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For International Women’s Day, Here are Five of My Favorite Female Led Television Shows

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Happy International Women’s Day!

In honor of the day, I wanted to share five of my favorite female led shows from currently running (and hopefully not cancelled soon) series!

Let’s get to it!

Steven Universe

If you haven’t seen Steven Universe yet, get on that! It’s one of the most diverse shows on television. This is an all ages show, and I mean ALL AGES! There’s something for both children and adults in every episode. With three female leads, an all star cast of female supporting characters, and male characters who don’t think it’s weird to be feminine at times, it’s a great show for both men and women, boys and girls. The music is fantastic. There’s LGBT representation. All female body types are featured. They use the title character, Steven, to play with the Magical Girl genre. The voice cast has several powerhouse women including Grammy winner Estelle. It was created by Rebecca Sugar and has many female creators and artists on staff.

This is easily one of the best women centered shows on television!

Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars: Rebels‘ animated predecessor Clone Wars set the stage, and Rebels keeps the ball rolling. In the main cast, there are two amazing female leads with Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren. Hera is a Rebel leader, fighter pilot, and the first person ever to fly a B-Wing. That’s right. The first person to fly a B-Wing was a Twi’lek woman! Sabine is a fighter, weapons expert, artist, and all around badass. She can look at a ship’s plan and deduct how best to attack it before her male counterparts. The supporting cast of characters has plenty of women too. There’s Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s ex-padawan (and my personal queen). There are evil women like the Inquisitor Seventh Sister. We also have a slew of guest spots too like Princess Leia, Mon Mothma, and word has it that Bo-Katan from Clone Wars will make a return.

With Rebels getting closer and closer to the timelines of Rogue One and A New Hope, I wouldn’t be surprise if we saw other familiar faces like Jyn Erso show up!

Once Upon A Time

Love the show or think it’s a soap opera, there’s no denying that Once Upon A Time always had a slew of strong women on the show. These women are complex characters who fight with all their might to get their happy ending. Something that Once does so well is show that it’s okay to grieve and cry. Emotions aren’t weaknesses. They give their female leads a wide range of emotions to flesh out these fantasy characters and make them real. The mayor, the sheriff, the teacher, the librarian, the diner owner, and all the women in between help complete the town of Storybrooke showing how important and wonderful women are in a community.

The women in this show are all heroes and role models. Even the villain ladies are complex with redeeming qualities.

Timeless

Lord, I hope Timeless gets renewed. It’s a fantastic show especially for it’s three very different female leads. Timeless does two things very well. One, they show how very different types of women can fight. Two, they show how women throughout history helped shape the world as we know it. You have Lucy who is a historian. She’s book smart and learns to be brave to help save history. Agent Christopher really developed over the second half of the season. She went from being a stereotypical cop to being a complex character with a family and willingness to commit treason in the name of saving her country. Jiya was the background nerd in the beginning. She rose up to fight against the evil Rittenhouse using her tech and hacking skills to help out the heroes. If there is a season two, Jiya looks like she’s going to be an important player moving forward. I must mention Emma who arrived in the second half of the season. I don’t want to spoil the finale, but she will have a role to play too. Finally, women have always shaped our history. Timeless featured wonderful guest characters like Bonnie from Bonnie and Clyde and Katherine Johnson from NASA.

Timeless truly found it’s groove in the second half of season one led by a wonderful cast of women. I hope it sticks around.

Pitch

I’ll be the first to admit that the pilot episode is a little rough. After that, Pitch builds into one of the best shows around. Ginny is a beautiful complex woman dealing with the press and notoriety that comes with being the first woman playing in Major League Baseball. Faced with sexism, lack of privacy, stress, people controlling her life, family issues, and everything else in between, Ginny rises above all of it to gain the respect of her teammates and the admiration of young girls everywhere. The supporting cast of women are wonderful too! Amelia, Ginny’s agent, is trying to find her own footing and sometimes has to make unsavory choices in Ginny’s name. Evelyn, Ginny’s friend and wife of Ginny’s teammate, is hilarious and has some of the best one-liners on the show. In the second half though, they tackled the hardships of being a baseball wife and giving up her own dreams to support her husband. All of these ladies help make one of the best shows on television.

I really hope Pitch gets a second season. It definitely deserves it.

 

What are some of your favorite female led television series? Let us know in the comments!

Hope set out into the world to be a Pokemon Coordinator. When she realized that Pokemon were not real, she pursued her other passion: writing. Hope was raised in fandoms and saw how they can help save the world from her work with The Harry Potter Alliance. Now, she works to bring that love into writing one article at a time. She's also a diehard Atlanta Braves fan, so don't diss her team.

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  1. Bri

    March 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Once, The Good Wife, Good Behavior (I have so much love for this show), Parks and Recreation to just name a few.

    I also recognize the outstanding performances the women of SNL have brought this season and last!

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