Positive Role Model TV for Teen Girls

It's not always easy to find positive role models for girls on television, and it gets even harder when those girls are teens. But if you dig a bit, you'll uncover a few gems that will show girls and women in a positive light. Some are new, some are old, but all of these top-rated girl power TV shows are streamable somewhere. Even though the stars in these shows are great role models for girls and women, none of them are perfect. However, that's not a problem -- teens love relatable characters! They'll also help you 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 imagesexuality, and role models.

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Alexa & Katie TV Poster Image
Relatable teen dramedy centers on a solid female friendship.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Hillary TV Poster Image
Affectionate portrait of political icon digs deep.
Network: Hulu
(2020)
(2020)
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Rilakkuma and Kaoru TV Poster Image
Human, animal characters shine in quirky slice-of-life show.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Home Before Dark TV Poster Image
Kid lead is fabulous in intense mystery for tweens and up.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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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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The Mary Tyler Moore Show TV Poster Image
Classic '70s comedy reflects women's liberation era.
Network: CBS
(2013)
(1970)
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And She Could Be Next TV Poster Image
Female candidates persevere in galvanizing, powerful docu.
Network: PBS
(2020)
(2020)
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Butterfly TV Poster Image
Powerful, complex, mature drama dives into gender identity.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia TV Poster Image
Sweet Latinx throwback sitcom has romance, girl power.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Lost Song TV Poster Image
Exciting anime fantasy has strong female lead.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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One Day at a Time TV Poster Image
70's single-mom sitcom has feminist flair, mature themes.
Network: Online, Syndicated
(2015)
(1975)
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Stargirl TV Poster Image
Fun DC superhero show has fantasy violence, strong language.
Network: CW
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Zoe Valentine TV Poster Image
Thoughtful drama explores serious themes with heart.
Network: YouTube, Brat
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Instant Influencer With James Charles TV Poster Image
Upbeat internet influencer challenge full of product promos.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Sweet Magnolias TV Poster Image
Sweet, endearing friendship drama has mild language.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Challenger: The Final Flight TV Poster Image
Absorbing series explores space shuttle's mishaps, heroes.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Cheer TV Poster Image
Engrossing docuseries follows cheer team champions.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Gimme Mo' TV Poster Image
Insightful, mature series raises awareness of teen issues.
Network: Discovery Life
(2018)
(2018)
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On My Block TV Poster Image
South Central teens come of age in delicate, moving series.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker TV Poster Image
Solid drama highlights the life of legendary entrepreneur.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Everything Sucks! TV Poster Image
Sweet, sensitive, authentic '90s-set teen drama is a winner.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Good Trouble TV Poster Image
Fosters spin-off is a little racier but sweet and lovable.
Network: Freeform
(2018)
(2018)
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Grown-ish TV Poster Image
Black-ish kid goes to college in great, edgy show.
Network: Freeform
(2017)
(2018)
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The Morning Show TV Poster Image
Great actors and a strong storyline in compelling drama.
Network: Apple TV+
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Why Women Kill TV Poster Image
Soapy delight has sex, language, terrific roles for women.
Network: CBS
(2019)
(2019)
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