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Masterpost: Political TV-Series (drama and comedy)

I’ve finally managed to make a list of political TV-series (drama and comedy).

Of course I haven´t seen all of them, so I don´t know if all of them are good.

The shows are divided by country (UK, USA, Australia, Canada and non-English-speaking countries). Furthermore, they are in chronological order; starting with the oldest one and ending with the newest one.

UK:

Yes Minister + Yes, Prime Minister (1980-1988; satirical political sitcom); Starring: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds (follows the career of a British politician)

The New Statesman (1987-1994) Starring: Rik Mayall, Marsha Fitzalan, Michael Troughton (a parody of the Conservative government of that period)

A Very British Coup (1988, four-part miniseries) Starring: Ray McAnally, Alan MacNaughtan, Keith Allen, Geoffrey Beevers, Marjorie Yates (about a far-left Labour politician who becomes Prime Minister)

House of Cards (UK-Version) (1990; political thriller) Starring: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, David Lyon, Diane Fletcher (about an MP who wants to become Prime Minister) Sequels: To Play the King, The Final Cut

GBH (1991, political drama) Starring: Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin, Lindsay Duncan, Julie Walters (about a feud between a far-left Labour politician and a school headmaster)

The Politician´s Wife (1995; political drama); Starring: Trevor Eve, Juliet Stevenson, Minnie Driver (when a UK minister becomes embroiled in a tabloid scandal, his wife becomes the centre of media attention)

Our Friends in the North (1996, drama) Starring: Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee, Daniel Craig, Mark Strong (about four friends from Newcastle, with many references to political and social events over a period of 31 years)

Spooks, sometimes also called MI-5 (2002-2011; spy drama series) Starring: Peter Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris, Richard Armitage (follows the lives and the missions of several MI-5 agents, gives quite a good overview about the security problems Britain had to deal with in the years after 9/11) + Spooks- The Greater Good (2015) Starring: Kit Harrington, Jennifer Ehle, Peter Firth

State of Play (2003, six-part political thriller); Starring: David Morrissey, John Simm, Bill Nighy, Polly Walker, James McAvoy, Marc Warren, Philip Glennister (tells the story of a newspaper´s investigation into the death of a young woman who was employed by an MP)

The Thick of It + In the Loop [Movie] (2005-2012, comedy/satire tv-series); Starring: Peter Capaldi, Chris Langham, Rebecca Front, Roger Allam, Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan (about the conflicts between various members of the UK-government)

The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006, political drama) Starring: Jane Horrocks, Steven Mackintosh, Jodhi May (about a woman with no political experience who becomes Prime Minister)

The State Within (2006, a six-hour political drama serial); Starring: Jason Isaacs, Ben Daniels, Sharon Gless, Nigel Bennett (about a British Ambassador to Washington who finds himself at the centre of an international political conspiracy)

Party Animals (2007, political drama series) Starring: Patrick Baladi, Andrew Buchan, Matt Smith, Raquel Cassidy (tells the story of different people involved with the UK Parliament, including researchers, lobbyists and MPs)

The Last Enemy (2008, science fiction thriller); Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Robert Carlyle (set in the near future, deals with topics such as total surveillance and tells the story of a mathematical genius who accidently comes across a political cover-up)

Secret State (2012, four-part political thriller); Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance, Douglas Hodge (when the plane of the British Prime Minister crashes under mysterious circumstances, the Deputy Prime Minister has to take command and uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system)

The Politician´s Husband (2013, 3 episode-miniseries); Starring: Emily Watson, David Tennant (A woman replaces her husband in Cabinet after he resigns)

The Honourable Woman (2014, political spy thriller about the Middle East); Starring: Maggie Gyllenhall, Philip Arditti, Andrew Buchan

The Night Manager (2015, six-part miniseries) Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Hollander (based on the novel by John le Carré, spy thriller about a former British soldier who infiltrates the inner circle of an international arms dealer)

Bonus: TV-Series about British history

Downton Abbey (2010-2015; period drama) Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Dan Stevens, Maggie Smith (about a fictional aristocratic family and their servants who live through important historical and political events, like WWI, the sinking of the Titanic, the Irish War of Independence, the Teapot Dome scandal, the general election of 1923, etc.)

Indian Summers (2015-2016; period drama) Starring: Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel, Julie Walters, Patrick Malahide, Jemima West, Alexander Cobb (about a group of British socialites at the time of the British Raj and the fight for Indian independence)

Victoria (2016, historical drama) Starring: Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Peter Firth, Eve Myles (about the first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria; her ascension to the throne, her friendship with the Prime Minister, her marriage and the birth of her first child)

The Crown (2016, historical drama) Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Jared Harris (about the first few years of the reign of Elizabeth II, from 1947 to 1955)

USA

The Governor and J.J. (1969-1970; political television series) Starring: Dan Dailey, Julie Sommars (about a conservative governor and his more liberal daughter)

The Man and the City (1971-1972; political drama) Starring: Anthony Quinn, Mike Farrell (about a long-term Hispanic mayor of a city in the South-West)

Benson (1979-1986, sitcom) Starring: Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson; Missy Gold René Auberjonois (about the rise of African-American butler from head of household affairs for a governor to state budget director and eventually lieutenant governor)

Tanner ´88 (1988; political mockumentary) and Tanner on Tanner (2004 mockumentary) Starring: Michael Murphy, Cynthia Nixon, Pamela Reed, Matt Malloy (about a fictional presidential candidate)

The Powers That Be (1992-1993; political sitcom) Starring: John Forsythe, Holland Taylor, Eve Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (about a U.S. Senator and his complicated and chaotic family)

Spin City (1996-2002; political sitcom) Starring: Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Alexander Chaplin (follows a fictional Mayor of New York and his staff)

The West Wing (1999-2006; political drama) Starring: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Moira Kelly, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney (about a fictional Democratic administration)

That´s My Bush! (2001; political satire, sitcom) Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Carrie Quinn Dolin, Kurt Fuller, Kristen Miller (follows the fictional personal life of George W. Bush)

Commander in Chief (2005-2006; political drama series) Starring: Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix, Kyle Secor (about the fictional first female President of the United States)

The Good Wife (2009-2016; legal/political drama) Starring: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski (about the wife of a disgraced state attorney who returns to her career in law after a scandal involving her husband; widely praised for its insight in society, politics, law and social media)

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015; mockumentary, political satire, comedy) Starring: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Rob Lowe, Adam Scott (about a fictional local government department in Indiana)      

Boss (2011-2012; political drama) Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hanna Ware, Kathleen Robertson, Jeff Hephner (about a U.S. mayor who is diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder)

Homeland (2011-present; political thriller) Starring: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin (about a CIA agent who believes that a war hero, who was held prisoner by al-Quaeda, was turned by them and is now an undercover agent)

The Kennedys (2011; historical and political miniseries) Starring: Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson (about the lives of the members of the Kennedy family)

Political Animals (2012; comedy-drama miniseries) Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan (about a former first lady who serves as Secretary of State)

1600 Penn (2012-2013; political sitcom) Starring: Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman, Josh Gad (about a dysfunctional family living in the White House)

The Newsroom (2012-2014; political drama) Starring: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr. Alison Pill, Dev Patel (about a fictional news channel)

The First Family (2012-2015; political sitcom) Starring: Christopher B. Duncan, Kellita Smith, Jackée Harry, Khylin Rhambo (about a U.S. President, who tries to balance his private life and his duties as President)

Scandal (2012-present; political thriller) Starring: Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Bellamy Young (about a crisis management firm in Washington, D.C., White House staff and politicians in D.C.)

Veep (2012-present; political satire, comedy) Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons (about a fictional Vice President and later President of the United States and her staff)

Alpha House (2013-2014; political satire, web television series) Starring: John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, Mark Consuelos (about four Republican U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C.)

House of Cards [US -Version] (2013-present; political drama) Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly (about an ambitious congressman who wants to become President)

Madam Secretary (2014- present; political drama) Starring: Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller, Geoffrey Arend (about a female Secretary of State who tries to balance her family life and her work)

Show Me a Hero (2015; political drama miniseries) Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carla Quevedo, Peter Riegert, Jim Belushi, Alfred Molina (about the desegregation of public housing in the state of New York between 1987 and 1994)

BrainDead (2016; political satire, science fiction) Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Dany Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub (about a documentary film-maker who discovers that Washington, D.C. has been invaded by extra-terrestrial insects that are taking control of people, including politicians)

Designated Survivor (2016; political drama series) Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci (about the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who is sworn in as President of United States, after the President and all his other Cabinet members are killed in an explosion)

Graves (2016-present; comedy television series) Starring: Nick Nolte, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell (about a former President admitting to mistakes he made while in office)

Australia

Embassy (1990-1992; political drama serial) Starring: Bryan Marshall, Ria Yazaki, Jim Holt, Gerard Maguire (about an embassy in a fictional South-East Asian country) The series was rather controversial, particularly its portrayal of Islam was heavily criticised.

Grass Roots (2000-2003; comedy) Starring: Geoff Morrell, Zoe Carides, John Clayton (about the fictional Arcadia Waters Council, a local government department, near Sydney)

The Hollowmen (2008; political comedy) Starring: Rob Sitch, Lachy Hulme, Merrick Watts, Neil Melville (about a fictional political advisory unit whose main aim is to help the Prime Minister get re-elected)

Party Tricks (2014, political drama/thriller, romance) Starring: Asher Keddie, Rodger Corser, Angus Sampson, Adam Zwar (about two political opponents and ex-lovers running for the office of State Premier)

Secret City (2016-present; political thriller) Starring: Anna Torv, Damon Herriman, Daniel Wyllie (about a political journalist who uncovers a conspiracy)

Canada

Quentin Durgens, M.P. (1965-1969; political drama) Starring: Gordon Pinsent, Leslie Barringer (about an idealistic young lawyer who becomes a Member of Parliament)

Duplessis (1978, political and historical miniseries) Starring: Jean Lapointe, Gabriel Arcand (tells the story of Maurice Duplessis, a controversial Premier of Quebec)

Rideau Hall (2002; sitcom) Starring: Bette MacDonald, Fiona Reid, Jonathan Torrens (the Prime Minister appoints a disco queen as Governor General in the hope that she will become a national embarrassment and disgrace the Canadian monarchy)

Trudeau (2002, miniseries) Starring: Colm Feore, Polly Shannon (about the political career of Pierre Trudeau)

Snakes and Ladders (2004; miniseries) Starring: Catherine Disher, Amy Price-Francis, Jeremy Akerman (about an executive assistant at Parliament Hill)

Da Vinci´s City Hall (2005-2006; political drama) Starring: Nicholas Campbell, Venus Terzo, Ian Tracey (about a former coroner who becomes the mayor of Vancouver)

Dan for Mayor (2010-2011; sitcom) Starring: Fred Ewanuick, Mary Ashton, Paul Bates (about a slacker who runs for mayor to impress his ex-girlfriend)

The Best Laid Plans (2014; comedy-drama) Starring: Jonas Chernick, Kenneth Welsh, Mark McKinney, Sarah Allen (a parody of the 2008 Canadian federal election)

TV-Series from non-English-speaking countries

There are probably quite a few more, but unfortunately they´re difficult to find if you don´t speak the language of the country of origin.

Denmark:

Borgen (2010-2013; political drama) Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Mikael Birkkjær, Pilou Asbæk, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (tells the story of a fictional politician who becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark)

France:

Spin/Les Hommes de l´ombre (2012-2016; political thriller) Starring: Bruno Wolkowitch, Grégory Fitoussi, Philippe Magnan, Emmanuelle Bach (when the French President is killed in a suicide attack, a former spin doctor returns to his job in order to find a suitable candidate for the presidency)

Marseille (2016; political drama) Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Magimel, Géraldine Pailhas, Stéphane Caillard (the former protégé of the long-time mayor of Marseille becomes his new opponent)

Germany:

Eichwald, MdB (2015; satire, political comedy) Starring: Bernhard Schütz, Rainer Reiners, Leon Ullrich, Lucie Heinze (about a fictional member of the German Parliament and his incompetent staffers)

Deutschland 83 (2015; historical and political drama) Starring: Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Alexander Beyer, Sonja Gerhardt, Ulrich Noethen (during the Cold War an East-German soldier is sent to West-Germany as a spy)

Die Stadt und die Macht (2016; six-part political drama) Starring: Anna Loos, Thomas Thieme, Burghart Klaußner, Martin Brambach (about a female lawyer who becomes the mayoral candidate for a fictional conservative party in Berlin)

Italy:

1992 (2015; historical political drama) Starring: Stefano Accorsi, Guido Caprino, Domenico Diele, Tea Falco, Miriam Leone (follows six people who are affected by the rapidly changing political landscape in Italy in the early 1990s and the “Clean Hands” investigation into political corruption)

Norway:

Mammon (2014- present; thriller, political thriller) Starring: Jon Øigarden, Nils Ole Oftebro, Laura Christensen (about a Norwegian journalist; the first series is about a financial scandal, the second series is more political)

Occupied/Okkupert (2015; political drama) Starring: Henrik Mestad, Eldar Skar, Selome Emnetu, Sondre Larsen (fictional story about Russia invading Norway)

Spain:

Cuéntame cómo pasó (drama, history, comedy; 2001-present) Starring: Imanol Arias, Ana Duato, Ricardo Gómez, María Galiana, Pablo Rivero (follows a family during the last years of the rule of Francisco Franco and the beginning of the Spanish transition to democracy)

If you know any other good political TV-Series, please reblog with the title and a bit of information!

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“I literally cannot believe you right now!”

Louis’ annoying high-pitched shriek reaches his ears right after the door to his bedroom bangs open. Zayn lifts his head from where he’s been lounging on his bed, lazily doodling on his sketchbook. He looks back at his PA slash best friend, wondering what he did now to put Louis’ knickers in a twist.

“What did I do now?” he inquires. Better to finish this argument early than risking hearing impairment from Louis’ nagging, Zayn thinks.

“Oh, I don’t know, Malik? Maybe it’s the twenty third bodyguard that resigned from your service because you cannot fucking contain yourself?” Zayn is pretty sure Louis’ voice has reached a note only audible to bats.

The younger boy smirks.

“Okay, first of all, it’s not my fault I’m irresistible. Second of all, are you seriously asking me to contain all…this?” He gestures to all of himself. “No can do, good sir. There will be consequences.”

“Stop quoting How to Train Your Dragon to me, you overgrown child,” Louis glares. “You know you can’t change bodyguards as often as some people wash their jeans, right?”

Zayn makes a disgusted face at that. “Some people wash their jeans every few weeks? Gross…”

“Not all people get free Ksubi or True Religion sent to their mailboxes every week, you twat. Seriously, Zee. This has to stop before you get your thirsty arse blacklisted from the bodyguard association or something.”

“But I can’t help it, Lou,” Zayn is aware that he’s whining. But he really really can’t help himself. “Is it my fault that I like older men? Is it my fault that I like older men with muscles? Whenever I see them my tongue just…gets loose. Also, is it my fault that they took the harmless flirting seriously? They have wives and children. It’s not my fucking responsibility to keep their fidelity in line.”

“I don’t fucking care, Malik,” Louis glares at him. “I’m gonna hire another one soon and you’re NOT gonna make inappropriate comments at him. If you mess this one too you can kiss my fine arse goodbye. You’ll find yourself a goddamn bodyguard or learn how to fight and how to drive and I won’t lift a finger to help you.”

“Ugh, fine…” Zayn concedes, rolling his eyes.

***

Zayn hates Louis.

Louis is his best friend and a damn good PA and he manages to find Zayn another bodyguard in just three days but Zayn hates him so much right now.

Why? Because when Zayn enters his apartment in the city there’s Louis with a Very Smug Smile (which never bodes well to Zayn’s health, as proved by previous experiences) and there’s an adonis. 

The adonis stands with his side to Zayn at first. From where he’s standing Zayn can see tight white henley stretching around bulging biceps and strong back, low slung jeans, and dirty combat boots. He is unfairly gorgeous, with his hair in curly mohawk style, thick eyebrows frowning seriously at the contract papers in his big hands, round nose, plump red lips, and bearded jawline that Zayn wants to lick at until it scrapes off all of his taste buds. This man is better looking than all of his previous twenty three bodyguards combined. Zayn is so fucked.

“Ah, there he is, our esteemed employer, Zayn Malik,” Louis announced, still smiling very smugly. Zayn wants to punch him in the face. “Zayn, this is Liam Payne. He’s a former boxer and, as of today, your new bodyguard.”

Liam turns his whole body toward Zayn with a crinkly grin so blindingly bright it makes Zayn’s eyes twitch. The grin transforms his whole face, turning him from a guard dog to a happy puppy. Zayn’s eyes unwillingly travels down to Liam’s unbuttoned henley and-

“…chest hair,” Zayn croaks faintly, feeling lightheaded.

“What was that, Zaynie?” Louis slithers to Zayn’s side like the venomous snake that he is and chirps annoyingly. “I didn’t quite catch what you said.”

“Nothing,” he doesn’t snarl at Louis but it is quite close. He turns his attention back to Liam, pastes one of his best smile on and offers his hand. “Hello, Liam. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

The hand that wraps around his own is slightly rough but warm. Zayn can’t help but imagine how it would feel around his-NO. No messing around with his bodyguard now. He really doesn’t want to learn how to drive.

“The pleasure’s all mine, Mr. Malik,” Liam grins boyishly. “I thought I wouldn’t get this job, seeing that I don’t have that much experience in this field. But really, thank you for the opportunity.”

“Just Zayn, please,” Zayn feels really charmed. This is new and not good at all. He’s usually the one doing the charming thing after all. “I believe Louis has explained everything that this job entails?”

“Oh, yes, of course, I was just about to finish with the contract.”

“Well, then don’t let me delay you. I just…need to talk with Louis here for a second,” Zayn grins back at him before turning to Louis with a glare and starts to drag the older boy to the kitchen by the wrist.

“What the fuck, Lou!” Zayn whisper-shrieks. “What terrible thing have I ever done to you to make you do this to me?”

Louis raises an eyebrow at that, “You want me to make a list of that, bro?”

“Fuck you.”

“You make my job difficult and I figure I need to return the favor one of this days, Zee.”

“How can you expect me not flirt with that, Lou?” Zayn hisses. “Ten minutes of being in a same room with him and I’m ready to climb onto that lap and make a fucking nest there.”

“Ew, don’t be gross.”

“Fuck you,” he says again, with all the feeling he can muster.

“Do you want to hear to hear an interesting trivia, Zaynie?” Louis asks, non-sequitur, with a horrible smirk.

“Oh God, whatever it is, please, no.”

“When Liam was still a boxer, do you know what his nickname was?”

“I will literally pay you to shut up right now.”

“They call him Daddy Payne.”

Zayn has total control. Zayn will not think about riding Liam’s dick and calling him Daddy. Zayn will not think about being spanked by Liam while screaming for Daddy. Zayn will not think about asking ‘am I your good boy, Daddy?’ to Liam while sucking his dick. Zayn will not think about spreading his legs and opening his hole with his fingers and getting himself ready for Daddy. Zayn will not-

“…I hate you so much.”

“I know, babe.”

***

(tl;dr) Zayn is a bratty heir to a British-Pakistani fortune, a socialite, and an occasional model. Louis is his PA, his fellow socialite, and his best friend. When Zayn’s uncontrollable flirting costs him his twenty-third bodyguard, Louis hires Liam, a former boxer and newbie bodyguard and basically slaps a ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ sign on him. Zayn regrets the day he made Louis his best friend.

For @iwanttowriteyouafic‘s daddy!Liam-loving ass, because she’s experiencing a writer’s block and we can’t have that.

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A post wherein film writer Kimberly Luperi explores Edith Head’s costuming for THE LADY EVE (’41).

“Colonel” Harrington: Ah, there you are. Well, it certainly took you long enough to come back in the same outfit.

Jean Harrington: I’m lucky to have this on. Mr. Pike has been up the river for a year.

How Charles Coburn and Barbara Stanwyck got away with those lines in THE LADY EVE (‘41) during the Production Code era is beyond me, but that’s beside the point. The dress the “Colonel” alludes to in this scene, a stunning black two piece, ranks as one of my favorite ensembles of all time. The glistening crop top and high slit skirt are exceedingly glamorous, sexy and revealing  - just the right combo for Jean to work her magic. It’s a flawless marriage of costume and character, officiated by Hollywood’s most famous designer, Edith Head.

Stanwyck assumes two very different identities and wardrobes in THE LADY EVE ('41). As Jean, a card shark out to con the wealthy on a South American ocean liner, her attire skews flirty and brash, with a global streak. As Lady Eve, a British socialite guise Jean dons to access the aristocracy in retaliation for Charles Pike (Henry Fonda) breaking up with her, her outfits appear refined and regal.

In 2014, designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis introduced THE LADY EVE (’41) as part of a UCLA Film and Television Archive series on Edith Head and quoted the celebrated designer as proclaiming the “basic test is if the clothes submerge the personality into the character… That is what the costume designer must do - disguise the actress.” While it’s obvious to viewers that Jean and Eve are one and the same, Charles is humorously blind to this fact, and without a doubt, Head’s styles played a sizable role in seducing and concealing the reality from him. “I had to keep Jean’s look as different from Eve’s as I possibly could,” Head affirmed, and that she did.

As color translated to the screen in THE LADY EVE (’41) in shades of black, gray and white, Head resorted to more particular methods to convey her multi-faceted leading lady’s intentions and personalities.  For one, she used contrast to great effect in early scenes. Shading disparity exists in Charles and Jean’s garments when they appear together, like her black dress and his light colored suit in the scene described above, which emphasizes the difference in their characters. Additionally, Head tended to outfit Jean in black, white or a combination of both to make her appear “a tad coarse.” The designer also brought the Latin look “out of resort life and into the everyday working world,” since Jean meets Charles on a boat coming from South America. Believing that Stanwyck looked terrific in serape and poncho cuts, Head added items likes capes and tie-front pieces to Jean’s wardrobe.  Finally, she made use of reflective materials such as sequins, crystals and beads as well. These objects injected a blithe, amorous touch to Jean’s attire. 

Head switched gears with Eve, often styling her in lavish fabrics and lighter, more modest colored gowns, which provided an aura of distinction. Head also designed with reflective items on Eve’s ensembles, as evident in the intricately beaded, illustrious white gown she first appears in. On this character, these classy objects serve to enhance Eve’s attempt at gentility. 

The designs certainly did the trick - for Jean, Eve and the leading man, too. According to columnist Hedda Hopper, when Fonda witnessed Stanwyck in Eve’s introductory outfit, he exclaimed: “Gosh! No wonder that script says I’m to fall in love with you. You’re making it mighty easy.”

Secret Kitchen Kisses

//A.N: Hey guys sorry this took so long. I combined a couple requests because they were so similar, hope that was okay. I hope you like it, I’m coming out of some major writers block so I’m sorry if it isn’t my best work. Remember to send me your requests. I do see them, even if it takes me forever to write them, I pick what order to write them as I become inspired. So please do request stuff. As always lovelies, I aim to please! :)

  • -Where he’s your brothers friend and he come rounds one Time to hang with ur brother and at one point u and him are both in the kitchen alone and he flirts with u - then maybe take it on from there ^^
  • -hey, can you write an imagine where your crush is your older (by 2 years) brothers best friend ? thank you :)

//A.N: almost forgot, (y.b.f.n.(1,2,3)) = your brothers friends name, 1, 2 and 3.


“(Y.f.n), how far are you? (Y.b.n)’s friends are here and they’re being loud and obnoxious and gross, and just ugggggh. There’s too much testosterone happening in this one household.” You plead into your cell phone.

           “Calm down, I’ll be there in 5. And who are you trying to kid. You’re in boy heaven, and I happen to know for a fact that (y.c.n) is there. So, quit your whining, you’re enjoying it and you know it, even if only a little.”

           “Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just text me when you’re outside, okay?” You say with a huff and a smile.

           (Y.f.n) wasn’t wrong though. Anytime (y.b.n) had friends over meant an absolute nightmare for you. Except if that friend was (y.c.n). He seemed somehow different than the other guys. Granted he burped and farted right along with the rest of them, but it never seemed like who he truly was, more like something he did out of the general obligation of being a boy.

           After what felt like an eternity, your phone buzzes and you rush down stairs, attempting to avoid the attention of your brother and the monsters he called friends.

           “Why you in such a hurry baby sister?” You here a voice shout from the living room.

           Baby sister. He knew you hated when he said that, because even if he was 2 years your senior, you were no baby.

           “None of your business (y.b.n), but if you must know, (y.f.n) is spending the night, and she’s outside. Carry on with your boyish buffoonery.” You say in the most sophisticated tone you can muster. Walking calmly to the door, you open it, remarking in an accent sounding vaguely like a British socialite,

           “Why (y.f.n), how delightful you could make it.”

           “Darling, it’s been far too long. How have you been?” (y.f.n) responds, putting just enough emphasis on “have” to make it dramatic.

           You loved this game the two of you played. Anytime you hung out, whoever answered the door set the tone for how the greeting would play out. Sometimes you were British socialites, sometimes you were French maidens, once you were even mimes. There was a reason you two were friends and that was definitely one of them.

           Trying your hardest to walk elegantly up the stair case, partly to uphold the air that you had created upon (y.f.n)’s entry. But also, because you know the boys were watching, which meant that (y.c.n) was watching. Gliding up the stairs wasn’t as easy as you had hoped, but before you know it, you’re at the top of the stairs out of the view of the “gentlemen” downstairs. Before going to your bedroom, you and (y.f.n) wait at the stair top listening to (y.b.n) and his friends chatting.

           “I swear sometimes I think she must be from another planet and my parents adopted her. And wherever she came from (y.f.n) came with her.” You here your brother say, practically hearing him roll his eyes.

           “Do they do that every time they see each other?” (y.b.f.n.1) asks.

           “Every time. Just a different accent for the day.” (y.b.n) replies.

           “They’re gonna run out of accents eventually. And then they’ll have to greet each other like normal people.” (y.b.f.n.2) adds.

           “I think it’s kind cute. I mean the fact that they’re that dedicated to greeting each other with a different accent each time, I don’t know, it adds some mystery to their friendship.” You hear (y.c.n) say coolly.

           “Cute? If anything, I think it’s kind of childish, but sure, cute, we’ll go with that.” (Y.b.f.n.3)

           Noticing you about to basically faint, (y.f.n) grabs your hand and pulls you into your bedroom.

           “He thought it was cute?!?!” You say trying to catch your breath.

           “I heard him. And I agree, it does add mystery I always love finding out what accent I’m going to hear when the door opens.” (y.f.n) says enthusiastically.

           “Me too. I mean I love hanging out with you, but it’s the initial greeting that I really look forward to. This is why we’re friends, we’re one in the same. Alright, movie time. What shall we watch my dear?” You ask, resuming your accent.

           “Why love, whatever seems most fitting of such proper ladies, as ourselves.” She says lifting her head to the ceiling in the poshest manner she could manage.

           After searching Netflix for 10 minutes you decide to watch Titanic. It was a movie you watched practically anytime you had a sleepover with (y.f.n), it was a tradition you loved.

           “Do you trust me?” Jack says.

           “I trust you,” (y.f.n) says in unison with Rose.

           As they share their first kiss on the screen, (y.f.n) whispers, “Gosh, I wish I could have a moment like that. I mean sure they’re from different social classes, but like, love is love ya know? I would give anything for a story like theirs.”

           “The horrible, icy water death too?” You ask with a smirk.

           Throwing a pillow across the bed at you, (y.f.n) laughs, “No, not with the dying, just all the stuff leading up to it, dingus.”

           “What do you say we pause this a get food?” You ask her, chuckling.

           Rolling over, and sighing dramatically, she replies, “But standing is so hard. How about you get the snacks and I can just continue to lay here?”

           “You’re so lazy, but fine, what do you want?”

           “Surprise me.” She says lying face down in the bed.

           You can’t help but smile, as you make your way down the stairs. The guys seem to have retreated to (y.b.n)’s bedroom. So, you walk into the kitchen humming “My Heart Will Go On”, and search the cabinets for a suitable snack. Deciding nothing looks all that good, you decide to order a pizza. Rummaging through a kitchen draw you find the number for the local pizza place down the street. Dialing the number quickly, you stand wait for them to answer. As the phone rings, you here (y.b.n)’s room door open, and (y.c.n) say,

           “I’m just gonna get something to drink I’ll be right back.”

           You’re like a deer caught in head lights as you realize that (y.c.n) is coming to the same room you’re in, so much so, you don’t notice the voice on the other end of the phone saying,

           “Hello? Hello?”

           “Oh yeah, can I get a large pepperoni pizza, and a side of breadsticks…yeah…uh hmmm…yes sir…alrighty, thanks so much.” As you hang up, you turn to walk away, and walk right into (y.c.n). It catches you off guard and you squeal, whilst losing your balance.

           “Oh hey, sorry didn’t mean to scare you, just getting a drink.” He says, grabbing your waist to help regain balance.

           Trying your hardest not the blush, you shyly respond, “No it’s my fault, I should have been watching where I was going.”

           “Ordering a pizza for you and your friend?”

           “Yeah, we needed a snack, and quite frankly there’s nothing I really wanted here. Sooo yeah…”

           “Makes sense.” (y.c.n) says with a slow nod.

           You want to respond, but you’re not sure what else is left to say. It’s at this moment that you realize his hands are still on your waist, making it extremely hard for you to concentrate. A silence takes over, but it’s not awkward. You look up into (y.c.n)’s eyes, and notice he’s looking down at you, and glancing at your lips ever so slightly.

           Could he want to kiss me? It’s not possible. He’s your brother’s friend, he wouldn’t, would he? Gosh I sure hope he would. Maybe I should give him a few signs that would let him know I want to kiss him too?

           As these thoughts flood your mind, (y.c.n) has inched closer, but still hasn’t kissed you. Finally, unable to take the suspense, you whisper,

           “Are you gonna kiss me or not?”

           With a smile, he closes the distance between you and your lips meet. You’re not sure how long you stand in the kitchen like this; pressed together, lips to lips, chest to chest. It’s as if you exist in a realm consisting of just the two of you. Suddenly you’re pulled from this world by a knock on the door.

           Dang it pizza man. You couldn’t wait like 2 more minutes. Ugggggh. You think to yourself as you giggle and pull away from (y.c.n) embrace to answer the door.

           “Your total is $14.85.” The delivery girl says, between pops of her bubble gum. She has thick black hair, with purple streaks running through it. It’s a cute look, not your style, but it suits her.

           “Umm yeah, here’s $20, keep the change.” You say trying to get back to the kitchen with (y.c.n) as quickly as possible.

           “Thanks, have a good one.” She says with a half-smile.

           Walking slowly back into the kitchen you find (y.c.n), leaning against the counter smiling at you.

           “Would it be okay if I asked you out?” He says with a shy smile.

           “Well that depends are you asking me out?” You reply, raising an eyebrow.

           “Uhh. Yes, I believe I am.”

           “In that case, yes, I would love to go out with you.”

           A look of relief washes over his face, and you walk towards him, wrapping your arms around his waist, placing a feather-light kiss on his cheek,

           “I’m glad I was in the kitchen when you came to get a drink.” You whisper

           Before he can comment, you start to walk away, but it seems he’s not letting you leave that fast. He grabs your hand pulling you back in, for one final kiss, this one somehow more cosmic than the last, practically taking your breath away.

           “I’ll call you,” he says with a wink, and walks to the stairwell.

           You stand in the kitchen trying to catch your breath, at the same time trying to suppress the biggest grin known to man. Waiting until you hear the bedroom door close, you grab the pizza and breadsticks and sprint back up the stairs.

           “About time, I was starting to think you had fallen down the stairs and broken your nec—what are you grinning about?” (y.f.n) says, sitting up on the bed.

           “(y.c.n) kissed me. Or maybe I kissed him. We kissed each other.” You whisper, still feeling warm and tingly where his hands had been only moments before.

           “YOU WHAT?!”

           “Shhhhhhh- their gonna hear you.”

           “Sorry, it’s just a bit shocking. Was he a good kisser?”

           Still feeling dazed, you reply, “Yeah. Like a really good kisser. It felt like one of those movie moments. And he asked me out.”

           “Oh! My! Gosh!!! I’m so jealous. Ok give me every detail, start to finish.” (y.f.n) says pulling you onto the bed. Opening the pizza box, you retell the events that had just occurred to your best friend. Not leaving out a single detail, partly to entertain your friend, but also because as you retold this exciting moment, you were trying to etch every second of it into your brain to be kept there forever.