Two TV shows both set in New York City, both focusing on four women and their lives, both progressive of their portrayal of women, and both produced by HBO. One was hugely popular and successful during its time, and the other is gathering its own reputation and following. So which one is better?

Sex and the City (SatC) first ran from 1998 to 2004, with six seasons and later two movies. (We do not need to mention the movie sequel. It’s unanimously agreed that it was terrible.)

What was great about SatC was that it was about modern women. Women who were independent, who could support themselves, who had power, who were confident. These types of representations through the four leading ladies were not common on TV, and especially not in the entire principal cast.

SatC broke a lot of taboos by talking about subjects that weren’t mentioned often on TV, mainly revolving around sexual issues, like sexually transmitted infections. For a lot of women, this is how they learnt about their own body, because it had previously been deemed socially unacceptable to talk about such matters. The matter of fact and sometimes comedic way these “forbidden” topics were dealt with allowed women a new way to view themselves.

However, SatC received a lot of criticisms as well as acclaim, and large portions were from feminists.

The main problem listed, and which I agree with, is that all the major storylines revolve around women and their search for boyfriends/husbands. For instance, Samantha, the biggest supporter of sex without emotion, ends up paired with a guy. Miranda even acknowledges it when she asks, “How does it happen that four such smart women have nothing to talk about but boyfriends?”

In fact, the six seasons could be summarised as Carrie waiting for Big to realise the sweet deal he has. Instead, he acts like a jerk for the majority of the time and then they get married. Oh wait, he first gets cold feet and ditches their wedding.

Then they get married.

Personally, I also found it hard to relate to and superficial at times. All they seem to care for is men and fashion, which I know doesn’t represent my, or other girls’, priorities.

In the first episode of Girls, Shoshanna (one of the four main girls) has a giant SatC poster on her wall that she points out. She also matches up each of her friends and herself with the corresponding characters from SatC. Girls is aware of their similarities. They want the audience to realise that as well. In many ways, Girls is SatC, just ten years later.

Like SatC, Girls is portraying a new type of woman than what is currently on TV. Conversely, where SatC depicts women as successful and fashionable, Girls shows women who are relatable. Struggling to get a job, struggling to pay the bills, struggling to find their own place in the world. The women in Girls aren’t thinner than a stripper’s pole, or have the same amount of make up on as a stripper. When we look at them, we see ourselves.

The majority of women today aren’t counting their collection of Louis Vuitton handbags, but are more concerned with what is the smallest tip you can possibly leave behind without being rude, because you need that money for your fare home.

Sex and the City is what we wish we were. Girls is what we are.

That’s not to say there aren’t any problems with Girls. Disapproval of Girls, though, has largely come from its lack of diversity. Here again are four white, heterosexual, educated and privileged women. It focuses on girls, but only a very small, exact group of them. It isn’t representative of a majority, but is targeted towards a specific audience to enjoy.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter which one is better. What’s important is that there are more shows like these, with the focus on women and real issues relating to women, because the biggest criticism of both is that it isn’t ‘representative.’ This is only said because there are so few shows that are about women, so they unfairly get burdened with having to speak for all women, no matter if they’re gay, straight, black or white. Not only is this impossible and ridiculous, TV shows about men never get held up to the same scrutiny.

Hopefully the success of these two TV shows will make producers and big TV executives realise that a show with an all-female cast is an advantage, and not a weakness.

Listen to similar discussions related to pop culture on the podcast Memoirs of a Fangirl.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.

The Nice Guys is a fun romp through the ’70s, and if you find yourself wanting to experience some other blast-from-the-past movies, look no further than this list of best period movies.

This year will provide us with more than just The Nice Guys if we want a trip down memory lane. (And if you haven’t seen our review, make sure you check it out.) We’ve already seen Hail, Caesar!, which takes place in the 1950s, and Apocalypse is right around the corner as it hits theaters on May 27, taking place in 1983.

We can also look forward to a beautiful 1920s setting from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a mustache-riddled 1980s era film in Everybody Wants Some, and a trip all the way back to the 15th Century with Assassin’s Creed.

Others make hints at their literary origins, though the time in which they take place is not nearly as important as the rest of the story. Alice Through the Looking Glass, for example, may be set in Victorian England, if only briefly, but the real focus is on a fantastical world outside of time. In much the same way, The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG take place in the past, though perhaps the exact year is never known.

If you’re looking for some other movies to transport you to another era, we’ve got you covered. We scrolled through the top 25 movies of each year between 2015 and 2011 according to Rotten Tomatoes and picked out all the major films that have taken place in the 1980s or earlier. In some cases, like Selma, the time period is very much a focus of the film, while in others, like Days of Future Past, it is a story which could be told at any time, as long as it’s given a few tweaks.

2015

‘Selma’ (1960s)

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Synopsis: A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

‘Brooklyn’ (1950s)

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An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

‘Carol’ (1950s)

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Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.

2014

‘Mr. Turner’ (mid-1800s)

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Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall) lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson) bears an unrequited love for him.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ (1930s)

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The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

‘X-Men Days of Future Past’ (1973)

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The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

‘Ida’ (1960s)

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Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

2013

’12 Years a Slave’ (1840s)

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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ (1985)

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In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

‘American Hustle’ (1978)

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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (1961)

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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

2012

‘Argo’ (1980)

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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran.

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (1965)

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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

‘Lincoln’ (1860s)

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As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

2011

‘The Artist’ (1930s)

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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

‘Hugo’ (1930s)

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An orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

‘Midnight in Paris’ (1920s)

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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

What other period films do you love?

Adele releases ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ music video

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11:54 am EDT, May 23, 2016

Adele’s music video for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” is here, and it’s fabulous.

Adele opens this number alone, looking crossly at the camera and making us feel very guilty about whatever she’s accusing us of!

“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” was written by Max Martin, and is one of the singles off the English singer’s third studio album, titled 25, which dropped last year.

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The music video was released Sunday as part of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. It was directed by Patrick Daughters, whose credits include Depeche Mode’s “Wrong” and “Personal Jesus,” and Interpol’s “No I in Threesome.”

The video is literally just Adele in a flowery dress on a black backdrop, but the way the shots are layered creates some really interesting effects, making her almost look like a raging fire as she spins around and the many transparent Adeles weave in and out of each other.

We see her morph into first two, then three, then… um, too many to count. But there can never be too many Adeles, right?!

Here are the lyrics for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”:

“Just the guitar, okay cool

This was all you, none of it me
You put your hands on, on my body and told me
Mmm
You told me you were ready
For the big one, for the big jump
I’d be your last love everlasting you and me
Mmm
That was what you told me

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

I was too strong you were trembling
You couldn’t handle the hot heat rising (rising)
Mmm
Baby I’m still rising
I was running, you were walking
You couldn’t keep up, you were falling down (down)
Mmm
Mmm there’s only one way down

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free, oh

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

If you’re ready, if you’re ready
If you’re ready, I am ready
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
We both know we ain’t kids no more
No, we ain’t kids no more

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

If you’re ready, if you’re ready (Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, I am ready (Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
If you’re ready, if you’re ready (Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, I am ready (Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more.”

What do you think about Adele’s latest music video?