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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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski 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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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 2 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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2,066 612
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 4 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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2,846 1,077
Friends is listed (or ranked) 5 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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1,053 341
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 6 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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1,253 428
Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams Hart of Dixie is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The CW from September 26, 2011 to March 27, 2015. The series, created by Leila Gerstein, stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe ...more

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 11 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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1,241 568
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 12 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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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher The O.C. is an American teen drama television series that originally aired on the Fox network in the United States from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. The ...more

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
LanaYoshii added Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna ...more

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
milimotwani added Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
renaymo added Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Puzzler added Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
CynthiiaMakhaliima added Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan 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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705 449
2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris 2 Broke Girls is an American television sitcom created for Warner Bros. Television by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. It premiered in the United States on CBS on September 2011, and ...more

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882 626
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn Veronica Mars (Hulu, 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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525 315
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
MeganAnderson added Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more

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559 374
Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC. The show tells of the Braverman clan which ...more

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604 412
The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights. The series, created by Mindy Kaling, is co-produced by ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 28 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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565 403
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, ...more

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354 223
Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more

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The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong Carrie Bradshaw is in her senior year of high school in the early 1980s. She asks her first questions about love and friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school and

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere Nashville is an American musical drama television series. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan, and Connie ...more

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546 419
Lizzie McGuire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine Lizzie McGuire is an American live-action teen sitcom, which features an animated version of the title character performing soliloquy. The animated sequences were interspersed with the show's ...more

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476 359
Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American drama series that originally aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on Fox and was produced by Spelling Television in the United States, and subsequently ...more

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
emlyt added Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
renaymo added Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Girls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke Girls is an American television series that premiered on HBO on April 15, 2012. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls is a comedy-drama following a close group of twenty-somethings living ...more

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
AimeeLouiseHyder added Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed Awkward is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich for MTV. The show's central character is Jenna Hamilton, a Palos Verdes, California, teenager who struggles with her ...more

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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
CynthiaStomphorst added Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Constance Marie Switched at Birth is an American teen/family drama television series that premiered on ABC Family on June 6, 2011, at 9:00 ET/PT. The one-hour scripted drama is set in the Kansas City ...more

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Drop Dead Diva is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
StephanieCatherineSchmidt added Brandy Norwood, April Bowlby, Margaret Cho Drop Dead Diva is an American legal comedy-drama/fantasy television series that aired on Lifetime from July 12, 2009 to June 22, 2014. The series was created by Josh Berman and produced by Sony ...more

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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
matthewhoward586 added Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997 to May 20, 2002. Created by David E. Kelley, the series stars Calista Flockhart in ...more

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90210 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
AmeliaGrobler added Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord 90210 is an American teen drama television series, developed by Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, that aired on The CW from September 2, 2008 to May 13, 2013. It is the fourth series in the ...more

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Mistresses is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
RachelCorleyGraham added Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes Mistresses is an American mystery drama television series based on the 2008–10 U.K. series of the same name, about the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit ...more

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349 271
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden Teen Wolf is an American television series developed by Jeff Davis for MTV. It is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott, who is bitten ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 49 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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
looksharp added David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more