Best Dressed and Other Fun Things: Oscars Edition

Award shows are great for two reasons: 1) they provide a glimpse into the mind of award winners and losers, 2) the fashion. Last year, I was so upset with the fashion choices that I refused to even create a top 10, but this year the actors and actresses finally brought their “A” game. Few honorable mentions before we get started: 1) Scarlett Johansson looked divine in her emerald Versace dress, unfortunately that neckpiece was a disaster, 2) Zendaya was killing it her Vivienne Westwood gown, 3) snaps for the sultry Jenna Dewan Tatum in Zuhair Murad,  4) America Ferrera dazzled in her Jenny Packham gown, the awkwardness up top held it back from being on the best dressed though.

While the ladies of the night were strutting their stuff like it was New York Fashion Week, the guys were sporting new accessories that aren’t the usual at award shows. You might be curious what I am referencing, but deep down you know that I am talking about the beards. While some of the guys used it to help enhance their looks, others were straight up tripping (I am looking at your weird baby scruff goatee Channing Tatum, and your mess of a beard Matthew McConaughey). Before I start beating a dead horse with beard etiquette, here are the men that got it right.

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Top 10 Most Romantic Television Scenes

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to passion and happiness. You get to spend the day with those you love the most, showing each other grand gestures of romance. More than anything, it is a day to celebrate love. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I complied a list of some of my all times favorite romantic scenes from television. While I couldn’t get everything I wanted in there, here are my top ten favorite scenes. (If you are not caught up on these shows, spoilers below)

Gossip Girl: 1×18 “Much ‘I Do’ About Nothing”

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A lot of people wouldn’t see this picture and think of a happy scene, but it is the one scene that stuck with me during Gossip Girl’s run. I was a Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) shipper from the first episode, but it was their break-up scene that captivated me. I had Death Cab for Cutie’s “Ice is Getting Thinner” on repeat for days and I watched this episode every chance I got. Dan may have chosen to leave Serena, but in this moment it was just the two of them as the world slowly disappeared around them. Norman Buckley is a very talented director, and this will forever be one of my favorite episodes he has ever directed.

Roswell: 2×05 “The End of the World”

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While it is hard to pick a single scene for this episode, I am still not over the ending. Through out the episode, Max (Jason Behr) is trying to win Liz’s heart (Shiri Appleby), but she has to deny him and get him to fall out of love with her to save the world. Dramatic? Sure, but I loved every second of it. Back to the final scene, Liz succeeded in pushing Max into another girl’s arms *her name will never be mentioned here*. As she sits heartbroken, wondering if she did the right thing, she asks Future Max for a dance. As the music plays softly, we see Liz and future Max share a dance before he disappears and the future is rewritten.

Lost: 4×05 “The Constant”

This scene is for my husband. He went through a lost marathon after it had ended, and he made sure I watched every Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) and Penny (Sonya Walger) scene with him, this one being his favorite. When I told him I was compiling this list, this was the one of his two suggestions. It is one of the most beautifully scripted episodes I have ever watched, so there wasn’t much of a fight when he asked for it to be on the list. No matter how complicated love can be, if you truly believe you will always find a way.

Scandal: 2×20 “A Woman Scorned”

Oh, Olivia and Fitz. Every episode had been leading to this moment, the moment where we finally see Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) choose Olivia (Kerry Washington) and it was everything I wanted and more. Plus, I am a sucker for some MoTown, so hearing “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell was all I truly needed. Tony Goldwyn directed the episode, and I think he was able to capture Olivia and Fitz like no one else could/can. Now, it is just waiting game until Vermont.

Vampire Diaries: 5×22 “Home”

I always venture in and out of Vampire Diaries during its season run, but I will never miss a finale. This scene alone is every reason why I won’t. I never fully committed to be a Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) shipper, and at times I still fancied Elena and Stefan (Paul Wesley), but after this episode everything changed. I felt like this scene perfectly captured the sudden shock of lost and the abundance of love all in one scene.

Fringe: 4×15 “A Short Story About Love”

I didn’t watch Fringe on television, but after completing the series on Netflix I wish I had. The writers behind this show perfectly blended science fiction with love (between family and romantic interests), but my favorite thing was how they were always able to bring everything together. While I won’t go into specific, this reunion between Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) will be always be one of the strongest cases for love can conquer all.

Chuck: 3×14 “Chuck Versus the Honeymooners”

I wasn’t expecting to love Chuck as much as I did, and while I wasn’t always happy with how the storylines went, I have no complaints about this episodes. There isn’t a grand romantic gesture, it is simply a shared moment between Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) at the beginning of their relationship. For me, this is truly what is like being with someone you care about it, it is about the little moments.

Office: 5×15 “Stress Relief: Part 2”

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Soulmates seems to be an idea that is mocked nowadays, but The Office captured it perfectly with Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim’s (John Krasinski) relationship. It is told through the little details, and sometimes it is what pushes people to see when something isn’t there. This is what happens with Pam’s parents after Jim talks to her dad about the way he feels about Pam. While there is no simple way of putting it, Pam says it best towards the end of the episode: “When you’re a kid, you assume you’re parents are soulmates. My kids are going to be right about that.”

Pretty Little Liars: 2×16 “Let the Water Hold Me Down”

This is the only scene on this whole list where the two love interests do not directly interact with each other, but I think the context says it all. The relationship between Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale) and Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding) will always be a point of conflict for people, but I think it is another case of soulmates. No matter what was thrown at them, they always found a way back together. While in recent seasons the writers sacrificed their love story for ratings (unsuccessfully, I might add), I will always cherish the love they shared in season 2.

Parks and Recreation: 4×08 “The World’s Smallest Park”

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The Kiss that truly started the relationship between Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). While they share many moments together that I cherish, there will always be something about this scene. Maybe it is because my husband and I have watched it about a thousand times (give or take a few), or maybe because there is no other couple that will capture our relationship like Leslie and Ben do. The quirkiness, the intensity, the passion, the happiness; it is all the little things about love bottled into one.

Top Ten Shows To Binge Watch on Netflix

Warning: Before we get started down this dangerous road, you should watch this first (for your own safety, of course). Now, lets begin.

Since Netflix has become this black hole of awesomeness, we need to set up the hierarchy of what you should be watching. These are ten of the most enjoyable series on Netflix right now and I can only hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. So sit back and relax (but remember only 13 episodes in one sitting).

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10. Pretty Little Liars (First four seasons are on Netflix)

This show has the everything a great TV show needs: mystery, drama and romance. While it might seem like a fluff teenage piece, PLL is actually a show that deals with a lot of mature topics. It is constantly pushing the limits of teenage dramas, and while it might seem like it is jumping the shark with a few story lines, it always finds a way to draw you back in. It uses subtle references to some of the greats (including Hitchcock), and it has a whole episode dedicated to the wonderful noir style that is delivered beautifully. Just because it seems young for your tastes doesn’t mean you should give it the short stick. 

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9. Scandal (First three seasons are on Netflix)

Right off the bat this show was doing everything right: it came from the brilliant mind of Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington was the lead character and it revolved around the white house. The writing on the show is flat out amazing (and sometimes outlandish), and Kerry Washington delivers each scene with such confidence that it literally oozes off the screen. This political drama follows POTUS and the scandals around the white house as Olivia Pope (Washington) and her group of gladiators as they try to fix each problem before it leaks. If you don’t fall in love after the first season, something is clearly wrong with you.

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8. The Walking Dead (First three seasons are on Netflix)

While the zombie apocalypse might seem like a turn off for some, it’s the character driven stories that leaves them hooked. The series follows around a group of survivors led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as they find a way to co-exist in a zombie ridden world. It is based off the comic series by Robert Kirkman, who has a large hand in the television series as well. The story differs here and there, but big picture wise I feel like they are on par with one another. The series may never get noticed by the Emmys for the performances it churns out, but the series viewership has continuously increased each year and that has to count for something, right?

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7. Lost (All six seasons are on Netflix)

To even begin to explain this series, I feel like I wouldn’t be doing it justice. It will keep you on your toes the whole time, and just when you think you might have it figured it out it introduces another plot twist. For me, this is one of the most satisfying series on Netflix. It takes you on a journey with these characters, as you root for them to find a way home. Ultimately, after you finish the series you might find yourself saying “We have to go back!”.

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6. Parks and Recreation (First five seasons are on Netflix)

First and foremost, there is not a single character in this show who is not simply the most magical things in the world. Greg Daniels (The Office, King of the Hill) created this beautiful piece of comedy that is a mockumentary of everyday local politics. We watch the journey of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), one of my many soul sisters, as she battles each obstacle that holds her back. Most episodes will have you on the floor laughing so hard you are in tears, whether it is because of little treasures like Little Sebastian or one of the many guests stars (like Paul Rudd). Plus, that guy from that blockbuster, you know Guardians of the Galaxy, yea he is in this show too (it’s whatever though).

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5. House of Cards (First two seasons are on Netflix)

For those of you who are fans of BBC’s miniseries, I’m sorry but this is not what you are looking for. I am talking about the Netflix original series which was inspired by the BBC series and the novel. The show centers around one of the finest antiheroes on television and for some reason our culture has been eating that up lately. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) charms you with his breaking of the fourth wall, but you should worry because he is likely stabbing you in the back at the same time. While the story thrives on Frank’s conniving tactics, the show finds life in its supporting and guest characters. There is a reason why political thrillers are so delicious.

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4. Fringe (All six seasons are on Netflix) 

I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this sci-fi series, but it had me hooked on the first episode; maybe it was the superb cast or maybe it was the allure of a mystery (I cannot resist a good mystery). Alas whatever it was, it had me hooked. It also possesses one of my all time favorite characters, Dr. Walter Bishop, who is portrayed by the equally amazing John Noble. This is another one of the shows where I don’t want to say too much, because I feel like I would give it all away. I wouldn’t want to deny you of that pleasure.

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3. The Office (All nine seasons are on Netflix)

Once again, I am not referring to the BBC version, but you might have figured that out with the drastic difference in seasons. The series was developed by the Greg Daniels and him having two series on this list proves his brilliance (even if I am proving this to myself). This is one of the few series that I would have been okay if it decided to keep on going. I enjoyed all of the little episodes and the different special episodes (Christmas time was always the best). I love this show so much, I just finished re-watching the whole series for a second time on Netflix.

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2. Supernatural (First eight seasons are on Netflix)

This is the little show that could. I remember growing up watching this show and no one else knowing what I was talking about when I would bring it up. Now it is like the shows that runs the internet, or maybe just Tumblr. For some the first two seasons are just okay television, but it is in its third season the series really finds its groove. Also, the definitely listens to what the fan base wants, dedicating certain episodes to them just for their enjoyment (like the episode where Dean (Ackles) and Sam (Padalecki) go to an alternative universe where they are Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki who are staring in a show called Supernatural). It’s the little things that make this show such a pleasure.

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1. Breaking Bad (All five seasons are on Netflix)

I can honestly say that I have not talked to a single person who didn’t like this show, it’s just that good. Breaking Bad was constantly resetting the standard for great television. Out of all the shows on this list, this is the one I think you will have the hardest time putting down. I think the show is at its best when it centers on Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul), but all of the characters play a role that could not be erased. Unfortunately, you will never be able to view any show the same after you watch Breaking Bad