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The Best Female-Led TV Shows

Updated May 14, 2021 37.7k votes 3.0k voters 52.5k views301 items

List RulesOnly 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 that you think all ladies (and gents!) should know about.

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    The Golden Girls

    Rue McClanahan, Betty White
    The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC...  more
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    Veronica Mars

    Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs
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    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by...  more
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg
    Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes
    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more
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    Murder, She Wrote

    Angela Lansbury, William Windom
    This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and...  more
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    Charmed

    Kaley Cuoco, Julian McMahon
    Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M....  more
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    Bewitched

    Alice Pearce, Sandra Gould
    Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on...  more
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    I Love Lucy

    Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball
    I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance,...  more
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    The Nanny

    Daniel Davis, Charles Shaughnessy
    The Nanny (CBS, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Fran Drescher and Peter Marc...  more
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    Gilmore Girls

    Matt Czuchry, Melissa McCarthy
    Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy...  more
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    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown
    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series...  more
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    Parks and Recreation

    Jim O'Heir, Chris Pratt
    Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and...  more
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    Jessica Jones

    Terry Chen, Tiffany Mack
    Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa...  more
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    Once Upon a Time

    Michael Raymond-James, Dania Ramirez
    Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on...  more
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    Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    John Ducey, Andrew W. Walker
    Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ABC, 1996) is an American sitcom created by Nell Scovell and is...  more
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    30 Rock

    Tina Fey, Scott Adsit
    30 Rock (NBC, 2006) is an American satirical sitcom television series created by Tina Fey....  more
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    Agent Carter

    Shea Whigham, Chad Michael Murray
    Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for...  more
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    Xena: Warrior Princess

    Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor
    Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The...  more
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    The 100

    Christopher Larkin, Devon Bostick
    The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series...  more
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    Sex and the City

    Chris Noth, Sarah Jessica Parker
    Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial
    Sex and the City (HBO, 1998) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by...  more
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    Alias

    Rachel Nichols, Bradley Cooper
    Alias (ABC, 2001) is an American action thriller television series created by J. J. Abrams....  more
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    Wonder Woman

    Lynda Carter, Richard Eastham
    Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine...  more
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    Dollhouse

    Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix
    Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial
    Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss...  more
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    Reba

    Steve Howey, Reba McEntire
    Reba is an American sitcom starring Reba McEntire, which ran from 2001 to 2007. For the show's...  more
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    Orange Is the New Black

    Michelle Hurst, Dale Soules
    Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series...  more