There’s no uncertainty that the entertainment world has a long approach to go before we can say it’s completely inclusive of all narratives, but the television landscape has shown through show like “Scandal,” “Jessica Jones” and “Jane the Virgin” that interesting female characters on TV don’t have to be the exception, they could be the rule.
In the past month alone, there have been powerful debuts of female-directed dramas and comedies that offer up intricate, nuanced portrayals of girls from all possible backgrounds. It’s unbelievably exciting to see what.
Below are 35 shows, now running, new and returning, that anyone who loves female -empowered TV shows should be seeing:
1 Angie Tribeca
Rashida Jones is bringing back the absurd and slapstick humor of “Airplane!” and “Naked Gun” with this new comedy where she stars as a hardened detective who takes her occupation super seriously.
It might seem like a strange premise: to be able to solve homicides, a zombie who’s also a coroner eats the brains of the deceased. Strange, but completely amazing, thanks to the talented lead Rose McIver.
This is totally charming addition to TV’s superhero landscape is also one of the few to center around a female heroine. Melissa Benoist brings a unique comedy to this empowering take on the Supergirl mythology.
4 Sleepy Hollow
Nicole Beharie plays with a badass cop fighting alongside the time-traveling Ichabod Crane against the approaching apocalypse. The show is one of the few genre series on TV that features girls of color.
Broadway queen Sutton Foster stars on this particular clever, funny comedy from TV Land about a 36-year old girl who feigns to be 26 in order to break into the area of publishing.
6 “Jane the Virgin”
“Jane the Virgin” not only a female showrunner, a Latina lead (Gina Rodriguez), and an amazingly diverse and gifted cast — it’s also ?funny as hell?.
This irreverent comedy about a female who finds herself working as a babysitter for an out-of-control adult woman on house arrest stars Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell.
9 “The Good Wife”
Julianna Margules has reigned on this CBS play for years as HBIC, and she’s going out on an incredibly high note, if rumors about the show ending in its seventh season are accurate.
TV Land is taking additional strides in its original programming with this hilarious ensemble comedy about elementary school teachers acting terribly.
11 “American Crime”
Regina King won an Emmy for her exceptional performance in Season 1 of “American Crime and she’s back alongside Andre Benjamin in the second show of the anthology series. This time, the narrative targets the fallout after a pupil at a prestigious private school accuses of sexually assaulting him several classmates.
12 “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Rachel Bloom won a Golden Globe for performance as a girl who travels halfway across the country for a man. While the assumption and the name may seem to play into stereotypes about girls, the show is truly a refreshing celebration of girl who gets what they desire.
13 “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
Samantha Bee’s name was suggested as a potential replacement when it was announced that Jon Stewart would be leaving “The Daily Show. Obviously, the job went to Trevor Noah, keeping the all-man late night show landscape intact. Mercifully, Bee is gearing up for the premier of her show on TBS, which is certain to be a hilariously refreshing change to late night TV.
Shonda’s Thursday night block of turns and twists is back. The midseason’s powerful, subtle reveal of Olivia’s choice to get an abortion, plus her heroic breakup with Fitz, cemented the show as a leader in presenting a complicated, although strong, female lead. Can’t wait for much more.
15 “How to Get Away with Murder”
The Shonda good continues with Viola Davis as Annalise Keating, a high-powered lawyer and law professor with a crazy personal life that just keeps getting more insane. Not only is “HTGWM” one of the most intense shows on TV right now.
16 “Broad City”
The show’s blunt, in your face comedy of a draw, but promos for the brand new season also have suggested at cameos from Hillary Clinton and producer Amy Poehler.
Lena Dunham’s has had its ups and downs over the last few seasons, but it’s remained a consistently genuine portrait of four young women figuring out life in New York, beginning dialogues about slut and body positivity -shaming.
18 “The Family”
Joan Allen returns to TV in ABC’s “The Family.”, latest political play The series, executive produced by former Shondaland writer Jenna Bans, revolves around corrupt mayor Claire Warren (Allen), who declared a bid for Governor after the mysterious return of her youngest son — 10 years after he was presumed dead.
Priyanka Chopra is thrilling ABC play about a different group of FBI trainees, one of whom is framed for orchestrating the greatest terrorist attack in New York since 9/11.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell stars in this new WGN first series alongside Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, and Jussie Smollett. The 10-episode interval-play will center on the narratives of slaves trying to ensure their freedom via the Underground Railroad.
21 “The Catch”
From Shonda Rhimes comes a brand new show for us to obsess over — “The Catch.” Starring Mirelle Enos as fraud investigator. Vaughan is followed by the thriller as she solves cases and attempts to hunt down the guy trying to ruin her life and livelihood.
“Empire” may have had a couple hiccups during its second season, but there’s no denying that Cookie Lyon is one of the very interesting and amusing heroines on TV at this time.
23 “Orphan Black”
Every season of “Orphan Black” is worth seeing simply for the absolute magnificence of celebrity Tatiana Maslany, who plays with a number of different clones who get farther and further wrapped up into a conspiracy that is dishonest.
Last season of “Outlander” motivated audiences to the point as Jamie and Claire fought both physically and emotionally against the sadistic captain Black Jack Randall. In the brand new season, we follow the time-traveling Claire from Scotland to France for more experiences.
25 “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Tina Fey humor received some valid criticism for this Netflix show, due to a few off-color jokes plus a tone deaf Native American storyline.
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss flaunts her humor guru season after season on this HBO comedy about a woman trying to keep it together as vice president (President as of season 4) of the United States.
27 “Penny Dreadful”
Eva Green is leading in this dark gothic series which uses ghouls and creatures as metaphors for the darker elements of human nature.
28 Frankie” and “Grace
Frankie and grace are vibrant, sexual, nuanced characters that are glorious — the kinds of girls in TV like to see, we’d.
29 “Orange is the New Black”
The game changed when she created “Orange is the New Black,” which returns for its fourth season this summer. The show follows women of different ages, races, sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds, enriching the Hollywood landscape with leading actresses like Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox. Oh, and it’s entertaining as hell.
It’s reported to debut this year, although there’s no word on an official premier date for Issa Rae anticipated HBO show.
31 “Search Party”
Alia Shawkat is finally getting her very own show! The “Arrested Development” actress will play with Dory, a bored 20-something who suddenly becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl although she went to school with but just understood. Sometime this year, the dark comedy is set to premiere on TBS.
32 “Gilmore Girls”
A Netflix-created reunion of “Gilmore Girls” is slated to premiere sometime later this year, with most of the old gang (Luke, Lorelai, Dean, and Rory) reportedly returning. Get ready for all of the feels.
Over a decade following the finale of “Sex and the City,” Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to television for a new HBO show, “Divorce.” Parker is executive producer of the comedy series, described as “the story of a divorce that is very, very long.” The show is likely to make its debut in the spring or summer of 2016.
34 “The Crown”
The preview for this coming Netflix show is enough to get us hooked already — Claire Foy plays with a young Princess Elizabeth as she prepares to take on the role as the ruling monarch of the Uk.
35 “Stranger Things”
Not much is yet known about this sci-fi Netflix series about a boy who inexplicably disappears in a tiny town in 1980s Indiana. But using the wonderful Winona Ryder set to star, it’s certain to be awe-inspiring and spooky.