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There is a scene in the season one finale of The Bold Type that is one of the most captivating TV moments I’ve ever had the honour of watching. That one scene proved to me that this show is going to make a massive difference for women everywhere.

The empowering show is set at Scarlet magazine and follows the lives of three employees- Jane, Kat and Sutton.

Complicated love lives, financial struggles and health woes, the show is full of gripping content, quite like the magazine the girls work at.

In the past, the magazine world has been portrayed as bitchy and competitive. In the Devil Wears Prada Andie has to put up with the catty and dismissive assistant Emily, as well as her awfully harsh editor Miranda.

In 13 Going on 30, Jennifer Garner’s character Jenna works alongside her supposed ‘best friend’ who ends up sabotaging her and sending her work to a rival publication, just so she can get to the top.

Sex and the City exaggerates the glamour of being a journalist. Carrie writes one column a week, yet manages to afford a lavish apartment in New York, mountains of designer shoes and gallons of cocktails.

The great thing about The Bold Type is it shows the industry in a positive yet honest light. The editor of Scarlet magazine is attentive and caring, but constructive and strong at the same time. She isn’t cruel to her employees or controlling, but supportive in her critique.

The girls' friendship itself is one of the most uplifting things about the show. Forget about the days of catfights and competitiveness, because this show is all about just how wonderful female friendships are. Jane, Kat and Sutton are there for one another come rain or shine. Forever meeting in the fashion closet to discuss their latest dilemmas, the trio’s friendship is a breath of fresh air.


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The storylines are serious. They’re problems many of us have faced at some point in our lives. In a mere ten episodes, they managed to highlight topics including getting checked for breast cancer, sexual identity confusion, forbidden love, online trolls, immigration laws, racial abuse, sexual assault and online dating.

The way the show's creators treat their female characters says a lot about how far we’ve come in recent years. The likes of the Me Too movement proved to Hollywood that it is time to listen to women, it is time to respect women and it is time to portray their lives in a truthful way.


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The female characters make mistakes, they express their feelings and are ambitious in their careers. They’re real women. They’re you, your best friend, your sister, your work wife. They’re the female characters we’ve needed on our screens for longer than we even realised, until now.

You can watch The Bold Type on Amazon Prime.


We all remember our first time, whether it was on the couch or in an actual bed, whether it lasted hours or multiple nights in a row. 

Netflix binging, we mean of course.

Netflix has revealed which of it's iconic shows Irish people first binge watched, and has compiled a list of the top 20 most popular. 

According to the professionals over at Netflix, binge-watching can be defined as'completing at least one season of a show within 7 days of starting it.' 

For us, our first was Mad Men – which surprisingly didn't make the list (we love you Jon Hamm).

According to Netflix data, Breaking Bad was the most popular first binge on the streaming service in Ireland.

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The cult drama is followed by Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards and Narcos, all excellent contenders to top the charts. 

If you're curious, here's the top 20: 

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Orange is the New Black
  3. House of Cards
  4. Narcos
  5. Stranger Things
  6. Peaky Blinders
  7. Making a Murderer
  8. Gossip Girl
  9. Prison Break
  10. Sons of Anarchy
  11. Power
  12. Suits
  13. Pretty LIttle Liars
  14. 13 Reasons why
  15. The Inbetweeners
  16. The Vampire Diaries
  17. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  18. American Horror Story
  19. The Killing
  20. Homeland

More than 90pc of Netflix members admitted to completing a first binge on the streaming site. 

Well, there's definitely a 100pc chance that we will be committing more of our time to binge watching in the future… 


We have to admit, we're binge watchers here in SHEmazing! HQ.

We love nothing more that cuddling up on the sofa with a cuppa tea (or glass of wine), and letting our minds wander into the lives of the characters we're seeing on screen.

So, whether you love a good drama about bitchy Upper East Siders, or fancy a thriller about a hchirpy serial killer, there's going to be something in this list for you.

Here are 13 TV shows that have a hella loada seasons, so you can binge watch to your heart's content this weekend:

1. 24

Jack Bauer, the Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit in LA, races against the clock to stop terrorist plots and save his nation (and family) from disaster.

This TV show is literally thrill, after thrill, after thrill.


2. Entourage

This is actually based on the life of Mark Wahlberg when he first moved to LA. Film star, Vince Chase, has to navigate his way through Hollywood along with the help of his friends.

There's plenty of ups and downs, along with a lot of laughs. And Ari Gold is THE MAN.


3. The Walking Dead

Former sheriff, Rick Grimes, wakes up from a coma to a world full of zombies (they call them walkers in the show).

He ends up leading a group of survivors to safety, but nothing will ever be as safe as it seems. And sometimes, humans are worse than the walkers…


4. Gossip Girl

Ah, Gossip Girl. The show depicts the lives of a group of privileged Upper East Side teenagers.

Between its many scandals, affairs, deaths and robberies, all is chronicled by a blogger, who sends out texts and emails, spilling the dirty deets of the lives of Serena, Blair, Chuck, Nate and Dan.


5. Prison Break

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man, named Michael, is sent to prison, where he will ultimately end up on death row.

His only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to get himself sent to the same prison in order to break them both out, from the inside.


6. Desperate Housewives

This is the story of a group of women living in a suburban neighbourhood.

After the mysterious suicide of a neighbour, the women must all come together and protect each other from their secrets getting out. And believe us, they have a lot of secrets.


7. The Wire

The Wire depicts the Baltimore drug scene. In the show, we get to see both sides; the lives of the drug dealers and the lives of the police officers.

Throughout the seasons, both sides make startling revelations, where they have to choose whether to clean up the messes… or hide them.


8. Breaking Bad

Possibly one of the best TV shows of our time, amirite? A high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with lung cancer, but he makes a surprising turn into the world of manufacturing and selling meth.

And then there's Jesse, who you will no doubt fall in love with.


9. Better Call Saul

If you're having withdrawal symptoms after finishing Breaking Bad, then Saul Goodman is your man.

Even though Saul was the comic relief in Breaking Bad, his own TV show is quite dark. It tells the story of a young lawyer and his trials and tribulations of trying to get into criminal law.


10. Freaks and Geeks

Even though this only has one season, it's well worth a watch. A high school math geek starts hanging out with a group of stoners, and realises that life isn't all about studying.

Meanwhile, her younger brother has to navigate life as a freshman and face up to his bullies. 


11. One Tree Hill

If Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty aren't enough reason to watch this then we don't know what else to tell you.

One Tree Hill tells the story of half-brothers Lucas and Nathan. They trade between kinship and rivalry, both on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends in the small, but not so quiet town of Tree Hill. 


12. Dexter

Dexter is an odd but lovely forensic expert who works with the Miami Police Department.

However, he's also a serial killer who hunts down bad guys in order to make the world a safer place (in his eyes). He must trick and deceive the ones closest to him, which makes for great watching.


13. The OC

Again if Adam Brody and Ben McKenzie aren't enough to make you watch this… well, you know the gist. The OC sees a troubled youth taken in by a wealthy family.

The community where they live is very close knit and well-behaved, until Ryan shakes everything up. The soundtrack is also class.




There is a lot to be said for the unique joys of a Netflix Originals series binge. The Get DownOrange Is The New Black, Bloodline, House Of Cards, Grace And Frankie, Stranger Things, Breaking Bad… OK the list is FAR too long. 

However, and lest we forget, Netflix has its very origins in a wealth of pretty cracking award-winning movies.

With the weekend now upon us, we've rounded-up ten recent blockbusters that are absolutely worth a watch..


1) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Riggan Thomson is a faded Hollywood actor best known for playing the superhero "Birdman" continues his struggle to mount a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver.

The film won four Academy Awards. Michael Keaton was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actor and the film was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay.

2) Brooklyn

The life of an young Irish immigrant forever changes when she visits 1950s New York. But whens summoned home, she finds herself torn between two worlds.

Brooklyn was nominated for three Academy AwardsBest PictureBest Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film

3) Lobster

In a near future world, single people are hunted and forced to find mates within 45 days, or will be turned into animals and banished to the wilderness.

Lobster was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. The film has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 89th Academy Awards.

4) Sing Street

In 1980s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a tough school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girls attention.

Sing Street was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category and Jack Reynor won an IFTA for Best Actor in a supporting role.

5) The Theory Of Everything

As his esteem grows in the world of physics, Stephen Hawking’s body is ravaged by ALS, forcing his increasing dependence on his devoted wife, Jane.

Eddie Redmayne landed the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor for his performance.

6) Still Alice

When happily married linguistics professor with three children is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it challenges her career and her family life.

Julianne Moore won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her leading role in this drama.

7) Gone Girl

His marriage crumbling, Nick comes home one day to find his wife has vanished. And as the police turn up the heat, the shocking truths come to light.

Rosamund Pike received an Oscar nomination for her role in this adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller.

8) The Big Short

A group of wily opportunists make a fortune off of the US economic crash by sniffing out the situation in advance and betting against the banks.

Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, this star-packed romp took home the fold for Best Adapted Screenplay.

9) Django Unchained

Accompanied by a German bounty hunter, a freed slave named Django travels across America to free his wife from a sadistic plantation owner.

Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz both won Oscars for Tarantino’s violent spin on Spaghetti Westerns.

10) The King's Speech

In this biographical drama, Britain’s King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter until he seeks help from speech therapist Lionel Logue.

The Best Picture Oscar winner also brought Colin Firth the Academy Award for the year’s Best Actor.



As the Christmas break is looming, it's safe to say many of us will be dropping ourselves on the couch to binge-watch whatever Netflix has in store for us over the holidays.

And for people who feel bad about the guilty pleasure or think it's a waste of time, take a step back because it turns out binge-watching TV is actually good for you.

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Neuroscientist Vanessa Hill spoke to Harper's Bazaar about the benefits of sitting in front of the TV for a couple of hours.

"We all need some rest and relaxation from time to time and it's super important we acknowledge that – it's actually beneficial for our mental health to be inactive for a couple of hours a week.

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"Watching movies and television can have some really surprising benefits. Yes, at face-value, they are entertaining, but they also have significant psychological and physiological benefits and we should take advantage of them.

"It allows us to switch our brain off from pressures, better equipping us to deal with our daily stressors when we return to the hustle and bustle of daily life," she says.

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"Research shows we find the Christmas period a particularly stressful time of year, from busy work schedules, to financial pressures, social engagements – R&R has never been so important."

So there you have it ladies – you know where we'll be this Christmas.


Do you recognise the feeling of sitting down for an evening of relaxing television viewing and then all of a sudden it is four in the morning and you have finished an entire series? We’ve all been there, it happens.

The ‘just one more episode’ phenomenon has taken over in recent times and now Netflix have explained the exact moment when it happens. If you ever wondered when your mild fascination with Breaking Bad turned into a 48 hour marathon binge-session, now Netflix can inform you it was probably around episode two.

Netflix released the data so now when a friend gives you a recommendation, you will know just how long it will take before you need to cancel any other weekend plans.

“In our research of more than 20 shows across 16 markets, we found that no one was ever hooked on the pilot. This gives us confidence that giving our members all episodes at once is more aligned with how fans are made," explained Ted Saranos, the chief content officer at Netflix

The data, collected from viewers all over the world, can’t tell you exactly when people fell in love with the show. However it does reveal which episode led 70 per cent of viewers to complete the first season.


So, if you really want to share your love of Frank Underwood with your bestie, make sure they get past these episodes:

Bates Motel: Episode 2, "Nice Town You Picked, Norma…"
Better Call Saul: Episode 4, "Hero"
Breaking Bad: Episode 2, "Cat's in the Bag…"
Daredevil: Episode 5, "World on Fire"
Grace and Frankie: Episode 4, "The Funeral"
House of Cards: Episode 3, "Chapter 3"
How I Met Your Mother: Episode 8, "The Duel"
Mad Men: Episode 6, "Babylon"
Orange Is the New Black: Episode 3, "Lesbian Request Denied"
Pretty Little Liars: Episode 4, "Can You Hear Me Now?"
The Blacklist: Episode 6, "Gina Zanetakos"
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Episode 4, "Kimmy Goes to the Doctor!" 


We are just a little over a month away from Netflix’s newest crime drama’s release and oh, are we excited or what!

Narcos is based on real-life Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), when he was at the height of his power in the 1980s.

In the show’s first trailer we see DEA agent Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook aka Elizabeth Olsen’s ex-fiancé) as the policeman who is determined to bring the ‘King of Cocaine’ down.

Narcos tells the story of the most powerful man in Colombia who became responsible for approximately 80 percent of the world’s cocaine distribution and almost single-handedly turned Colombia into the murder capital of the world.

Game of Thrones fans will be glad to see a familiar face as Oberyn Martel (Pedro Pascal) plays Javier Peña, the Mexican DEA agent who helped to bring Escobar down.

And for any Entourage fans out there, we can promise you that this looks a WHOLE lot more promising than Vincent Chase’s Medellin