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Top 10 TV Series with All Female Leads

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Script written by Mersini Karkoulas These are the TV shows with the strongest female leads! The L word, The Handmaid’s Tale, Girls, Living Single, Big Little Lies, Pretty Little Liars, Golden Girls, Orange is the New Black, Sex and the City and GLOW are some of the best casts in TV history. Facebook: Twitter: Spotify: Instagram:

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Top 10 TV Series with All Female Leads

These shows feature some serious girl power. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 tv series with all female leads.
For this list, we’re looking at shows where all the major characters are played by women.

#10: “The Handmaid’s Tale” (2017-)

Based on Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name, this show took the world by storm when it was released on Hulu. It showcases a world not unlike our own where women are left completely powerless by a system of government. It follows Offred, who is forced into being a concubine-like figure, and shows the steps that are taken against women to make sure that they obey. Despite the brutality, there is still hope hope because it shows us that no matter how much you oppress a group of people, there will always be rebellion. It’s a hard look at a world that could be, and should be on everyone’s “must watch” list.

#9: “The L Word” (2004-09)

A groundbreaking show for the LGBTQ community, this series was one of the earliest to focus on the lives of queer women. It’s dramatic and sometimes over the top, and even though it ended in 2009, it remains one of the most iconic shows for queer women despite others that have come since. It introduced the world to a group of women whose sexuality was an inherent part of their lives, and who weren’t afraid to show it. And we don’t know about you, but we are excited as hell for the officially confirmed sequel.

#8: “Girls” (2012-17)

This critically acclaimed show, created by and starring Lena Dunham, has been on people’s radars since it began airing on HBO in 2012 as a representation of what modern life is like for millennials. With the lives of four friends front and centre, it’s a mostly fun, though sometimes heartbreaking, romp through love, work and broken dreams. While it has received criticism for its whitewashed representation of New York City, it is still a show worth watching, because it still tackles some very important issues.

#7: “Living Single” (1993-98)

This one is a landmark show, since throughout its entire run of five seasons, it was one of the most popular sitcoms with a primarily black cast. And with Queen Latifah as the top billed actor, did we expect anything less? Like any good sitcom, it entertains us with wit and humour, but is tempered with the struggles of the characters who dedicate their lives to their dreams. Whether it’s trying to run a magazine, or finding love, there is something about these women living together in their Brooklyn brownstone, that speaks to us. We are thrilled to hear reports that a revival with the original cast is in the works as of 2017.

#6: “Big Little Lies” (2017)

When a show has more Emmy wins than it has episodes, you know that it’s gotta to be worth watching. Marking the presence of several big name film actors who decided to try their hand at television, this limited run series takes us into the world of elementary school politics. Without giving away any spoilers, it also touches on more serious topics. Based on the Australian novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, the show leaves the Aussie setting for a Californian one. It’s a completely mesmerising show, and accurately portrays what it’s like to be a mother navigating the complex social dynamics that come with it.

#5: “Pretty Little Liars” (2010-17)

If you thought your high school experience was hard, it’s likely nothing compared to what these girls go through. A group of five best friends becomes four when one of them goes missing. Their lives slowly unravel as they begin receiving text messages detailing their deepest, darkest secrets, all signed by “A”. The threats escalate, and the girls have to balance keeping A happy, and living their lives. With a self awareness of its genre, the show draws on noir tradition while also balancing it with the teenage drama that each of the girls deals with, including love, parents and school.

#4: “Desperate Housewives” (2004-12)

Life on Wisteria Lane is fairly normal- at least until Mary Alice Young kills herself. Following her suicide, it is revealed that there is a lot more going on behind closed doors than anyone could have imagined. The four main characters, who were friends and neighbours of Mary Alice, have to deal with the fallout of this unexpected event, as well as the ups and downs of their own lives. It’s intriguing and it’s relatable, but most of all, it’s downright hilarious. It’s also the show that holds the title of longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads.

#3: “Golden Girls” (1985-92)

One of the most iconic shows to have ever graced our televisions, this series blessed us with some of the most sharp-tongued, witty women we’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. When four women, getting on in life, all live under the same roof, you know things are going to get real. None of them Miami natives, but they all find themselves moving there to begin a new chapter of their lives after their husbands have left or died. Critically acclaimed, this is one of those comfort shows that we love to watch on rainy days or after a broken heart. There’s just something about it that will always make us feel better.

#2: “Orange Is the New Black” (2013-)

There’s nothing like prison to turn you into a criminal. Featuring one of the most diverse female-led casts on television, this show takes us through the corridors of Litchfield Penitentiary, giving us brief insights into the lives of the prisoners and their pasts. It’s also a powerful look into the degrading and uncomfortable conditions that inmates face in prison, from the state of the facility, to the attitudes of the correctional officers who preside over the inmates. While it’s sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and will sometimes reduce us to puddles of tears, it’s one our favourites because it doesn’t shy away from tough issues.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are some Honourable Mentions:

“GLOW” (2017-)

“Designing Women” (1986-93)

“Charmed” (1998-06)

#1: “Sex and the City” (1998-04)

While it has received its share of retroactive criticism, you can’t deny that at the time of its release, “Sex and the City” was truly groundbreaking. With four single friends navigating life in New York City, it’s a show where the main characters can talk to each other about anything, empowering women through their strong relationships with one another. As a result, the show had some interesting conversations, including ones about sexuality and what it’s like to be a woman, and asked tough questions that had previously gone unaddressed in pop culture.


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