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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Astroblast TV Poster Image
Charming animals teach kids about positive relationships.
Network: NBC, Sprout
(2015)
(2014)
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Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom TV Poster Image
Charming British series promotes perseverance, friendship.
Network: Nick Jr.
(2015)
(2015)
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Blaze and the Monster Machines TV Poster Image
Friendly characters + STEM content = smart pick for tots.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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Kate & Mim-Mim TV Poster Image
Friendship, imagination, and excellent role models for kids.
Network: Disney Junior
(2014)
(2014)
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Nella the Princess Knight TV Poster Image
Well-rounded heroine is great role model for preschoolers.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2017)
(2017)
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Ni Hao, Kai-lan TV Poster Image
Cultural content, good messages make show a hit.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2008)
(2007)
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Nina's World TV Poster Image
Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Peg + Cat TV Poster Image
Spunky girl's math skills solve problems, teach lessons.
Network: PBS Kids
(2013)
(2013)
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Sheriff Callie's Wild West TV Poster Image
Friendly frontier town teaches kids about strong character.
Network: Disney Junior
(2013)
(2013)
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Stella and Sam TV Poster Image
Charming siblings' adventures have teaching points for kids.
Network: Sprout
(2013)
(2013)
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Dino Dana TV Poster Image
Kid scientist can see real dinos in fun educational series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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Doc McStuffins TV Poster Image
Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.
Network: Disney Junior
(2012)
(2012)
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Earth to Luna TV Poster Image
Exuberant kid shares scientific curiosity with others.
Network: Sprout
(2014)
(2014)
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Ella the Elephant TV Poster Image
Friendly book characters teach lessons in helping others.
Network: Disney Junior
(2014)
(2014)
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True and the Rainbow Kingdom TV Poster Image
Whimsical world's heroine helps her friends solve problems.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Annedroids TV Poster Image
STEM learning, positive role models in well-rounded series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2013)
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Dora and Friends: Into the City! TV Poster Image
School-age TV icon explores community service, friendship.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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Dot. TV Poster Image
Charming series strikes perfect balance between life, tech.
Network: Sprout
(2016)
(2016)
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Elena and the Secret of Avalor Movie Poster Image
Princess crossover features two strong female role models.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Maya & Miguel TV Poster Image
Engaging cartoon teaches cultural diversity.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(2004)
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Odd Squad TV Poster Image
Lively mixed-media series solves mysteries with math skills.
Network: PBS Kids
(2014)
(2014)
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Tangled: The Series TV Poster Image
More delightful adventures from Rapunzel and her friends.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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WordGirl TV Poster Image
Brainy heroine uses vocab to outwit bad guys.
Network: PBS Kids
(2007)
(2007)
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Food Network Star Kids TV Poster Image
Cooking contestants impress with skill, perseverance.
Network: Food Network
(2016)
(2016)
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Jane and the Dragon TV Poster Image
Medieval adventure is a soaring delight.
Network: ION, NBC, qubo
(2006)
(2005)
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Just Add Magic TV Poster Image
BFFs stir up magical recipes in fun family-friendly series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2016)
(2015)
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The Kicks TV Poster Image
Book-inspired series scores with excellent tween role model.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2015)
(2016)
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Lost in Oz TV Poster Image
Visit to modern-day Oz a delight full of positive messages.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2016)
(2016)
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Niko and the Sword of Light TV Poster Image
Strong role models stand out in family-friendly cartoon.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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Stuck in the Middle TV Poster Image
Heartwarming comedy pokes fun at chaotic family life.
Network: Disney Channel
(2016)
(2016)
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Talia in the Kitchen TV Poster Image
Likable female role model outshines soap opera-style series.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
(2015)
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All In with Laila Ali TV Poster Image
Inspiring tales of human triumph make great family viewing.
Network: CBS
(2013)
(2013)
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Anne of Green Gables TV Poster Image
New take on plucky book heroine offers great messages.
Network: PBS
(2016)
(2016)
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Bill Nye the Science Guy TV Poster Image
Fantastically fun classic is perfect formula for learning.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(1998)
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The Deep TV Poster Image
Fantastic family-focused adventure explores the vast ocean.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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H2O: Just Add Water TV Poster Image
Aussie mermaids send positive messages to tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2008)
(2008)
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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir TV Poster Image
Pleasant Paris-set superhero story sweet fun for tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2015)
(2015)
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Project Mc2 TV Poster Image
Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Ronja, the Robber's Daughter TV Poster Image
Beautiful book adaptation with exceptional female lead.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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SciGirls TV Poster Image
Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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Spirit Riding Free TV Poster Image
Courage, adventure, and a great role model in sweet series.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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When Calls the Heart TV Poster Image
Faith-based period drama has stellar female role models.
Network: Hallmark Channel
(2014)
(2014)
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Xploration FabLab TV Poster Image
STEM-based series spotlights people making the world better.
Network: Fox
(2016)
(2016)
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Good Witch TV Poster Image
Family-friendly series centers on charming, helpful witch.
Network: Hallmark Channel
(2015)
(2015)
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Hyperlinked TV Poster Image
Strong female roles in enjoyable website-inspired series.
Network: YouTube Premium
(2017)
(2017)
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The Legend of Korra TV Poster Image
Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2012)
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Ride TV Poster Image
Diversity, resilience stand out in likable tween dramedy.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2017)
(2017)
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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch TV Poster Image
Magical comedy with good lessons for tweens.
Network: Syndicated, TeenNick
(2005)
(1996)
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Star Trek: The Next Generation TV Poster Image
Still going boldly, updated series is fun for all.
Network: Syndicated
(2006)
(1987)
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Ocean Girl TV Poster Image
Girl-centered sci-fi series is like a tween-sized Lost.
Network: Disney Channel
(2012)
(1994)
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Iron Chef America TV Poster Image
Fun food battle features creative chefs and great food.
Network: Food Network
(2010)
(2005)
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A Series of Unfortunate Events TV Poster Image
Exceptional, spooky book adaptation is best for tweens.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Steven Universe TV Poster Image
Quirky cartoon values family, fun, and finding your purpose.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2013)
(2013)
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Black-ish TV Poster Image
Race is tackled gently in fresh family friendly sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2014)
(2014)
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show TV Poster Image
Classic '70s comedy reflects women's liberation era.
Network: CBS
(2013)
(1970)
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Supergirl TV Poster Image
Strong female lead shoulders the weight of superhero series.
Network: CBS
(2015)
(2015)
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She Said TV Poster Image
Comedians discuss women's issues in a frank (and funny) way.
Network: Smart Girls
(2016)
(2015)
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Marvel's Agent Carter TV Poster Image
Strong female lead defies stereotypes in tantalizing series.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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Xena: Warrior Princess TV Poster Image
Mythology and action-adventure for teens and up.
Network: Logo, Oxygen
(2004)
(1995)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Poster Image
Cult vampire series has witty bite and strong role model.
Network: FX
(2005)
(1997)
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Degrassi: Next Class TV Poster Image
An edgier Degrassi for the digital age still has heart.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Gilmore Girls TV Poster Image
Fun coming-of-age drama that's great for teens.
Network: Freeform, CW
(2005)
(2000)
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It Gets Better TV Poster Image
Honest accounts of LGBTQ life inspire hope for teens.
Network: Logo, MTV
(2012)
(2012)
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Samurai Girl TV Poster Image
Action-packed drama with strong female character.
Network: Freeform
(2008)
(2008)
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Ugly Betty TV Poster Image
Underdog heroine is a model of charm and appeal.
Network: ABC, Syndicated
(2006)
(2006)
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The X-Files TV Poster Image
Brilliant sci-fi drama for brave teens and up.
Network: Syfy, TNT
(2005)
(1993)
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Call the Midwife TV Poster Image
Sublime British medical drama with explicit birth scenes.
Network: BBC America
(2012)
(2012)
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Parks and Recreation TV Poster Image
Local government spoof for mature viewers is goofy at heart.
Network: NBC
(2009)
(2009)
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Pitch TV Poster Image
MLB's first female pitcher boldly faces challenges.
Network: Fox
(2016)
(2016)
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TV Poster Image
Charming, quirky, hilarious comedy has rich characters.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries TV Poster Image
1920s Melbourne-set series stars strong female crime-solver.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2012)
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Prime Suspect (UK) TV Poster Image
Flawed-but-forceful female lead is a tough act to follow.
Network: ITV, PBS
(2013)
(1991)
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Veronica Mars TV Poster Image
Strong female teen private eye digs into serious topics.
Network: CW
(2006)
(2004)
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