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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 single 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

Premiered: 1985

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

Premiered: 1998

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

Premiered: 1976

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The Mary Tyler Moore Sho... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

Premiered: 1970

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1984

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Premiered: 1998

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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis

Premiered: 1993

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli

Premiered: 1988

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Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal

Premiered: 1997

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The New Adventures of Ol... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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Premiered: 2006

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

Premiered: 2006

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

Premiered: 2011

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Reba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey

Premiered: 2001

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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

Premiered: 1993

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The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz

Premiered: 2012

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8 Simple Rules is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson

Premiered: 2002

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Ellen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins, Joely Fisher

Premiered: 1994

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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski

Premiered: 1997

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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Richard Masur

Premiered: 1975

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Grace Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Brett Butler, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse

Premiered: 1993

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Kate & Allie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Sam Freed

Premiered: 1984

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That Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Marlo Thomas, Ruth Buzzi, Bernie Kopell

Premiered: 1966

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2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris

Premiered: 2011

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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston

Premiered: 2015

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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts

Premiered: 1986

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