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Baddest and Boldest Babes on TV in Honor of Women’s History Month

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With Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day underway, we’re celebrating some of the most inspiring women on TV!

And there’s no shortage of them carving out their path. Powerful leads have taken a bite out of the TV industry — and from the looks of it — they aren’t planning on slowing down anytime soon. 

Here are some of our favorite babes on TV — in no particular order:

 

Beth, Annie, and Ruby on Good Girls

These three put the I in independent. They took care of their families at all costs. And I mean all costs. Women can be so many things at once, and these three noncomforing ladies were proof that you can be a housewife, a mom, and a boss babe simultaneously. 

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GOOD GIRLS — “You” Episode 413 — Pictured: (l-r) Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, hristina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Retta as Ruby Hill — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

 

Midge Maisel – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Is there anything more empowering than a woman stripping herself of the housewife title and declaring that she’ll make her own money by pursuing comedy? No, no there isn’t. A woman thriving in a male-dominated world…. we love to see it. And we love Mrs. Maisel. 

4 Biggest Moments from the Season 4 Premiere of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

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Thony – The Cleaning Lady

Thony is the definition of a strong woman. She’s faced roadblocks and injustices at every turn, but she tackles them head-on because she loves her son more than anything in this world. She’s stared fear straight in the face and pushed through hoping for the best while expecting the worst. A special shout-out goes to right-hand, Fi! 

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THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Martha Millan and ƒlodie Yung in the ÒKabayanÓ episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Jan. 31(9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: John Britt/FOX

 

 

Maddie, Dana, and Helen – The Sweet Magnolias

These god-fearing, margarita-loving women are an inspiration to all, including the town of Serenity. Each one of them is a pillar of strength and love, and their friendship is proof that women are better off when they’re supporting each other and lifting each other up rather than tearing each other down. 

Sweet Magnolias. (L to R) Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan, Heather Headley as Helen Decatur, Joanna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend in episode 202 of Sweet Magnolias. Cr. Richard Ducree/Netflix © 2021

 

Mel – Virgin River

After experiencing an unimaginable loss, Mel found the courage to not only move to a new town where she didn’t know anyone, but she gave love another shot. She’s proof that life doesn’t always turn out the way you want it, but you’re always in control of your own happiness. Even if it means that you have to spend some time grieving and mourning what once was before you can stand in the sunshine. 

5 biggest moments from Virgin River Season 2

VIRGIN RIVER – Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda Monroe of VIRGIN RIVER – NETFLIX (c) 2020

 

Nancy Drew 

From a young age, Nancy knew that she was destined to be a detective. She looks fear in the face and laughs. She gets knocked down, but she always gets back up again because she knows that her skills are far superior to any other detective in Horseshoe Bay. And she inspired a whole group in town as an honorable mention goes out to her fearless tribe who would travel to the ends of the mortal and supernatural world to support her. 

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Nancy Drew — “The Scourge of the Forgotten Rune” — Image Number: NCD211b_0107r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

Jenny and Cassie – Big Sky

Their PI work has gotten them wrapped up in some pretty shady and sus cases, but these two have never let fear guide their decisions. While they initially allowed their feelings for the same man to cloud their judgment, they put that aside once they realized that they make a phenomenal team and need each other to stay sane while hunting some dangerous criminals and making the world a safer place for other women. 

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BIG SKY – ÒTrust IssuesÓ – Reeling from the emotional news of JosephÕs death, Jenny and Cassie desperately search for answers. After Bridger and Madison receive a threatening call from Ren, Max and Rachel take matters into their own hands, frantically deciding to confide in Jenny about the drugs and money. Elsewhere, Dietrich becomes hellbent on revenge following his discovery of TravisÕ betrayal; and Wolf and Agatha attempt to protect Phoebe, but thanks to Ronald, all does not go according to plan on ÒBig Sky,Ó THURSDAY, FEB. 24 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/John Britt)
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Ruth – Ozark

Who would have thought that Ruth would be the heart and moral compass of Ozark? But she is. Not only is she the most rounded character, but she’s also the one that is always there for the people she loves while also trying to carve out a better path for herself. She’s endured a lot of loss, but she’s not defined by her past. She’s a quick learner, a good businesswoman, and her determination to come out on top allows for some pretty boss moments throughout the series as she realizes her worth. 

 

Jules, Madison, Izzy, and Stella – Dollface

The ladies of Dollface emphasize the importance of female friendships in your life. It’s important to surround yourself with inspiring women who will lift you up, give you advice, praise you, compliment you, and be a shoulder to cry on when life gets hard, when romantic relationships get complicated, and when you’re not feeling fulfilled in your career. Life is always better with your girls around! 

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This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to female characters that deserve a spot on the list.

Who would you add? Share in the comments below!

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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Summer 2023 TV Lineup Schedule – Time to Heat Up the Summer

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It’s time to heat up the summer with plenty of new and returning TV shows. 

The summer months are, obviously, best spent outside enjoying the warm weather, unlimited BBQs, and pools and beaches, but when you’re ready for a little getaway, TV shows and characters are always around to keep you entertained. 

With the WGA strike possibly continuing into the fall, summer television might be the last time we get any new seasons for the next few months, so embrace it. 

As always, the slower-paced summer months are also the best time to catch up on any shows that you’ve been wanting to watch! 

Here’s what’s on tap for summer 2023—let us know what you plan to watch in the comments!

 

May 2023

30 for 30: The American Gladiators Documentary (May 30, ESPN)
The Ride (May 30, Prime Video)
Drag Me to Dinner (May 31, Hulu)
Nancy Drew, season 4 (May 31, The CW)

June 2023

Manifest – season 4 part 2 (Netflix, June 2)
The Idol (HBO, June 4)

The Lazarus Project (June 4, TNT)
Cruel Summer, season 2 (Freeform, June 5)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, season 16 (FX, June 7)
The Real Housewives of Orange County, season 17 (June 7, Bravo)
Alone, season 10 (History Channel, June 8)
Based on a True Story (Peacock, June 8)
Never Have I Ever, season 4 (Netflix, June 8)
The Crowded Room (Apple TV+, June 9)
The Full Monty (FX and Hulu, June 14)
The Big D (June 14, USA)
Temptation Island, season 5 (June 14, USA)
The Wonder Years, season 2 (June 14, ABC)
Project Runway, season 20 (June 15, Bravo)
Outlander, season 7 (June 16, Starz)
The Walking Dead: Dead City (June 18, AMC)
The Righteous Gemstones, season 3 (HBO, June 18)
Secret Invasion (Disney+, June 21)
The Bear, season 2 (FX, June 22)
I’m a Virgo (Prime Video, June 23)
2023 BET Awards (June 25, BET)
The Bachelorette, season 20 (June 26, ABC)
Grown-ish, season 6 (June 28, Freeform)
Hijack (Apple TV+, June 28)

The Witcher, season 3, part 1 (Netflix, June 29)
Warrior, season 3 (June 29, Max)
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, season 4 (June 30, Prime Video)
And Just Like That …, season 2 (HBO Max, June TBD)
Black Mirror, season 6 (Netflix, June TBD)

July 2023

The Horror of Delores Roach (July 7, Prime Video)
The Prank Panel (July 9, ABC)
The Afterparty, season 2 (Apple TV+, July 12)
Full Circle (Max, July 13)
Foundation, season 2 (Apple TV+, July 14)
The Summer I Turned Pretty, season 2 (July 14, Prime Video)
The Real Housewives of New York City, season 14 (Bravo, July 16)
Justified: City Primeval (FX, July 18)
Minx, season 2 (Starz, July 21)
Praise Petey (Freeform, July 21)
The Witcher, season 3, part 2 (Netflix, July 27)
Good Omens, season 2 (July 28, Prime Video)
Heels, season 2 (July 28, Starz)
Survival of the Thickest (July TBD, Netflix)
Reservation Dogs, season 3 (FX on Hulu, August 2)
Heartstopper, season 2 (Netflix, August 3)
Only Murders in the Building (Hulu, August 8)
Painkiller (Netflix, August 10)
The Upshaws, season 4 (August 17, Netflix)
Archer season 14 (August 30, FXX)
Ahsoka (Disney+, August TBA)

As for what we can look forward to in the fall and beyond, well, Lupin Season 3 is scheduled for October 3 on  Netflix. Other shows in the works without premiere dates include Bridgerton Season 3 and The Crown Season 6 on Netflix, Ironheart and Loki on Disney+ and Gen V on Prime Video!

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Memorial Day Weekend: 5 Best TV Shows to Binge-Watch

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Break out the red, white, and blue because it’s Memorial Day weekend.

The holiday, honoring and remembering fallen military personnel, is typically characterized by a three-day weekend consisting of parades and outdoor grilling.

But if you’re planning to kickstart summer indoors, there are plenty of great shows and movies to binge-watch with friends, family, or even solo! 

You can opt for some Memorial Day-themed movies, or you use this time to finally get around to that “one show” you’ve been meaning to watch! Or even use this time wisely to catch up on shows that will be dropping new seasons in the next few weeks/months. 

If you’re looking around for new shows to feed your eyeballs, look no further than this list of must-watch during Memorial Day weekend shows that are all streaming RIGHT NOW! 

 

Manifest – Netflix

The last 10 episodes of the groundbreaking plane drama are preparing for landing on June 2, which. means that this is the perfect weekend to catch up on all this Manifest. Where did the passengers of Flight 828 go when they disappeared for 5 years? 

 

Sweet Magnolias – Netflix

It’s almost time to return to Serenity to catch up with your three best gal pals, Maddie, Dana Sue, and Helen. The beloved Netflix drama just announced a summer premiere, so this is your time to binge all the episodes you haven’t seen yet!

 

How I Met Your Father – Hulu

HIMYF, the Hilary Duff-led HIMYM spinoff, is one of the biggest sitcoms on TV right now. Along with its promising cast, it delivers a fast-paced yet quirky and hilarious storyline that makes it a breeze to watch during a long weekend. 

 

Cruel Summer – Freeform

Love a good mystery? So do we. And Cruel Summer, which was a breakout hit in 2021 when it dropped its first season, kept audiences on their toes right down to the last minute of the season. The first season of the drama—spanning three different summers—focused on Kate Wallis, a popular teen who goes missing, and Jeanette Turner, a dorky outlier who is accused of knowing who abducted Kate and keeping it a secret. Which one of them do we believe? Binge all seven episodes and prepare for the arrival of season 2 in June! 

 

The Bear – Hulu

There may be a lot happening in Jeremy Allen White’s personal life right now, but that shouldn’t deter you from enjoying Hulu’s The Bear, where he plays a young chef from the fine dining world who comes to run his family’s sandwich shop following a death in the family. There’s a lot to dig into with this one, including White’s poignant performance and an organic chemistry with the cast.

 

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YOU Review – Portrait of the Artist (402)

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You Season 4 Episode 2 Review Portrait of the Artist

And the murder mystery continues on YOU Season 4 Episode 2. 

Joe, er, Jonathan, has been going above and beyond to figure out which of the members of the elitist circle could be the murderer that’s trying to frame him, but it looks like he’s being played at his own game. 

Honestly, it’s kind of refreshing to see Joe on the other side of things for once—running around terrified like a chicken without a head and trying to put together the pieces of a puzzle. 

He’s not in a city that’s familiar to him, and he’s definitely not in his element. And while he fell into a friends circle of some of the most insane and damaged people on earth, his charm isn’t working on them or in his favor in the same way that it has countless times before. 

And what’s making this all the more disturbing is that there’s someone out there that’s actually more deranged than Joe. Joe pales in comparison to the person that’s stabbing people left and right and keeping body parts as tokens of some sort, likely to frame Joe in the long run by planting those body pieces on his belongings or in his apartment. 

The person is hiding in plain sight and utilizing all common and familiar murder mystery tropes, including that the second victim is always the first suspect. 

The crimes are gruesome and terrible, but it’s also hard to feel bad for any of the victims as the whole bunch—maybe aside from Rhys—is genuinely unlikable. Mostly everyone in the wealthy group has no redeeming qualities, and most of them don’t even seem too phased by the deaths in their inner circle because the truth is that none of these shallow people actually like or care about each other. 

YOU does a great job at making us question Joe’s sanity and then immediately introducing people who are even worse than him, proving that the world seems to be full of unhinged people everywhere you go. 

Joe doesn’t have much to go on at the end of episode 2 as every single person he’s come across could potentially be the killer. He has, however, seemingly figured out some kind of connection between Malcolm and Simon’s deaths, though it’s unclear if that has any bearing on their deaths.

Blackmail seems to be a common thread, with Malcolm likely blackmailing Adam, who fancies himself a golden shower from the bus boys at his establishment, while planning to take down Simon, a fraud who stole artists’ work to pass off as his own. Joe learned the truth about Simon from his assistant, who crashed the opening and threw red paint at him (he had it coming). She also confirmed that Malcolm was trying to expose him, and while she definitely has the motive, I don’t think she would stoop that low. She wanted to make a statement—she didn’t want to be the statement. 

You. Aidan Cheng as Simon Soo in episode 402 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

At this point, the only person who stands to gain anything from the destruction of both men is Kate as she was in a relationship with Malcolm and a gallery partner with Simon, whose secrets threatened her career. But I’m not convinced that she’s responsible. She genuinely seems like one of the only good and level-headed people in the group, not to mention she’s also concerned about Malcolm’s disappearance meaning she likely has no idea he’s dead.

It could’ve been Adam to keep his sexual kink a secret, but I don’t think he’d have it in him. 

The timing of Roald’s arrival was suspect, as was his immediate distaste for Jonathan, so I’ll keep him on the list. Joe may be the new guy, but he shows up right before the second murder. 

If I truly had to put my money on someone, my prime suspect is still Rhys. There’s just something off about him, plus, he carries himself as if he’s above them all, so it would make sense if he was trying to make them pay for their sins or something. He’s also very observant, thus, he’d be knowledgeable about all of their deepest and darkest secrets, which could be used against them. It would also make sense that he used his status and smarts to dig up dirt about Joe. 

The killer seems to be having an absolute blast toying with Joe, even beating him at his own game by figuring out his identity. 

Hello, Joe. 

It sent a chill down Joe’s spine—and I didn’t think it was possible to freak Joe out. In an attempt to stay ahead of the killer, Joe is somehow trying to play catch up. 

What if it’s Marienne? What if she’s turning the tables on him? It seems like the killer is using Joe’s psychological warfare against him, which means that they have a lot in common. It has to be someone that Joe has connected with on a personal level already, so aside from Rhys and Kate, that leaves Nadia rounding out the top three suspects. She’s been helping him figure out the murder mystery genre, which might be a clue as to her involvement. Plus, we find out that she had some kind of personal relationship with Malcolm, though it’s unclear if it was sexual.

I really hope that she’s just a genuine person helping her teacher, but at this point, we can’t rule anything out. 

And finally, there’s the possibility of Adam and Phoebe’s security guard, Vic, who is silent but deadly. He sees everything that’s happening (he ticks off the observant box for sure)  but doesn’t say anything, though we know he’s not above blackmail because when he catches Joe snooping around, he takes a lump sum of money to remain quiet.

What did you think of the episode? Who do you think the killer is?

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