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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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  • 1
    Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

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  • 2
    Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

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  • 3
    Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

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  • 4
    Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson

    Premiered2010

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  • 5
    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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  • 6
    Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Gossip Girl

    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester

    Premiered2007

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  • 7
    Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Desperate Housewives

    Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman

    Premiered2004

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  • 8
    New Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    New Girl

    Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson

    Premiered2011

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  • 9
    Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Hart of Dixie

    Rachel Bilson, Jaime King

    Premiered2011

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  • 10
    Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Orange Is the New Black

    Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon

    Premiered2013

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  • 11
    The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

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  • 12
    How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

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  • 13
    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

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  • 14
    Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Sex and the City

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall

    Premiered1998

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  • 15
    Law & Order: Special Victims U is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Premiered1999

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  • 16
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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  • 17
    The Originals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

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  • 18
    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

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  • 19
    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

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  • 20
    Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Orphan Black

    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce

    Premiered2013

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  • 21
    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

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  • 22
    2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    2 Broke Girls

    Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs

    Premiered2011

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  • 23
    Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III

    Premiered2004

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    Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    Will & Grace

    Eric McCormack, Debra Messing

    Premiered1998

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    This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows for Women
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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

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