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Gift Guide: Kick-Ass TV Chicks

Inspired primarily by a Screen Invasion Team Feature paying homage to the 2012 Fall TV Must-Have Character: The Kick-Ass Chick—and a little bit by my current Alias binge-watch (thanks Netflix!)—this gift guide is a primer on past and present kick-ass tv chicks.

Wielding weapons, words, and wisdom, these kick-ass tv chicks conquer all foes, from small-time crooks to multi-national terrorists. In other words, these TV ladies spend their days and nights literally kicking ass and taking names.

Below you’ll find 36 TV series—divided into 3 categories, each including a featured title and additional recommendations—and links to where you can buy each series on DVD, Blu-ray, and/or digital download.
kick-ass tv chicks

SCI-FI/FANTASY

Orphan Black
2013– (BBC America)
2013–....BBC America....Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
CREATORS: Graeme Manson, John Fawcett
Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando
Website....Facebook....@OrphanBlack....Google+ (BBCA)....Instagram
Pinterest (BBCA)....Tumblr....YouTube (BBCA)

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Amazon....iTunes....BBC Shop

ADDITIONAL SERIES

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003..||..The WB (S1-S5) / UPN (S6-S7)
Amazon....iTunes
Fox Connect

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Charmed
1998-2006..||..The WB
Amazon....iTunes
CBS Store

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Continuum
2012–..||..Syfy
Amazon....iTunes
NBCUniversal Store

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Dark Angel
2000-02..||..Fox
Amazon
Fox Connect

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Dollhouse
2009-10..||..Fox
Amazon....iTunes
Fox Connect

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Once Upon a Time
2011–..||..ABC
Amazon....iTunes
ABC Store

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The Powerpuff Girls
1998-2005..||..Cartoon Network
Amazon....iTunes
CartoonNetwork Shop

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Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
© 20th Century Fox Television

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kick-ass tv chicks
Jennifer Morrison in Once Upon a Time
© 2012 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

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The Vampire Diaries
2009–..||..The CW
Amazon....iTunes
WBshop

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Wonder Woman
1975-79..||..ABC (S1) / CBS (S2-S3)
Amazon....iTunes
WBshop

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Xena: Warrior Princess
1995-2001..||..Syndicated
Amazon....iTunes
NBCUniversal Store

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kick-ass tv chicks

SPY-FI

The Americans
(February 11, 2014)
2013–....FX....TV-MA....Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
CREATOR: Joseph Weisberg
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Maximiliano Hernández, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati
Website....Facebook....@TheAmericansFX....GetGlue....Instagram....Pinterest....YouTube

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Amazon....iTunes....Fox Connect

ADDITIONAL SERIES

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Alias
2001-06..||..ABC
Amazon....iTunes

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The Bionic Woman
1976-78..||..ABC (S1-S2)/NBC (S3)
Amazon....iTunes
NBCUniversal Store

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Covert Affairs
2010–..||..USA
Amazon....iTunes
NBCUniversal Store

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The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
1966-67..||..NBC
Amazon
WBshop

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Jennifer Garner in Alias | © Buena Vista Home Video

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kick-ass tv chicks
Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs | © 2013 USA Network Media, LLC

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Kim Possible
2002-07..||..Disney Channel
Amazon....iTunes
Disney Store

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La Femme Nikita
1997-2001..||..USA
Amazon....iTunes
WBshop

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Nikita
2010-13..||..The CW
Amazon....iTunes
WBshop

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Scarecrow & Mrs. King
1983-87..||..CBS
Amazon....iTunes
WBshop

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LAW & ORDER/MYSTERY

Homeland
2011–....Showtime....TV-MA....Drama, Mystery, Thriller
DEVELOPED BY: Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa
Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin,
David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor,
Navid Negahban, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham, Sarita Choudhury, Tracy Letts
Website....Facebook....@SHO_Homeland....Google+....GetGlue....Pinterest....YouTube

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Amazon....iTunes....Showtime Store

ADDITIONAL SERIES

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Bones
2005–..||..Fox
Amazon....iTunes
Fox Connect

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Charlie’s Angels
1976-81..||..ABC
Amazon....iTunes
Mill Creek Ent.
(Jan. 21, 2014)

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The Closer
2005-12..||..TNT
Amazon....iTunes
WBshop

[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”yes”]

Crossing Jordan
2001-07..||..NBC
Amazon
NBCUniversal Store

[/one_fourth][one_fourth last=”no”]

The Fall
2013–..||..Netflix (US)
Amazon
BBC Shop

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In Plain Sight
2008-12..||..USA
Amazon....iTunes
NBCUniversal Store

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The Killing
2011-13..||..AMC
Amazon....iTunes
Fox Connect

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Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit

1999–..||..NBC
Amazon....iTunes
NBCUniversal Store

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kick-ass tv chicks
Kerry Washington in Scandal | © 2012 ABC Inc.

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kick-ass tv chicks
Kristen Bell in Veronica Mars | © 2004 UPN

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Pretty Little Liars
2010–..||..ABC Family
Amazon....iTunes
WBshop

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Prime Suspect
1991-96, 2003, 2006..|..ITV (UK)
Amazon....iTunes (UK)
shopPBS

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Revenge
2011–..||..ABC
Amazon....iTunes
ABC Store

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Rizzoli & Isles
2010–..||..TNT
Amazon....iTunes
WBshop

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Scandal
2012–..||..ABC
Amazon....iTunes
ABC Store

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Top of the Lake
2013..||..Sundance Channel
(January 7, 2014)
Amazon....iTunes
BBC Shop

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Veronica Mars
2004-07..||..UPN (S1-S2)/The CW (S3)
Amazon....iTunes
WBshop

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kick-ass tv chicks

Happy holidays to one and all!

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