Sitcoms 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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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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100 89
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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86 88
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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133 74
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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80 100
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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69 73
The New Adventures of Old Chri... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
buzzy added 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
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That Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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104 67
Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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124 100
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
This show 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
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96 64
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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52 73
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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129 59
The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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58 58
Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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45 64
Kate & Allie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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73 64
The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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66 64
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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83 65
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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73 51
Reba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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8 Simple Rules is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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67 58
Ellen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins, Joely Fisher
Ellen (ABC, 1994) is an American television sitcom. The show follows Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres), a neurotic bookstore owner in her thirties.
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Grace Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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46 62
Living Single is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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
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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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37 64
Caroline in the City is listed (or ranked) 24 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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52 72
Cybill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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