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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

Premiered: 1994

Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...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

Premiered: 2000

Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. In the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a thirty-something single mother ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

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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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
LanaYoshii added Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney

Premiered: 2013

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan, based on the memoir by Piper Kerman. Convicted of a decade old crime of ...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

Premiered: 2004

Desperate Housewives (ABC, 2004) is an American mystery comedy-drama television series created by Marc Cherry. Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends (Teri Hatcher, ...more

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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
LaurenMcGivern added Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

Premiered: 2010

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Premiered: 2007

Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. After a mysterious ...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

Premiered: 1998

Sex and the City (HBO, 1998) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by Darren Star, based on the 1997 book by Candace Bushnell. Four female New Yorkers (Sarah Jessica ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Joss Whedon, based on the 1992 film. Destined to slay vampires, a young woman (Sarah ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
ElineHabets added Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

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) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

Premiered: 2011

New Girl (Fox, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether. A quirky teacher (Zooey Deschanel) moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men (Jake Johnson, Max ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

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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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Premiered: 2005

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. Through a series of flashbacks, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounts to his children the journey he ...more

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn

Premiered: 2004

Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father (Enrico Colantoni) ...more

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Puzzler added Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams

Premiered: 2011

Hart of Dixie (The CW, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Leila Gerstein. Rachel Bilson stars as Dr. Zoe Hart, a New Yorker who, after her dreams of becoming a heart ...more

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

Premiered: 2009

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the book series by L. J. Smith. In the ...more

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
looksharp added Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Downton Abbey (PBS, 2010) is a British historical drama television series created by Julian Fellowes. A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in ...more

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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
LanaYoshii added Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

Premiered: 2009

The Good Wife (CBS, 2009) is an American television legal and political drama created by Robert King and Michelle King. Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. ...more

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
milimotwani added Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

Premiered: 2013

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2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris

Premiered: 2011

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

Premiered: 1998

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan Ball, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Telepathic ...more

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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Ben McKenzie

Premiered: 2003

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