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The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts 

Molly Gander
Updated March 19, 2020 682 votes 184 voters 37 items

List Rules Any shows that aired during the 2020 calendar year and feature a primarily female cast.

The best current female-led TV shows include award-winning dramas and hilarious comedies. Thanks to an array of program providers like Netflix, Apple TV, and even regular old broadcast television, there are a plethora of small-screen TV shows for women to suit everyone’s taste. These top current television shows with female casts and leads are all airing new episodes in 2020. 

Killing Eve and The Handmaid’s Tale have been collecting trophies at award ceremonies. Shows like Russian Doll and Better Things break the mold of traditional half-hour comedies. The women in these shows are are raw and honest. Their characters are not perfect - in fact they are extremely flawed. But that’s what makes them so relatable. We’re not in June Cleaver territory anymore when it comes to women on TV.

Which are the best TV shows with female casts in 2020? Vote up your favorites.

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Endlings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Michela Luci, Oyin Oladejo, Kamaia Fairburn

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Endlings (CBC/Hulu, 2020) is a Canadian television science fiction series. Set in a near future, Endlings centers around four foster children who discover they're not alone following the ...more
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Derry Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Derry Girls Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland

Network: Channel 4, Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Features the personal exploits of a 16 year old girl, her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 90s.
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The Morning Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell

Network: Apple TV+

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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Better Things is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Better Things Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Better Things (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. An actress (Pamela Adlon) raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of ...more
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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Network: BBC America

Genres (Tv): Drama

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

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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Russian Doll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Russian Doll (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy web television series created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland. A young woman (Natasha Lyonne) in New York tries to escape ...more
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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston

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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Good Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, Retta

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Dark comedy

Good Girls (NBC, 2017) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jenna Bans. Struggling to make ends meet, three suburban housewives (Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman) ...more
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The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
The Good Fight Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: CBS All Access

Genres (Tv): Legal drama, Political Drama

The Good Fight (CBS All Access, 2017) is a legal and political drama television series, a spin-off of the 2009 series The Good Wife. A year after the finale of The Good Wife, an enormous ...more
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The L Word: Generation Q... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama

The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime, 2019) is an American television drama and a revival-sequel to the 2004 series The L Word. Original characters Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), ...more
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Dollface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Kat Dennings, Beth Grant, Shay Mitchell

Network: Hulu

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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Mom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Blake Garrett Rosenthal

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom

Mom is an American sitcom that premiered on September 23, 2013, on CBS. The series stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney and was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, as well as Gemma Baker. ...more
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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main

Number of Episodes: 15

Network: BBC One

Genres (Tv): Drama

Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. It stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Bryony ...more
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Modern Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Andy Garcia

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Romantic comedy, Anthology

Modern Love (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American romantic comedy anthology television series, based on the weekly column published by The New York Times. Following the style of the column the ...more
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Shrill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones

Network: Hulu

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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A Black Lady Sketch Show... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, 2019) is an American sketch comedy show created by Robin Thede. Each episode examines a single theme and features sketches, short vignettes, animated segments, and ...more
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Claws is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Claws Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes

Network: TNT

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Crime, Drama

Claws (TNT, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Eliot Laurence. Five manicurists at the Nail Artisan salon of Manatee County, Florida enter the traditionally male world of ...more
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Awkwafina Is Nora from Q... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Awkwafina, BD Wong, Lori Tan Chinn

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (Comedy Central, 2020) is an American comedy television series. With help from her dad and grandmother, Nora Lum (Awkwafina) navigates young adulthood in Flushing, ...more
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Pandora is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Priscilla Quintana, Ben Radcliffe, Raechelle Banno

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Action, Drama

Pandora (The CW, 2019) is an American science fiction action television series. Set in the year 2199, a young woman (Priscilla Quintana) who has lost everything finds a new life at Earth's Space ...more
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Work in Progress is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Karin Anglin, Theo Germaine , Emily Fightmaster

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Work in Progress (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series co-created by Abby McEnay. The show features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose ...more
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I Am Not Okay With This ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Sophia Lillis, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sofia Bryant

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Coming of age

I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix, 2020) is an American coming-of-age drama television series created, directed, written, and executive produced by Jonathan Entwistle and Christy Hall. Sydney is ...more
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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero fiction, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more
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First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Michelle Buteau, Jill Scott, Ryan Michelle Bathe

Network: BET

Genres (Tv): Comedy

First Wives Club (BET, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 1996 film. After their marriages fall apart, Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe), Bree (Michelle Buteau), and Hazel (Jill ...more
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Little Fires Everywhere ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2020 Shows With Female Casts
Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Drama

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu, 2020) is an American TV mini-series based on Celeste Ng's novel. The eight-part limited series tells the story of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an ...more