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The Best Single Woman Sitcoms

Updated April 14, 2020 5.4k votes 595 voters 38.2k views48 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC... more on Wikipedia

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    Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Who's the Boss?

    Tony Danza, Judith Light

    Premiered1984

    Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on... more on Wikipedia

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    One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    One Day at a Time

    Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips

    Premiered1975

    One Day at a Time (CBS, 1975) is an American situation comedy television series created by... more on Wikipedia
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    That Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    That Girl

    Marlo Thomas, Ruth Buzzi

    Premiered1966

    That Girl is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. It starred Marlo Thomas as... more on Wikipedia
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    Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Will & Grace

    Eric McCormack, Debra Messing

    Premiered1998

    Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace... more on Wikipedia
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    Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to... more on Wikipedia
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    Kate & Allie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Kate & Allie

    Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James

    Premiered1984

    Kate & Allie is an American television situation comedy which ran from March 19, 1984, to May... more on Wikipedia
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner

    Premiered1970

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and... more on Wikipedia
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    Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Sex and the City

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall

    Premiered1998

    Sex and the City (HBO, 1998) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    The Nanny

    Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy

    Premiered1993

    The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Suddenly Susan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Suddenly Susan

    Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields

    Premiered1996

    Suddenly Susan is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from September 19, 1996... more on Wikipedia
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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Alice

    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland

    Premiered1976

    Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985... more on Wikipedia
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    Julia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Julia

    Diahann Carroll, Lloyd Nolan

    Premiered1968

    Julia is an American sitcom notable for being one of the first weekly series to depict an... more on Wikipedia

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    Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Just Shoot Me!

    Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni

    Premiered1997

    Just Shoot Me! is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons on NBC from March... more on Wikipedia

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    The New Adventures of Old Chri is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    The New Adventures of Old Christine

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg

    Premiered2006

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    New Girl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    New Girl

    Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson

    Premiered2011

    New Girl (Fox, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether.... more on Wikipedia

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    Reba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Reba

    Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher

    Premiered2001

    Reba is an American sitcom starring Reba McEntire, which ran from 2001 to 2007. For the show's... more on Wikipedia
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    Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Murphy Brown

    Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud

    Premiered1988

    Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May... more on Wikipedia
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    The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    The Mindy Project

    Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina

    Premiered2012

    The Mindy Project (Fox, 2012) is an American romantic comedy television series created by... more on Wikipedia
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    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    30 Rock

    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

    Premiered2006

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    8 Simple Rules is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    8 Simple Rules

    Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco

    Premiered2002

    8 Simple Rules is an American sitcom, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Ellen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Ellen

    Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins

    Premiered1994

    Ellen (ABC, 1994) is an American television sitcom. The show follows Ellen Morgan (Ellen... more on Wikipedia
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    Grace Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Grace Under Fire

    Brett Butler, Cole Sprouse

    Premiered1993

    Grace Under Fire is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 29, 1993 to February... more on Wikipedia
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    Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Ally McBeal

    Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann

    Premiered1997

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    Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Single Woman Sitcoms
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    Grace and Frankie

    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin

    Premiered2015

    Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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