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The Best Single Woman Sitcoms  

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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.
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Julia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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Alice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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Caroline in the City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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Veronica's Closet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf
Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more
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Phyllis is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 8, 1975 to March 13, 1977. Created by Ed Weinberger and Stan Daniels, it was the second spin-off series from The Mary ...more
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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston
Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Finding out that their husbands have been romantically ...more
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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts
Designing Women is an American television sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that aired on CBS from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, producing seven seasons and 178 episodes. The ...more
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, 2015) is an American romantic musical comedy-drama television series created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna. After bumping into her first love, a New York ...more
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Miranda is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
MichaelD00 added 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
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Girls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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The Days and Nights of Molly D... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
denise-shank added 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
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The Naked Truth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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Single Ladies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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Good Advice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
buzzy added 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
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Almost Perfect is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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Fired Up is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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Miss Match is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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Jenny is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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.
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Townies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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.
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Life's Work is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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