Positive Role Model TV for Girls

Finding positive role models for girls on TV isn't as easy as it should be. But if you dig a bit, you'll uncover a few gems that will show girls and women in a positive light. Sometimes you'll need to employ the DVD player or stream older series that have gone off the air for these top-rated girl-power TV shows. And some shows only feature women occasionally (like Iron Chef America), but when they do, they're great examples of strong girls and women. Talk to girls (and boys) about how women are portrayed in the media and what kinds of stereotypes they see. These discussions can counteract harmful messages kids get about body image, sexuality, and role models.

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Friendly characters + STEM content = smart pick for tots.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
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Friendship, imagination, and excellent role models for kids.
Network: Disney Junior
(2014)
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Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
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Spunky girl's math skills solve problems, teach lessons.
Network: PBS Kids
(2013)
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Friendly frontier town teaches kids about strong character.
Network: Disney Junior
(2013)
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Charming siblings' adventures have teaching points for kids.
Network: Sprout
(2013)
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Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.
Network: Disney Junior
(2012)
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Exuberant kid shares scientific curiosity with others.
Network: Sprout
(2014)
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Friendly book characters teach lessons in helping others.
Network: Disney Junior
(2014)
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STEM learning, positive role models in well-rounded series.
Network: Amazon
(2014)
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Charming series strikes perfect balance between life, tech.
Network: Sprout
(2016)
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Princess crossover features two strong female role models.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
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Brainy heroine uses vocab to outwit bad guys.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
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Medieval adventure is a soaring delight.
Network: ION, NBC, qubo
(2006)
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BFFs stir up magical recipes in fun family-friendly series.
Network: Amazon
(2016)
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Book-inspired series scores with excellent tween role model.
Network: Amazon
(2015)
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Likable female role model outshines soap opera-style series.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
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Film reboot reinterprets plucky book heroine's beloved tale.
Network: PBS
(2016)
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Aussie mermaids send positive messages to tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2008)
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Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
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Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
Network: PBS
(2010)
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Faith-based period drama has stellar female role models.
Network: Hallmark Channel
(2014)
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Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
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Magical comedy with good lessons for tweens.
Network: Syndicated, TeenNick
(2005)
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Girl-centered sci-fi series is like a tween-sized Lost.
Network: Disney Channel
(2012)
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Fun food battle features creative chefs and great food.
Network: Food Network
(2010)
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Exceptional, spooky book adaptation is best for tweens.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
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Quirky cartoon values family, fun, and finding your purpose.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2013)
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Strong female lead shoulders the weight of superhero series.
Network: CBS
(2015)
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Comedians discuss women's issues in a frank (and funny) way.
Network: Smart Girls
(2016)
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Cult vampire series has witty bite and strong role model.
Network: FX
(2005)
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Action-packed drama with strong female character.
Network: Freeform
(2008)
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Race is tackled gently in fresh family friendly sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2014)
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MLB's first female pitcher boldly faces challenges.
Network: Fox
(2016)
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Charming, quirky, hilarious comedy has rich characters.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
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1920s Melbourne-set series stars strong female crime-solver.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
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Flawed-but-forceful female lead is a tough act to follow.
Network: ITV, PBS
(2013)
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Strong female teen private eye digs into serious topics.
Network: CW
(2006)
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