Please can someone tell me of a really good series that has a strong female lead?

(142 Posts)
Lighthousekeeping Wed 20-Mar-13 23:41:58

And not some self absorbed whining woman. I'm looking at you Carrie Bradshaw and you Hannah from Girls and, especially you bloody Meredith Grey.

tribpot Thu 21-Mar-13 07:26:34

Rizzoli & Isles, and basically everything everyone has said.

Another vote for Fringe here....one of the best Sci-Fi series EVER in my opinion (and I'm a massive geek).

Warehouse 13 has good female characters, though they share the lead with men (not a bad thing, I love it).

Also, Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica is AWESOME.

ChunkyPickle Thu 21-Mar-13 08:00:17

Once Upon A Time has a good number of female characters, and both the people who might be thought of as leads, as well as one of the primary villains are women.

Bones also has strong, competent, permanent female characters

BecauseImWoeufIt Thu 21-Mar-13 08:02:26

Spiral

yy to Fringe. Olivia rocks.
Whole series was brilliant.

WishIdbeenatigermum Thu 21-Mar-13 08:09:35

Big Love has lots of women, some strong and many flawed; it's excellent.

Ahh Big Love was brilliant, I wish they'd made more.

Brothers and Sisters

Definitely Weeds

GirlOutNumbered Thu 21-Mar-13 08:15:11

Fringe.

I'm jealous of people who haven't seen Fringe....as they can watch it without having seen it...Is it possible to erase part of my memory so I can watch it for the first time again? I'm sure Walter must have some kind of new-fangled doo-hickey that could help grin

Goodwordguide Thu 21-Mar-13 08:19:45

Yay to Veronica Mars - should be required watching for all young girls as a lesson in self-respect and being smart.

Also second Borgen, The Killing, and The Bridge, though the latter two leads are slightly too dysfunctional for my liking - I sigh a bit when strong women are seen as flawed to the point of being barely able to manage a personal relationship.

Another vote for Fringe, and Star Trek Voyager! grin
Suprised no one's suggested Body of Proof. Dana Delaney (Katherine in Desperate Housewives) as an ex neuro surgeon, now medical examiner. She's not perfect, but brilliant and strong. It also has Jeri Ryan in it (Voyager's Seven of Nine) as Dana's characters boss.

guineapiglet Thu 21-Mar-13 10:08:01

Would definitely agree with the X files, Borgen, the Killing and West Wing!

I really love the role of Gemma, played by Katey Sagal in Sons of Anarchy - it is not for everyone, very violent ( which I usually hate), lots of sex and bad language as you would expect - she is the matriarch of a hardcore biker gang in California, and basically holds it all together, a stong female in a very testosterone filled world, but it is surprisingly tender and emotional at times, and although she is very feisty and dominant. One episode covered her discovering she was menopausal, and it was a surprisingly emotional and touching episode. I cannot think of one drama which has handled this subject without hilarity or mockery or complete lack of understanding, so in amongst some pretty dark and dubious scenes, some real light and empathy from a superb actress.

guineapiglet Thu 21-Mar-13 10:08:28

PS how did I miss Fringe? It looks really good.

Second Body of Proof

gilly86 Thu 21-Mar-13 10:27:23

BUFFY!!!!!!

Lighthousekeeping Thu 21-Mar-13 10:44:19

Aren't I abit too old for Buffy?

No one is ever too old for Buffy.

iseenodust Thu 21-Mar-13 11:41:23

Another for Prime Suspect.

LeslieWrinkle Thu 21-Mar-13 11:46:06

fringe very lightweight i thought.

was damages the show with rose byrne and glenn close? that was veyr good if i'm thinking of the right show.

must check out the bridge and ashes to ashes.

LeslieWrinkle Thu 21-Mar-13 11:58:56

Ashes to ashes gets good reviewson amazon. do you need to have a good grasp of life on mars? i saw maybe a third of those on tv, whenever it was on. years ago now. I liked it when I caught it i seem to remember. is that patchy knowledge of Life on Mars enough for Ashes to Ashes?

Tallyra Thu 21-Mar-13 12:03:45

Hex. Just found it on Netflix, it's got Jemima Rooper as a strong lesbian character in a 6th form college of some description - some reference to sex and clubbing etc, but it's generally about witches (strangely enough).

Thumbwitch Thu 21-Mar-13 12:10:36

Good Wife
The Closer (although she can be a bit twee at times)
Law & Order, SVU - Liv and the DA (various women)
Body of Proof
Prime Suspect - I quite like the American version as well.
NCIS LA - Hetty cracks me up.
Medium - but that might be a bit woo for you.
Charmed is probably in the same bracket as Buffy... and about as old, if not older.

keely79 Thu 21-Mar-13 12:15:46

Love the Good Wife.

If you look police procedurals, check out Rizzoli & Isles (on alibi) - focus is on the friendship between the two main female leads - refreshing. Also Castle has a strong female lead detective.

Thumbwitch Thu 21-Mar-13 12:36:49

The Mentalist - joint lead though, the main character is male. But the female lead, Robin Tunney, is good (she was in that film, The Craft, with Fairuza Balk)

LeslieWrinkle Thu 21-Mar-13 13:20:09

she played a strong character in the prisoner, until she was killed off. i find her character in the mentalist just the ground for jane to bounce off. yes, she's likeable, but just a likeable springboard.

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