04/09/2012 11:02 am ET

TV's Best Show About Women

The second season of HBO's "Game of Thrones," which premiered last Sunday, is based on a novel -- the second in an ongoing saga -- called "A Clash of Kings." But fans of the bloody, battle-scarred show know that's a misnomer: There are more than a few queens throwing down in this brawl -- not to mention a passel of noblewomen, priestesses, grizzly mamas, and badass, sword-wielding soldiers of the distaff variety.

This may be the Year of the Sitcom Woman, but the biggest, most vibrant group of women on TV today can be found in a brutal, self-serious war drama set in a made-up medieval world -- just the kind of story, it so happens, that's often assumed to be the sole dominion of dudes.

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