comedies The Best Single Woman Sitcoms  

Ranker TV
Originally by
3.3k votes 296 voters 17.7k views 42 items Embed

List Rules Comedy 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 women on the prowl, or trying to avoid the prowl, will entertain men and women alike.
list ordered by

1
140 32
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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 ...more

The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History The Greatest TV Shows of All Time

2
72 58
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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 ...more

3
68 49
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy ...more

4
97 46
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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, ...more

5
53 63
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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 ...more

6
82 41
Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on ABC from September 20, 1984 to April 25, 1992. Produced by Embassy Television, in association with ...more

7
42 46
The New Adventures of Old Chri... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
buzzy added 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. ...more

8
38 62
That Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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 ...more

9
92 70
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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. ...more

10
67 47
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

11
94 38
The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
The Nanny Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring Fran Drescher as Fran Fine, a Jewish Queens native who becomes the nanny of three children from the ...more

12
34 51
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr. One Day at a Time is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS network from December 16, 1975, until May 28, 1984. It starred Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano, a divorced mother who moves ...more

13
38 38
Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Just Shoot Me! Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal Just Shoot Me! is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons on NBC from March 4, 1997, to August 16, 2003, with 148 episodes produced. The show was created by Steven Levitan, ...more

14
30 46
Kate & Allie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Kate & Allie Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Sam Freed Kate & Allie is an American television situation comedy which ran from March 19, 1984, to May 22, 1989 on CBS, starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin as two divorced women, both with ...more

15
43 26
8 Simple Rules is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
8 Simple Rules Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson 8 Simple Rules is an American sitcom, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal. It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005. Ritter's character in the series ...more

The Best British Sitcoms of All Time The Best Fake Words From The Simpsons

16
42 47
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997 to May 20, 2002. Created by David E. Kelley, the series stars Calista Flockhart in ...more

17
47 36
Reba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Reba Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey Reba is an American sitcom starring Reba McEntire, which ran from 2001 to 2007. For the show's first five seasons, it aired on The WB, and crossed over to The CW for its final season. It is one ...more

18
40 47
The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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 ...more

19
47 48
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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 ...more

20
40 39
Ellen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Ellen Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins, Joely Fisher Ellen este un serial american de comedie care a emis pentru prima data pe 29 Martie 1994 la televiziunea ABC.

21
13 46
Ranker Video
buzzy added Phyllis cloris leachman

22
36 39
Grace Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Grace Under Fire Brett Butler, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse Grace Under Fire is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 29, 1993 to February 17, 1998. The show starred Brett Butler, as a single mother learning how to cope with raising her ...more

23
26 41
Living Single is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Living Single Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander Living Single is an American television sitcom that aired for five seasons on the FOX network from August 29, 1993, to January 1, 1998. The show centered on the lives of six friends who share ...more

24
25 43
Caroline in the City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Caroline in the City Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets, Amy Pietz Caroline in the City is an American situation comedy that ran on the NBC television network. It stars Lea Thompson as cartoonist Caroline Duffy, who lives in Manhattan in New York City. The ...more

25
39 53
Cybill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Cybill Cybill Shepherd, Christine Baranski, Alicia Witt Cybill is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre, which aired on CBS from January 2, 1995, to July 13, 1998. Starring Cybill Shepherd, the show revolves around the life of Cybill ...more

26
36 51
Suddenly Susan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Suddenly Susan Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Ali Larter Suddenly Susan is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from September 19, 1996 until December 26, 2000. The series was created by Clyde Phillips and stars Brooke Shields in her first ...more

27
33 47
2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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 ...more

28
19 45
Alice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda ...more

29
17 42
Julia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Julia Diahann Carroll^! Lloyd Nolan^! Marc Copage Julia is an American sitcom notable for being one of the first weekly series to depict an African American woman in a non-stereotypical role. Previous television series featured African American ...more

The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked The Best Things About Fall

30
20 39
Veronica's Closet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Veronica's Closet Kirstie Alley, Kathy Najimy, Dan Cortese Veronica’s Closet is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from September 25, 1997, to June 27, 2000. The show stars Kirstie Alley as Veronica “Ronnie” Chase, the head of her own lingerie ...more

31
7 42
Good Advice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
buzzy added Good Advice Teri Garr, Shelley Long, Christopher McDonald Good Advice is an American situation comedy series that aired for two seasons on CBS from 1993 to 1994. It was co-created and executive produced by Danny Jacobson and Norma Safford Vela; and ...more

32
17 55
Girls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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 ...more

33
4 33
The Days and Nights of Molly D... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
denise-shank added The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Blair Brown, James Greene, Allyn Ann McLerie The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd is an American comedy-drama series that aired on NBC from 1987 to 1988, and on Lifetime from 1988 to 1991. It was created by Jay Tarses and stars Blair Brown in ...more

34
7 40
Single Ladies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Single Ladies Stacey Dash, Denise Vasi, LisaRaye McCoy-Misick Single Ladies is an American comedy-drama television series that debuted on May 30, 2011, as a two-hour television film on VH1 Created by Stacy A. Littlejohn and produced by Queen Latifah's ...more

35
1 3
Miranda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
MichaelD00 added Miranda Miranda Hart, Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis Miranda is a British television sitcom written by and starring comedian Miranda Hart. It originally aired on BBC Two from 9 November 2009 and later on BBC One until 1 January 2015, lasting three ...more

36
7 41
The Naked Truth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
The Naked Truth Sarah Silverman, Tim Curry, Mary Tyler Moore The Naked Truth is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 1996, and on NBC from 1996 to 1998. The series stars Téa Leoni and Holland Taylor. The show took place at ...more

37
6 40
Fired Up is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Fired Up Leslie Bibb, Leah Remini, Sharon Lawrence Fired Up is a short-lived NBC 1997–1998 situation comedy that lasted for two seasons and 28 episodes. The series, the first from Grammnet Productions, starred Sharon Lawrence as a self-centered ...more

38
5 38
Townies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Townies Lauren Graham, Jenna Elfman, Molly Ringwald Townies is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from September to December 1996. Created by Matthew Carlson, the series stars Molly Ringwald, Jenna Elfman, and Lauren Graham.

39
6 41
Miss Match is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Miss Match Alicia Silverstone, Lake Bell, Ryan O'Neal Miss Match is a 2003 American television series created by Jeff Rake and Darren Star and produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Darren Star Productions, and Imagine Television. It aired in the ...more

40
5 38
Almost Perfect is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Almost Perfect Nancy Travis, David Clennon, Kevin Kilner Almost Perfect is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS television network from September 17, 1995 until October 30, 1996. The series focused on the professional life of the female ...more

41
5 42
Jenny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Jenny Jenny McCarthy, Heather Dubrow, George Hamilton Jenny is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1997 to 1998. The series was intended to be a star vehicle for Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy.

42
1 43
Life's Work is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Life's Work Alexa Vega, Larry Miller, Lisa Ann Walter Life's Work is an American situation comedy series that aired from September 1996 to June 1997 on ABC; the show stars Lisa Ann Walter as Lisa Ann Minardi Hunter, an assistant district attorney ...more