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The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked

Updated October 20, 2020 5.1k votes 1.5k voters 18.9k views62 items

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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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    Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Coming of age

    Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira... more on Wikipedia

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    Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Wynonna Earp

    Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson

    Premiered2016

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

    Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series... more on Wikipedia

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    The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian fiction

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,... more on Wikipedia

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    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

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

    The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series... more on Wikipedia

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    Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-Drama, Period drama

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama web... more on Wikipedia

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    Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Grace and Frankie

    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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

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  • 8
    Self Made is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Self Made

    Octavia Spencer, Zahra Bentham

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Biography, Miniseries

    Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix, 2020) is an upcoming American... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Supergirl

    Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks

    Premiered2015

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

    Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed... more on Wikipedia

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    Unorthodox is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
    10
    7

    Unorthodox

    Jeff Wilbusch, Amit Rahav

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Unorthodox (Netflix, 2020) is a German drama television series created by Anna Winger and... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Mrs America is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
    7
    4

    Mrs America

    Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Mrs. America (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series created by Dahvi Waller. Conservative... more on Wikipedia

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    Motherland: Fort Salem is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Motherland: Fort Salem

    Taylor Hickson, Ashley Nicole Williams

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform, 2020) is an American supernatural drama series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    High Fidelity

    Zoë Kravitz, David H. Holmes

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    High Fidelity (Hulu, 2020) is an American comedy television series adapted from the novel of... more on Wikipedia

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    The Bold Type is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    The Bold Type

    Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

    The Bold Type (Freeform, 2017) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Sarah... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Batwoman

    Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Drama, Action, Crime, Mystery

    Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipedia

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    Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    10

    Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries

    Ariana Grande, Scott Nicholson

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries (YouTube Premium, 2018) is an American documentary web... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Dollface is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Dollface

    Kat Dennings, Beth Grant

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Dollface (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Jordan Weiss. After... more on Wikipedia

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    Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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    Shrill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Shrill

    Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • 20
    Nancy Drew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
    10
    25

    Nancy Drew

    Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Drama, Supernatural, Supernatural mystery

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    Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Madam Secretary

    Téa Leoni, Tim Daly

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Madam Secretary is an American political drama television series created by Barbara Hall and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Morning Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    21

    The Morning Show

    Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Morning Show (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American drama web television series. The show... more on Wikipedia
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    Younger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    Younger

    Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy

    Younger (TV Land, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Darren Star,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Westworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
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    110

    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series... more on Wikipedia

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

    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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