#TooFemale? Too Awesome! Women on TV

#TooFemale? Too Awesome! Women on TV

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The other day I wrote a post about how CBS executives passed on a pilot that tested well but rejected it because the show skewed “too female.” To say this confused me might be an understatement. How could a show test “too female”? What does that even mean?

#Too Female? Too Awesome! Women on TV

After much thought, I think I know what “too female” means in TV speak. It means the men didn’t like it nearly as much as the women. If I’m correct, that means that CBS either wants shows balanced in viewership or they want more shows that skew “too male.” Based on their current schedule, I’m guessing that they value male viewers more. Don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of shows on CBS, like Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, and Person of Interest. However, CBS needs to be aware that they shouldn’t ignore female viewers. After all, there is a long history of amazing female-led shows that have done very well over the years. 

As a child, I loved TV. (I’ll admit, that hasn’t changed.) I had the benefit of growing up in the 70s. There was a lot more family programming on the major networks then and lots of shows with great women on TV. Sure, I loved male-dominated series like CHiPs, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Welcome Back, Kotter. My favorite shows, though, were the ones with strong female characters: Little House on the Prairie, Charlie’s Angels, The Carol Burnett Show, Eight is Enough, Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Wonder Woman, Bionic Woman, and Laverne & Shirley

Despite one network’s decision, we still have lots of great shows with strong women on TV. Some of the best original and curated programming can be seen on Netflix, in my opinion. (And I’m not just saying that because they sponsor my blog. Honestly.) In fact, here is a list of female-led programs you can find on Netflix:

  1. Scandal*
  2. Orange is the New Black*
  3. Call the Midwife*
  4. Revenge
  5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt*
  6. Nikita
  7. Gilmore Girls
  8. Jane the Virgin*
  9. Nurse Jackie
  10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  11. Charmed
  12. Alias
  13. Ally McBeal
  14. Army Wives
  15. Crossing Jordan
  16. The Fall***
  17. Grey’s Anatomy
  18. Madam Secretary*
  19. How to Get Away With Murder*
  20. Private Practice
  21. Roseanne
  22. Medium
  23. Ghost Whisperer
  24. Xena, Warrior Princess
  25. iZombie*
  26. Marvel’s Jessica Jones*
  27. Bones*
  28. Drop Dead Diva
  29. Fuller House*

Recently, I asked my readers to tell me some of their favorite female-led shows. They mentioned some shows I enjoy plus a couple of new ones.

  1. Rizzoli & Isles*
  2. Sex and The City
  3. Cagney and Lacey
  4. Scarecrow and Mrs. King
  5. I Love Lucy
  6. Bewitched
  7. Faking It**
  8. Downton Abbey**
  9. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  10. Murphy Brown
  11. Major Crimes*
  12. Younger*

Of course, I also have to share a few of my favorites:

  1. Desperate Housewives
  2. Orphan Black*
  3. Veronica Mars
  4. Dark Angel
  5. Joan of Arcadia
  6. Sisters
  7. Profiler
  8. Supergirl*
  9. Quantico*
  10. Marvel’s Agent Carter**
  11. The Closer
  12. China Beach

As you can see, there are plenty of shows with strong female characters out there. I’m sure some of those skewed “too female,” too. 

Tell me, what is one of your favorite female-led shows, on currently, or in the past? What is one of your favorite female characters?

*These shows have not been canceled and are still airing.

**Shows recently canceled.

#Too Female? Too Awesome! Women on TV

About Denise

Hi! I'm Denise, a 40+ year old SAHM trying to navigate the world of motherhood. I blog about parenting, food, and have been featured a few times on BlogHer. I enjoys solving mysteries (Okay..reading mysteries or watching them on TV), cooking, and drinking way too much caffeine than I should. Basically, anything I needs to do to survive the toddler years.

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  1. Nice post! I just saw something about the reviews on IMDB being skewed. Someone dug into them and found that guys tended to rate shows aimed at women lower, and men’s shows higher. On the flip side, women were more fair. To make it worse, there are more men rating shows on IMDB, which tips the scale even more.
    (Sigh)
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