Feminism The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked  

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Are there any good feminist series and positive female TV shows on air today in 2016-2017? 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
The Handmaid's Tale Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski 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 ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode ...more

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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Grace and Frankie 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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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Big Little Lies Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley 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) ...more

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Broad City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Broad City Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Two Jewish American women in their twenties experience adventures of ...more

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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Virginia Patrignani added Wynonna Earp Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series created by Emily Andras, based on the comic book series by Beau Smith. With her unique abilities, ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Supergirl Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh 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 ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 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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The OA is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
ElijahKaganer added The OA Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson The OA (Netflix, 2016) is an American mystery drama web television series, with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Creator Brit Marling stars as a young woman named Prairie ...more

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Jane the Virgin Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more

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Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford Fleabag (BBC Three, 2016) is a six-part British comedy series about Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London.

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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Hejer added Anne with an E Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty) is a good-hearted, earnest ...more

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale Veep is an HBO television comedy series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series ...more

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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Madam Secretary Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller Madam Secretary is an American political drama television series created by Barbara Hall and executive produced by Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman. It stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
ElijahKaganer added Westworld Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright 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 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Insecure Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji 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 ...more

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SMILF is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
SMILF Frankie Shaw, Miguel Gomez, Rosie O'Donnell SMILF (Showtime, 2017) is an American television comedy series based on Frankie Shaw's short film. A single, 20-something mom (Shaw) struggles to find a happy work-life balance.

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, 2017) is an American television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife in the 1950s who decides to become a ...more

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Angie Tribeca is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Angie Tribeca Jere Burns, Deon Cole, Rashida Jones Angie Tribeca is an upcoming American comedy series created by Nancy Carell and Steve Carell. The series, a satire of police procedural shows starring Rashida Jones, was announced by TBS in mid ...more

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Younger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Younger Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor Younger is an American television comedy-drama series based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name. The series stars Sutton Foster as the lead character, with Hilary Duff, Debi ...more

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Transparent Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Judith Light Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story ...more

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Feud is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
ElijahKaganer added Feud Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina Feud (FX, 2017) is an anthology television series developed by Ryan Murphy. The first season centers around the backstage battle between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Master of None Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more

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Inside Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Inside Amy Schumer Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central, 2013) is an American sketch comedy television series created by Amy Schumer and Daniel Powell. Each episode is divided into segments of varying length – ...more

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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
ErikTrudel added Into the Badlands Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after a war that left civilization in ruins. Regent Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ...more