Kathleen’s Top 10 TV Episodes

June 29, 2016 § 3 Comments

As I’m doing interviews for The Fangirl Life press, many people have been asking me what my favorite TV shows are. In this glorious moment, I suddenly find that I am overcome with fangirl amnesia, unable to remember what I’ve watched over the years and what I’ve loved.

Part of the problem is that there’s just too much good TV. I have the shows I’m crying about now, but I also have the ones that have influenced me in other periods of my life. And, I also tend to think of TV by episode rather than in its entirety or by a season. So without further ado, I give you, in no particular order, my ten favorite television episodes OF ALL TIME. *cue Olympics theme*

Breaking Bad 6×14 – Ozymandias

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“Ozymandias” is one of those episodes always on people’s top ten lists, and often in the #1 spot. There is a reason for this, and it’s because you pretty much spend the entire episode screaming. Though it’s the next to-next to-last episode of Breaking Bad, it’s really the climax. The funny thing is, I think watching it once is all the trauma I need.

Friends 4×12 – The One With the Embryos 

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As a Mondler shipper, it’s very difficult for me to bypass “The One Where Everyone Finds Out,” but this ep and epic game will forever be #1 in my heart. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shouted, “I MAJORED IN LIGHTNING ROUNDS” or used the word “transponster.”

Frasier 6×10 – Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz

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It was difficult for me not to fill this entire list with Frasier episodes. It’s the greatest comedy of all time, and this episode where the Crane family pretends to be Jewish is the absolute best. Good for any season. Seriously, go watch it right now. You’ve got 20 minutes, kids.

Game of Thrones 5×8 – Hardhome 

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The last 20 minutes of this episode took OVER A MONTH to film. Things keep escalating, and I kept screaming. If you had told me a few years ago that a Jon Snow scene would be my favorite one on Game of Thrones, I would have told you that you know nothing.

LOST 4×5 – The Constant

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I LOVE YA PENNY. I’VE ALWAYS LOVED YA. “The Constant” is top 3 for me, easily. It’s the perfect blend of sci-fi and shipping, and the most epic phone call in television history. Speaking of shipping, special shout out to season 5’s “La Fleur,” which is close second in LOST eps.

Cheers 1×21/22 – Showdown, Parts 1 and 2

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When you’re like me and love a good comedic pairing, Sam and Diane are the ship to end all ships. The season one finale of Cheers earned both the show and Shelley Long their first Emmy, and the last 8 minutes of Part 2 are without a doubt, my favorite 8 minutes of television.

Seinfeld 9×6, The Merv Griffin Show

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Choosing a favorite Seinfeld episode is an impossible task. Many people pick “The Contest” or “The Soup Nazi,” both of which are legendary, but I have always laughed the hardest when Kramer turns his apartment into a fake television studio. This show truly went out on top in its final season.

Battlestar Galactica, 2×11/12, Resurrection Ship Parts 1 and 2

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MICHELLE FORBES. SPACE. LAURA ROSLIN’S MORTALITY. So much happens in this arc, and it’s truly my favorite in Battlestar. I distinctly remember running out of the living room and falling onto my bedroom floor in the fetal position during one particular moment. Coincidentally, it caused me to jump back into fandom and led me to write my book.

The Office, 4×9 – Dinner Party

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I don’t think I’ve ever watched a single episode of television as much as I’ve watched this one. It’s my go-to when I need a laugh or want to reminisce with friends.  It’s amazing how much great TV there was in spite of the 2007-2008 writers’ strike. Babe, I think you should watch this on Netflix right now.

The Good Wife, 5×5 – Hitting the Fan 

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Y’all, this is peak TV. PEAK. TV doesn’t have to have death or violence to be dramatic. I laughed, I cried, I screamed, and I cheered for Alicia and Cary. Who knew lawyers were so interesting?

So there you have it. Sure there are episodes of Gilmore Girls, Grey’s, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Big Love, The Americans, etc. that I wanted to make the list, but these are my greats. What’s on yours?

Fangirl Holiday Gifts That Inspire

December 9, 2014 § 1 Comment

I love fangirl stuff. And people seem to think it’s the only kind of gift I want. Don’t get me wrong. My plush ‘lil Sebastian and my Treat Yo Self tee are prized possessions. But since I’ve become a fanwoman, I want my fangirl merch to be more than just cute. Enter the concept of the BAMF talisman.

So if you’re looking for a way to spend the cash your grandma sent you or want to find an empowering gift for a fangirl friend, here are some of my picks!

Lady BAMF Candle

lkHave a big job interview or a final coming up? Need the energy to say “No” to a family member or “Yes” to a new project? Light a lady BAMF candle and summon your courage! You can make your own or buy one on Etsy. I love this Leslie Knope one, and it’s a steal at $7.

 

The Good Wife Inspired Bling

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It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t mention something from my favorite show, right? Diane Lockhart usually has a BAMF power ring (what some might call a cocktail ring) on her middle finger. I like to think it’s her classy way of telling people to fuck off. Try one of these Blue Bijoux rings from Max and Chloe ($30, plus 20% off!) to make you feel powerful at work! If that’s not your style and you have $62 bucks to spend, you can still get Kalinda’s lucky horseshoe necklace here.

My Triumphs, My Mistakes Journal

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Want to keep track of your successes and setbacks in 2015? Was your life ruined by Battlestar Galactica?  Then this Dr. Gaius Baltar journal is perfect for you. I mean, nobody’s perfect right? I keep track of my rejections to keep me motivated to write, but I’m also careful to record my BAMF wins so that I can look over the year and be proud! If you still can’t stand the sight of Baltar’s face, maybe pick up a cool “So say we all” temporary tattoo for a day you need inspiration? 

Peletier Swag

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(Caution: spoilers ahead!) Every fangirl needs a sweatshirt to hide her face in  when her OTP flirts, but why not have one that asks one of the most important question in life as well? What would Carol Peletier do? If Michonne is your favorite or if you don’t have $40 to spend, then you need one of my favorite BAMF talismans, the katana sword necklace. And if Beth is your favorite…well I’m super sorry and hope you recover as quickly as you can in this difficult time.

If none of these activate your feels, then stay tuned! I’ll have more holiday gift ideas next week.

Until then, keep on BAMFing.

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