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.

Top 10 Shows You Should Be Watching…

The Top 10 Shows You Should Be Watching If You Didn’t Vote – Trump.

In other words, here are the top 10 shows that are as inclusive, inspirational, artistic and classy as it gets. If you voted for Trump, then you may not see the special sparkling light in these shows, but here’s to hoping.

10. Westworld (HBO)

I’m trying to keep all the HBO/Showtime big hitters at the bottom of this list, we all know how big their budgets can get, so they should be creating masterpieces each season. 1274080_mkt_pa_westworld-s1_po_v1_pHaving said that, Westworld and it’s freshman season made us look at our lives in a completely different way. What if we’re already on our loops? Expected to do exactly what was programmed into us…by society…? Mind blown right? There’s also a fearless leader involved played by Anthony Hopkins…and we all know how important a fearless leader can be these days. Am I right or am I right?.

9. Game of Thrones (HBO)

Real talk Game of Thrones can probably top this list, but since they win at everything else (except Golden Globes 2017) I’ll keep them at the bottom of this list. But seriously, at the root of this entire show lies some pretty bad ass women, some have fallen along the way, some have dyed their hair black only to realize ginger is totally their colour, and if you’re Khaleesi it took her losing the triple threat dragons to realize how strong she was. But also she really needs them so thank God they came back. Season seven is coming up, and so is winter, and so is a bunch of grown up Starks who we’re hoping kick some major butt this season.The women just rule in this show, don’t deny it.

8. The Affair (Showtime)

Again I’m keeping these really powerful big budget shows at the bottom of this list to give the newcomers a bigger spotlight. But there is so much to be said for probably one of the smartest shows on television. I’ve been a fan since the beginning, and this season, although we’re sympathizing with creepy Noah, it’s given an opportunity for wifey Helen (Maura Tierney) to shine bright like a diamond. Her performance this season has been beyond chilling. This show does such a great job at presenting the different perspectives, mainly between a man and a woman, husband and wife. But if you really look at it as something bigger, none of us see things the same. This causes huge confusion, major conflicts, but at the same time it’s also what makes us human. We all need to be able to live together, and not be shady. Duh.

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7. Black Mirror (Netflix)

This show might be the most low key (aka unknown) on the list, it’s on Netflix, and each episode is about something different, but they all have something to do with technology cover29and how crazy this world can get. At a time when there are a lot of unknowns, Black Mirror shows, what are world can be, and sometimes it’s really unnerving, and sometimes it’s really beautiful. I don’t want to get into each episode, I still haven’t seen them all, but the stand out episode has to be San Junipero, wait I can’t even tell you what it’s about! It’ll just spoil it, so go and watch it!

6. Shameless (Showtime)

What doesn’t Shameless talk about? There’s nothing that goes untouched with this show and this season brought us femme fatale Fiona, and Ian’s new boyfriend…that was a girl…and now is a boy. You know what this show does? This show makes it okay to talk about anything and everything. It makes it acceptable for anyone to do whatever they want, with whoever they want, it’s freedom, it’s crazy, but the world hasn’t exploded, it works, and it’s okay. And that is all. Just watch it. But you probably already are.

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5. Kingdom (DirecTV)

Kingdom makes my list for one reason and one reason only – Kiele Sanchez. The second half of this season saw the return of Lisa Prince played by Kiele, and it was one of the most powerful and heartbreaking episodes I had ever seen. When Kiele has a miscarriage late into her real pregnancy, both creator and Kiele decided to include it into the show, because Lisa was pregnant as well. For a show that’s 98% sweaty men fighting their faces off, I can’t tell you the amount of power Kiele brought as a female character to the screen. A lot of her scenes where she’s breaking down, they felt so raw and honest, because I mean it did all happen to her. It was more empowering to hear that she wanted to tell her story to lisa_small-4e2029a3the world, there was nothing to hide or be embarrassed about. Over a few episodes 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 strong she is as an actress, as a character, and how big this show can be. It’s a show about MMA fighting, but put that aside and you realize all these characters are fighting for different things, maybe some of the same things, things that can resonate with us as the audience. But the point is, life can knock ya down, life might be shi*** for the next couple (4) years, but the fight just makes you stronger.

4. This is Us (NBC)

At this point you’ve probably heard about the show with the ‘special’ spin at the end of the first episode. Yes, it was that clever. This is not one of those shows that I’m tuning into every week, but I have been following and I just think this show is definitely breaking barriers. I really didn’t know how long the show would go on for, honestly it wasn’t about the quality of the show, I just didn’t think it would survive in a place like NBC. I just felt like to show some of the raw moments, they couldn’t be things that are shown on NBC, but nevertheless it has succeeded it’s first season right where it started. Then I saw they were nominated for a few Golden Globes and I was like damn. Now, I know all the politics involved  with certain shows getting certain nominations, but still, the show is really good, the writing is funny and cute, and the actors just play their characters right. It’s like one big happy family, ahem ahem.

3. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

I feel like we’re always waiting for this show to return because we end up watching the entire season over a weekend. It’s just that good. You know, this season of OITNB really talked about some hard issues that have obviously been going on forever, but just had more attention in the last year. And not to say they don’t talk about OITNB,poussey,season 3hard issues, they always do, that’s what makes the show so special, but this time OITNB got HEAVY. The season finale ending, Poussey, it was a lot, it was shocking, disturbing, sad, it’s everything that can go wrong in our world, it’s what’s happening now, and it’s not fun to watch. I think it was that much more disturbing because it all escalated so quickly and it was characters behaving in ways we had never seen the behave before. How did it go from 0 to 100 so quickly? I think that’s a big question we need to explore further. When things escalate that quickly, you lose yourself in the jump, and when you add weapons to the mix, things happen that can never be reversed.

2. Pitch (FOX)

LOL, this show is on FOX so even if you did vote for Trump you might like it. JK JK, it’s about a female baseball player so you’ll probably think it’s disgusting. But honestly, this show really did a number on me this season. Yes it’s about the first ever female professional baseball player, but again, it’s so much more than that. All the characters in this show are dealing with different things. I’ll give you an example of when I knew this show was different. There’s one player on the team, and his wife is also a main character. Well, instead of making him that typical athlete who cheats on his wife, or making her the typical wife who’s getting cheated on but doesn’t mind because she’s got pretty things, they completely flipped it around and put her in the power seat. Instead, she’s the strong supportive WAG (lol just wanted to use that word), she takes care of her man, yes she did a detour with her own dreams to support her husband, but her character is sort of having this awakening where she’s like, now it’s my turn to do my thing. Roles are shifting, people are changing, it really sucks this show is on Fox though.

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1. The Crown (Netflix)

God save the Queen! Or Claire Foy because she’s absolutely killing it playing Queen Elizabeth II. This show surprised me the most and that’s why it’s in the number one spot. I’m not into all this old school, Victorian era, stiff sh**. Never got into Downtown Abbey. Don’t hate. But, I gave this show a chance, and right from the start I was in. I can’t tell you exactly what it is, I know the acting is amazing, and the writing is really magical. They could’ve made this show really long and boring, but it’s clear, concise and kind of funny. 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. If you’re a sucker for epic lines, trust me, this show will give you plenty. So just watch it. #imwithher

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I know, there are so many shows out there that is making waves, there are so many different stories to be told, each one of these shows is bringing a different question to the table. What do you guys think? Comment below

Fall TV Preview: What to Watch

We’re back from summer hiatus along with some of our favourite shows. Here is our fall tv preview and what we think of some of these new additions. Basically this is our ‘if you’re not watching you should definitely be watching’ list.

Westworld

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Probably the most talked about show this fall, it premiered on HBO last Sunday, and everyone’s dubbing it ‘the new Game of Thrones’ Okay, it’s probably the farthest thing from the Game of Thrones world, but it’s an HBO production, and let me tell you they did not cheap out on this one. If you were a fan of the Matrix movies, you’ll most likely be a fan of Westworld. I, however, was not a Matrix fan nor am I remotely interested in anything sci-fi. BUT, I enjoyed every second of the premiere and I am officially obsessed. If you’re down for a show that requires attention but pays it forward with a boat load of Easter eggs, this is the show for you.

 

 

Pitch

FOX

Okay we’re leaving HBO for cheaper television, but hey, there’s still some good stuff on here. Pitch is the story of the first female baseball player to enter the male professional baseball world. I know it sounds so cheesy and I was so not going to watch this show, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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They put you right into the world of ‘her’ on her first professional game day experience, and it all seems so wild you’re intrigued by this new world. The writing is witty and empowering. It’s a feminist show without being a feminist show – does that make sense ? ‘Her’ name is Ginny Baker played by Kylie Bunbury and she slays (sorry I couldn’t find another word okaaay), she finds the perfect balance between cocky sports player and vulnerable rookie.There’s also a lineup of good actors, Ali Larter plays her agent and is basically the female version of Ari Gold. Mark Consuelos plays the manager of the baseball team and he’s meh.  Then you have bearded Zach Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) playing the A-list sports star of the team. He looks really old compared to her. In typical fashion, she’ll probably have a romance with him but I’m really hoping she doesn’t because this is 2016, there’s a girl playing baseball with a bunch of guys and we’re doing something different! So no more predictable storylines – I’m looking at you deceased family members!

Scream Queens

FOX

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I’m someone who considers Ryan Murphy and his crew Jesus and his disciples. Seriously, that crew just know how to make relevant and good TV. Scream Queens was one of my favourite shows last fall, and with a promise that each season will be a different ‘setting’ you naturally stick around to see what’s next. This season we find all our favourite peeps plus some new ones at C.U.R.E  – a medical institution that Dean Munsch opens because she’s basically filthy rich and wants to change the health care system. But also you know she’s got some secret plan. Oh and there’s a green monster this time around haunting the halls of the hospital. My favourite security enforcement solutions officer is back (Niecy Nash), newly graduated from Quantico (I died) she’s all about finding the killer, who she still thinks is Zayday (Keke Palmer). I was laughing through this entire write up, they kill me.

Rob and Blac Chyna

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I feel like I’m just going down the TV totem pole here, but considering half of television is reality television and half the universe is Kardashian, it’s only fitting Rob’s new show is on here. Seriously, I loved Rob, and then he got all sad and disappeared and I missed him! But now he’s back, he definitely still has issues and I have no idea how he’s about to be a parent but hopefully Scott can give him a few pointers. (Sarcasm) Also, Chyna’s pretty cool. Here’s to hoping Kylie does in fact realize things this year and actually makes a mends with both her boyfriend and brothers’ baby mama. Guys don’t judge me, I want to see him win! (Oprah voice)

 

How to Get Away with Murder

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Like I feel like at this point we pretty much know how to get away with murder, now in its third season the drama seems to be repeating itself just a tad but we’re giving V-Davis and crew  a chance. Frank is crazy – let’s just call it like it is. He’s friggin hot as hell but he crazy, and with his new haircut he looks even crazier. Honestly, sometimes the drama is just too next level on this show, but now I kinda wanna see Laurel and Wes have a thing. Also, more flashbacks from the season premiere, V’s house gets burned down and someone doesn’t make it. My money’s on Billy Brown. Stay tuned, because if you don’t you’re gong to get confused with all those time jumps.

Let us know of your favourite shows this Fall season and we will get on them!