The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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Behold, a complete list of the greatest TV shows for women, ranked by ladies who love to watch television! For stay-at-home mothers or young girls in groups, television shows can be an epic activity and chance to bond with their friends and family. These are the TV series deemed the best for that woman-bonding time.

The demographics of these shows all absolutely include a male audience of all ages, but they will statistically skew towards the fairer gender. Most of the shows feature strong female protagonists or ensembles consisting of memorable female characters. In fact, a lot of the television series literally have the word "girls" in it. One example? "Girls."

In addition to the HBO hit, there are girls that are golden, girls that gossip, girls that are broke, a girl that is new, and girls who are... powerpuffs. And where would television be without women like Mary Tyler Moore, Laverne, Shirley, Mindy, Lizzy McGuire, or Gidget? So get the sisterhood together to watch these TV shows in your living rooms. Save the chick flicks for some other time. It's time to snuggle up for some good girly tube time.
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    Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in

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    Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis Sex and the City is an American television romantic sitcom created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes.

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    Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 26

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    Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread critical

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    Outlander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank Pictures

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production tag,

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    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle

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    Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with

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    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan 30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's experiences as

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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for NBC

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    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created by

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    New Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves around

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. The program was a television breakthrough, with the first

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    Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring Veronica Mars is an American mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the eponymous

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    Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. Central,

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    Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven seasons,

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    Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, originally

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    Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by Jennifer Saunders, based on an original idea by her and Dawn French, and written by Saunders, who plays the leading

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    Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Designing Women Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts Designing Women is an American television sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that aired on CBS from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, producing seven seasons and 178 episodes. The

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    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on

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    Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Northern Exposure Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes. It dealt with a New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is sent to

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    Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. It originally ran on CBS from September 13,

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    Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series loosely based on the popular book series of the same title, written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June 8, 2010

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    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and starred

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    How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in

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    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna Margulies,

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    Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Hart of Dixie Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams Hart of Dixie is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The CW from September 26, 2011 to March 27, 2015. The series, created by Leila Gerstein, stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart,

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    Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as private

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    The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. The

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    Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Parenthood Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC. The show tells of the Braverman clan which consists of

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    The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher The O.C. is an American teen drama television series that originally aired on the Fox network in the United States from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. The

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    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series

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    Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Will & Grace Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, 2006, for

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    Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the original Law

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    The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    The Mindy Project Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights. The series, created by Mindy Kaling, is co-produced by

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    That Girl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    That Girl Marlo Thomas, Ruth Buzzi, Bernie Kopell That Girl is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. It starred Marlo Thomas as the title character Ann Marie, an aspiring actress, who moves from her hometown of Brewster, New York to

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    thirtysomething is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    thirtysomething Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris Thirtysomething is an American television drama created by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for ABC. The series follows a group of baby boomers in their late thirties as they go about their daily

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    The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967 to

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    Lizzie McGuire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Lizzie McGuire Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine Lizzie McGuire is an American live-action teen sitcom, which features an animated version of the title character performing soliloquy. The animated sequences were interspersed with the show's

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    Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American drama series that originally aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on Fox and was produced by Spelling Television in the United States, and subsequently on

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    2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris 2 Broke Girls is an American television sitcom created for Warner Bros. Television by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. It premiered in the United States on CBS on September 2011, and is

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    Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Mad About You Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999. The show starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City.

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    The New Adventures of Old Chri... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    The New Adventures of Old Christine Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg, Hamish Linklater The New Adventures of Old Christine is an American sitcom television series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It originally ran on CBS from March 13, 2006 to May 12, 2010, completing five seasons. The

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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by Brian

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    Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo Network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. The

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    Girls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    Girls Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke Girls is an American television series that premiered on HBO on April 15, 2012. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls is a comedy-drama following a close group of twenty-somethings living in New

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    The Middle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    The Middle Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The show premiered September 30, 2009 on

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    The Originals is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women

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    The Originals Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt The Originals is an American television series that began airing on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season and is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere aired after The

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    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of

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    Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women


    Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in fact,

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