With male-protagonist-oriented sitcoms currently dominating mainstream media in the past and present, it is important to acknowledge and appreciate the amazing female-led shows that both entertain audiences as well as break new ground for actresses in a recently predominantly-patriarchal media. Below are 12 of the most entertaining or inspiring female-led shows on current or recent television.

1. "Grey's Anatomy."

2. "Jane the Virgin."

3. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

4. "Gossip Girl."

5. "Gilmore Girls."

6. "Big Little Lies."

7. "Scandal."

8. "Grace and Frankie."

9. "Parks and Recreation."

10. "Orange is the New Black."

11. "30 Rock."

12. "The Good Place."