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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 2019? 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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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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The OA is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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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The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 12 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 period comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife in the 1950s who ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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Sistas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Kj Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian
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?
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The Goop Lab is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Elise Loehnen, Gwyneth Paltrow
The Goop Lab (Netflix, 2020) is a documentary mini-series starring Elisa Loehnen and Gwyneth Paltrow. Leading with curiosity and keeping it real, Gwyneth Paltrow and her goop team look at ...more

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Zoë Kravitz, David H. Holmes, Jake Lacy
High Fidelity (Hulu, 2020) is an American comedy television series adapted from the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. A fan of music, pop culture and Top Five lists runs a local record ...more

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Tommy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Edie Falco, Michael Chernus, Russell G. Jones
Tommy (CBS, 2020) is an American television drama series. The show centers around Abigail "Tommy" Thomas (Edie Falco), who is the first female Chief of Police for the LAPD.

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GLOW is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron
GLOW (Netflix, 2017) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling actress, receives an ...more

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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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
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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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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford
Fleabag (BBC Three, 2016) is a British comedy series about Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London.

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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Queen of the South is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Alice Braga, Justina Machado, Hemky Madera
Queen of the South (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series adapted from the successful telenovela La Reina del Sur on sister network Telemundo and the book of the same name by Spanish ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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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