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The Greatest TV Shows for Women  

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Behold, a complete list of the greatest TV shows for women, ranked by ladies who love to watch television! For stay-at-home mothers or young girls in groups, television shows can be an epic activity and chance to bond with their friends and family. These are the TV series deemed the best for that woman-bonding time.

The demographics of these shows all absolutely include a male audience of all ages, but they will statistically skew towards the fairer gender. Most of the shows feature strong female protagonists or ensembles consisting of memorable female characters. In fact, a lot of the television series literally have the word "girls" in it. One example? Girls.

In addition to the HBO hit, there are girls who are golden, girls who gossip, girls who are broke, a girl who is new, and girls who are... powerpuffs. And where would television be without women like Mary Tyler Moore, Laverne, Shirley, Mindy, Lizzy McGuire, or Gidget? So get the sisterhood together to watch these TV shows in your living rooms. Save the chick flicks for some other time. It's time to snuggle up for some good girly tube time.

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more
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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson
Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more
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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
LaurenMcGivern added Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross
Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. ...more
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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
looksharp added Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more
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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn
Veronica Mars (UPN, The CW, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father ...more
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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
This show is an American television romantic sitcom created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. ...more
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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Chickypoo added Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more
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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
LaurenMcGivern added Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale
Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series loosely based on the popular book series of the same title, written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June ...more
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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
LanaYoshii added 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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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Amy Boal added Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more
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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance
I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more
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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
looksharp added Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent
Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and ...more
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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan
30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's ...more
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
ElineHabets added Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield
New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more
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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley
Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, ...more
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. The program was a television breakthrough, with the ...more
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Chickypoo added Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more
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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts
Designing Women is an American television sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that aired on CBS from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, producing seven seasons and 178 episodes. The ...more
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Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Chickypoo added Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha
Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by Jennifer Saunders, based on an original idea by her and Dawn French, and written by Saunders, who plays the ...more
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more