As per the age-old saying “write what you know,” it makes sense that the best shows about women’s stories are also created by women.
While there’s no lack of women-led projects on TV and streaming sites today, it wasn’t always that way. There was a time when it was rare for a TV show to focus on a female storyline at all, with little-to-no input from women in the writers’ room or elsewhere. Betty White, whose television career of more than 80 years has surpassed that of any other actor, became the first woman to produce an episode of a national TV show in 1953. She helped pave the way for countless women around the world to lead both in front of and behind the camera.
Stacker looked at the best TV shows of all time and ranked the top 15 that were primarily about women and created (or co-created) by women. To qualify, the show had to have 15,000 votes. Shows were ranked by IMDb user rating with ties broken by votes. We then took a deep dive to learn about the shows to create a fun list.