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TV 101: Memorable TV Women in the Making

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 9th 2011 3:30PM
Lisa SimpsonI'm not one of these guys who, upon hearing that it's Women's History Month, complains to his bros and random passers-by that there's no Men's History Month. And while typically the first thing that comes out of a guy's mouth after he says "Listen, I love women," is the most misogynistic thing you'll hear all day, I'm here to tell you that's not always the case.

Listen, I love women, and I owe a great debt to the TV women of my childhood for helping to make me the person I am today. See? I told you it could be done. But I'm here not to herald the women of television -- that has been sufficiently and wonderfully covered by TV Squad staff already in our Top 100 Female TV Characters list -- but to acknowledge the daughters of those great women. The young TV women influenced and molded by TV's greatest women. Women!

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Sci-Fi TV's Most Memorable Female Characters

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 8th 2011 11:00AM
Laura Roslin, Battlestar GalacticaTV Squad's list of TV's Most Memorable Female TV Characters had quite a few space travelers in the mix, but there are more strong sci-fi ladies we simply had to pay tribute to.

As this essential chart from Overthinking It makes clear, "strong" female characters are not flawless specimens capable of kicking butt at the drop of a hat. They're complicated, flawed, contradictory, unpredictable and -- this is important -- as charismatic, heroic or disappointing as the leading male characters on their shows.

Sci-fi shows aren't always kind to women -- too many have used female characters as inessential eye candy over the years -- but the women below are unforgettable examples of thoughtful writing memorably melding with terrific acting.

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100 Most Memorable Female TV Characters

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 2nd 2011 12:00PM
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March is Women's History Month, which makes it the perfect time for our countdown of the 100 best female TV characters in prime-time history.

You may love some of them, you may hate some of them, but it's a sure bet that all of these TV women will spark memories of some of the best tube-watchin' TV land has offered.

Don't agree with some of our picks? Then sound off with your own selections in the comments.

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Review: Two and a Half Men - Gord. Fnark. Schmegle.

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 17th 2009 12:40AM
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Last week, I wasn't thrilled with the CBS Monday night sitcom schedule. In fact, I thought all four shows were a bit off, and more than a few readers thought I was off the rails for speaking my mind. Fortunately -- for me -- this week's shows were back on track and I have only good things to say. That's especially true about Two and a Half Men. Seven years into the show, an episode like this one stands out as very original and really funny.

This was also the episode in which Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer guested as Chelsea's old college roommate. That's not a spoiler; that's in the picture. More about the show -- including spoilers -- after the jump.

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Sherri Shepherd's splashdown set for October

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 14th 2009 1:02PM
sherri_shepherd_bathing_suit_the_viewLast week on The View, Sherri Shepherd showed off her new body, clad in a bathing suit, and now it seems there was more to her remake than just good health and looking better. Shepherd's Lifetime sitcom, Sherri, will premiere on October 5, and you just know it's her intention to score a big time success. Lifetime has had this in the works for months. This is the network's first fully-owned sitcom, so you gotta believe the net has a lot of faith in Sherri.

The show is based on Shepherd's stand-up, which is the same formula that worked for Roseanne, Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Tim Allen (Home Improvement) and a half-dozen other comics, and the exposure Sherri gets from The View won't hurt at all.

The same demographic that watches The View tunes in to Lifetime shows like Drop Dead Diva and Army Wives. Oh, and don't forget the Lifetime movies. Ladies love Lifetime.

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Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly takes on Playboy

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2009 5:02PM
In a way it's hard to talk about this since we can't read the article that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is talking about (it has been removed from the Playboy site), but if it's 1/10 as disgusting as she says, then she has a right to be angry.

[via TV Newser]

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Real Housewives of New York City is, like, irritating as hell

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2009 7:33PM
If you haven't watched The Real Housewives of New York City, then you're missing ... well, a lot of really annoying women doing stuff. But you are also missing out on some great wisdom. In the clip below from last night (also at the link above), Kelly explains to her friends her philosophy about going on a date, which apparently includes not eating salad and using the word "like." A lot. Try to keep track of how many times she uses it.

I believe that if everyone would stop using that word so much they would seem 94% more intelligent.

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Please restart Starting Over - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Dec 22nd 2008 11:22AM
starting overRare is the episode of reality television that ends without a character seen having shed tears, made a vigilant declaration, or used pop psychological jargon lifted straight from the self-help section (see "I'm a very sexual person," "We share an energy," and "There's more to me than people might think").

For me, that phony vernacular of new age buzzwords that culminate in testimonials of poorly-worded self-expression are simultaneously the best and worst elements of a reality show. Naturally, that's what made Starting Over one of the few reality shows I could not only tolerate, but adore.

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It's all Buffy's fault!

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 26th 2008 3:44PM
BuffyRemember when rock 'n roll was to blame for teenagers being out of control? What about when John Lennon's quote about The Beatles being as big as Jesus drew the ire of the church and resulted in deejays advocating the destruction of LPs and singles?

Well, here's another missive from an "authority figure" about how pop culture is ruining today's youth. Sociologist Kristin Aune claims that Buffy, the Vampire Slayer is responsible for young women not attending church.

Dr. Aune, who's written Women and Religion in the West, and is a teacher at the University of Derby (that's in the U.K.), doesn't know if Buffy has also affected young men. Her research doesn't address if boys are abandoning the church, too, so I guess they're safe.

This is no joke, although it does sound like a good way to promote a book that would otherwise be ignored. Mentioning Buffy is a good way to let the world know that Dr. Aune wrote it.

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Ten commercials male-bashers will love

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2008 6:05PM

AT&T adHave you ever noticed that men are often the butt of jokes on television? Whether it's the goofy, lazy husband on sitcoms or the incompetent, oversexed guy on TV commercials, men are often shown in a bad light (I know, I know, woman only make 70 cents for every $1.00 a man makes, but it's almost Father's Day so let's talk about this, OK?). AskMen.com has a list of the 10 worst male-bashing commercials on television.

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Study: Women are heavier PVR users than men

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 28th 2008 9:02AM
MagnosticismAccording to a new study (PDF link), women are more likely to stream TV shows from network web sites than men, and they're more likely to time-shift their TV viewing with a personal video recorder. While both of these activities may seem like the geeky domain of guys with thick glasses, there's a pretty simple explanation. Men are more likely to watch sports, which is far more time sensitive than most other programs. If you took any group of folks and divided them up into heavy sports viewers and people who watch, well, pretty much anything else, you'd probably find that group B spends more time with the PVR too.

The study from Solutions Research Group found that 15% of women watched a streaming network TV program last month, while just 11% of men did. And women time-shift about 56% of their television viewing, compared to 42% for men.

The study also looks at other digital lifestyle activities like video game usage, online shopping, and downloading movies from the internet.

[via CNet]

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The Pick-Up Artist hits VH1 Monday

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 2nd 2007 2:30PM

VH1This Monday, August 6 at 9:00 p.m., VH1's new series, The Pick-Up Artist, debuts.

Mystery, reknowned woman picker-upper, is the center of the new reality series. Mystery takes in six dorky guys and tries to transform them into babe magnets. One man is eliminated during each episode, with the champion going home with $50,000.

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Why you should check out Army Wives

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 4th 2007 6:21PM

army wivesAccording to the paperwork I got back yesterday, I'm a man. Because of this, I'm pretty much conditioned not to care about anything that appears on Lifetime.

Still, I figured it wouldn't kill me to at least watch the first episode of Army Wives, a new original dramatic series that focuses on the lives of several women living on an Army base, rather than judging it without seeing it.

You know what? It's not that bad. Admittedly, the show is geared toward women and is at times a bit too "touchy feely" for my tastes, but I can tell a good series when I see one, and this one has potential, as long as people give it a chance and don't completely ignore it just because it happens to be on Lifetime.

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Moral Orel: Courtship

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 4th 2007 8:52AM

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Orel: Gee, Doughy, your parents really do love you after all. They give you money and they don't ever want anything in return, not even you.

This episode was written by former Mr. Show writer/performer Scott Aukerman, along with Neil Campbell and Paul Rust. It wasn't until about one third through the episode I realized this was the first episode that wasn't tethered to some kind of religious ideal. The only "religious" aspect occurred when Orel decided he had to ask his mother if it was morally acceptable for a woman to accept gifts from a man if she doesn't actually like him.

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Kate and Allie coming to WE

by Adam Finley, posted May 29th 2007 1:01PM

kate and allieRecently, Bob made an aside about how he can't find Kate and Allie anywhere on television. Well, I have good news for Bob and for anyone else who was a fan of that sitcom: WE (that's the Women's Entertainment network, not the pronoun) will begin showing episodes in June.

In fact, the popular '80s sitcom will be introduced with a marathon running from noon until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. The series will then slip into its regular Monday night slot at 7:00 p.m.

Kate and Allie focused on two divorcees who decide to move in together and help raise each other's children. The series starred Jane Curtin (Allie) and Susan Saint James (Kate), and while I watched it a lot growing up (my mom loved the show), I think I was a bit too young to appreciate it. One of the things I love about having a Tivo is recording those old shows I only vaguely remember to see how good they really are. Lately, I've been watching a lot of Alice, but now I'll have to add Kate and Allie to the lineup, too.

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