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The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked 

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Updated July 14, 2020 8.1k votes 1.4k voters 18.3k views 58 items

List Rules Series must be currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service.

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

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama, Coming of age

Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira Walley-Beckett, based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth ...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

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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Virginia Patrignani added Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon

Premiered: 2016

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) 5 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) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston

Premiered: 2015

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

Premiered: 2015

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) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Period 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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GLOW is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

Premiered: 2017

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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Self Made is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Octavia Spencer, Zahra Bentham, Kevin Carroll

Premiered: 2020

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

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Unorthodox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Jeff Wilbusch, Amit Rahav, Maria Schrader

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Drama

Unorthodox (Netflix, 2020) is a German drama television series created by Anna Winger and directed by Maria Schrader based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Feldman. It follows the story ...more

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Mrs America is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Cate Blanchett

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Drama

Mrs. America (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series created by Dahvi Waller. Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett) leads an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights ...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

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

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 ...more

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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Zoë Kravitz, David H. Holmes, Jake Lacy

Premiered: 2020

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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Ariana Grande: Dangerous... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Ariana Grande, Scott Nicholson, Brian Nicholson

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries (YouTube Premium, 2018) is an American documentary web television limited series, created by Alfredo Flores. The first three episodes follow singer Ariana ...more
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Motherland: Fort Salem ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Taylor Hickson, Ashley Nicole Williams, Amalia Holm

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Drama

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 ...more
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The Bold Type is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

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), ...more

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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson

Premiered: 2019

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

Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman and set in the Arrowverse. Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) must overcome her own ...more

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Dollface is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Kat Dennings, Beth Grant, Shay Mitchell

Premiered: 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 ...more

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The Morning Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell

Premiered: 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 ...more

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Shrill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Shrill (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy web television series, based on the book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. While the world around her deems her not good enough because of ...more

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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller

Premiered: 2014

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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
ElijahKaganer added Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

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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Younger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy

Younger (TV Land, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Darren Star, based on the 2005 novel by Pamela Redmond Satran. After being mistaken for younger than she really ...more

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows For Women, Ranked
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

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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