list. Do you guys see Arya making it to the end of the show? I’m so curious about her fate just because I don’t know if I need her alive at the end to feel satisfied, but I definitely need her to see her sister and brother at some point before the finale.

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9. Lisa Prince (Kingdom)

Lisa Prince makes this list because the actress Kiele Sanchez absolutely swooped in and stole the second half of the season. It was one of the most powerful and heartbreaking performances I’ve ever seen,  because she decided to come back on the show and share the heartbreaking experience of losing her child in real life. Both the creator of the show and Kiele decided to write her ordeal into the show, her character Lisa was already pregnant. For a show that’s majority sweaty men fighting their faces off, I can’t tell you the amount of power Kiele brought as a female character to the experience of watching this season. As a woman, as a viewer, I felt every single moment she was portraying, in those quiet and silent moments they gave her, those were the scenes where you just knew she was no longer ‘acting’. I also want to give props to the creator of the show that believed in her story, he believed in it so much that he wasn’t afraid to share her story in a show that is mostly watched by men, and is about men. lisa_small-4e2029a3Over the remainder of the season she tries to heal, she tries to get back to #werklife, and her acting honestly was brilliant. She was always a side character before, but this season she showed how she could hold her own. Surrounded by a group of men with seemingly superhero strengths, she came out as her own heroine. We can dig it.

8. Maeve Millay (Westworld) 

The first season of Westworld didn’t just see the rise of the host population, it saw the rise of some badass bi**** to. The character of Maeve (played exquisitely by Thandie Newton) starts off as a sort of secondary character. Playing the hostess of the town’s brothel she’s used to getting used and abused by men from both sides. But when she’s taken backstage to fix up her robot wounds, she wakes up in the middle of a procedure and quite literally wakes up for the first time ever. I mean by the end of the season we learn more about her motivations and how much she can control, but even still, her character became one of the most interesting elements of the season, and almost answered the question fans were asking from the beginning. What would happen if a host enters the real world? We don’t know what’s in store for Maeve in season two, but we know that wherever she ends up, she’ll keep fighting to protect herself and her freedom.

7. Ginny Baker (PITCH)

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Ginny Baker aka the first female professional baseball player. This show is full of amazing characters, especially some strong female leads, but at the center of it all is Ginny who is introduced to the MLB in the first season. And no, she’s not playing with other females, she’s playing alongside the big boys, so you can imagine the dynamic you’ll be seeing as she comes into the locker room, and how she plays on the field. Honestly, this was one of my favourite new shows this year, it still hasn’t been confirmed for a season two, so we are crossing our fingers.

6. Queen Elizabeth (The Crown)

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God save the Queen! Or Claire Foy because she’s absolutely killing it playing Queen Elizabeth II. Claire Foy plays the Queen in a naive, playful, but really smart way. One of my favourite lines of the season, is when the Queen’s father has just passed away and she’s on the way to his funeral and she reads a letter from her grandmother and in the letter granny writes something like, today you are mourning two people, your father, and yourself because the person you were before is dead. Because she’s obviously the Queen now and she needs to step up, and stepping up may require her to be a different person, or a different version of herself. I think her biggest struggle to be Queen will always be the challenge of not forgetting who she really is. Staying true to herself while having to play the heroine for an entire kingdom.

5. The Girls of Riverdale (Betty, Veronica, Cheryl)

It’s not that I couldn’t decide which one of these characters is the strongest, or which one will have the biggest impact. It’s that I think these three characters are seamless, in that together they make the show better, they make their individual characters stronger, they affect each other in a way that impressionable teenage girls would have on one another. It’s been said, Riverdale is definitely a coming of age story. The show is full of characters, all learning about themselves in their own ways, but these three women have the potential to really control the direction and tone of the show. All three of them prove that there can be so many more layers to a character. Their comic book counterparts are very one dimensional, and very dependent on Archie’s story. We don’t see that as much in the show, I think the writers have something really amazing lined up for us.

4. Carrie Mathison (Homeland)

Honestly, Carrie is so good at being crazy, you just have to love her. People ask me if they should watch Homeland from the pilot episode, and I’m always like YAS! Duh!. But the show is really different from where it started. I’d like to say that Carrie has been the most consistent thing of the show, but I can’t because she’s legit crazy. There ain’t nothing consistent about a crazy person. But, the writers of do such an amazing job every season by throwing her crazy Carrie ass into different countries and situations, she shows how strong she is because she manages to save the world each time. I love that they slowed her life down this season. She’s back in NYC, she’s taking care of Frannie, and for what was basically 15 minutes of the first episode, everything looked to be pretty normal. And then there was Quinn, and crazy Carrie came out again, and every type of sh** hit the fan, but I believe in Carrie so much, that I know she’ll get out of it, she always does. Look, women are crazy, moms are crazy, but if you own it, and can still save the world from a massive terrorist attack, then you’re good in my books. Love you Carrie. Your baby daddy would be so proud.

3. Norma Bates (Bates Motel)

So I’m not a huge horror genre fan, although I’m obsessed with Ryan Murphy and everything AHS. I never got into Bates Motel. Well I tried a couple of times and then gave up. But everyone’s been talking so highly of it recently, I gave it another go, and now I’m hooked. Freddie Highmore does a psycho good job at playing Norman, but his mom – Norma is on another level. I think the most interesting characters are the ones that border on the line of villain/heroine. You get those beautiful moments in that middle area when you don’t know what the characters motivations are, you question their decisions, and you’re always on your toes. That’s Norma Bates. Played by Vera Farmiga, she honestly deserves all the awards. But so does everyone else on this list! She does such an amazing job at playing crazy so beautifully, Cersei is evil, and Carrie is crazy, but Norma is a mix of evil being beautiful. And I say beautiful because everything she does is rooted in her trying to be the best mother, she is so delusional, she believes she’s living in a beautiful innocent world with her son, but in trying to attain that she does some really fu**** up evil things. But in season four, you really see her for who she really is (because Norman’s away) she shows her true colours, and she is wonderful.

2. Fiona Gallagher, Shameless (Showtime)

Fiona_GallagherFiona Gallagher was on our original list, and it’s no surprise she still is. Her character has definitely grown over the past seasons, but this season saw a complete shift in her follow through. For a long time I think Fiona always knew what she had to do but could never actually do it. With most of the kids now older and able to fend for themselves, it gave Fifi a chance to focus on herself, her future investments, owning and managing her own business. It was amazing to see how far she’s come. Not all stories have a happy ending, especially in Shameless, the season had a super emotional ending with Monica, but it also saw Fiona make another brave and exciting decision. She’s in our number two spot because of all the things she achieved this season, there were a lot of different dynamics she had to deal with this season, in terms of her acting, and just her character, we loved it all.

1. Khaleesi, Game of Thrones (HBO)

I don’t think you have to be a Game of Thrones nerd to understand why Khaleesi will go down in TV history as the toughest character under 6 ft. She is the ultimate heroine, she is the mother of dragons, she will seek her revenge and it will be amazing. Also, she will stay on this list forever.

Seasons have come and gone. Winter is here. The end of season six saw Khaleesi set sail for King’s Landing, or wherever she’s about to dock her boat. Just as we suspected, the Greyjoys, you can really see how all these story lines are starting to intersect now. She’s got her dragons. She’s ready as she’ll ever be. Also, it’s perfect timing for her because King’s Landing had an explosive ending (I love saying that), with everyone literally blowing up – thanks Cersei.

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————————————————————————–Honourable Mentions:

  • Cersei Lannister: That evil witch. Is she still considered to be a villian even after all her children are dead? Probably, yes, and even more so now.
  • Michonne/Carol: I love these women, but The Walking Dead has been so boring lately I couldn’t even bother putting them on this list.
  • Lena Dunham or Hannah Horvath: I had such high expectations for Girls, it is their final season, and I had wanted Hannah to be a more flushed out/successful character by now. Well I wanted that for all of them but Jessa’s still selfish, Shosh is still confused, Marnie is still crazy and Hannah is pregnant. So there’s that.
  • Big Little Lies: Literally every woman in this show is badass.

What do you guys think? Are there any badass female characters you want to see on our list? Let us know – comment below.

Shameless SEASON FINALE!

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Not too many shows can say they had their run of 7 seasons, and have their 7th season be a strong contender. Unless your Game of Thrones, or Lost, but it was all a dream so does that really count? Or…The Good Wife (for those that watched, #notme). But to be frank, no pun intended, I didn’t expect much from Showtime’s 7th go around with Shameless. At the end of last season it felt like the writers were just going around in circles, Debbie being a teen mom, Lip flunking out of school, Freaky Fiona getting her freak on, it just seemed like these characters weren’t going anywhere, they were just in the crazy spiral they’ve always been in and the season started off strong, well for some, but then in the middle it kind of got boring? It got really sad on one end (Lip) and really exciting on the other (Fiona), so I never knew how to really feel. But then, something magical happened, Monica showed up again, and this time, just like every other time, you hoped this would be that existential moment she has, where she finally wakes up and saves her kids. And I guess in a way it was, she just lost went to sleep forever instead.

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You know, as much as I hate Frank, I never hated Monica. Even though she was in and out of the seasons, any time she showed up I got my hopes up, even though the kids didn’t. I always gave her the benefit of the doubt, and I always wanted her to show up for her kids. But this season she shows up, and she admits to Frank she’s dying, and at first I was like okay great, this is going to be all cheese, but it was all so beautiful, so funny, and of course super sad. There’s something about Shameless, where you can be watching it and hysterically laughing, and then you get hit with a flood of emotion, and it’s this constant rollercoaster but it always works.  After Monica and Frank’s wedding, I had a feeling that she wouldn’t make it out of the season, but I never thought they would have her dead in that moment. You think you know this show so you’re assuming she’s probably high or too drunk to get up , but then you see the panic on Frank’s face, his desperation, his pleading for her to wake up, it was just such a sad scene, but you’re still waiting for the joke to hit because this is Shameless after all, but it never does and the episode cuts to black.

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So she’s dead, in the season finale the kids take her to the hospital but she’s been dead, and I don’t think the sad part is Monica being dead. The sad part was seeing all the kids like finally realize this surprising feeling they had towards her that they buried each time she would let them down. I think they all realized hating her was so much easier. But who can deny that your mom keeping 70k worth of meth for your inheritance is pretty badass. I think the only thing I would’ve wanted differently, first off I think she could’ve been in the show a lot more, there were so many different dimensions to her as a character, from Frank’s speech at her funeral it sounded like she was the reason for all of this craziness, so you would think she would have all the answers as to why? Whereas Frank always seemed like he was just following, well from his story it did turn out that way, that he fell in love with her and followed her to the ends of the earth. So yeah, a few unanswered questions.

So even though season 7 didn’t end well for Monica, it looked like the Gallaghers are heading to a good start for season 8, who doesn’t love a good montage ending.

Fiona

Started off on tinder, now she’s paid off the house mortgage, drives a Rav4, and is the new owner of an apartment building, and possibly new man?

Memorable mentions: Returning her and Liam’s portion of the Monica meth, she hides it under Monica’s body in the casket, and then literally punches her mom in the chest with tears in her eyes. Also major tears in our eyes to. Ugh.

Lip

Started off in AA, ended off in the AA. I loved his ending, I hated him during the season, he got kicked out of school, didn’t want to go back, and then when he got the sliver of a chance to go back, he realized how much he wanted it and the school denied him everything. He went to a really dark place this season, and I’m really hoping that’s as dark as we see Lip. In the ending montage he shows up at AA again, and looks super happy to be there. Yay. Again, tears in our eyes.

Memorable mentions: I have to say, my heart sank when he admitted in the season finale that he really fucked up. I think he knew it, internally, he knew it all along, but he kept thinking he could find another way, but hearing him say he messed up, it was all on him, it was really huge.

Ian

I freaking love Ian. Ian was my man this season, he just seemed like he had his sh** together, until Mickey escaped prison. Aside from his new boyfriend, meh, when Mickey returns Ian is super confused and runs off with his first love, but right before they cross the border Ian backs out, and says ‘this isn’t me anymore’

Memorable mentions: Leaving Mickey at the border, in a cheap wig and dress.

Debbie

Didn’t really like this whole Debbie teen mom thing, but she pulled through this season, even making up with Fiona, and overall just seeming more mature. Not quite sure about her choice in welding, but here’s to her. Maybe she’ll get an etsy account and make a lot of money.

Memorable mentions: Her and Monica busting up her baby’s grandmother’s house that seen was hilarious.

Carl

Carl surprises me each season. I love how level headed he’s become. He quit his drug running business, fell in love, fell out of it, paid for his own circumcision surgery, and then decided to go to military school. Amazing. He returns in the season finale to cook a bacon breakfast, and just be there to support his family. Also he offers to sell of the meth to his corner hood friends.

Memorable mentions: His whole journey this season, he really stepped up and was trying to be the man of the house, choosing to go to military school, he’s what you would call a ‘sick kid’ in all the good ways.

Liam

Liam gets to go to private school because of Frank, this was one of the coolest moments of the season. Big ups to daddy Frank for finally doing something good.

I want to believe something changed in all the Gallaghers after Monica’s passing, but like many seasons before things just kind of fall back into place. I’m hoping, and it seems like the show might be coming to  a close soon, that the writers are taking these characters slowly towards the sunset.

What did you guys think of the season finale? What are we expecting for next season?

Shameless: RECAP

It’s been a crazy few weeks for Showtime’s Shameless. Fiona got arrested for Liam getting into her coke stash and almost killing himself. Note: the coke wasn’t hers Mike’s douchebag brother brought it over when he tried to wish Fiona a happy birthday. Now everyone is dealing with the aftermath of her arrest. Her public defendant advices her to plead guilty and get away with only three years of probation.

Before we get into that, let’s start from the beginning of the episode. First off, I was really hoping to see Mike, he did bail Fiona out which means he might still care about her, but he didn’t make an appearance last night. Ian did make an appearance, finally Mickey decided to do something about his ex-secret boyfriend. He shows up at the club Ian’s working at and tells him he needs to go home. Mickey waits for Ian outside the club, when Ian’s about to leave with a much older man, Mickey beats the guy up and tells him to f off. Ian’s all drugged up, Mickey picks him up off the ground and takes him to his house. While Ian’s lying asleep on his bed, Mickey is just looking over him, Mickey’s pregnant wife appears at the bedroom door and it’s obvious she knows what her husband is really about. Mickey is such a tough character to gage, you never know when he’s going to care and you never know when he’s going to blow up. Obviously he loves Ian but it took him a long time to accept that and to actually do something to save him.

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I really don’t have a single favourite character on this show, they’re all so amazing and brilliant. I love this transformation Lip has gone through. He’s really stood up and taken the role of ‘man of the house’. He’s going to school, and he does see the importance of that, he’s just had a ton of drama to deal with at home. He expects Fiona to sort of keep up with her side of the bargain while he’s doing his thing at school, so when she screws up he’s extremely disappointed. He takes Liam with him to school, Fiona tells him she’ll take care of him but he doesn’t let that happen. Lip’s roommate’s girlfriend offers to watch Liam while Lip’s in class. Definitely a different side of her we haven’t seen, she’s always clashed with Lip, now that she sees a different side of him, we see a different side of her as well. Love that.

 

LipSchoolDebbie’s just Debbie. I love her but I don’t get how she’s friends with those girls. The pregnant one shows off her scars because she’s been cutting herself. She’s all about cooking dinner for Matt but when he gets home he reminds Deb that they’re not boyfriend and girlfriend. They can’t be, she’s way too young and he can get into a lot of trouble. He drives her home and tells her he still wants to be friends, she brushes him off by playing it cool but when she gets home she tries to cut herself! I don’t think it actually works because she just screams out in pain.

Carl is dealing with the Hanson brothers making fun of Liam. They’re calling him retarded and blaming Carl for having a retarded brother. I guess everyone knows that Liam had a coke overdose. Carl is an amazing kid, I cannot wait to see where they’re going to take his character in the upcoming seasons. He punches the Hanson bros in the face and walks off. Later, he watches Liam carefully to see if he’s actually retarded. It was the funniest thing ever. Liam is not retarded, thankfully nothing serious came out of that overdose.

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V has a doctor’s appointment, for once Kevin doesn’t make it because he’s held at gunpoint and all his saved up cash is stolen. The doctor tells V that she’s lost one of the baby’s…this usually can happen when there’s a few babies, the stronger ones end up basically eating the weaker one. Sounds friggin’ crazy right? Later when V tells Kev, he doesn’t know how to feel. It’s sad but at the same time they’re now a baby down which will definitely make things easier for them. They literally have no money.

The only thing Frank has right now is his daughter Sammi. She’s all about taking care of him which means she’s totally okay with feeding Frank drugs to numb his pain. She gives him heroin while she goes to pick up her kid from school. Carl notices Frank on the floor of the bathroom, he pooped his pants and is unfortunately…still alive. Lip freaks out at this, at any moment the social services worker could show up and if they see Frank drugged up…it’s just won’t be a good situation. He yells at Sammi that this is all her fault, they don’t need Frank in their lives anymore, he’s her problem now. He tells her to get out of his house, Fiona agrees, and Sammi’s left dragging Frank all the way home. Later, they break into Sheila’s house (she’s away at the indian reserve) and Sammi spends the rest of her night trying to wash her dad in the shower because he can’t even stand up on his own.

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Fiona, oh Fiona. This final scene of the episode where she’s in court was just done brilliantly. Fiona was debating if she should plead not guilty and go for a trial. Lip said she was crazy no jury was going to deem her innocent after hearing her story. It didn’t matter if she was innocent or this was her first criminal charge, she’s Liam’s guardian and she almost got him killed. Her lawyer said the same thing, it was too risky to leave that decision in the hands of a jury, and if she lost she would have to do 5 years in jail. On the other hand, if she pled guilty, she would have it all on her record, she would be a felon and basically the judge reads through all of these restrictions while Fiona just soaks up what her life will be like for the next 3 years.

What did you guys think of the episode? Will Frank make it to the end of the season? Will Fiona change her mind and demand a trial? Is it too late for that?

Sunday’s SHAMELESS!

This Sunday was the season four premiere of Showtime’s Shameless starring William H Macy and Emmy Rossum. Absolutely love this show, I don’t have anything bad to say about the season premiere, I’m excited to see what trouble the Gallaghers will get themselves into. Things are a little different now that Carl and Debbie are a little older. Debbie’s changed the most, she’s all about high heels and selling off her virginity for a million dollars. She’s a young woman now (or trying to be) and her character will definitely resonate with a lot of young girls watching.

Carls going through the same thing as Deb- he’s becoming a man and he doesn’t really have a father figure in his life so he’s desperately holding onto anything Frank tells him. It’s really sad.

Oh speaking of Frank, yep he’s back and he’s the same deadbeat dad. No, he didn’t have a moment of enlightenment like we would like to think. Even though the doctors tell him he’s dying, and whenever he takes a drink of alcohol he spits out blood- he still hasn’t kicked his addiction.

Veronica finds out that she’s actually pregnant! After forcing her husband and mother to have sex so she can have their baby- now she finds out she’s going to have her own? Kevin finds out but he’s surprisingly happy even though he knows they have no money to take care of two babies.

What did you guys think about the episode?

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Top 10 Toughest Women on TV

We’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Toughest Women on TV. See who made the cut below.

  1. Arya Stark, Game of Thrones (HBO)

This girl is not yet a woman but she is definitely worthy of this list. Arya Stark has gone through a lot in her youth, she’s seen things no normal 13-year old should see. She’s been on her own since the first season (we’re now heading into the fourth. Throughout her everlasting search for her family, she’s had to pretend being a boy (up until this season where it’s clear she’s becoming a woman). She hasn’t gotten a full night’s sleep because she’s been busy protecting herself, even if protection comes in a very scary murderous beast- Sandor Clegane. When she does find her mother and brother…they’re being slaughtered at her uncle’s wedding and all she can do is hide in the shadows and watch. Although she’s spent most of her time running, she isn’t afraid of fighting, in fact she’s always been a fighter. She was raised a princess, but refused to let that stop her from playing with swords and shields.

The fourth book (and fourth seasn) holds more potential for the young Stark girl. She’s really going to find her path…this show is all about the underdogs and I can’t wait for Arya to rise up and unleash the direwolf inside her.

  1. Piper Chapman, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Piper’s the newest addition on this list; with a brand new show on Netflix- Orange is the New Black. Piper in the beginning of the season is not the same Piper at the end of the season. She goes through a huge transformation, but I think that’s what makes her such a strong character. No character is perfect, that wouldn’t make for great TV, but Piper’s journey is definitely an entertaining ride…she’s not as innocent as she seems.

Piper gets sentenced to a low security all female prison, her journey starts right when the guard asks her to bend over to check her butt for contraband. She’s seems like an innocent white girl, but we see Piper hone her survival skills. It’s all about the different challenges, whether it be with the other inmates or even the guards. Piper’s smarter and surprisingly stronger…as the season unfolds we see a whole new side of Piper.

  1. Fiona Gallagher, Shameless (Showtime)

Fiona Gallagher may be an emotional wreck…but she is one tough woman when it comes to taking care of her younger siblings. When her parents abandon her and her five siblings, Fiona steps up to the plate and makes it her mission to pay the bills and make sure everyone gets to school on time. On top of working two or three jobs, she makes a point to get her GED since she had to drop out of high school to take care of her siblings.

Fiona doesn’t have it all together all the time; it’s easy to forget that she’s just a 20 year old and ultimately has her own life to live. But she always comes back to the fact that if she wasn’t there, those kids would have nobody. And it’s not just the 16-year olds she’s taking care of, she’s feeding and changing diapers for their half black brother- baby Liam.  Such an amazing character, and we salute Fiona for being the best housewife even if she ain’t no wifey just yet.

  1. Mary Crawley (Downtown Abbey)

1920s English countryside was not a fair time for women, their roles were pretty straightforward, train to be a lady until a man comes along and decides to marry you. Or your family just arranges the entire thing. So it’s understandable that Mary Crawley of Downtown Abbey is a very snappy and unhappy young lady.

The first season opens up to the death of her fiancée and she really doesn’t give a hoot. As the season goes on she ultimately finds another love interest that warms her up a little. From there her storyline changes so drastically that create different opportunities for her, we uncover a whole new side of this woman who is now in a powerful position.

  1. Deborah Morgan, Dexter (Showtime)

I think it’s safe to say there would be no Dexter without Deborah. And there would be no Deb without Dex. Deborah is another emotional wreck, but she kept it together for the most part of the show….until the final two seasons, then she just goes cray cray. But she always remained good and she always played a strong support for main character Dexter.

If it hadn’t been for the series finale, Deborah wouldn’t be on this list. Yes she was fantastic throughout the entire series, yes she had been a tough cookie all along, but that finale just summed up everything she was, and gave her a really beautiful ending…even if it was uber cheesetastic. She always put Dexter’s happiness before hers and wouldn’t let anything come between Dex and his son Harrison. Althoug she had a rough exterior, she knew what it meant to be family and always kept them close.

We love Deborah for all the f bombs she’s dropped…we love Deb because she proved any woman can still be a main character and have horrible wardrobe…and that workplace relationships really do work. Deb you really were a tough woman in TV and you’ll be missed. Sorry we didn’t like the series finale.

  1. Joan Harris, Mad Men (AMC)

Joan is probably the big shocker on this list. I really contemplated whether she deserved to be here, and well…here we are. I think most people would consider Peggy to be the tough female in Mad Men, but Joan is a different kind of tough. First off, she’s had one if not the biggest improvement of any character on that show. She started off as the big boob secretary in the office that only had screen time when she was having an affair. Now she’s playing with the big boys, and the best part of it all is that she still knows how to act like a lady. She’s never tried to be ‘one of the guys’ she embraces her strengths and advantages as a woman in the work force, and gets what she wants. She is an independent woman honey! You go girl.

  1. Gemma Teller, Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Ridin’ through this world…with tacky blonde highlights…Yes people Gemma Teller has made this list. I mean really how could she not? I’m literally terrified at every time she raises her voice. She’s like the cool mom whose clothes you think you can borrow but when she finds out (and she will because she is that smart) she will literally cut you, kill you…and then cover it up.

You know what, I love Gemma she is the coolest grandmother on TV, she’s messed up, but she goes with what she has and family is everything to her. She’s a woman in a man’s world and that’s exactly how she wants it. She loves being the matriarch, and she’ll do anything to anyone if she feels her role is in danger. Don’t mess with her boys. She is a boss ass bitch.

  1. Olivia Pope, Scandal (ABC)

Because any woman who can deliver a 30 line monologue in under 30 seconds deserves to be on this list. It’s true, Olivia Pope isn’t just good at delivering epic speeches, she’s also a strong, smart, and sassy gladiator in a very expensive and fine tailored suit. She’s not really a gladiator, but that’s what her and her coworkers call themselves. They’re ‘fixers’ in Washington, and Olivia is on the ball round the clock trying to save what’s left of her clients’ reputation. But what really drives her? We don’t know too much about this motivated heroine, but we’re starting to learn more about her life in this new season. Furthermore, I don’t think anyone but Kerry Washington could’ve played Olivia Pope. These two women blend together so effortlessly, it makes the character that much more believable. Olivia always knows what to say, and more importantly…she knows what to wear. Girl has good taste.

  1. Lana Winters, American Horror Story:Asylum (FX)

Lana was a close first for me, in my opinion American Horror Story is the best show on TV right now. Not because of the blood or because it’s scary…or because of Jessica Lange…it’s because Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy have created such brilliant and beautiful characters against a dark and lustrous backdrop, something spectacular is bound to happen. Lana Winters had an amazing journey through the second season of AHS, it didn’t even matter what else was happening in the show- we just needed to know Lana was safe.

She was falsely admitted into a psych ward, she was rescued by her doctor only to be kidnapped and raped by him. When she did escape she realized she was pregnant and had his baby who turned out to be a psychotic killer like his father. She went on to write several novels about her crazy life which paid her in fame and money. In the end, after one of her interviews, she comes face to face with the killer that calls her ‘mommy’. And she doesn’t hesitate…she kills him right there on her living room floor. Lana Winters survived all of this…I think that makes her a pretty tough woman.

  1. Khaleesi, Game of Thrones (HBO)

I don’t think you have to be a Game of Thrones nerd to understand why Khaleesi will go down in TV history as the toughest character under 6 ft. She is the ultimate heroine, she is the mother of dragons, she will seek her revenge and it will be amazing.

She has a come a long way in a very short amount of time. There’s a lot that happens in the Khaleesi chapters in the novels. She on the rise, building her army, and now that her dragons are growing rapidly, she feels stronger than ever.Although she’s a mother, it doesn’t mean Khaleesi loses any swagger…quite the opposite. The birth of the dragons gives her a surge of confidence no man could ever replicate. Because of this, she knows how to work it to get what she wants from her soldiers, and for that we love her. I haven’t finished reading all the books, but I think it’s obvious she will end up being the one that conquers all. There is nobody tougher than her.

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