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List of TV series with a strong female lead

26 Feb 2017 20:39 - 30 Mar 2017 22:22 #52821 by j2001
I'm trying to make a list of all the TV series starring a strong female lead with special abilities, so mostly sci-fi or fantasy series with a few exceptions consisting of women with fighting skills bordering on the almost-superhuman level.

I'm throwing everything into the mix, including teen series, but let's avoid ensemble casts if the strong female doesn't have an exceptionally prominent role (no Game of Thrones or Firefly, for example).

Care to help? This is what I could gather so far but I'm surely missing some.

Bewitched (1964)
My Living Doll (1964)
I Dream of Jeannie (1965)
The Flying Nun (1967)
Nanny and the Professor (1970)
The Girl with Something Extra (1973)
The Secrets of Isis (1975)
Wonder Woman (1975)
Charlie's Angels (1976)
Tabitha (1976)
The Bionic Woman (1976)
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (1976)
Super Gran (1985)
Small Wonder (1985)
Out of This World (1987)
Mann & Machine (1992)
Ocean Girl (1994)
Weird Science (1994)
The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994)
Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996)
La Femme Nikita (1997)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
Charmed (1998)
Highlander: The Raven (1998)
The Worst Witch (1998)
Relic Hunter (1999)
Cleopatra 2525 (2000)
Queen of Swords (2000)
Dark Angel (2000)
Cybergirl (2001)
Black Scorpion (2001)
Witchblade (2001)
Alias (2001)
Birds Of Prey (2002)
Guinevere Jones (2002)
Joan of Arcadia (2003)
Dead Like Me (2003)
Tru Calling (2003)
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Wonderfalls (2004)
Hex (2004)
Krystala (2004)
Ghost Whisperer (2005)
The New Worst Witch (2005)
Mars Ravelo's Darna (2005)
H2O: Just Add Water (2006)
Painkiller Jane (2007)
Bionic Woman (2007)
Super Twins (2007)
Komiks Presents: Dragonna (2008)
Komiks Presents: Varga (2008)
Volta (2008)
Samurai Girl (2008)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)
Eastwick (2009)
Darna (2009)
Dollhouse (2009)
Lost Girl (2010)
Rosalka (2010)
Nikita (2010)
Charlie's Angels (2011)
The Nine Lives of Chloe King (2011)
The Secret Circle (2011)
Continuum (2012)
Hunted (2012)
Lightning Point (Alien Surf Girls) (2012)
Orphan Black (2013)
Witches of East End (2013)
Bitten (2014)
Believe (2014)
Salem (2014)
Humans (2015)
Marvel's Agent Carter (2015)
Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015)
iZombie (2015)
Supergirl (2015)
Stitchers (2015)
Eve (2015)
Angel from Hell (2016)
Shadowhunters (2016)
Wynonna Earp (2016)
Van Helsing (2016)
The OA (2016)
Stranger Things (2016)
Crazyhead (2016)
Santa Clarita Diet (2017)
The Worst Witch (2017)
Let the Right One In (2017) (upcoming)
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26 Feb 2017 21:20 #52824 by andyf
Bionic Woman 1976 and The Nine Lives Of Cloe King 2010.
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27 Feb 2017 02:09 #52826 by TwiceOnThursdays
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Assuming the list is supposed to be live action: (so no cartoons/anime):

(the Secrets of ) Isis (1975)
Electowoman and Dyna Girl (1976)
Secret World of Alex Mack (1994)
Stranger Things (2016) (Eleven is the only one with powers in the show, and she's prominent, so I think it skips by the ensemble rule.)
Humans (2015)
Mann and Machine (1992)
Witchblade (2001)
Tru Calling(2003)
Ghost Whisperer (2005)
Secret Circle (2003) -- never watched it, it might fall into the ensemble rule.
Cybergirl (2001)
Ocean Girl (1994)
Sabrina The teenage witch (1996)
(found these while look up the date for Sabrina, I don't know anything about them):
Believe (2014)
Wolfblood (2014) (never seen it, but the young woman is the pack alpha, so I assume that would give her enough prominence to count here.).

On the edge:
The Americans (2013)
Covert Affairs (2010)
Santuary(2008) (esp when Emilie Ullerup was there at the beginning)
Samuari Girl (2008)
Hunted (2012) (Now free streaming if you have Amazon Prime)
The Middleman (2008) (she's mostly outshadowed by her male counterpart, and her main power seems to be that she's unflappable.)
Power Rangers?
Dead Like Me (2003)

For a laugh:

Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 (She MUST have a superhuman resistence poisons else she'd have died from alcohol poisoning ;-) )
Veronic Mars (is snark a super power?)

assume out due to Ensemble: Sense8, Misfits, Misfits of Science, Being Human (both UK and American), The Tick, No Ordinary Family, Heroes, Roswell, Shadow Hunters, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Alphas, The Legend of the Seeker, Warehouse 13 (on edge anyway), The Tommorrow People, The Almighty Johnsons, Hex (2004)

(I was trying to think of the name of a show the other day, it was the Nine Lives of Chloe King, so thanks for having it on the list.)
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27 Feb 2017 10:08 #52830 by Markiehoe
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Bewitched
I Dream of Jeanine
Nanny and the Professor
Star Trek Voyager
Cleopatra 2525
Xena Warrior Princess
Queen of Swords

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Relic Hunter
V.I.P.
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27 Feb 2017 13:41 #52834 by Helstar
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Black Scorpion and Darna (if foreign series are accepted...)
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27 Feb 2017 16:19 #52836 by dauntingmold
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Dark Matter, might be classed as ensemble, but Number 2 is the lead character and is certainly super.
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27 Feb 2017 20:15 - 27 Feb 2017 20:17 #52841 by j2001
Thanks a lot for helping, some of the series you suggested I'm ashamed I had forgotten (Xena, Sabrina, Tru Calling and Ghost Whisperer mainly), others are as obscure as it gets but they seem to be very interesting :D

I'm adding the following entries to the list thanks to your suggestions, see the first post for the updated list:

Bewitched (1964)
I Dream of Jeannie (1965)
Nanny and the Professor (1970)
The Secrets of Isis (1975)
The Bionic Woman (1976)
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (1976)
Mann & Machine (1992)
Ocean Girl (1994)
The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994)
Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996)
Relic Hunter (1999)
Cleopatra 2525 (2000)
Queen of Swords (2000)
Cybergirl (2001)
Black Scorpion (2001)
Secret Circle (2003)
Dead Like Me (2003)
Tru Calling (2003)
Ghost Whisperer (2005)
Mars Ravelo's Darna (2005)
Samurai Girl (2008)
Hunted (2012)
Believe (2014)
Humans (2015)
Stranger Things (2016)

Stranger Things and Star Trek are a bit of a stretch but I think they qualify overall.
The idea is to avoid series in which, yes, we have a strong and powerful female but just as part of a world with many other characters stronger or as strong as she is because we would have to add dozens if not hundreds of series. The goal is to make a list of series in which the strong woman is special, standing out as the beacon of everyone's attention and source of fear/admiration.

For example, I don't think Wolfblood qualifies. Synopsis reads as follows: "The start of the show sees Maddy, who lives with her wolfblood family in Stoneybridge, Northumbria, coming ever closer to her first transformation. When new boy Rhydian arrives at Bradlington High School, Maddy recognizes him as being a wolfblood too. Rhydian, who lives with his foster family, has only recently started changing into a wolf."
So the girl here isn't special, she's one of many.

Let me know if you disagree, of course.
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27 Feb 2017 20:52 #52842 by Markiehoe
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Seven of Nine in Star Trek Voyager is a unique individual.
Part human/ part Borg but separated from the collective.
She has a super brain and slightly increased strength and reflexes.
That was my thinking.

And Captain Janeway is just a plain Bad A$$

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27 Feb 2017 20:57 #52843 by lfan
If we're including foreign series, there are a number of Filipino superheroine series that come to mind besides Darna:

Dragonna
Krystala
Super Klenk
Super Twins
Varga
Volta

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28 Feb 2017 00:43 - 28 Feb 2017 00:57 #52848 by castor
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Stichers(2015) qualifies, if the show itself isn't great
Flying Nun(1968)- if your being completest
Tabitha(1977)
Wonderfalls(2004)
Joan Of Arcadia(2003)
Worst witch (1998, 2005, and it looks like a version coming up in 2017)
Hex(2006)
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Angel from hell(2016)

Wouldn't call Stranger Things a streach by any means.
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28 Feb 2017 01:21 - 28 Feb 2017 01:25 #52849 by LustMonster
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Does Galaxina (1980) count?

Yeah, she's an android, but she progresses toward becoming human in the same way as Data in ST:TNG.

And NOTHING can beat a movie that has this line of dialog:

"I don't eat bars - I'm a rock eater. Rock eaters don't eat bars, bar eaters eat bars. Rock eaters eat rocks! That's how we get our rocks off."
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28 Feb 2017 01:27 #52850 by Markiehoe
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Galaxina was a theatrical movie.
I think j2001 is looking for TV shows

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28 Feb 2017 01:30 #52851 by LustMonster
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Markiehoe wrote: Galaxina was a theatrical movie.
I think j2001 is looking for TV shows


Aww crap, I somehow missed that.

Never mind!

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28 Feb 2017 04:55 #52852 by TwiceOnThursdays
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By the expanded definition, Stranger Things isn't a stretch. I'd question Once Upon a Time more as there are multiple people with powers, and they aren't all women. There is a lot of girl power on the show though. But if that's the criteria, then I'd offer up Westworld (to be non-spoilery as possibe, given that it's Westworld, people should know the basic plot arc of robots run amok. The simpliest thing to say is that the androids that are the most independent, and therefor exhibit acutal power, are women.).

Dark Matter should qualify despite the ensemble cast. Two is unique (* spoilers). It's an important arc in S1 and S2.

I can't believe I forgot XENA. Remembering all these shows is much harder than I thought it would be.

My Living Doll (1964) I only remember this due to Julie Newmar (the show is before my time.) Sadly there doesn't seem to be much of this show surviving. I did find 10 episodes on Amazon/DVD. (related, but off topic: zowie, speaking of tall being sexy (or well, just Julie Newmar), wait for the Monkees to surround her:
) Scanning some of the remaining episodes, it's clear that she is superiour to humans (she out sharks a pool shark for example.)

Charlie's Angels?
La Femme Nikita (1997) (The one with Petra Wilson)
Cleverhead (2016) on netflix might qualify. I've not watched it.

It is funny with the clusters 64-65, 75-76. Though things have been fairly steady since 94. We need something from 2004. Wait, Castor got it with Wonderfalls. ;-) I do not remember Tabitha _at all_.

We have to be forgetting something. Nothing from 78 thru 91? That can't be right. But I can't remember/find anyhing from the 80's that would fit.
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28 Feb 2017 07:44 - 28 Feb 2017 11:09 #52853 by Monty
Vanessa Angel in Weird Science


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28 Feb 2017 10:35 #52855 by The Highlander
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j2001 wrote: For example, I don't think Wolfblood qualifies. Synopsis reads as follows: "The start of the show sees Maddy, who lives with her wolfblood family in Stoneybridge, Northumbria, coming ever closer to her first transformation. When new boy Rhydian arrives at Bradlington High School, Maddy recognizes him as being a wolfblood too. Rhydian, who lives with his foster family, has only recently started changing into a wolf."
So the girl here isn't special, she's one of many.
Let me know if you disagree, of course.


I'd probably agree that Wolfblood shouldn't be on this list as it is much more of a group show. While all but the third series have a girl as the main character (the third series focuses more on Rhydian) there are always plenty of others around with exactly the same powers. Also the wolfblood's powers are a bit limited by our standards, they are meant to be stronger than normal humans (as well as faster and with better senses) but apart from some jumping this is never shown. However I would suggest watching it anyway, it's a good series and features a lot of very strong and capable females (both human and wolfblood).

How about the CBBC series EVE (2015) about a female android?

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28 Feb 2017 12:55 - 28 Feb 2017 19:10 #52858 by lfan

TwiceOnThursdays wrote: I do not remember Tabitha _at all_..


Wow....blast from the past! Tabitha came out about the time WW and BW were on TV in the late 70s and helped warp my young mind. It was very short lived from what I remember but starred a young (and hot) Lisa Hartman in the starring role of Tabitha Stevens, Samantha and Darren's daughter, in the Bewitched spinoff.

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28 Feb 2017 17:29 #52865 by dauntingmold
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Super Gran, may not be what you were intending when you started this list but fits the definition.

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28 Feb 2017 17:35 - 28 Feb 2017 17:36 #52866 by njae
There's Out of this World which ran from 1987 until 1991. Main character was a half-alien girl whose main power was to stop time and a few other things (she even flew in a few episodes).

Similar to The Secret World of Alex Max and Sabrina.

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28 Feb 2017 17:43 #52867 by Monty
Super gran! I remember watching that as a kid on a Sunday afternoon! Even as a kid I thought it was weird with the wee Scottish granny getting superpowers. (Pity a young granddaughter never got in the way of the villain's mis-directed super ray). If you're not from the UK, don't ask!

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