THE BEST FEMALE EMPOWERMENT SHOWS TO BINGE RIGHT NOW

Every girl needs to be able to binge-watch a FIRE show with a ton of strong female leads that make you feel fierce AF. And there will always be people who don’t agree with how things are displayed in shows that many describe as feminist, but there’s nothing better than some hella fierce female leads to make you forget all about the haters.

ONE DAY AT A TIME

“One Day at a Time” is an old-school sitcom in the best way possible. It centers on an Army veteran named Penelope (Justina Machado) and her day-to-day family life, but the show does an exquisite job of weaving in social issues like coming out, dealing with PTSD, and the threat of deportation. Add in a star turn from the legendary Rita Moreno as a proud, sexually active 70-something, and you have a comedy with heart and a whole lot to say.

ORPHAN BLACK

“Orphan Black” is about a group of clones all played by Tatiana Maslany – a truly amazing actress! One of its main themes is rights women have to their bodies – through the lens of the ethics of cloning – and it showcases so many diverse female characters, from a con artist to a scientist to a suburban soccer mom.

SUPERGIRL

“Supergirl” is the rare superhero series that focuses on hope. As Supergirl, Melissa Benoist imbues Kara with a sense of wonder and optimism that is uplifting without being cloying. If you’re looking for a hero who still believes in the goodness of people, then Kara Danvers is here for you!

AGENT CARTER

Every woman should take the time to watch this one. Agent Peggy Carter leads the way as the only female agent in a secret spy agency right after World War II, where she proved her worth in many ways. The show tackles how she handles being a woman in a “man’s world” with grace, and she kicks ass while she’s at it. Not only is she a great role model, but she’s played by actress Hayley Atwell, who is a gift to humankind!

PARKS & RECREATION

Where would this world be without Leslie Knope? The Pawnee legend is what every politician should be: tough but innately good with an unstoppable drive to make the world a better place. The comedy is also absolutely hilarious, but now more than ever before, Leslie’s boundless ambition — portrayed brilliantly by Amy Poehler — is a total inspiration.

JANE THE VIRGIN

“Jane the Virgin” follows three generations of Hispanic women all living under the same roof, but at its heart, the series is a coming-of-age tale centered on Jane (Gina Rodriguez). After going in for a routine checkup, Jane is accidentally artificially inseminated, which changes her life forever. Watching Jane grow with the support of the amazing women in her life is an absolute joy that just gets better with every season.

WYNONNA EARP

Fantasy and sci-fi shows still sometimes struggle when it comes to female representation, but that’s not the case with “Wynonna Earp.” This fast-paced, fun show includes LGBTQ+ characters, a hero with a unique backstory, and a whole lot of demon hunting. Her show may be flying under the radar, but trust us, you need Wynonna in your life.

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ALL THE BEST THANKSGIVING EPISODES TO GET YOU IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

The best way to prepare for the holidays is to curl up with your vinas and hit play on the TV theme that brought us the most drama, laughs, and heartbreaks: Thanksgiving! Don’t know where to start? Here’s a list of the most iconic moments in holiday TV history.

And for any shows not listed, here’s a tip: the Thanksgiving episodes generally tend to fall on the 8th-11th episode of a season (mid-season, give or take), so if you’re wondering if your favorite show has any holiday spirit, now you know where to look first!

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Friends is kind of the king of Thanksgiving episodes. With the exception of season 2 (which technically mentions Thanksgiving in episode 9, but barely) each season has a dedicated episode centering around what it’s like to celebrate a holiday with the 6 best friends that anyone could have.

Season 1 Episode 9: The one where underdog gets away

Season 3 Episode 9: The one with the football (return of the Geller cup)

Season 4 Episode 8: The one with Chandler in a box

Season 5 Episode 8: The one with all the Thanksgivings

Season 6 Episode 9: The one where Ross got high (the infamous half trifle half shepherds pie is created)

Season 7 Episode 8: The one where Chandler doesn’t like dogs (and Ross hates ice cream)

Season 8 Episode 9: The one with the rumor

Season 9 Episode 8: The one with Rachel’s other sister (crazy plate lady is born)

Season 10 Episode 8: The one with the late Thanksgiving

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Coming in at a close second to Friends in the Thanksgiving department, HIMYM gave us some pretty incredible holiday memorabilia. They feature a dedicated TG episode in 5 of the 9 seasons and none of them disappoint us even a little. Here are the top moments:

Season 1 Episode 9: Belly Full of Turkey

Season 3 Episode 9: Slapsgiving (the episode that gave us “You Just Got Slapped,” lyrical moment of the century)

Season 5 Episode 9: Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the slaps

Season 6 Episode 10: Blitzgiving (the turturkeykey is invented)

Season 9 Episode 14: Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra

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GOSSIP GIRL

Nobody serves up just desserts better than GG, especially if it’s Thanksgiving and someones checking into the Ostroff Center. Whether it’s a Van Der Woodsen inviting a “bump in,” or a Humphrey screwing everyone over, secrets will come out. Check out our top picks:

Season 1 Episode 9: Blair Waldorf must pie!

Season 2 Episode 11: The Magnificent Archibalds

Season 3 Episode 11: The Treasure of Serena Madre (the episode that gave us the greatest dinner scene in television history, and the most memorable 4 minutes: 19:34-23:11)

Season 6 Episode 8: It’s Really Complicated (the one where Nate punches Dan in the face…FINALLY)

NEW GIRL

Vinas, New Girl kind of came out of nowhere and unexpectedly gave us one of the most heartwarming and hilarious shows in television history. When it aired in 2011, I don’t think anybody had any idea that this show was going to produce 5 TG episodes that give Friends a run for its money. Ok, nobody can outdo Friends, we know, but this is a pretty good attempt.

Season 1 Episode 6: Thanksgiving (the one that gave us a play within a show, “Big Time”)

Season 2 Episode 8: Parents

Season 3 Episode 10: Thanksgiving III

Season 4 Episode 9: Thanksgiving IV (or otherwise known as “bangsgiving”)

Season 6 Episode 7: Last Thanksgiving

THE OC

It’s been 12 years and I think we’re all still crying about the ending of The OC. But in the haze of Chrismukkah, some of the most eventful TG moments got swept away. Yep, that’s right! The OC actually does have holiday episodes that don’t revolve around Seth Cohen’s made up (none the less iconic) celebration.

Season 1 Episode 11: The Homecoming

Season 4 Episode 3: The Cold Turkey

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

While these shows don’t have a laundry list of Thanksgiving gold like the aforementioned, we think their holiday moments are still totally worth the watch.

One Tree Hill Season 8 Episode 9: Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace

90210 Season 4 Episode 10: Smoked Turkey

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 12: Taking This One to the Grave

The Office Season 7 Episode 9: WUPHF.com

Full House Season 1 Episode 9: The Miracle of Thanksgiving

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 8: Fade Into You

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THE ULTIMATE VINA-APPROVED HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT LIST

Happy (almost) Halloween, spooky vinas! October is upon us and the spooky season has officially begun. While it’s sometimes acceptable shovel candy corn into your mouth while watching scary movies, it’s more acceptable than ever in October. Halloween is on a weeknight this year, so fill up your plastic pumpkin with candy, settle in, and binge these movies on Halloween night.

HOCUS POCUS

It might be basic, but Hocus Pocus SLAYS. This movie should be watched every Halloween for the rest of your life. After a night out, I bought this on DVD so I could watch it over and over again in October. I highly recommend doing that exact thing, or DVRing it during one of the million times it airs on Freeform/ABC Family this year to watch it at your leisure.

HALLOWEENTOWN

Get back to your roots girl. Halloweentown is the perfect Disney Channel Original movie to bring back this Halloween. Embrace the nostalgia and start out your evening with this PG classic. As the cocktails keep flowing, gradually move on to spookier movies.

HALLOWEEN

I mean, come on. You have to watch Halloween ON Halloween! There’s even a new Halloween movie this year to get you in the mood to revisit this 1978 classic! So snuggle up and spend the night with Michael Myers, you know you want to!

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IT (OLD OR NEW)

Instead of going out and seeing a bunch of creeps dressed up like clowns in-person, stay in and spend some time with Pennywise the clown. Both versions of this Stephen King masterpiece are heckin creepy so you really can’t go wrong with either.

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

Maybe I am biased because this is my favorite movie of all time, but Edward Scissorhands is a perfect movie for Halloween. It’s not as on-the-nose as the other movies on this list, but anything that Tim Burton, the creepy king himself has touched should really earn a spot on this list. 

INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE

Interview with a Vampire is another option for Halloween that isn’t as directly related to the holiday. Vampires are typically scary, but who could say no to Brad Pitt as a vampire? Not me at least. Also seeing Kirsten Dunst as a murderous child vampire is an experience on its own.

These movies would be excellent additions to your Halloween movie list, so I hope you enjoy them. Wishing you all have an excellent Halloween, whether you’re staying in to watch movies or going out with your fellow vinas!

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YOU NEED TO WATCH THESE GIRL POWER SHOWS ASAP

It’s no secret that the everyday vina enjoys a good television show binge, and every expert binger knows the agony of a #showhole – that sinking feeling when you’ve finished a great show and have nothing new to watch. Have no fear! VINA has you covered with this list of women-led, boss babe T.V shows to fulfill your binge-ing needs.

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JANE THE VIRGIN

This show has every thing a good binge needs: drama, drive, and great leads. Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez stars in the CW’s hit show, and if you know anything about the actress, it’s that she’s a girl power icon! Not to mention her lovable character Jane is one with relatable faults and mistakes.

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“Unbreakable! They alive, dammit! It’s a miracle. These females are strong as hell.”

Yes, yes they are. Even from the catchy theme song, “Unbreakable” is about staying tough and defeating the odds. Produced by hilarious #bosslady Tina Fey, the show is filled with laughs and is an easy watch – perfect for a distraction.

mindy.jpgTHE MINDY PROJECT

What can we say? You’ve gotta love Mindy Kaling.

Her show “The Mindy Project,” follows the life of hilarious, if somewhat self-centered, Mindy Lahiri. The show gets better as it goes on, and soon enough you’ll find yourself invested in Mindy, rooting for her to become a better person and for her dreams to succeed.

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Welcome to the twisting, turning, plot-shock world of Shonda Rhimes and Peter Nowalk, vinas. This show is a good binge for the suspense and oh-my-gosh-that-didn’t-just-happen loving gals.

The women on this show are powerful, tough, and know how to get what they want. Suspend your disbelief and go on a three season binge.

What are your favorite #girlpower T.V. shows? Share in the comments below!

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