We are currently in the golden era for scripted television. Gone are the days when TV was looked down upon when compared to films. With this change, the last few years have seen a rise in series led by strong female characters. There are more shows with women at the forefront than ever before.
Females are starring in comedies, horrors, dramas, mysteries, and pretty much every other genre you can think of. If there's one place where you can find more of these shows than anywhere else, it's Netflix. There is plenty of great content available featuring strong leading ladies and we've selected ten you need to check out.
It's understandable if you've never heard of this show. Girlboss came out in 2017 and only lasted one season on Netflix before being canned, most likely to save money for bigger budget projects. This Netflix original was based on the story of Sophia Amoruso, who started the online fashion retailer, Nasty Gal.
Britt Robertson played Sophia in the show and arguably gave the most exceptional performance of her career. Girlboss does precisely what the title makes you think it would. It shows how a woman can be a brilliant business person. With it being based on a true story, it becomes all the empowering. If it were more episodes, it would probably rank higher.
9 Jane The Virgin
One of the fastest rising stars in Hollywood right now is Gina Rodriguez. But if you've only seen her in films like Annihilation and Someone Great, then you're missing out. For five seasons, she has portrayed Jane Villanueva on Jane The Virgin. The premise is that Jane accidentally gets artificially inseminated by her doctor, gracing her with child, even though she's a virgin.
While Jane isn't an intimidating character like others on this list, she's just as strong. We've watched her deal with everything thrown at her for almost 100 episodes. Rodriguez helps make the role feel truly special and she was awarded a Golden Globe win.
8 How To Get Away With Murder
There might not be a stronger woman on television than Annalise Keating. Played by the incredible Viola Davis, who made history as the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Keating is someone who doesn't take any crap from anyone.
How to Get Away with Murder is gearing up for its fifth season and has featured some of the most shocking twists in television history. Keating is a law professor who gets wrapped up in a real murder with a group of her students and the stakes keep getting raised. Keating is one of the strongest women on TV, while the show also features Aja Naomi King as Michaela and Karla Souza as Laurel, two more powerful females.
7 Orange Is The New Black
There was no way this couldn't be included on this list. Orange is the New Black is a Netflix original filled with strong women up and down the cast. This series tells the story of the inmates at an all-female prison and it boasts some of the most memorable characters of the past decade.
Initially, it began with Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) as the central character. Over the years, the focus has shifted and there are probably four or five women who could be considered the lead. That makes Orange is the New Black a unique experience. While these ladies aren't in a position of power, they remain strong in the face of some truly terrible situations.
6 The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
This isn't like the Melissa Joan Hart era of Sabrina. Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a much darker take on the character, who is famously half human and half witch. Played by the talented Kiernan Shipka, this Sabrina has been given plenty of chances to intimidate.
In just one season, Sabrina has gone against the gender bias of the witch world, stood up to the treacherous High Preist, risen people from the dead, and burned angels to death. There may not be a scarier woman in all of television right now. Sabrina has done more in 20 episodes than most characters can in 100.
5 Parks And Recreation
It may have ended a few years ago, but Parks and Recreation remains some of the best comedy ever put on television. Netflix still has all seven seasons, so you can enjoy this right now. The series features one of the best female leads ever, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler).
When we first meet Leslie, she is pretty annoying. But after a few episodes, she grows on us and we end up loving her. She loves her job, fights for her beliefs, and accomplishes so many goals throughout the show. From City Councillor to head of the Midwest branch of the National Park Service, Leslie does it all. The series also features great women like Ann (Rashida Jones), April (Aubrey Plaza), and Donna (Retta).
The definition of a powerful woman. Kara Danvers, better known as Supergirl, has all the extraordinary powers that her cousin Superman has. Since it premiered in 2015, Supergirl has focused on Danvers' adventures on one of the many different Earths within the multiverse.
Melissa Benoist has played the seemingly unstoppable female hero since day one and is always a delight in the role. Supergirl is just the kind of hero that all little girls can look up to and aspire to be. This show also happens to crossover with other CW series, including D.C.'s Legends of Tomorrow, which is also on Netflix and also features a strong female lead worth checking out.
3 The 100
The 100 started as a show about a group of criminal teens sent down to a post-apocalyptic Earth to see if it was inhabitable. Throughout six seasons, it has evolved into many different things and included a time jump of over 100 years. But one thing has remained consistent and that's the leader, Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor).
Clarke acts as the leader of her people, often outranking the adults and government appointed officials. She stands up in the face of danger almost every episode and is always out to save her people. She's the person who must make some unbelievably difficult decisions because she's the strongest. It's very possible that Clarke is the strongest woman in all of TV. Not to be outdone, the show also includes Raven Reyes (Lindsey Morgan) and Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos), among others, who are all great female characters.
In the 1980s, there was a syndicated women's pro wrestling show called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling or GLOW for short. In 2017, Netflix released a fictionalized take on the series titled GLOW and it has been a huge hit. The third season premieres this summer and the show has won a handful of awards.
Like Orange is the New Black, this is an ensemble that includes a group of great female characters. The main two are Alison Brie's Ruth Wilder and Betty Gilpin's Debbie Eagan. They're the kind of women always looking for more. Ruth is constantly doing extra work behind the scenes so the show can work, while Debbie became a producer in season two. Add in the rest of the incredible women on this show and you'll see why this show works so well.
1 Jessica Jones
We return to a powered person for the final entry, but not one who considers herself a hero. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a private investigator with enhanced strength and durability. She also happens to be a drinker with a dark past, making her a flawed and layered character.
Jones may begrudgingly fight for what's right, but she does it better than almost anybody. She has kicked ass, taken down serial criminals, and saved the world. When she shares the screen with other heroes, she still manages to captivate audiences and steal the show. Though the series ended with the latest season, there are over 30 episodes starring a powerful woman to enjoy.