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The Best Female-Lead TV Shows

Updated July 28, 2021 40.3k votes 3.1k voters 55.4k views313 items

List RulesVote up the best shows with a main character who is a woman or a girl.

Some of the best shows have strong female leads - and even when they're showing their softer side, TV shows with female leads stand out in a sea of guy-oriented shows. 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. What are television's best TV shows with female leads? Vote up the female-lead shows you think are the best and see where your favorites rank.

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