There's no doubt that the entertainment world has a long way to go before we can say it's completely inclusive of all stories, but the television landscape has proven through series like "Scandal," "Jessica Jones" and "Jane the Virgin" that interesting female characters on TV don't have to be the exception, they can be the rule.
In the past month alone, there have been compelling debuts of female-led comedies and dramas that offer up complex, nuanced portrayals of women from all backgrounds. It's incredibly exciting to see what's next.
Below are 35 shows, currently running, new and returning, that anyone who loves female-empowered TV shows should be watching:
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