It was difficult not to feel for Liam as he saw Beserkers everywhere. WE were seeing Beserkers everywhere. The entire episode was like a waiting game for the poor kid to wake up in a nightmare.
Liam was working out to excess, not sleeping and everywhere seeing the Beserker. Mason was a really great friend and tried to help out, but when the dude is seeing monsters everywhere he goes, it's a little difficult to draw back.
Liam got a lesson from his opponent on how lucky he is to have a True Alpha in his life, but Liam just wonders why Scott isn't there for him. Imagine his surprise when his Alpha attacks as a Beserker. Oh. My. God. If he doesn't end up in Eichen House, the kid has huge stones!
Let's be honest, bringing back Kate was a huge mistake. She's over-the-top worthless. She doesn't evoke any fear whatsoever. She's a pain in the ass, yes, but not much more. I couldn't have been more happy to know Peter (dastardly as he is -- all kinds of wrong what he did to Argent) wanted Malia to kill Kate.
I admit it. I always agree with Peter.
Melissa found Scott's bag o' money and convinced him to return it. The key was when she wanted to know how he'd spend the stack of blood money. It's hard to answer that without looking like an ass. From that came my favorite moment of the hour, when Scott returned the money to Derek and he said it was Peters.
Scott: Where's your money? Derek: You're standing on it. Scott: There's another vault?! Derek: [laughs] I own the building.
Poor Derek. He must wonder how things could have gone so terribly wrong that his not only his Alpha status but his being as a wolf were stripped from him for this stupid kid. God love Scott, but he really needs to think before he speaks. It's like he's been taking lessons from Stiles.
Derek owning that building came in handy for Scott when he used one of the empty lofts to romance Kira. It was short-lived however, when it was interrupted by the useless Kate and the Beserker. I'm really not sure why True Alpha Scott isn't a match for were-Kate. It's rather concerning.
That said, Scott and Kira's first date kind of sucked in the end, right? But before that fateful moment, I had to wonder -- why hasn't Derek given the kids one of those lofts to use as a lair? That would be pretty awesome. Maybe he just doesn't want a bunch of kids around. But really -- they could have a place to get it on without worrying about parents and they'd be off the streets. C'mon Derek!
How adorable was Parrish trying to help Argent? Especially because we learned that Lydia and he have been sharing information. Parrish pumping up Argent to help him free himself was just very Teen Wolf. We still don't know what kind of supernatural Parrish is, but his eyes blazed red while he was working with Argent, although he didn't seem to have any super strength. Any more thoughts on what he is?
So what was the beginning with Deaton? Did he see in that dude's third eye what will happen with Scott as a Beserker (groan)? Will he be the shortest Beserker or does becoming one increase his height?
Why did Lydia show up at Derek's and Banshee out? Could Derek have any more screams predicting his death?
Are we going to find out that Kate is Malia's mother? Is she the desert wolf? Doesn't it seem too simple for Peter to turn on Kate at the same moment he learns who Malia's mom is and asks her to kill her?
Kate's portrayer said this installment was all about revelations. What revelations?! I'm sure you're all dying to tell me how wrong I am. Do it, but share facts, too, will ya? They're really the best part of a comment, me thinks.
That's debatable, but Teen Wolf Season 4 Episode 12 offered an evolution of characters and story to carry us into the next summer. Everything wasn't answered, but as the installment essentially brought the season full circle, that isn't a bad thing.
For now, we've seen the end of the Argent family. Given Allison's death, it makes sense that they would be distanced from Scott and his new pack and new love.
For a while there, it seemed like both Argent and Kate might meet their deaths but they've lived on to see another day on the series - maybe. They aren't needed on the series, and as much as Argent is loved, Kate is not. I won't miss the Caliveras and hope Mexico isn't revisited any time soon.
Unfortunately, we didn't learn the identity of Malia's mom, AKA The Desert Wolf, so it won't be surprising if we go back. Since Peter is locked up in Eichen House with the third eyeball man (another WTF is he and we'll solve it another day loose end), it would make sense if Malia ramps up the search for her mom, but she also seemed pretty comfortable with her new family - the Stilinskis.
That it all came down to Peter's desire for power and that he really thought Scott's pack wouldn't be able to eventually recognize him was sad. The way he kept pushing the necessity to kill was kind of obvious. His fighting skills were pathetic and his rationale equally so.
Here are some things we learned in the finale:
Derek evolved into a black wolf so that he can be important without being an Alpha. (I was unaware they couldn't turn into full wolves, I just thought they chose not to...) I guess it's pretty cool, then, that Malia can be a full coyote.
Kira learned to heal herself and got her first tail, made out of the obsidian in the temple. We don't want bad guys to get that tail!
Scott got his groove back and handily defeated Peter without even breathing hard. He also remained kill-free.
Liam is the new Stiles. While Stiles used to be relegated to saying silly or stupid things, now it's in Liam's capable hands. And that's as it should be. He's a freshman, after all.
Being a Banshee sucks for reasons other than predicting people will die. Lydia's always separated from her gang now. That needs to stop.
Lydia has a book of beasties and promised to help Parrish (who had the most incredible look on his face, right?!) discover what type he was. We swooned and hoped for more of that action.
Argent and Parrish working together will be missed. When they showed up to the party, cheering ensued. Anyone else?
As a whole, the season felt like a breath between Teen Wolf Season 3 and Teen Wolf Season 5. Nothing major really happened that couldn't have happened in a couple of episodes. After a tremendous build up to the Benefactor story, it ended with a dull thud that hardly left viewers caring about how it played out once it was done. It never requires another mention (much like the Alphas story, with the exception of Ducalion, who was cool).
It was a season of loose ends, some that were tied up and some that are left dangling. It did successfully close out the past by incorporating new characters who have taken up the spaces left by those we lost previously. They aren't as well-loved as the others, but they weren't given the material necessary to earn that right. It needs more time.
Without a cliffhanger, there is a completely new road ahead. It's no longer necessary to rely on the past to propel the story forward. Characters have evolved and so has the series. It's sad to say goodbye to what was, but it's also impossible not to anticipate a new direction with excitement.
The building blocks are in place. Are you ready for what's next?
If you'd prefer to relive the past, you can watch Teen Wolf online. The rest of us will wait for you to get back!
We're not ready to flip the calendar to 2015 just yet.
In honor of the past 12 months, we'll be spending the next few days ranking this year's best shows and worst shows; most dramatic moments and most passionate kisses; scariest villains and most bad ass series.
First up? The small screen's best buddies. You know, the friends who are always there for each other, through thick and thin, murder and mayhem; all the important stuff!
Flip through our photo gallery, find out why we love these close pals and then weigh in via the poll and/or in the Comments below...
Hands down, Scott and Stiles from Teen Wolf. Is there any better best friend duo than these two? They are so ride or die (literally) and I love them. I mean if your best friend is willing to go into your head when you are possessed and save your life, or rescue you when you're trapped in an animal body in a Mexican temple...you know you have a keeper!
Villains are necessary to keep all the good guys on their toes.
We've compiled some of the most vile from 2014. They might use their daughter as a hitman, kill their son's girlfriend, play both sides of the law or take the form of some other monster (no, really, monsters are on the list!).
Whatever the case, we get great pleasure in seeing them rise up and sometimes even more when they finally fall crashing down.
Flip through the slideshow and weigh in with your favorite by taking the poll and/or dropping us a comment!
In a fit of rage, Gemma stabbed her daughter-in-law to death with a carving fork and then pointed the finger at a rival gang which sent her son on a horrifyingly violent quest for revenge. The body count piled up so high we lost count. Few people deserve to get shot by their own son but Gemma Teller makes that list.
It sucks when our favorite characters leave. Heck, it sucks when characters we just met leave.
Let's admit characters exits can be some of worst moments on television, but how they go out can make for some of the best viewing. They're exits dramatically effecting the series or ones you'll remember for years to come.
When we put together our TV Fanatic staff picks for the best character exits, the answers started pouring in.
One character was a blink and you miss it appearance but, but so amazingly perfect Twitter lit up with discussion. There were momentous deaths by terribly violence, sweet losses after a long illness and the need to finally switch things up and make a positive change (we're looking at you, Cristina Yang).
Flip through our slideshow of the best character exits of 2014 and then vote in our poll and/or in the comments.
College student-turned-assassin Sara Lance stood by Oliver and his fellow heroes when they saved Starling City from Slade Wilson and his Mirakuru-enhanced army at the end of Arrow Season 2. So it shocked pretty much everyone when the Canary was abruptly and brutally murdered in the closing moments of the Season 3 premiere. Sara's death and the mystery of her killer's identity haunted the first half of Season 3, inspiring her sister Laurel's quest for justice "outside the courtroom" and leading up to Oliver's own apparent death during a duel with Ra's al-Ghul himself in Season 3 Episode 9, the mid-season finale.
With 12 MonkeysSeason 1 launching Friday, I thought it would be fun to list 12 movies that became TV shows.
Though it seems like every new television series these days is making the jump from the big screen to the small, it's not a new trend. M*A*S*H* was a 1970's film which later ran for 11 seasons on CBS. Did you know Clueless, Private Benjamin and Ferris Bueller's Day Off also spawned TV shows?
For every movie turned TV series that bombs, I'm lookin' at you Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, there are several like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Highlander and Stargate that run for many years.
Flip through the slideshow and check out 12 (in honor of 12 Monkeys) series that originated as feature films.
Syfy's 12 Monkeys premieres this Friday and it's just the latest film to make the jump to television. Many fans are skeptical that Terry Gilliam's 1995 film is being revisited as a TV series. What they might not realize is that Gilliam's version was inspired by the 1962 short film La Jetee. In other words, this series is a reimagining of a remake. With clever writing and a great cast, you owe it to yourself to check out 12 Monkeys. Trust me, you'll thank me later.
As with fashion or boy bands these trends are cyclical, but you've got to admit today's showrunners sure are delivering some top notch television. Let's hope this new golden age of TV continues for at least another decade.
So... which TV show based on a movie has been your favorite so far?
Hot, sexy, shirtless men. TV has 'em, and so do we.
Why? Why not?
One of the joys of entertainment is taking a peek at the things we can't have. The men on this list? They fit the bill. Whether they're supernatural beasts on The Vampire Diaries or The Originals or fighting them off on Supernatural, they look damn good without their shirts.
Fighting fires on Chicago Fire? Oh yeah, it gets hot battling those flames – remove that shirt! It's absolutely imperative to strip down on Hawaii Five-0 and if Vikings are cold, they're also strong so they can remove the fur and bare the chest.
We could go on and on, or you could enjoy the first of what will be many Sexy Saturdays to come and dig into this slideshow.
Felicity sure has a thing for vigilantes, no matter how much she fears for their safety. Oliver and Felicity have danced around the idea of dating. Despite his professions of love, Oliver still doesn't believe he can be in a relationship, and he is getting into bed with Malcolm Merlyn, something Felicity does not approve of. Meanwhile, there's Ray who showers Felicity with gifts like a nice dress and a huge office. He is still getting over the death of Anna, but he doesn't carry the darkness that Oliver does thanks to five years on the island (and other places).
Regina thought she'd finally put her Evil Queen days behind her and found her happy ending with Robin Hood. Even Tinkerbell once told her it was her destiny, that was until Emma brought Marian, Robin's wife and mother of his child, back from the dead. It appears that Reginaâ€™s happy ending will have to wait.
This one gets more messed up by the minute. Mary Jane has never let go of David and vice versa. Anna is knocked up by David, but still has a guy she's hanging onto in Australia. Mary Jane + David = Hot. Our vote? They're in it to win it.
The day Will and Sonny got married it all seemed so right. In front of family and friends they made a commitment to one another but then Paul came to town. Sonny's former lover still carried a torch for him so the last thing we expected was for him to end up in bed with Will! Can Sonny and Will's marriage survive or will Paul and Sonny get a second chance?
The biggest shock last night on the red carpet of PaleyFest 2015, which featured MTV's Teen Wolf for the evening, was not the new villains. Nor the state of romance for our various characters.
It was that original cast member Tyler Hoechlin (Derek Hale) would not be returning as a series regular for the new season.
While Hoechlin won't be seen in the first few episodes of Teen Wolf Season 5, fingers are crossed he's brought back sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, the rest of the cast -Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden, Dylan Sprayberry, Shelley Hennig and Arden Cho - stopped to talk to TV Fanatic about what we can expect in the new episodes.
We catch Tyler Posey talking about what Scott has learned from Derek and the status with he and Kira.
These two started out hot and heavy, and they got two full seasons of being together. But the love triangle of doom tore them apart along the way, and the two soulmates have never really found their way back to each other. As the series draws to a close next year, it might be time for Stelena to rekindle their romance and end up together.
Who could ever forget that beautifully tragic first (and last) Olicity kiss? Our two crime fighters locked lips at the beginning of Season 3, but Oliver decided it was too dangerous for them to be together. This might be one of those 'endgame' romances that takes a lot of time, but we're willing to wait.
He might be a murderous son of a bitch, but Ward seems to honestly care about Skye. Their relationship in Season 1 seemed a little cookie cutter, but now that they've got a more even playing field and a complicated new dynamic, it might be time for them to try again. With a relationship, or just some really great hate sex.
After a heart-wrenching panic attack over his father's kidnapping, Stiles got something he's likely been dreaming about since kindergarten: a kiss with Lydia. Sure, she only did it to regulate his breathing and calm him down, but we all know there was more to it than that. These two need to get back to smooching ASAP.
Officially the slowest of slow burns, Donna and Harvey have been dancing around each other for four seasons now. Apparently they've done the deed once before, and then they both swore to never let their attraction come between their working relationship again. But every season, we get a little closer to seeing them cross that line, and we'll be ready for it when they do!
Okay, so he's a murderer, but so technically so is she, right? The hookups between these two have been electric, and every kiss they share sort of gives us shivers. If they can both figure out a way not to go to prison for first degree murder, then that's a good match right there.
Ever since they got the newer (hotter) Daario, we've been way more into this pairing than ever before. Dany commanding Daario to take his clothes off and then watching him undress like a Queen on her throne was hot as hell. They haven't fallen back in bed together again yet - at least not on screen - but we have a sneaking suspicion they will.
"Let's get our stoichiometry on" is simultaneously the weirdest and most wonderful pick up line of all time. Wick and Raven certainly have chemistry, and it exploded all over our screens on this season of The 100. Raven seemed to want to brush it off like it was nothing, but we think Wick will be harder to shake than that.
Klaroline got one extra steamy hookup in the woods before they were tragically separated onto different shows for the rest of eternity. Not a very satisfying conclusion for two years of buildup if you ask us. Don't worry, there's always hope that Caroline will one day make her way down to New Orleans to give this couple the ending they deserve.
For the love of country music, can these two just get back together already? After a short relationship and a denied proposal, Scarlett and Gunnar went their separate ways, both romantically and musically. Recent events have pulled them closer together though, so they might be headed back towards relationship-ville soon.
This couple just can't catch a break. Whether it's a secret love child or a mystical werewolf wedding, something always gets between them. After a poorly timed confession and a ridiculously hot sex scene, Hayley and Elijah pretty much called it quits. Nevertheless, we expect they'll stumble into another forbidden love scene soon.
That pesky town line is driving everyone apart on Once Upon a Time. Robin had to cross into the real world and leave his true love, Regina, behind in order to keep his family together. We can't see how he'll ever make it back with Marian's life depending on them staying away, but we still believe that true love conquers all.
Many of you might have forgotten about the shared smooch between Rosewood's sexiest doctor and our pretty little Hanna Marin. We didn't! Just because Wren's a little shady - who the heck isn't on this show - that doesn't mean he and Hanna couldn't still make a go of it in the right circumstances.
We feel a little creepy including this one, but we mean it in the most innocent way possible. Bruce and Selina shared the most adorable preteen kiss ever during Gotham's mid-season finale, but murder and supervillains have kept these kiddos apart. If they ever do repair their little partnership, we wouldn't say no to another peck.
They're so twisted and wrong, but in a right kind of way, you know? Whatever is between them, it doesn't seem like it's going away because every time Charlie pops back up, Quinn wavers in her determination to stay away from him. We'd wager if he shows his face in D.C again, Quinn might fall back into old habits.
Call it denial, but we're still convinced that these girls will end up together when all is said and done. They've fought, they've cried, they've even gotten divorced. But if the day comes when Grey's Anatomy ever does draw to a close (somewhere around Season 18 probably) then this couple better kiss and make up. And then kiss again.
It's hard to tell whether this dysfunctional pair is ever really together or apart, but Cookie's latest rejection might keep them apart for a good long while. In the end though, no one can ever match the partnership that Cookie and Lucious have, musically or otherwise.
Screw hooking up again, these two need to get remarried ASAP. Sure, they've obviously got their issues (they did get divorced after all) but their chemistry is amazing, and they fight together like a well oiled machine. Let's just hope Bobbi and Mack's little secret doesn't end up getting Hunter into hot water.
Putting aside how fantastic it is to see a bisexual female lead, no one can deny that Clarke and Lexa have built a solid relationship this past season. And though Lexa just betrayed Clarke in a BIG way, that doesn't make us any less eager for another kiss from these two ladies.
Poor Rumbelle. Right after exchanging vows and tying the knot, their relationship just had to implode on itself. Now Belle is heartbroken, Rumple is in hiding, and they'll likely be on opposite sides of this newest battle. Maybe they'll get back together and be Storybrooke's very own Romeo and Juliet?
Call us crazy, but now that all the anger and betrayal is behind them, Fitz and Mellie kind of work. She's not a jealous, crazy monster out to get Olivia, and he's not a decieitful scumbag trying to juggle two women. When you take out the marriage part of their relationship, they're actually kind of perfect together.
They break up, or they decide to just stay friends, or it turns out to be a one time thing. Then you're curled up in your sweatpants with a giant tub of Haagen Dazs because your life is officially over.
We all have those couples that we loved together, but are sadly no more. So many of them deserve another shot at happiness!!
We decided to highlight a few of those couples this weekend and celebrate their sexiest hookups.
Enjoy our Sexy Saturday list of couples who went there and absolutely need to go there again.
Some shows are happy and fluffy and bright, with laughing and ponies for everyone.
Some shows are just plain evil, killing off beloved characters and ripping them away from us for all time. Heck, The Walking Dead has practically been making a sport of it lately. You'll also discover a duo long dead on Supernatural we still can't get over, as well as a female archer (or two) who should rise up and take aim once more.
But you know what? Just because someone made the decision to kill off characters we love doesn't mean we have to stand around and take it. We've done that for far too long and it's time we did something about it.
And do something we shall! Flip around our slideshow and discover which characters we think were taken too soon, and whose return from the dead we are demanding. Immediately.
Whether you loved Beth or hated her, you've got to admit her death made zero sense. There was so much story left to tell with that little blonde fighter, and the consensus seems to be that she was killed for shock value. We never even got to see her reunite with Daryl, and that's a crying shame. We demand a resurrection! And not one of the zombie variety please...
In a world of body jumping witches, ritualistic werewolves, and vampire hybrids, bringing Kol back from the dead should be a piece of cake! Just ask The Vampire Diaries, they bring characters back to life practically every week. Kol is a fan favorite, not to mention an Original, and he deserves to be a regular fixture on the show. But the real questions is... which Kol do you want back? Nathaniel Buzolic or Daniel Sharman?
These two get a tandem slide because whyyyyyy did they have to die? Why did we ever lose this perfect couple? Lexie died in the Season 8 finale, after finally hearing Mark's declaration of love for her. As if that wasn't enough, Mark then kicked the bucket right away in the Season 9 premiere. It was a one-two punch that we’ll never recover from. Medical miracles happen every day, right? Maybe they're both just... sleeping?
Sara’s death opened the third season of Arrow with a BANG, and the revelation that Thea killed her was an even bigger shocker. Unfortunately, now that Laurel has taken over as Black Canary, there doesn't seem to be much room for Sara on Arrow. But could she be heading back to us via the newest Arrow spinoff with The Atom? Her actress has been cast, we just have to wait and see as who!
This is another death that didn’t make a whole lot of sense and probably should be reversed. There was something about Rumple being locked inside Neal’s body, or vice versa, but the result was the same. Neal died, and Storybrooke was left feeling a little empty. Henry barely got to know his father, and that's just not cool! Maleficent came back from the dead recently, so maybe Neal can return to us too?
Commonly known as the WORST series finale of all time, How I Met Your Mother mercilessly killed off the character we’d all waited nine seasons to meet. And she was awesome. The show should have been called "How I Wasted 9 Years Dating Every Woman In New York, When I Could Have Been Living Happily Ever After." At least Tracy got her second chance when the DVD box set was released with an alternate ending where she lived.
Just when we were really starting to love Daniel again, his life was cut short. He died nobly, protecting Emily from the fake FBI agent, Kate Taylor, and earning a little bit of redemption in the process. That doesn't mean this shocking death was an easier to swallow though. No matter how many juicy secrets his death created, we’d give them all back for one more precious moment with Daniel Grayson.
This death was the result of an actress who wanted to pursue other areas, and I can’t really blame her for wanting to leave the teen stuff behind. But the pain of losing Allison was just TOO MUCH. Not only was she Scott's first love (and ours) she was Lydia's best friend! The heart of the show in a lot of ways. Poor Scott. Poor Lydia. Poor everyone!
Who didn’t love Jo and Ellen and their turbulent bond with the Winchesters? Whether they were providing leads or helping hunt down the devil, these ladies were the definition of badass, and we want them back STAT. Sure, it's been a few years (5 and counting...) but these ladies are timeless! The Winchesters die all the time, why can’t Jo & Ellen get some angel assistance?
We’ll be the first to admit that Katherine had a bad run in Season 5. She was... how do we put this delicately... annoying as hell. We were almost eager to see her go by the end there, which might have been the plan all along come to think of it. But who doesn’t love this bad little vampire and her tendency to show up when least expected? It could be a flashback, a hallucination, whatever. Maybe even a cameo on The Originals! We're not picky.
The car crash heard round the world rocked the proper little family of Downton Abbey to its core. Matthew barely got to hold his newborn son once before he was killed off, and we’d give anything to have him back. If only to keep Lady Mary off the merry-go-round of love interests she's been on lately. There was that cousin that came back from supposedly dying on the Titanic a few years ago, maybe Matthew has just been wandering around Canada all this time?
The scandalous real life of the actor behind the character of Harrison Wright kept our favorite gladiator from returning for the show's third season, but was killing him really necessary? He was our first look into Olivia Pope's crazy life, and it just doesn't feel right without him. Oh Harrison, we truly miss you. Hopefully one day we'll find out that his whole death was faked or something.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, he's been dead forever and it needed to happen to drive the story forward, yada yada yada. But it still hurts, you know? And who says Ned can't ever return? Dragons were supposed to be extinct too, but that didn't stop them from staging a comeback. Ned Stark was the only character on the show who probably didn't deserve a beheading, and with so few Starks left, we just kind of want the patriarch back!
It's Sexy Saturday, and this week, we're going down a different path.
How can two people who are sexy in their own right, walk together and become a drag? Well, chemistry is a tricky, tricky thing for onscreen couples, and sometimes they're a major flop.
We've all seen the pairings that just can't quite hit the mark. Maybe the characters don't work well together, or the actors just don't have the right connection. Maybe there's simply too much action going on with the plot, leaving no time to worry about the kissy stuff.
Regardless, chemistry is usually subjective, and fans will get into some pretty rabid discussions about who belongs with who.
Flip through the slideshow and let us know what you think about our list of chemistry flops. We'll be sure to duck and cover and probably run for our lives.
Try as they might, the writers just could not get the sexual chemistry between Klaus and Camille to work. She makes a good shrink (that whole family needs therapy to be honest), but romantically these two are not exactly made for each other. As a result, Klaus has taken a hiatus from any sexy times to focus on his darling daughter, leaving Cami without much to do...
Watch any love scene between Quinn and Huck, and you'll probably have to look away cringing. The open-mouthed kissing and face licks just aren't doing it for us. While we know this sexual relationship is supposed to be more twisted than charming (they've tortured each other after all), we still think it's gone a little too far. It's not "hot twisted" it's just kind of "gross twisted."
When Gotham first began, Jim and Barbara seemed happy enough with their quaint little romance, but as obstacles were placed before them, one thing became glaringly obvious: they didn't work well enough for the audience to even care about them, much less root for their reconciliation. Now we barely see Barbara, and honestly... it's not much of a loss for the show.
This one is sure to fuel lots of debate, as couples of The Vampire Diaries always do, but something is just NOT right with Steroline and their recent romantic entanglement. Maybe it's the platonic friendship they used to have, or maybe it's the lukewarm way Stefan seems to 'kinda sorta like' Caroline. But we can't be the only ones who feel like we're watching a brother and sister go at it when these two kiss, no matter how beautifully lit the scene is.
Don't get us wrong, Daryl and Carol are two of the best characters on the show, and their relationship is a favorite for anyone with a brain. But they've been teasing the will-they-won't-they of this pairing for three years now, and nada. We'd argue that's probably because while their connection is certainly deep and meaningful, their sexual chemistry is just left of center. Most people would rather see them hug it out than start banging.
Another case of friends gone romantic gone horribly wrong. Everyone's favorite sitcom was getting a little stale after nine years on the air, so the writers threw Joey and Rachel together to see if it would stick. And oh good lord, it did not. After just three episodes of trying to make it work, Rachel and Joey decided to go back to being friends and let their anti-chemistry stay where it belonged. Dead and buried.
Typically, the "husband with a hidden agenda" plot would be tantalizing and sexy, but for Tom and Liz it was kind of a snoozefest. We were totally invested in finding out what the hell Tom was up to, but as far as his relationship with Liz went, no one could really find the energy to care. Spy drama is always far more interesting than relationship drama anyways.
Maybe we're still biased towards Allison -- may she rest in peace -- but the romance between Kira and Scott doesn't exactly spark fireworks. They're cute, but there's a fire missing there, and that kind of thing can't be faked. Lucky for them, there are usually too many supernatural shenanigans terrorizing Beacon Hills to focus very heavily on the relationships.
Here's another short relationship that burned out faster than you could blink, and thank goodness for that. Nothing can really compare to the chemistry that Aria and Ezra have, and Jason always seemed a little too hinky to be a viable romantic partner. Plus, the age gap somehow seemed creepier between Jason and Aria than Ezra and Aria. How did that happen?
Somehow, knowing Eddie was only around to be an obstacle for Barry and Iris made his relationship with our favorite leading lady less than drool-worthy. Add in the fact that he was her dad's partner, and it all just becomes a little weird. The chemistry could have saved them if it existed, but alas it did not.
We might need to duck and cover for this one, but Jack and Emily still make it on the list. Emily's devious personality doesn't really complement Jack's do-gooder nature very well, and their romantic tension is less than palpable. It's probably floating around somewhere out in the harbor with Jack's sunken boat. They might be endgame, but Jack and Emily just don't have that spark that draws us in.
The case of Laurel and Oliver was a rare one, where the sexual chemistry was there (in abundance) but the emotional chemistry was just not. Despite all the history and struggles they've experienced together, the connection between these two was just never enough. Oliver has amazing emotional relationships with every other character on the show, but Laurel somehow couldn't quite fit in.
If ever there was a literal black hole of chemistry between characters, it was Izzie and George. They even had to write it into the show that these two couldn't make it work sexually because their friendship was too deeply ingrained in them. The pairing was one of the shortest in Grey's history, and good riddance. Major flop.
Some say these two sizzle and some say they fizzle, but you have to admit that the joke is wearing a little thin. Donna feels too much like a mom character sometimes, constantly managing Harvey's life and cleaning up his messes. Plus, it's been YEARS already. Make it work or move on people, we've got cases to solve and mergers to manage!
This couple started out strong, working the "best friend and the little brother" vibe pretty well. Unfortunately, as the years dragged on their screen time disappeared, and their chemistry disappeared along with it. It's probably only because they didn't get enough attention, but eventually we just started wishing they'd quit the whole Beremy thing all together.
Their first sex scene was juxtaposed with an autopsy, and if that doesn't tell you all you need to know, I don't know what will. Luckily, the romance between Rebecca and Wes was built around the mystery of Lila's death, so their chemistry wasn't all that necessary in the first place. Actually, the lack of "oomph" behind the pairing probably helped ease things along when Wes all too quickly turned on Rebecca at the end of Season 1.
Was this chick actually supposed to be Dean's happily ever after? The kid and the apple pie and the stable household we get, but Lisa? Sorry boys and girls, but Dean's picture-perfect relationship held all the sexiness of the Volvo Station Wagon this couple probably drove. There are many, many other characters who probably should have taken priority in Dean's life.
Sleeping Beauty and her Prince Charming bring a classic love story to life on Once Upon a Time, and we'll likely be seeing more of them soon. But no matter how timeless the romance, this version of it just doesn't pull us in. Maybe it's because of the near-miss we got last season with Mulan and Aurora's potential romance. Now THAT is what we call a fairytale twist.
We feel bad speaking ill of the dead, but the love story between Clarke and Finn always felt slightly rushed and hollow. When compared to the crazy chemistry between Clarke and Lexa or Clarke and Bellamy, Finn just kind of seemed so-so. Regardless, the failed romance didn't make it any less tragic when Clarke had to sacrifice Finn to save her people's lives.
From practically the first episode, Skye and Ward were pushed together as the main pairing of this new show. Unfortunately, their relationship was just too nice and neat, and it failed to engage a lot of viewers. Now that Ward is evil and Skye isâ€¦ well who knows what Skye is, they might work out better. But ultimately the chemistry just did not click in Season 1.
Casey and Dawson gave it a try. They tried harder than any couple could, but a relationship isn't created on trying, it's a natural chemistry between two people, and these two have felt forced since the onset. Dawson had an unrequited crush on Casey. Casey took notice after the death of his fiance, but it was too easy for outside influences to pull them apart. They just don't have it.
As a proud feminist, I have to say it’s been great to see so many TV shows making big steps in the right direction for female representation.
Gone are the damsels in distress and the over-dramatic “crying girls” who sit on the sidelines.
Women on TV these days get shit stuff done. Plain and simple.
They are leaders and doctors and assassins, they fall in love and have families, they go a little crazy sometimes, and they're not afraid to kick some ass. Basically, they just spend their time being intense, complex human beings, which has, sadly, not always been the case for female characterization on television.
These are some of the shows that are letting their feminist flag fly, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
First up is the post-apocalyptic drama that stole all our hearts this year. It's been lauded as one of the most feminist shows on TV and for good reason. Not only does Clarke Griffin have no time for love triangle shenanigans, the rest of the female cast shines with empowerment too. They are doctors, warriors, mechanics, leaders, and every other job under the sun. Weaker sex? Puh-lease.
Gratuitous sex scenes are often a pretty big turnoff for me, but not on Masters of Sex. Every love scene has a real purpose in the overall plot instead of just pointlessly throwing some bump and grind into the mix (looking at you Game of Thrones). Plus, Virginia is just as integral to the research as Bill at this point. Gotta love that!
Olivia. Freaking. Pope. This woman has been through hell, and yet she still commands a room without lifting a finger. Olivia draws her strength from smarts and logic and a whole lot of thinking on her feet. When caught in a love triangle? Oliva chooses herself because she's a boss. She could probably run the country and do her nails at the same time.
On a male dominated show like Arrow, you might think female characterization would suffer a little bit. Nope. Felicity Smoak is 100% in charge of her life, and she doesn't take crap from anyone. Laurel and Thea also blossomed this year, getting in on the hero business with some karate of their own. Arrow is not afraid to show that there are many types of strong women, from kick-butt to cutthroat to wicked smart. Feminism is a buffet, and Arrow is taking a plate from every tray.
I love a good comeback story, and Alicia served us just that when she decided to return to her litigation career after her husband's antics landed him in prison. Over the years, she's proven time and again that she is much, much more than just a "good wife." She's a powerful attorney, an amazing mother, and basically a fantastic human being.
There's no doubt Emily Thorne is the perfect embodiment of a strong woman who kicks ass, but you can't forget about characters like Victoria Grayson or Margaux Lemarchal. These women almost never throw a punch, choosing instead to gain the upper hand in more devious ways. Under the table alliances and manipulative mind games can achieve the same end as a roundhouse kick when used properly, as all the women on Revenge have come to learn.
Does a show still pass the Bechdel Test if it's the same actress talking to herself over and over again? Eh... I'll allow it. From Sarah to Cosima to Rachel to Allison, each of these girls are strong, smart, witty, and unbelievably cunning. A fully-formed character, all her own. Tatianna Maslany deserves an Emmy for these roles, that's for sure.
I am constantly blown away by Teen Wolf's ability to leave the teen drama behind and focus on the strength of its female characters right along with their male counterparts. Bitchy "you stole my boyfriend" fights? Who has the time when werewolf assassins are on the loose! Kira and Malia can certainly hold their own in a fight, and Lydia consistently proves that a good mind is sometimes the best weapon of all. Don't even get me started on Mama McCall.
The female staff of Seattle Grace (or Mercy West or Grey Sloane Memorial... whatever that hospital is named these days) know how to be both sexy and smart. Meredith and her band of brilliant minds juggle the many gorgeous men in their lives along with seriously demanding work schedules. Take a look at the hospital's department heads, and you might notice that there are more women in positions of power than men these days. Represent!
You wouldn't think the 1960s advertising world would be a good place to find feminism, but that just means you probably haven't met Peggy Olson. She is leading the charge for her era, using her brains and creativity to make strides in her career. This girl isn't afraid to make demands, get her hands a little dirty, or walk away from the table completely. A career-woman if I ever saw one.
OITNB flies the feminist flag, the diversity flag, the LGBT flag, and pretty much any and every flag that makes me proud to be a viewer. The inmates of Litchfield Prison are equal parts hilarious and dangerous, and even their indulgence in female nudity feels organic within the parameters of the show. This is a story about real women, with all their rough edges and dirty mouths. You gotta love that!
If I ever meet Viola Davis in person, I will probably just sink to the floor and bow down. Annalise Keating owns the court room, and she takes no shit from any man or woman. Alternatively, we've seen some incredibly vulnerable and out of control moments from her. There's not just one Annalise, there are many that come out to play depending on which dilemma she needs to solve that day. She's a totally three-dimensional character, as all women on TV should be.
From the very first episode, Elizabeth McCord is seen juggling her kids, her husband, her new job, and hostage negotiations in the Middle East. Because she's just awesome that way. Madam Secretary is pretty mainstream as far as feminism goes (a fearless female leader, proving that she can be soft and mothering as well as tough as nails and authoritative) but it's feminism nonetheless!
With somewhere around 50% of marriages ending in divorce these days, you'd think there would be more representation of it on television. Girlfriends' Guide gives us a cast of women who are raising a family as the sole breadwinner, suddenly wading through the life that comes after your happily ever after implodes, and they're doing it remarkably well. Which sometimes means a massive meltdown.
I know I rag on Game of Thrones for all the gratuitous female nudity, but it does have its strong points in other areas. Cersei Lannister is the most frightening woman on the planet, perhaps only matched by Margaery Tyrell and her wiley political smarts. The list goes on with showstoppers like Daenerys, Brienne, Arya, and even Sansa, who might seem like a mouse, but has definitely got some fire under that red hair.
Oftentimes in presidential dramas, you see the power hungry female politician characterized as the devil incarnate. It's a little on the nose, and something I absolutely hate to see on TV. Veep skirts that issue entirely, humanizing and sympathizing with Selina, who has to push and struggle and sometimes yell to get her voice heard in a male-dominated government.
Looking for a show that makes you question why there aren't a dozen more female super heroes? Peggy Carter is the perfect woman for the job. Despite many of her male coworkers trying relegate her to a glorified secretary position, Peggy shines in the field and out of it. On top of that, she was given the origin story that's typically reserved for male superheroes: after their picture-perfect love interest dies, the lead character must drag themselves out of mourning to save the world and become the hero they were always meant to be!
We know how upset you were when you had to say goodbye to not one, but two residents of one Tree Hill, but the show continued on for three more successful seasons. Sometimes characters leave because they have run their course and fresh new additions can make things exciting again.
There are also shows that have no choice but to write out a lead because of tragic circumstances (RIP, Cory!).
What do you think of this list of leads? Have we missed anyone? Hit the comments below!
Some of these actors pull it off beautifully, leaving you floored when you find out they're from WHERE? Others don't quite have the same finesse, letting their original speech patterns slip in a little too often.
Regardless, it's an amazing talent to take on a foreign dialect, and these people deserve all the awards for it.
Check out our list of 21 characters whose real life accents might surprise you!
While most of us have been wary of going to the doc at one time or another, after watching the teaser promo for the upcoming Teen Wolf Season 5, we may all be canceling our appointments.
The wicked staircase looks a lot like Eichen House and so do the trappings within, including incredibly long needles and whatever the hell kind of torture device someone is trying to clasp onto Liam's little head.
Otherwise, the pack's all present and accounted for; Scott, Kira, Stiles, Malia, Lydia and Liam. For those of you living under a Nemeton, Tyler Hoechlin will not be returning as a series regular for the 20-episode fifth season as fan favorite hunky werewolf Derek.
Further adding to the evidence that the action might be taking place at Eichen House is the voiceover, which sure sounds like Seth Gilliam, or Dr. Deaton to you and me. He was last seen going crazy next to the dude with the eyeball in his forehead in the upper floors of Eichen. The rules have changed, indeed!
Does this promise to make the business with the nogitsune and evil Stiles look tame by comparison? Hit the comments with your thoughts.