Costume Dramas to Enjoy this Winter – No Corsets Required

February 2, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

For the last six years, on Sunday evenings, I’ve pretty much lived at ‘Downton Abbey.’ So what to do, as it nears its end? Luckily, those of us who relish costume dramas can find consolation on our televisions or computer screens.

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The Fashionable Women in TV

January 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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Right now there are so many [TV] shows on with strong, complicated, powerful, not-so-powerful, interesting human beings who are women.

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‘Downton Abbey,’ Season 6: Time to Say Goodbye — on Both Sides of the Pond

December 29, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Whether you’re looking forward to the characters we’ve come to love (and in some cases hate), the human drama unfolding upstairs and down, a happy ending for the Bateses (we can only hope), Dame Maggie’s clever quips, or everything that ‘Downton Abbey’ has served up over the past five years, be sure to watch the final season premiere on Sunday January 3rd on your local PBS station.

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Sex, Lies and Paperwork: ‘Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,’ Season 2 Premieres Tonight

December 1, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

I thought a better title for the show would be ‘Rich White Women Whining.’ . . . But, I confess it grew on me after a couple of episodes for two important reasons: very smart writing and very strong acting.

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Mary Tyler Moore: Feminist and Fabulous

October 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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For seven seasons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show made it necessary — even for college students — to stay in on Saturday nights to watch television.

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TV Review: ‘The Women’s List’ Is a Dose of Encouragement for All Women

September 25, 2015 by Carla Baranauckas

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By Carla Baranauckas

The tone of the documentary is not “I am woman hear me roar.” Instead, it is a collection of revealing mini-memoirs in which the pain of rejection, longing and loss, and the stress of complex lives are expressed in fifteen singular ways. It’s not always pretty, but it is real.

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New Slasher Parody ‘Scream Queens’ Promises Diabolical Fun

September 22, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The creators and cast of ‘Scream Queens’ are obviously deriving great joy in parodying — and paying homage — to the seminal horror classics of our collective culture.

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Wonder Women: Fall’s Network TV Lineup Promises to Be Empowering

September 1, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Whether it reflects a renewed commitment to feminism, a sense that our society needs to be saved, or simply shrewd economics, all three broadcast networks are investing in super powerful females this fall.

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Bravo’s ‘Odd Mom Out’: Poking Fun at the Parenting of the Rich and Famous

July 21, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

With so many seasons of well-to-do women behaving badly (in New York and elsewhere), Bravo seems the right place for a show that promises to poke fun at the picture-perfect parenting of New York City’s Upper East Side mothers.

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The Pros and Cons of ‘Orange is the New Black’

July 14, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The women’s prison system warrants more attention and definitely needs reform. Meanwhile, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is a step in the right direction. By making these women sympathetic people, they become individuals with pasts and futures.

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Mike Brady—Small-Screen Father, Big-Time Dad

June 16, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

When I introduced “The Partridge Family” and “The Brady Bunch” to my millennial daughter several years ago, it was “The Brady Bunch” that stuck. After 40 years, “The Partridge Family” just didn’t hold up.

What did the Bradys have that the Partridges didn’t? A dad.

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The 2015 Tony Awards: Winners, Losers, and a Surprising Snub

June 2, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The Tony Awards aren’t usually as glamorous as the Oscars; there’s typically less cleavage—not to mention less Botox—on the red carpet. But what it lacks in glitz and glitter it makes up for in sincere appreciation of craft.

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‘Mad Men,’ Seriously . . .

May 21, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don Draper’s life is dominated by an emptiness created by the longing for the mother he never had and a need to escape from that emptiness whenever he feels uncomfortable. Matthew Weiner has given us a beautifully rendered portrait of a kind of narcissistic type known as the “as if” personality disorder.

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‘Mad Men’ Finale: I’d Like to Buy Matt Weiner a Coke

May 19, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

In this giant gift of a final episode, we’re left with a very comfortable sense of hope. After 92 fairly gritty hours, happy endings—no matter how unlikely—are welcome.

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Netflix Review: “Grace and Frankie”—Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Make a Delightful Odd Couple

May 12, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (who both look fabulous at, respectively, 77 and 75) are perfectly matched. As you watch each 30-minute episode of this Netflix series, you can appreciate not only their acting, but how much fun they’re having.

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