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


“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 


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


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 


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


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


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


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


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


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?

Fantasy Fangirl Roster

August 28, 2015 § 1 Comment

It’s almost fall, and you know what that means, ladies. The air turns crisp, you ingest more Starbucks calories, and on Sunday nights we gather around the ceremonial pizza as our favorite players take the field. Yes, I’m talking about TELEVISION. *high-fives you*

My boyfriend recently joined a fantasy football league with coworkers, and during our discussion about how the game works, I had the best idea. WHAT IF THERE WAS A FANGIRL VERSION OF FANTASY FOOTBALL? Yes that’s right. Fangirl Fantasy Football. A serious fangirl is keeping stats and stacking her TV roster with only the BAMFiest of ladies. Points could be awarded for creys-inducement, badassery, hilarity, hair, and any other situation-inducing scenes.

Who would you pick to be on your roster? Here’s mine for the 2015-2016 season.

CREYS QUEEN – Laurie Garvey

FOR TV - THE LEFTOVERS - HBO - Amy Brenneman. Photo credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO.

FOR TV – THE LEFTOVERS – HBO – Amy Brenneman. Photo credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO.

I’m still stomping around Twitter trying to get people to watch HBO’s The Leftovers. Though this suburban mom turned cult member didn’t utter a single word the first half of season 1, Laurie Garvey was one of the most compelling characters on the show. You’d think that a mother who abandoned her children in the wake of the apocalypse is the least sympathetic character imaginable, but Amy Brenneman plays it like a superstar and sucks your tears right out of your face. WATCH THIS SHOW YOU GUYS. WATCH IT. I’M CRYING ALREADY CAUSE YOU WON’T. WHYYYYYY. DON’T TOUCH ME.

THE UNDERDOG – Edith Crawley


I’ve never been an Edith fan. Especially since she stole a baby 17 times last season and almost burned down the house. I can’t wait until Season 6 starts up next month and she inadvertently causes The Great Depression, World War II, and Firefly’s premature cancellation. But a good underdog earns those points when they skyrocket from the out of nowhere, so I’m counting on Julian Fellowes (who loves to pair everyone off tidily) to hand her a few bones this season and maybe a love interest who doesn’t die or chicken out.

The HBIC – Nadine Tolliver


You know I’m a Cheers fan, so I’ve been loving me some Bebe since I entered the birth canal. I’m less convinced by the unrealistic dish washing Secretary of State in Elizabeth McCord and more interested in the BAMF moves that her Chief of Staff can show us this season. Maybe she’ll lean on conference tables and shout at people. A girl can dream.

THE NEWBIE – Chrisjen Avasarala


YOU GUYS. If you’re not excited about the critically acclaimed Expanse sci-fi series coming to Syfy this December, then GET EXCITED. Cause LADY BAMF ahoy. It’s not secret that I’m a fan of the 63 year olds (Mary Hairnado McDonnell, Motherfucking Baranski), and I’m happy to add another one to my list. Shohreh Aghdashloo plays Chrisjen Avasarala, the U.N. Deputy Undersecretary of Executive Administration. Which is a really long title for BAMFS….IN….SPAAAAACE.

The Ninja – Michonne 

Every good roster needs its Ninja, the athletic and insightful powerhouse that provides all ass-kicking entertainment. Chopping heads off like WHOA with her Katana, she’ll be earning those baddassery points faster than you can shout, CARLLLL!” More like Ninja of my heart.

“Special” Teams Unicorn – Elsbeth Tascioni

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I know this is not a surprise to anyone who has every met me. When you bring your special teams onto the field, the guest stars have to guarantee that Emmy nom. And who better to secure that spot in the finals than Ms. Carrie Preston herself, comedienne extraordinaire, and her quirky genius character. My only prayer is that she fangirls a little over Diane and I can live vicariously through her.

And finally, our fictional QB. . . *drum roll please*

THE MEGABAMF – Dana Katherine “She’s a Fucking Medical Doctor” Scully


Are you surprised? I’m three seasons into the X-Files, and I cannot wait to see what our beloved DKS will be like as a middle-aged powerhouse. Also PRAISE BE for an updated wardrobe and no beige pantsuits from 1995. Let’s see if Duchovs can keep up with our MEGABAMF as Gillian portrays her.  I’M FINE. NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

So these are my picks! Sure I’ve got my old faves on the bench, like Queen Lockhart and Elsie “Suppose a Bomb Goes Off In My Heart” Hughes, but I’m starting with some newbies and some MVPs.

Let me know who would be on your roster via Twitter or email! Then let’s get out there and play some crey. You bring the beer, and I’ll bring the giant sweatshirts to hide our faces.

Fangirl Therapy on The Huffington Post!

October 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m super pumped to announce that I’ve started writing about fangirl-ish and mental health topics for The Huffington Post’s blog site.  You can help support fangirl awareness by reading my posts, sharing them on social media, and/or by leaving comments on Huffpo. Thanks again to everyone for your support and encouragement and creys! And as we say on tumblr, my ask is always open.

How to Find Your Own Diane Lockhart

517_2If you weren’t watching Sunday night’s episode of The Good Wife, then you missed one of the most iconic moments ever for women on television. After five plus years of scraping her way to the top, Alicia Florrick finally stepped into the corner office of the departed Will Gardner and claimed it as her own. With a nod of approval from her once superior and now peer Diane Lockhart, Alicia settled into her throne. You could almost hear the collective cheer across social media, as women of all ages celebrated what is rarer in television than it is in real life: two women sitting at the top and admiring the view.

“You’re elegant,” a drunk Alicia confessed to her former mentor last season. “I always wanted to be like you.” It was the perfect example of a classy lady crush, such an alien interaction on television, where women are often pitted against one another for a job or a love interest. From the very beginning, creators of the show Robert and Michelle King were careful to steer clear of that route, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Read the rest on Huffpo!

5 Quotes From ‘The Good Wife’ That Changed My Life

August 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

My latest in Thought Catalog


I’m a licensed therapist and a mental health journalist, but when I get home at night and my laptop blinks to life, I’m a fangirl. Fictional characters have transported me through more than one challenge in my life, from job interviews to bad dates to the death of my mother.  Story is powerful, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s coming from across the table or from your Netflix account. 

Last winter break, desperate to detox from graduate school, I went on a therapeutic TV binge. In a superhuman feat requiring years of fangirl preparation, I inhaled almost 100 episodes of CBS’s hit drama The Good Wife in just a few weeks. The show’s brilliant take on office politics and its pioneering female roles made me sit up straight. And before you could say “Christine Baranski” three times fast, I began to take notes.

Perhaps my professors might cringe and weep, but I learned more about my abilities and my goals in those two weeks than I have in five years of graduate education. The field of psychology is dominated by women, so you’d think that the following wisdom have come up once or twice. But the truth is that sometimes TV is the best teacher of them all. Here are five lessons the show taught me that have legitimately changed my entire life in the last seven months.

Read the rest here

How to BAMF Lean

December 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

How to BAMF Lean

Step 1. Make sure that your butt is in as close to a 90 degree angle with your legs. The angle formed between your butt and back should be obtuse.

Step 2. Glare like a motherfucker.

Step 3. Make sure you have good bling on the neck and wrist areas.

Step 4. Clutch eyewear between your fingers, or for a stronger effect, wear your glasses perched on the tip of your nose, so that your glare escapes over the top of them.

Step 5. Conquer.

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