TV The Best Female-Led TV Shows  

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List Rules Only shows with a recognizable main character who is a girl or woman.

While society has by no means reached actual equality, in the last few years television viewers have started to see an uptick in female-driven television series hitting the airwaves. These days it's easy for audiences to watch action or serious drama series with female leads in TV shows. This list ranks the best female-led television programs, both past and present - from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Inside Amy Schumer and everything in between - and needs your votes.

Women in TV have evolved incredibly over the decades. From the dutiful housewives, damsels in distress and temptress femme fatales of yesteryear to the flawed secret agents, high-powered attorneys, and twenty-somethings figuring it all out of today, the age of the Internet has allowed us to gain access to a whole host of women-driven dramas, comedies ,and action sci-fi series. This list shows off the best women in TV series, from the black-and-white era to shows that are still airing new episodes today.

Whether you enjoy the period action of Agent Carter, the noir/teen-drama of Veronica Mars, or the biting satirical comedy of Veep, this list has all the top female-led TV shows. So vote up the best female shows below and add any other good female TV series that you think all ladies (and gents!) should know about.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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151 107
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

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139 69
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Andrea Middleton added The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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118 80
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
jenndubya added Charmed Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

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56 21
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Umberhaven added The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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114 72
Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
jenndubya added Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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113 97
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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69 32
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Umberhaven added Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville

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56 24
Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
zoe-krainik added Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

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61 37
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
AlexandruOUAT added Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Agent Carter Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
jenndubya added Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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83 79
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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98 78
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
jenndubya added Dark Angel Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn

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64 61
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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56 53
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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49 26
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Umberhaven added Supergirl Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

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70 72
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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48 41
The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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35 15
iZombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
sandsand added iZombie Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli

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56 53
Alias is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly

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75 66
La Femme Nikita is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
La Femme Nikita Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer

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27 4
The Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Powerpuff Girls Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily, Tara Strong

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65 58
Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
jenndubya added Bionic Woman Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer, Molly Price

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55 48
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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25 21
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
ColinBoddy added Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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62 57
2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
2 Broke Girls Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris

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45 49
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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25 19
Don't Trust the B---- in Apart... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
ColinBoddy added Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Michael Blaiklock

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33 51
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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46 53
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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13 1
What I Like About You is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added What I Like About You Amanda Bynes, Jennie Garth, Wesley Jonathan

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32 52
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
ColinBoddy added Designing Women Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts

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23 15
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
ColinBoddy added Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

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46 44
The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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28 23
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
bigcraig added Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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26 22
Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Umberhaven added Madam Secretary Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Tim Schild added Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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25 57
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
ColinBoddy added Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
ColinBoddy added Wentworth Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
TobuscusHolmes added Star Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

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22 11
Castle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
miskolc added Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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14 3
Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Lost Girl Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer

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13 2
Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Hart of Dixie Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams

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27 36
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female-Led TV Shows
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli