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The Best Single Woman Sitcoms

Updated April 15, 2021 4.9k votes 638 voters 41.1k views53 items

List RulesComedy TV shows that feature single or divorced female protagonists

List of the best single woman sitcoms. The greatest television sitcoms starring freedom-loving females in the lead are all ranked here. The two booms of sitcoms about "all the single ladies," to steal a Beyonce quote, occurred decades apart.

The first took place in the summer of 1996 thanks to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Clueless, Townies, and some other awesome shows that have been canceled. Nearly two decades later, mass audiences are watching the trials, tribulations, and hilarious dating misadventures of single girls and their friends on shows like New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, and The Mindy Project. If you are tired of watching shows about bachelors looking for love or lust, check out the bachelorettes on the TV shows listed below. These are strong female leads -- meaning both the characters and the performances are top notch -- and, back in the day, revolutionized the feminist movement. But history aside, these hilarious sitcoms about single women on the prowl, or trying to avoid the prowl, will entertain men and women alike.

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    The Golden Girls

    Rue McClanahan, Betty White
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    Will & Grace

    Eric McCormack, Debra Messing
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    Laverne & Shirley

    David L. Lander, Phil Foster
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    Gavin MacLeod, Betty White
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    Who's the Boss?

    Judith Light, Tony Danza
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    Sex and the City

    Chris Noth, Sarah Jessica Parker
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    Just Shoot Me!

    George Segal, David Spade
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    David Anthony Higgins, Jeremy Piven
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    Murphy Brown

    Grant Shaud, Charles Kimbrough
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    The Nanny

    Daniel Davis, Charles Shaughnessy
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    New Girl

    Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson
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    30 Rock

    Tina Fey, Scott Adsit
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    Steve Howey, Reba McEntire
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    Living Single

    Mel Jackson, Erika Alexander
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    The Mindy Project

    Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina
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  • 17

    8 Simple Rules

    Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco
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    One Day at a Time

    Boyd Gaines, Valerie Bertinelli
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    Ally McBeal

    Peter MacNicol, Courtney Thorne-Smith
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    Designing Women

    Delta Burke, Meshach Taylor
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    Grace Under Fire

    Casey Sander, Peggy Rea
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    Grace and Frankie

    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin
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    2 Broke Girls

    Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs
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    That Girl

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