Need a pick-me-up? Here are the 30 best feminist TV shows to empower and inspire you

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Bad-ass heroines and Bechdel-friendly scripts – TV producers take note…

sketches and stand-up are one glorious satirical takedown of every bullshit aspect of being a woman in 2016, as well as acknowledging the B.S. we willingly engage with, too. As revolutionary in pop culture as Caitlin Moran’s
How To Be A Woman/
, there’s no wonder this show has spawned so many viral videos.
How many seasons?
Where can I watch it?
Amazon Prime Video
Madam Secretary
The Lowdown:
Tea Leoni plays Dr Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst, turned political science professor, turned Secretary of State (how’s that for a power CV?) Shrewd and decidedly no-nonsense, she knows how to play the game at the White House – and most of all, she gets sh*t done.
How many seasons?
Where can I watch it?
Now TV
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Lowdown:
Dubbed TV’s first truly female-dominated sitcom, it aired in the 1970s when female characters were crude caricatures subject to shudderingly awful, nudge-nudge, wink-winks sexism. When Tyler Moore’s character, Mary Richards – a 30-year-old single woman – moved to the city on her own, to start working as a TV producer, she did something that no female TV character had ever done before.
How many seasons?
Where can I watch it?
Amazon Prime Video
Orphan Black
The lowdown:
Tatiana Maslany is magnificent in this sci-fi super hit, playing several different characters, often in the same scene. At its heart this show is about female identity and sisterhood (it passes the Bechdel Test with flying colours) and we have a veritable plethora of complex, well-developed, distinct female characters – good and ‘bad’ – all conflicted and flawed.
Number of seasons?
Where can I watch it?
Netflix
Girls
The Lowdown:
Lena Dunham held a mirror up to the often painful truths of life as a Millennial woman (well, a white, privileged Millennial living in Brooklyn).

But from the mega-awks sex scenes, to the complicated nature of female friendship, it’s an unapologetic portrayal of attempting to be an adult woman, fuck-ups and all.
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Where can I watch it?
Now TV
How To Get Away With Murder
The lowdown:
Viola Davis is a tour de force – and so is her character, Professor Annalise Keating, a legal genius who becomes entwined in a murder. Davis won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for the role – the first black woman to do so. Annalise isn’t the most likeable heroine – and kudos to creator Shonda Rhimes for making her this way: why do men get to corner the flawed anti-hero roles?
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Where can I watch it?
Netflix
Outlander
The lowdown:
Our heroine Claire (Catriona Balfe), is a sexually-empowered, fiercely intelligent and talented trauma nurse, who finds herself transported to the Scottish Highlands in 1743, and promptly seeks to teach the patriarchal clans a thing or to. Accused of being a witch – of course – she fights to be treated as an equal. Extra marks for the non-cliched sex scenes which show a woman thoroughly enjoying herself, and receiving as much pleasure as she gives (seriously, they’re pretty hot).
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Where can I watch it?
All 4
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The Lowdown:
When the Hellmouth opens, who’s going to save the world? A high-school girl with serious chutzpah, that’s who. For all of us who grew up with Sarah Michelle Gellar’s smart-talking vampire slayer, she remains a feminist hero. And the finale of the show, where she literally puts the safety of the world in the hands thousands of other women (who are potential slayers) felt like the most feminist ending the show could have had. *Sharpens stake*
How many seasons?
Where can I watch it?
All 4

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