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The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked 

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Updated March 26, 2020 7.8k votes 1.4k voters 16.9k views 47 items

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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
Hejer added Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian 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 ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Action

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) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Legal drama

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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Virginia Patrignani added Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: SyFy

Genres (Tv): Dark fantasy, Drama, Horror, Western, Supernatural

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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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 78

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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 Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Period drama

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) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 356

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Medical drama, Romance TV, Drama, Comedy-drama, + more

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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GLOW is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

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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The Bold Type is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Bold Type (Freeform, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Sarah Watson, starring Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy. It is inspired by the life of former ...more
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Queen of the South is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Alice Braga, Justina Machado, Hemky Madera

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
ElijahKaganer added Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller

Premiered: 2014

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

Network: Insecure

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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Younger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor

Premiered: 2014

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: TV Land

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Younger (TV Land, 2015) is an American television comedy-drama series based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name. New divorcee Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) finds life difficult at ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Suspense, Drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Thriller

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 1

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

Transparent (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow and created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story revolves around a Los Angeles family and ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 1

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Comedy

Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central, 2013) is an American sketch comedy television series created by Amy Schumer and Daniel Powell. Comedian Amy Schumer switches from sketches, doing stand up, to ...more

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Zoë Kravitz, David H. Holmes, Jake Lacy

Premiered: 2020

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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The Goop Lab is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Elise Loehnen, Gwyneth Paltrow

Premiered: 2020

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Reality

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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Self Made is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Octavia Spencer, Zahra Bentham, Kevin Carroll

Premiered: 2020

Network: Network

Genres (Tv): Drama, Biography, Miniseries

Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix, 2020) is an upcoming American drama web television limited series, based on the biography On Her Own Ground by A'Lelia Bundles. The ...more