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The Best Current TV Shows For Women

Updated June 9, 2021 2.9k votes 1.6k voters 21.8k views56 items

List RulesVote up your favorite shows geared towards women that are currently airing new episodes.

Are there any good feminist series and positive female TV shows on air today? The television landscape is filled with feminist shows any strong woman will love. One of the goals of feminism is to place high profile female characters in television roles where they are in charge. The female protagonists on this list include women who are politicians, doctors, lawyers, CIA agents, writers, wanna-be Queens, scientists, and even superheroes - but which of these shows do feminists like the most?

What’s a feminist, you aks? The simplest definition of feminism is that it’s the pursuit of equality among the sexes. If you think of the traditional television roles of females 50 years ago, you can imagine a lot of doting housewives who stay at home and cater to the demands of their husbands. Even 10 years ago, you would have seen a lot of females scantily dressed playing inferior roles with limited speaking parts. But the times are a-changing, and more and more television shows star strong female characters in lead roles. The best feminist TV shows currently airing new episodes list here feature badass ladies who are getting sh*t done.

There’s still a long way to go in terms of gender equality. However, there are a slew of positive female characters currently on TV. Make your voice heard. Vote up the top current examples of feminist television, or add any other great shows for women that aren't already listed.

 

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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    PremieredApril 26, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally subjugated,...  more

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    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    PremieredFebruary 19, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) take...  more

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    Motherland: Fort Salem

    Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton

    PremieredMarch 18, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy

    Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform, 2020) is an American supernatural drama series created by Eliot Laurence. The series follows three young women (Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, and Ashley Nicole...  more

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen

    PremieredMarch 17, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama web television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. A 1960s housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) discovers she has a...  more

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    Supergirl

    Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh

    PremieredOctober 26, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy, Action

    Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures of...  more

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    Grace and Frankie

    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin

    PremieredMay 8, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 involved for...  more

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    A Black Lady Sketch Show

    Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis

    PremieredAugust 2, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, 2019) is an American sketch comedy show created by Robin Thede. Each episode examines a single theme and features sketches, short vignettes, animated segments, and...  more

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    The Bold Type

    Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee

    PremieredJune 20, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fashion

    The Bold Type (Freeform, 2017) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Sarah Watson. Working for a popular women's magazine, three millennial women (Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee), and...  more

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    Betty

    Dede Lovelace, Kabrina "Moonbear" Adams

    PremieredMay 1, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Skateboarding, Comedy drama

    Betty (HBO, 2020) is an American comedy television series from “Skate Kitchen” director Crystal Moselle and “Love” co-creator Lesley Arfin. Inspired by Moselle’s critically-acclaimed 2018 Sundance...  more

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    The Equalizer

    Queen Latifah, Tory Kittles

    PremieredFebruary 7, 2021

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    The Equalizer (CBS, 2021) is an American crime drama created by Queen Latifah and Richard Lindheim and it is based on the 1980 drama of the same name. The series chronicles the life of Robyn McCall,...  more

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    Flack

    Rebecca Benson, Rufus Jones

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Dramedy

    Flack (Pop W, 2019) is a British dramedy television series. Flack centers on Robyn (Anna Paquin) an American PR executive living in London, who must figure out how to make the best of bad situations...  more
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    Batwoman

    Javicia Leslie, Meagan Tandy

    PremieredOctober 6, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy

    Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series originally based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman and set in the Arrowverse. When Kate Kane's (Ruby Rose) Batsuit is...  more

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    Dollface

    Kat Dennings, Brenda Song

    PremieredNovember 15, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Dollface (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Jordan Weiss. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Jules (Kat Dennings) tries to reconnect with the friends she lost...  more

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    P-Valley

    Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan

    PremieredJuly 12, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    P-Valley (Starz, 2020) is a crime drama television series created by Katori Hall and is an adaptation of Hall's play, Pussy Valley. The series follows the lives of strip club dancers working down in...  more

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    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson

    PremieredMarch 27, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Medical

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A group of young doctors faces the pressure that comes from practicing medicine in a Seatle...  more

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    First Wives Club

    Michelle Buteau, Jill Scott

    PremieredOctober 3, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Entertainment

    First Wives Club (BET+, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 1996 film. After their marriages fall apart, Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe), Bree (Michelle Buteau), and Hazel (Jill...  more

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    The Duchess

    Katherine Ryan, Steen Raskopoulos

    PremieredSeptember 11, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Drama

    The Duchess (Netflix, 2020) is a British comedy television series created by Katherine Ryan. Katherine's a single mom juggling her career, her tween daughter, her relationship with her boyfriend —...  more

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    Sistas

    Kj Smith, Mignon

    PremieredAugust 4, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, History

    Sistas (BET, 2019) is a comedy television series created by Tyler Perry. A group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single?...  more

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    The Morning Show

    Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon

    PremieredNovember 1, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Morning Show (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American drama web television series. The show follows the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced...  more

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    Nancy Drew

    Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim

    PremieredOctober 9, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery

    Nancy Drew (The CW, 2019) is an American mystery drama television series based on the titular character of a mystery book series. After 18-year-old Nancy Drew's (Kennedy McMann) college plans are put...  more

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    Ruthless

    Melissa L. Williams, Stephanie Charles

    PremieredMarch 19, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Ruthless (2020, BET) is a television drama series created by Tyler Perry. A spinoff of "The Oval," follows Ruth Truesdale as she's forced to play nice with a scandalous religious cult of powerful sex...  more

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    The L Word: Generation Q

    Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig

    PremieredDecember 8, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime, 2019) is an American television drama and a revival-sequel to the 2004 series The L Word. Original characters Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), and...  more
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    PremieredOctober 2, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild...  more

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    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji

    PremieredOctober 9, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji)...  more

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    Dickinson

    Hailee Steinfeld, Toby Huss

    PremieredNovember 1, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama, Romance, History

    Dickinson (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American comedy web television series created by Alena Smith. Set in the during the Victorian era, the show takes viewers into the world of Emily (Hailee Steinfeld),...  more

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