TV Shows with Strong Female Leads

The Closer

The Closer

First Aired: 2005-06-13
Network: TNT
Runtime: 60
Starring: Kyra Sedgwick, Tony Denison, Jon Tenney, Raymond Cruz, Gina Ravera
Top Attributes: Drama, Workplace, Detective, Cop Show
Similar Shows: In Plain Sight, Saving Grace, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS, Detroit 1-8-7

Description: Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is a police detective who transfers from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite a tendency to step on people's toes, Johnson manages to convert even her strongest adversaries with her unique ability to get to the truth.

Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie

First Aired: 2009-06-08
Network: Showtime
Runtime: 30
Starring: Edie Falco, Bobby Cannavale, Arjun Gupta, Stephen Wallem, Dominic Fumusa
Top Attributes: Character Focus, Serial, Workplace, Hospital
Similar Shows: Mercy, Chicago Hope, Lipstick Jungle, Rescue Me, Shameless (US)

Description: "Nurse Jackie" is a half-hour comedy that is at turns wicked, heartbreaking and funny. Edie Falco stars as the title character Jackie O'Hurley, a strong-willed and brilliant -- but very flawed -- emergency room nurse in a complicated New York City hospital. A lapsed Catholic with an occasional weakness for Vicodin and Adderall to get her through the days, Jackie keeps the hospital balanced with her own kind of justice. Every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses and her own indiscretions.

Homeland

Homeland

First Aired: 2011-10-02
Network: Showtime
Runtime: 60
Starring: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, Jackson Pace
Top Attributes: Strong Female Lead, Drama, Political Intrigue, One Man/Woman Against the World
Similar Shows: The Americans (2013), Rubicon, Prime Suspect (US), The Killing (2011), Scandal (2012)

Description: While in Iraq, Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer, had been warned by an asset that an American prisoner of war had been turned by al-Qaeda. After conducting an unauthorized operation in Iraq, Carrie is put on probation and reassigned to the CIA's Counter-terrorism Center in Langley, Virginia.

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

First Aired: 2000-10-05
Network: The WB
Runtime: 40
Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Matt Czuchry, Sean Gunn
Top Attributes: Constant Dialogue, Family, Strong Female Lead, Lightness
Similar Shows: The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Big C, Cougar Town, 7th Heaven, Better With You

Description: Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, Gilmore Girls is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-bound daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory (Alexis Bledel), doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes. Rory is more serious than Lorelai, but there are tendencies, especially in the love department, that clearly indicate she is her mother's daughter. From the beginning, this unique mother-daughter team has been growing up together. Lorelai was just Rory's age when she became pregnant and made the tough decision to raise her baby alone.

Damages

Damages

First Aired: 2007-07-24
Network: FX
Runtime: 60
Starring: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden
Top Attributes: Psychology, Crime, Workplace, Drama
Similar Shows: Lie to me, The Whole Truth, The Closer, Raising the Bar, The Good Wife

Description: Set in New York's world of high stakes litigation, Damages follows the lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protege Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs -- and that lives, not just fortunes, are at stake.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

First Aired: 1997-03-10
Network: The WB
Runtime: 40
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg
Top Attributes: Supernatural, Drama, Geekiness, Strong Female Lead
Similar Shows: Eastwick, Charmed, Being Human, The Vampire Diaries, Angel

Description: In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.

Alias

Alias

First Aired: 2001-09-30
Network: ABC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan, Ron Rifkin, Victor Garber, Amy Acker
Top Attributes: Strong Female Lead, Science Fiction, Drama, Plot Twists
Similar Shows: Revolution, Nikita, Dollhouse, Terra Nova, Firefly

Description: Sydney Bristow, an agent who has been tricked to believe she is working for the U.S. government is actually working for a criminal organization named the Alliance of Twelve. Upon learning this, Sydney becomes a double agent for the real CIA.

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

First Aired: 2004-09-22
Network: The CW
Runtime: 60
Starring: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra
Top Attributes: Drama, Teen Presence, School, High School
Similar Shows: Revenge, Weeds, The O.C., Pretty Little Liars, Ringer

Description: In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator. During the day, Veronica must negotiate high school like any average teenage girl. But at night, she helps with her father's struggling private investigator business.

Orange is The New Black

Orange is The New Black

First Aired: 2013-07-11
Network: Netflix
Runtime: 60
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Jason Biggs, Selenis Leyva, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Top Attributes: Fish Out Of Water, Single Camera, Strong Female Lead, LBGT Elements
Similar Shows: Girls, Weeds, New Girl, United States of Tara, Men of a Certain Age

Description: Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.

Weeds

Weeds

First Aired: 2005-08-07
Network: Showtime
Runtime: 40
Starring: Mary-Louise Parker, Alexander Gould, Hunter Parrish, Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon
Top Attributes: Drugs, Strong Female Lead, Family, Suburban Life
Similar Shows: Revenge, The Big C, Orange Is the New Black, Californication, Shameless (US)

Description: Is the grass really greener on the other side? Yes, and it smells better, too! So when Nancy Botwin (Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) faces both sudden widowhood and poverty, she's determined to do anything to keep her kids in suburbia, including taking a job as the neighborhood pot dealer. Subversive, satirical and hilarious, the first season of this groundbreaking Showtime hit is guaranteed to spark laughter!

Prime Suspect (UK)

Prime Suspect (UK)

First Aired: 1991-04-07
Network: ITV1
Runtime: 120
Starring: Helen Mirren, Jack Ellis, John Benfield, Mossie Smith, Philip Wright
Top Attributes: Cop Show, Crime, British, Detective
Similar Shows: Prime Suspect (US), Unforgettable, Blue Bloods, Saving Grace, Sherlock

Description: Prime Suspect is a successful, award winning detective drama series starring Helen Mirren as Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison. The character was created by Linda La Plante.

The Killing (US)

The Killing (US)

First Aired: 2011-04-03
Network: AMC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Julia Sarah Stone, Cate Sproule, Bex Taylor-Klaus
Top Attributes: Mystery, Detective, Serial, Plot Twists
Similar Shows: Fargo, Homeland, True Detective, Elementary, Revenge

Description: From writer, executive producer and series showrunner Veena Sud (Cold Case), The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim's grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they've moved on, their past isn't done with them.

Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

First Aired: 2005-03-27
Network: ABC
Runtime: 40
Starring: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl, Sara Ramirez
Top Attributes: Drama, Hospital, Strong Female Lead, Mainstream
Similar Shows: Private Practice, Mercy, ER, Chicago Hope, Three Rivers

Description: Meet Meredith Grey, a brilliant first-year surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. Together with her fellow residents-in-training, Meredith navigates her way through the daily traumas and social land mines of the life inside the hospital and out in the real world. Grey's Anatomy is a smart and witty look at young people struggling to be doctors and doctors struggling to be human.

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