Watching TV dramas is such a great way for women to escape and unwind. They don't need to be traditionally "female" dramas, either. Women love all kinds of television dramas, from prime-time hospital soaps like Grey's Anatomy to edgier fare like Breaking Bad and beyond.
Every woman is different and has her own tastes. When a woman picks or passes on these famous and popular TV dramas, we will pick a new show for her to binge. The show that is selected will suit a woman's tastes to perfection, because we'll be basing our pick on her TV drama preferences.
Some dramas have a little comedy. Others are a little bit romantic. Some are suspenseful. There are so many awesome dramas on TV. That's why people talk about "peak TV". Peak TV means that there is a metaphorical mountain of great and ambitious TV shows, including dramas, out there for everyone to enjoy.
There's almost too much choice, so this quiz will make it easier for a woman to find the next excellent TV drama to watch. We are here to take the guesswork out of finding a new drama in the age of Peak TV.
This quiz will be fun. Women will be able to pick or pass on some fascinating television dramas. Don't wait another second to start this entertaining quiz!
The Good Wife
Juliana Margulies rose to fame on ER, alongside George Clooney. She became a face that so many people recognized. When she began starring in The Good Wife, as Alicia Florrick, she thrilled ER fans and made new fans. The Good Wife showcased the personal growth of Alicia as she withstood public humiliation, thanks to her husband, and then went back to work as an attorney after her spouse ended up in the slammer. Pick or pass on The Good Wife.
Game of Thrones
This epic television drama series will never be forgotten. It is inventive, action-packed and filled with dizzying twists and turns. While every woman is not going to be a Game of Thrones fan, it is one of the most successful TV dramas ever. Those who love it are very passionate about it. They soak up the lore of the show and its fictional worlds and characters like sponges. This show will wrap up and big-time fans will feel a void.
This show is fun to watch. It is an exciting new spin on the classic Archie comics, with real live actors, rather than cartoons. The role of Archie is played by K.J. Apa, who really looks the part. The whole cast is fantastic, including Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones. This edgy show has touch of Twin Peaks weirdness that makes it interesting. It is dark sometimes, but not nearly as dark as Twin Peaks.
This TV drama was always great fun and it could be very poignant, too. It is a binge-worthy TV series that a lot of women have already seen. Set in the fictional small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the show is centered on the relationship between Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory. Lorelai comes from a rich family, but she is a bit of a black sheep. She might be described as a black sheep with a heart of gold.
This ultra-popular TV drama was created by Shonda Rhimes. It has been on the air since 2005. During the show, the lives of surgical interns and their supervisors are explored...and sometimes intertwine. This show has made some of its current and former cast members into really big stars. Examples include Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl and Ellen Pompeo. Pick or pass on Grey's Anatomy now to get a new TV drama to binge. Is Grey's Anatomy a personal fave?
This show turned some cast members into major stars. It was a platform to success for Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams. It also put Joshua Jackson and James Van Der Beek in the spotlight. Dawson's Creek really took off. It told the story of a group of friends during their high school years and beyond. The show first aired in 1998 and wrapped in 2003. This soapy prime-time drama was fun to watch. It had plenty of emotional scenes. Pick or pass now.
The main character of House is Dr. Gregory House. He is acerbic, eccentric, averse to social contact and gifted with an uncanny ability to diagnose medical conditions. Sometimes, he needs the help of his medical team to get answers for his patients. This TV drama series first aired in 2004. It wrapped up in 2012. Women who love dramas with a medical vibe should pick House now. Those who prefer other TV dramas should take a pass on this one.
The West Wing
This beloved TV drama was on the air from 1999 to 2006. It was set in the White House and it was centered on staffers who helped the POTUS, Jed Bartlet. The show had a stellar cast, including Martin Sheen, Alison Janney and Rob Lowe. The West Wing ran for seven seasons before its long run finally ended. This show had wide appeal, thanks to its exciting premise, great acting and clever scripts. Pick or pass on The West Wing now.
Beverly Hills, 90210
We are talking about the original here, which first aired in 1990. This is not the reboot, which is currently being filmed. The original Beverly Hills, 90210 was about a group of pals who lived in ritzy Beverly Hills. The show followed their ups and downs as they made their way through school into the adult world. This show was created by Darren Star. It had a great cast, including the late Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty. Pick or pass now.
Mad Men was a dazzling TV drama with so many layers. It was a period piece, so it had retro appeal. It was sharp and occasionally very funny, while also triggering plenty of raw emotions in viewers. It was also beautifully written and acted. Anyone who loved learning about life at a fictional ad agency in NYC during the Sixties probably adored this show. Mad Men had a fabulous ensemble cast, including Jon Hamm as Don Draper and January Jones as Betty Draper.
The Handmaid's Tale
Based on a Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, the TV drama, The Handmaid's Tale, presented a new dystopia that kept women down and separated members of loving families. Starring the supremely gifted actress, Elisabeth Moss, along with Alexis Bledel and other talented cast members, this show blows most viewers away. It is ultra-intense, with suspenseful plot lines, authentic emotion and a brave and inspiring feminist heroine. Was this show a fave, or was it a little too heavy?
This campy show was fun, if a bit lightweight. It was not meant to be so serious. However, it was definitely a drama. It was loaded with drama in every episode. There may have been more than a little drama behind the scenes, too. Some famous actresses signed on to play housewives on the show, including Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman. Women who enjoyed this slick TV drama should pick it now. Those who did not enjoy it should pass.
The Wonder Years
This drama had a lot of comedic elements. You might call it a "dramedy", according to En.wikipedia.org. The main character in this TV series was Kevin Arnold. The show was about his coming-of-age in the USA suburbs, during the Sixties. The show ran from 1988 until 1993. It was popular because it was amusing, touching and very well-written. The acting was pretty good, too. Pick or pass on this acclaimed TV drama now. Is is a fave or not a fave?
This TV drama about a man who was determined to make a lot of money for his family while he still could, even if it meant breaking the law, become hugely popular. It was interesting and suspenseful and featured some stellar acting from Bryan Cranston, in the lead role of Walter White, and from the supporting cast, including Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul. Some found this show hard to watch, but many found it truly riveting. Pick or Pass on Breaking Bad now.
House of Cards
This exciting drama was about life at the pinnacle of power. It was about high risk and high reward. It first aired in 2013 and caused a sensation. It wrapped up in 2018. Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, as conniving spouses who would go to any lengths to get what they wanted. It was based on a UK TV drama of the same name. This edgy drama was filled with suspense and unexpected twists and turns. Pick or pass?
This show about the life and times of fictional Mafia kingpin, Tony Soprano, featured some impressive plot lines and performances. It was a hit with men and women alike, because it was realistic, with well-drawn characters. Tony Soprano was complex. So was his wife, Carmela, who was played with incredible skill by actress, Edie Falco. Let's not forget about the fascinating relationship between Tony and his female psychiatrist, who was played by Lorraine Bracco. Pick or pass on The Sopranos right now.
This show was so hard to resist. It made its stars, including Ed Westwick, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, very famous. Gossip Girl took us all into the elite world of rich New York City. This elite world is one that few are able to be part of. Filled with romances, arguments, fabulous clothes and attractive cast members, Gossip Girl was special. It was genuinely fun and slick and different. Its concept really worked. Many women love it. Is it a guilty pleasure?
Kristin Bell gave a standout performance in the popular TV drama, Veronica Mars. The fictional town of Neptune, California was the setting for this unique drama, which had a bit of film noir charm. In the show, the title character, played by Kristin, worked as a private investigator. Crime-solving skills and a strong, interesting personality made Veronica Mars an unforgettable character. Her dad was also a private investigator. He showed his daughter the ropes. Pick or pass on this TV drama now.
Idris Elba definitely has a strong fan base among women. He is charming and charismatic. He also appeals to the guys, but women love him. He is the star of Luther. Although Elba may never score the role of 007, he will always be remembered for his nuanced and exciting portrayal of DCI John Luther. Talented actress Ruth Wilson also added some thrills to this TV series, by playing a nemesis of John Luther. The character she played was Alice Morgan.
Hospital dramas like ER do capture the imaginations of many women. In hospitals, things get intense. Serious situations are always happening. With ER, the intensity was always at a high pitch. In emergency rooms, medical teams need to act fast to try and save lives. This show featured plenty of attractive cast members, including Juliana Margulies and George Clooney. Pick or pass on this legendary TV drama and we will pick a new, exciting show that is fun to watch.
This CBS crime drama has been on the air for 14 seasons. Its premiere happened way back in 2005. The show remains popular because a lot of people are fascinated by criminal profilers. The show is about a group of these criminal profilers. They use diverse skills to try and profile unknown subjects, so these "unsubs" are easier to apprehend. The show also lets viewers learn a lot about the personal lives and challenges of the criminal profilers. Pick or pass now.
This Dynasty reboot stars Elizabeth Gillies, Grant Show, Nicollette Sheridan and plenty of other interesting actors. It is about a family with big bucks, who fight among themselves, but sometimes band together. This family, the Carringtons, have some issues with another powerful family, the Colbys. Dynasty (2017) is a modern spin on the original, 1980s-era Dynasty, which starred Joan Collins, Linda Evans and Heather Locklear. Women who love the Dynasty reboot should pick it now. Others should take a pass.
This captivating TV drama first aired in 2011 and it is still going strong, according to Imdb.com. The main character of Homeland is a CIA operative played by Claire Danes. She is bipolar and believes that she has uncovered an awful plot. She is willing to do almost anything to make people understand that there is a legitimate threat. Women who love CIA intrigue should pick Homeland now. Those who prefer other types of dramas should pass on this TV drama.
This show was on the air from 2002 to 2012. It had a very long run, which speaks to its overall popularity. This police drama was popular with men and women alike. It starred Emily Proctor, David Caruso, Khandi Alexander and many other talented cast members. Set in sun-soaked Miami, it was filled with gorgeous locales and attractive guest stars. It was a spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Women who liked this show should pick it now. Those who did not should pass.
13 Reasons Why
This show caused quite a stir when it first aired in 2017. A lot of people became obsessed with this unique TV drama, right from the very start. 13 Reasons Why is about a teen called Clay, who wants to find out why his crush and classmate, Hannah, decided to take her own life. This show was created by Brian Yorkey and stars Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette. Women who like this show should pick it now. Non-fans should pass.
This fascinating modern take on the classic Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made for some compelling viewing. It featured an unforgettable performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, who really embodied the role of clever and cold super-detective, Sherlock Holmes. Martin Freeman also shone as loyal sidekick, Watson. Andrew Scott was probably the most memorable villain in this entertaining and suspenseful TV drama. He played Moriarty. Pick or pass on Sherlock now to get a new drama to watch next.
Friday Night Lights
This compelling TV drama got plenty of critical acclaim. It was set in Dillon, Texas, which is a fictional town, and it was centered on a high school football team. The team coach, Eric Taylor, was often featured, and so was his family. In this show, characters faced plenty of modern issues within a small-town setting. While a football-themed show might not seem like a female fan favorite, this show was really for everyone and had lots of female viewers.
This show has an amazing cast, including Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright. It combines drama, mystery and sci-fi in an unusual and compelling way. This series was inspired by a film from the Seventies. The setting for the show is an amusement park with a Wild West theme, according to Imdb.com. It is populated with androids who look and act like human. Guests visit to live out their dreams. Pick or pass on Westworld now.
This suspenseful TV drama was a classic whodunit. A young boy loses his life in a small village by the sea and the media descends. Starring David Tennant, as well as Olivia Colman, who will play the Queen in The Crown, it featured some brilliant acting. The pressures of the criminal investigation threaten to rip the town apart. Everyone is under suspicion. This diverting drama was well-written and filled with mystery and emotion. Pick or pass on Broadchurch right now.
This television drama series first aired in 2007 and it starred Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. Glenn played a hard-hitting litigator and Rose Byrne played a law school grad who became her protégée. The show was very popular and aired until 2012. Women who love suspenseful dramas with a legal focus should pick Damages now. Those who prefer other types of TV dramas should pass. This quiz features so many interesting dramas of different types. There is something for everyone.
One Tree Hill
This show about two half-brothers named Nathan and Lucas Scott was set in a tranquil town called Tree Hill, in North Carolina, USA. During the show, the half-brothers are sometimes buddy-buddy and sometimes rivals. They compete on the basketball court and also get competitive when it comes to friendships and relationships. Women who loved this TV drama series should pick it now. Those who did not should pass. Once the quiz is complete, women will be matched with fun new shows to binge-watch.
This show aired from 2002 to 2009 and it is considered one of the most impressive TV dramas ever, but it is not for everyone. When it first aired, it was ground-breaking. The show is focused on an LAPD division that is experimental. The division has some detectives with questionable ethics, who are known as The Strike Team. They will do whatever it takes to implement their own vision of justice on the streets of the city. Pick or pass now.
Women who prefer their TV dramas with a little edge and darkness may pick Twin Peaks. It is the brainchild of writer/director, David Lynch, who is also known for directing Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive. Twin Peaks is a small town where paranormal elements are at play. Its quirky characters, rustic setting and sense of mystery and uniqueness make it stand out. Fans rejoiced when new episodes of the show aired, after a very long hiatus. Pick or pass on Twin Peaks now.
This show is another prime-time soap that many women loved to watch. The show was about a troubled teen who became entangled in the lives of a tight-knit group of wealthy people. All of the action took place in Newport Beach, which is part of Orange County. This show starred Adam Brody, Mischa Barton and Ben McKenzie, as well as Rachel Bilson and Peter Gallagher. This glitzy show really brought the drama, romance and glamour. Pick or pass right now.
Melrose Place - 2009
This Melrose Place reboot stayed on the air for just a couple of seasons. It did not last as long as the original Melrose Place. The reboot still had its fans, though. It offered a bit of juicy fun in the California sun and it had a good cast, including Ashlee Simpson, who was impressive in the role of Violet Foster. Appearances by cast members from the original Melrose Place, including Heather Locklear and Laura Leighton, made this show a guilty pleasure for some.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in this beloved TV drama, which was renowned for its supernatural elements. The show was based on a movie with the same title. The TV show was the brainchild of Joss Whedon and it first aired in March of 1997. Its run ended in 2003. It was aired on two networks, which were The WB and UPN. Its lead character was the "chosen one". Her name was Buffy Summers and Buffy has become a TV legend.
Call the Midwife
This drama comes from the BBC and it features a group of "nurse midwives" who work in London during the Fifties and early Sixties, according to En.wikipedia.org. The show was inspired by a memoirs of a real nurse-midwife. With many babies coming all of the time, the nurse midwives on this show have plenty to do. When they are not helping babies to come, they help their East End, London community in other ways. Pick or pass on Call the Midwife.
This drama TV series was special because it took viewers inside the history of the most regal and famous family in England. It starred Claire Foy as QE II. It also featured a dazzling performance by Vanessa Kirby, who played a certain feisty and rebellious princess. Filled with glamorous costumes, amazingly posh sets and palace intrigue, it was beautifully conceived and executed. It became a big success. Olivia Colman will take on the role of the Queen in upcoming episodes.
Sons of Anarchy
Women who want a little more edge from their dramatic television shows generally appreciate Sons of Anarchy. It is about a biker gang called SAMCRO. Although only males may join this gang, Sons of Anarchy had female characters who were complex and fascinating. Katey Sagal gave a great performance as Gemma Teller Morrow. She was the matriarch of the gang and very involved in the action, despite being a non-official member of SAMCRO. Pick or pass on Sons of Anarchy now.
This popular TV drama has been around since 2015. It stars Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, as well as Jussie Smollett. The show tells the story of a hip-hop tycoon who needs to find a successor. He has three sons and has to choose one of them to take over his big and valuable company. At the same time, his former wife is doing all that she can to reclaim what she feels is rightfully her own. Pick or pass now.