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* Pick an [[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]] jury. Pick any [[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]] jury. They added Kara [=DioGuardi=] in the eighth season, making it two male judges and two female judges. When Paula Abdul left before Season 9 she was replaced by Ellen [=DeGeneres=]. Beginning with Season 10 it's back two male judges (Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler) and one female judge (Jennifer Lopez).
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Cordelia is the only female main character for the first 2 seasons and Fred is the only one for most of the fifth season before Harmony was thrown in the last few episodes. Note that this is basically the inverse of the show it spun off from, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' had Ojo as the only female in the main cast.
* The main trio of ''Series/BeingHuman'' had Annie as the only female with Mitchell and George. There were a couple of secondary female characters, specifically Lauren, Nina, and Janie. Although, it was later reversed. Nina has become a principal cast member and now that [[spoiler:Creator/AidanTurner has left the show]] the ratio is now two women to one man. However, it ''looked'' like it was going to turn out that way at the end of series 3, but what with [[spoiler: Nina and George both getting killed off and replaced by two male characters]], the formula ultimately remains the same. In the show's defense, it's not ''that'' bad to only have one major female character when there are only three protagonists in total.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' started with five main characters: the four male nerds, and TheChick who lives across the hall. However, in seasons 1 and 2, there was often Leslie Winkle acting as a female SixthRanger. And later the show got even more females, with Bernadette and Amy both being upgraded to main cast status for all the episodes they appear in. Raj's sister Priya was also a major character, and mothers of the main characters are frequently involved.
* ''Series/BigWolfOnCampus'' had Stacy for Season 1, who basically served to be Tommy's love interest and DamselInDistress, getting kidnapped by various monsters of the week. She left and was replaced by Lori who was much more active in the monster fighting escapades. The show also used a number of female villains (or at least villains in the sense that they introduced conflict, some weren't evil), though mostly they were used for supernatural girlfriend plots.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Eventually inverted. The Scooby Gang started out gender-even (Buffy and Willow to Xander and Giles), but became female-dominant with the additions of Tara, Anya, and Dawn. Even with the additions of Angel, Riley, Oz, and Spike, the Scooby Gang remained predominantly female.
** Unusually, the official main cast of Season 4 is male-dominated, with Buffy and Willow as the only female characters included in the opening credits. Somewhat offset by Oz being a regular only briefly and Anya and Tara appearing in over half the episodes despite receiving guest billing.
** Darla is seemingly the Master's only female minion, or at least the only non-background one.
* The FiveManBand in ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'' included Captain Power, Hawk, Tank, and Scout, all male. Sometime before the start of the show, they rescued Jennifer "Pilot" Chase from the Dread Youth. She was an awkward mix of skills and talents: she was on par with Power and Scout in combat and infiltration, but the former could easily (and often did) replace her at the helm of the Jumpship, and most of the time she was there only to be TheChick. Worse, at the end of its [[CutShort only season]], she was KilledOffForReal in a HeroicSacrifice. Leaked scripts for a proposed Season 2 would have brought in a more [[ActionGirl Amazonian]] replacement.
* In ''Series/CasesOfTheFirstDepartment'', the only woman that is in a way part of the team is [=JUDr.=] Svihlikova who is a public prosecuter. She's present at video reconstructions or line-up recognitions, and she's a worthy ally helping them with legal stuff. Other female characters are secretaries, witnesses, suspects, victims or family members. And then there is a female TV reporter who is more of an antagonist. It reflects the situation at the real-life 1st department but other homicide departments in Czechia do have policewomen in important positions. It was a bit strange for cases that would logically require a female investigator. In "Phantom from Southern Town" about a serial rapist, the victim was visibly uncomfortable when a rough man was interogating her. They also questioned a murderess who pathologically hated all men. Surely having a female psychiatrist would have made more sense.
* ''Series/ChouSeiShinGransazer'' has twelve Gransazers (transforming superheroes), divided into four "tribes", each consisting of two guys and a girl. The two guys of each tribe can be quite clearly categorized as an "alpha male" and a "beta male". The girl is invariably TheChick. Ai of the Water Tribe is the chickiest of the four, though. (Her name means "love". It doesn't get any more cheesy and girly than that.)
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' rarely has more than one female regular at a time, if that. Currently, the only female correspondents are regular Samantha Bee and the very irregularly recurring Kristen Schaal. Rather curious, considering that the show was created by Madeline Smithberg and Lizz Winstead. The show's spotty record with women correspondents was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Kristen Schaal took over the show and declared Jon Stewart to be the new Senior Men's Correspondent: "Feel free to talk about men's issues. But don't expect to be on the show more than every four to twelve weeks or so." Creator/OliviaMunn has appeared multiple times, which may make her the third regular female correspondent. The show has since recruited Jessica Jones, so the situation is improving ''slightly''...
* [[InvertedTrope Reversed]] in ''Series/DesigningWomen'': Anthony was not only the token male, but also the TokenMinority, making him a TwoferTokenMinority. Depending on who you speak to, some consider him almost a Threefer Token Minority, since it seems like there's significant evidence in the series to suggest he might also be gay.
* Constantly played straight and averted in ''Series/DoctorWho'', thanks to the ever changing nature of the show. Because the Doctor is male (although, he could [[TheNthDoctor regenerate]] into a woman, theoretically) writers tend to balance him out by having a female companion. Extra companions will occasionally be brought on, but their gender is completely random, and that's before factoring in the guests stars of an individual episode. Specific examples:
** Whenever the Doctor has two companions one will be male and one will be female for a TwoGuysAndAGirl situation, e.g. One, Steven, and Vicki; Two, Jamie, and Victoria (later replaced by Zoe); Four, Romana, and Adric; Five, Tegan, and Turlough; Nine, Rose, and Jack; Eleven, Amy, and Rory. When he has ''three'' companions however the genders balance out.
** The Third Doctor episodes, set on Earth in a male dominated military organisation, there were mostly guys around, with main cast members being the Doctor, TheBrigadier, Benton, later Harry, and one female character; first Liz, who was replaced by Jo, who was replaced by Sarah-Jane.
** The original series is filled with episodes, too many to list individually, that have a sizable guest cast of characters containing a sole female character, who is often a ScreamingWoman to boot. The new series is much closer to gender parity in that regard, most of the time.
** The Creator/RussellTDavies era of the new series is an overall inversion, as characters don't simply disappear when they're no longer traveling with the Doctor and show up for many guest appearances. During the fourth season finale almost ''all'' major characters were brought back, and female characters like Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Sarah Jane Smith and Jackie Tyler outnumbered the guys like Jack and Mickey.
* ''{{Series/Emergency}}'': Kind of justified, even today, firefighting is male-dominated. To their credit, one episode did have a female trainee and another a female doctor. Dixie, however,, was the only female regular.
* ''Series/FraggleRock'' has a fairly even gender balance, with over seven reoccurring Muppet female characters, of which five are regulars: ActionGirl Red, CoolBigSis Mokey, levelheaded Ma Gorg, ShortTank Cotterpin, and wise Trash Heap. Furthermore, the series has an excellent age balance as well, with {{Cool Old Guy}}s like Doc, Cantus, Architect Doozer, The World's Oldest Fraggle, and the female Storyteller and aforementioned Trash Heap. That's not even getting into the species diversity!
* ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has Kono {{Gender Flip}}ped in order to have a girl among the lead characters.
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' began with only one woman, Detective Howard, in the main cast. That was a deliberate decision to reflect real-life homicide squads which were dominated by men. More women were added later on, and the show tried valiantly to avoid FanService by casting actresses who looked normal (by TV standards).
* Possibly lampshaded during the fourth season of ''Series/{{House}}'': The title character has two slots for doctors to work under him, and four prospects, two of each gender. He [[spoiler:kicks one of the women out, and tells the other, nicknamed "13", that he'd hire her if he had a slot]]. Later, his boss, Lisa Cuddy, informs him that he has to [[spoiler:hire at least one woman, and tells him to hire 13]]. Cuddy starts to walk away, then realizes that she had just [[spoiler:[[BatmanGambit given him exactly what he wanted]].]]
* ''Series/HumanTarget'' planned to add a single female character in its second season, when the main characters were all guys. Please welcome this trope. They actually added ''two'' women to the cast in season two, making it a 3:2 male-to-female ratio.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. In "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis." The gang are trying to figure out their roles within the group and summarise that Mac's the brains, Dennis is the looks, Frank's the muscle, Charlie's the wild card, and Dee's the useless chick.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has always been quite the wiener party. While it's standard for the franchise to have a girl as the secondary lead, female Riders are few and far between and they often pay a karmic punishment for daring to suit up.
** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' introduced the first official female Rider. Her title was "Kamen Rider Femme". Go figure. ("Femme" is French for "woman"...) She only appears in a movie, thus being non-canon. Oh, and she [[spoiler:dies after like 30 minutes]], but not before [[spoiler:killing the most evil Kamen Rider apparently.]]
*** ''Ryuki'''s Western Adaptation ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' expanded the role of Femme's counterpart Kamen Rider Siren with original footage, (''much'' original footage) making her a SixthRanger and forming a PowerTrio with the two male leads. She's still the only girl out of thirteen Riders, but points for doing what they could.
** Furthering the point on the rare female Kamen Riders, Shuki from ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' was the first female Rider to be in a TV series rather than a movie-only character. The tragic ExecutiveMeddling that ruined the show in an attempt to make it more like other ''Kamen Rider'' series [[spoiler:killed her off.]]
** On a few occasions, women have "borrowed" Rider powers (including Series/KamenRiderFaiz, [[Series/KamenRiderKiva IXA]], and the ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' incarnation of [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O]]), but this is always temporary.
** Preceding all of them was Electro-Wave Human Tackle (yes, that was her name) from ''Series/KamenRiderStronger'', who had all the qualifications to be considered a Rider, but wasn't. [[FromBadToWorse It Gets Worse]]: [[spoiler: Her eventual death was quite tragic at the time, but gets HarsherInHindsight: in light of the fate of all female Riders ''since'' her, it now just seems like the strict "StayInTheKitchen or get StuffedIntoTheFridge" law of the series got an early start]]. The manga ''Manga/KamenRiderSPIRITS'' addresses her non-Rider status by saying that [[spoiler:following her HeroicSacrifice, Shigeru/Stronger wanted her to rest in peace as a normal woman. A lot of fans cry shenanigans at this even more - as someone who JumpedAtTheCall and really wanted to do good, she would ''not'' want to be remembered as just some girl.]]
** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' tries to redress some of the issue by having Natsumi temporarily become [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O]] and later [[spoiler:becoming Kamen Rider Kivala in the GrandFinale movie (Keyword: "Finale". Go figure.) and '''not''' dying, unlike the previous female Riders]] as well as giving ''[[Series/KamenRiderHibiki Hibiki's]]'' Akira full-fledged powers as Kamen Rider Amaki (in ''Hibiki'', she only ever assumed a middle-stage transformation). Tackle appears in the finale movie [[spoiler:and turns out to be a ghost, but the character is treated with much more respect than history would lead you to expect, nonetheless]]. ''Blade'''s movie-only short-lived girl Rider also gets a happier ending as well. Alas, it can't be extended to Femme, who only appears briefly as one of the not-actually-a-person Rider duplicates created from Kamen Ride cards as a distraction. Still, ''Decade'' treats female Riders better than the entire rest of the franchise put together.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' gets a DistaffCounterpart, Kamen Rider Nadeshiko, in ''Movie War Megamax''; only for her to go and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence at the end. [[spoiler:But we ''finally'' get a subversion when she actually comes back, in the next year's installment ''Movie War Ultimatum''.]]
** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' zigzags this; having one female VictimOfTheWeek gain magical powers and be taken away to train them, with the implication that she'd be back later as another Rider. On the plus side, this did indeed return as Kamen Rider Mage and was given a subplot about her personal vendetta with TheDragon, Medusa. On the minus side, the Mage gear is overly generic and doesn't fit her at all, her uniqueness was undermined by more Mages being introduced - a tie-in movie even had an AlternateDimension where ''everyone'' could become a Mage - and once Medusa was dealt with she became a FauxActionGirl. On the plus side again, these were justified in-story: the one training the Mages [[spoiler:was just using them as pawns]], so it makes sense he wouldn't give them personalized equipment; and her drop in effectiveness was due to having to stop and ask AndThenWhat once her nemesis was gone. And she [[spoiler:didn't die]], so that's in her favor too.
*** Medusa herself is a victim of this. Aside from Siren, who was a MonsterOfTheWeek, she's the only Phantom that's ever female. Even more mind boggling is the fact that Phantoms are based off mythological creatures, and so creatures like the Sylph and the Valkyrie are among the Phantoms... with their human guises being ''male''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' is another mixed example. Kamen Rider Marika is the first woman to be a Rider for the majority of the series run, as opposed to being a movie-only character or Eleventh Hour addition. She's also one of the most skilled fighters in the series, with bonus points for her actress and stuntwoman being one and the same. But like Femme, she's the ''only'' girl out of over a dozen Riders; and she's largely a SatelliteCharacter who follows other Riders rather than impact the plot herself. She's also killed off, but in this case that's not a mark against her - she's in a Creator/GenUrobuchi story; ''everyone'' [[KillEmAll dies at some point!]]
** Overall, after forty years, we're ''still'' waiting for a female Rider to be treated as well as the worst-treated token girl Ranger in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' or ''Franchise/PowerRangers.'' ("Treated" in terms of screentime, being able to hold one's own, and [[StuffedInTheFridge not dying]]. Tackle got screentime but mostly got beaten up and captured. Then she died. The movie-only girl riders appeared once in non-canon installments. Then they died. The one-shot borrowers can measure their Rider "careers" in ''seconds'' and counting them as Riders really doesn't ring true.) You know it's bad when you have to ''work your way up to being as good on this score'' as any straight example of the Smurfette Principle on the page.
* Valerie was this on ''Series/LandOfTheGiants'' for a time when Betty was written out for part of the second season as a result of actress Heather Young's pregnancy.
** Ann was the only female regular on ''Series/TheTimeTunnel'', another Creator/IrwinAllen show. ''Series/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea'' had a pretty much all male cast, but ''Series/LostInSpace'', in contrast, had ''three'' women.
* The ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe is always a bit prone to this:
** On [[FanNickname The Mother Ship]], the lack of female characters lead to one of the most positive examples of ExecutiveMeddling ever, giving us [[BenevolentBoss Anita Van Buren]] and [[HelloAttorney Claire Kincaid]]. Ever since, there have been two women (Van Buren and Jack [=McCoy=]'s current HelloAttorney ADA), apart from two instances: the two seasons with [=DA=] Nora Lewin, and the single season in which Nina Cassidy was a detective. She was known as Detective Beauty Queen.
** On ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', Olivia Benson is very noticeably the only female detective, which, in a squad which deals with rape victims daily, seems somewhat impractical. This was diluted as the show continued, as the ADA was invariably female, and Melinda Warner was given a PromotionToOpeningTitles, but it's still pretty glaring.
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' is always very good about having one male and one female partner. For maximum [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]].
** Both leads on ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury'' were female. And the LesYay ran rampant.
** ''Series/LawAndOrderLA'' had a male dominated police force, though their Captain was a female. While the prosecutors rotated a bit during the season, only the ADA's assistant was ever female, exemplifying this trope in spades.
* In ''Series/LondonsBurning'' there is only ever one female firefighter in Blue Watch at any one time. This is a [[TruthInTelevision reflection of reality]], as only 3.1% of operational firefighters in the UK are female. In 1986, when the series began, there were less than ten women in the London Fire Brigade. The issue was explored in the pilot movie, when the station gets its first female firefighter and the men initially react with hostility.
* Inverted on ''Series/TheLWord'' where the vast majority of the ([[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters very large]]) EnsembleCast is female and there are only ever one or two major male characters at any time.
* {{Justified|Trope}} on ''Series/{{Mash}}'', given it's set in a military installation and most surgeons at the time were male. Only one, Margaret Houlihan, maintained a major role at all times (and not as TheChick), with a number of other recurring and once-off nurses (most notably, Kellye Nakahara/Yamoto, Ginger Bayliss, Janet Baker, Nurses Baker, Shari, Jo Ann, Bigelow, and Able) typically playing the role of TheChick where necessary. Gender issues were explored in the show -- most notably when a male nurse is the victim of gender discrimination, having been made a private when all the other (female) nurses were commissioned officers.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' (both the original and revival) never had more than one female regular at a time (though missions could and did have more than one female agent involved) - the original had Cinnamon in the first three seasons, then a revolving door of replacements in season four, Dana in season five, and then Casey for the final two seasons; in the revival Casey came first, and she was replaced by Shannon.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has a 3:1 ratio, due to there being three main male characters (Monk, Captain Stottlemeyer, Lieutenant Disher) and one female lead role (Sharona for seasons 1-3, Natalie seasons 3-8).
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' featured almost no women, but then again most of the roles were played by the same six actors anyway, regardless of gender. By their own admission, the Pythons brought in women like "[[SixthRanger Seventh Python]]" Carol Cleveland only when they needed a female character to actually be attractive, otherwise, they'd just get into drag Both Python precursor series, ''Do Not Adjust Your Set'' and ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show'', featured five person casts consisting of four men and one woman.
* The sketch comedy series ''Series/MrShow'' was pretty bad about this, as roles in which gender wasn't a factor was rarely written for females (the leads were usually played by Bob Odenkirk and/or David Cross). The only regular female cast member in all the seasons was Jill Talley and the show alternated between other female cast members (Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brett Paesel, Karen Kilgariff, SarahSilverman, Becky Thyre) through out the show's run.
* The only major female Muppet is Miss Piggy, a glamourous diva. When she was first introduced, she was a minor character. The large cast of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is male-dominant, but this may be due to its slapstick nature (Miss Piggy, for example, rarely takes any of the slapstick, but she certainly dishes it out when provoked). Furthermore, the regular cast used to include other female characters, such as Janice and Hilda, but both became much less prominent after Hilda's puppeteer quit and Janice's puppeteer died, leaving Piggy. Janice herself rarely appeared outside of her FiveManBand (The Electric Mayhem), of which she was TheChick. There have been a few other female Muppets, but their tenure is either short-lived; or they're one-off characters. A notable example is Annie-Sue Pig; a young ingénue and foil to Miss Piggy. Her appearances declined considerably after the 3rd season, although she did still appear from time to time. A number of the [[AmbiguousGender ambiguously-gendered]] monsters are noted in background material as being female; but there is no clear indication of this on the show. This applies to the puppeteers as well; in the first season, there were seven puppeteers, and only one (Eren Ozker) was a woman. Ozker & John Lovelady left after Season 1, so they held auditions for a new female for Season 2, with Louise Gold getting the part (although she was uncredited for the season). In Season 3, they hired another female puppeteer (Kathryn Mullen) but also hired another male (Steve Whitmire) making it 6 guys, 2 girls. Also, in relation to Miss Piggy & Janice, they were (and still are) performed by males. Yeah.
* The spinoff ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' added Skeeter, Scooter's [[HalfIdenticalTwins "identical" twin]], to balance the sexes.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' generally has Kari Byron as the token female. This hasn't always been the case, however; Mythterns Christine and Jess often added a second female to the group, and the earlier episodes with the Build Team had Scottie Chapman as the third member after Kari and Tory. Grant only came on board after Scottie left the show.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' stars a set of four investigators, only one of which is female at any one time. They do have Abby, a lab tech who is one of three characters who has been in every episode (the other two being Gibbs and Dinozzo).
* Two episodes of the original ''Series/TheOuterLimits'', "The Chameleon" and "The Invisible Enemy", have all-male casts.
* Virtually every seasonal roster of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' consists of three guys and {{two girls|ToATeam}}. That is, until the invariably male SixthRanger showed up. A few seasons instead start with a PowerTrio of two guys and one girl, and are then joined by multiple (still invariably male) extra rangers. ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' is sometimes worse, with a FiveManBand of four guys and one girl; in those cases ''Power Rangers'' uses ShesAManInJapan to improve the gender balance.
** Neither show ever had a female character in Red until ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'''s Charlie, but she was fighting for the villains. The first heroic female Red Ranger appeared in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' (and even then, she got minimal screentime/development/relevancy/etc).
** ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' often has one female major villain. She is usually a comic relief character. This is less prevalent in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', which usually makes female villains TheDragon or even the BigBad.
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', for once, had one of the extra rangers as a female with actual screentime. The ratio of the Go-onger team was still 5:2, but at least they made an effort. ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', sadly, took this a step backward; Gold and Silver became SingleMindedTwins, so the girl basically amounted to half a character. Though it did make up for it by having the mentor character be female and get plenty of focus.
** Enforced in ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', as WordOfGod stated that since becoming a Kyoryuger involves a test of strength (defeating a dinosaur in a fight), it made sense to them that only one girl would make the team. Western fans felt the ValuesDissonance pretty badly. Thankfully, this was eventually addressed: this season had a number of recurring guest Kyoryugers, and Kyoryu Violet retired and passed his powers on to his granddaughter. She wasn't tested like the others, but she's a [[TheSmartGuy Smart Girl]] and was gutsy enough to impress the dino anyway. Admittedly it's still a one-to-four gender ratio, but considering the team came close to being one-to-nine I'd say we dodged a bullet. And the final episodes see a second guest Kyoryuger choose a female successor for good measure.
*** Its adaptation ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' is a step down from ''Power Rangers''[='=] usual practices, as for the first time it didn't use ShesAManInJapan to correct the extreme gender imbalance. At the same time, it's also a step ''up'' from ''Kyoryuger'', adding a female MissionControl character. Casting sheets indicate she's the counterpart to the younger Kyoryu Violet, with an expanded role and no sign of an elder male Violet Ranger to inherit powers from.
** In the toylines, [[GirlShowGhetto the female Rangers usually get basic action figures produced and that's it]], while the boys get EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure variations out the wazoo. With the ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'' and ''RPM'' toys, Bandai America has actually ''created extra marketable'' (read: male) ''Rangers for the toyline'' to give these extras to, rather than give them to the existing female Rangers. Then again, that's less misogyny and more because girls don't sell: young boys really ''are'' the primary consumers of action figures for fighting series, and in second and third grade, owning a Pink Ranger "doll" can be hazardous to your health. Some series have made non-Yellow females a Blue or White Ranger rather than Pink, so that even if little boys don't want her action figure (because the costume will usually have a skirt on it) they can still be persuaded to buy other merchandise based on the character - her weapons, mecha, etc.
* In the second season of ''Series/PrisonBreak'', [[EnsembleDarkhorse Sara Tancredi]] is the only female character on the main cast, since Robin Tunney (who played Veronica in the previous season) decided to leave the show. [[DarkActionGirl Gretchen]] and [[SpicyLatina Sofia]] were later added to the main cast in season 3 though.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' had an all-male main cast for Series I, II and VI, but Holly had a sex change for Series III, IV and V, while Kochanski was the only main female for most of VII and VIII (Holly reverted to male). For part of ''Back to Earth'', the hologram Katerina takes up the female role, [[spoiler:Kochanski being assumed dead]].
* Averted and inspected in ''RescueMe''. Janet Gavin and other women are major characters, and the presence of ''one'' woman in the firehouse warranted an entire subplot.
* An interesting case is the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood''. For the first four episodes, Marian was the only female character, not so much because of The Smurfette Principle, but simply because there was no other reoccurring female character in the legends. This was solved with the introduction of Djaq, a SweetPollyOliver in the {{Gender Flip}}ped role of the Saracen, who contributed her skills as a physician and scientist to the team. However, both Marian and Djaq were written out of the show at the end of Season 2, and replaced with [[AffirmativeActionGirl Isabella and Kate]]. Although Isabella had an important part to play in the narrative, Kate was simply the Token Girl amongst the outlaws, a task that involved [[SatelliteLoveInterest fan-girling Robin]], getting kidnapped every week, and [[TheLoad being a useless tag-along]].
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' started off with two females (Elliot and Carla) out of a cast of six--later seven once [[AlmightyJanitor The Janitor]] was PromotedToOpeningTitles. Laverne started off as the only recurring female character until formerly one-shot Jordan became an AscendedExtra, but then [[spoiler: Laverne was KilledOffForReal in Season 6]]. Season 8 averted this, adding three recurring female doctors (Sunny, Katie, Denise) and two recurring non-meds in The Gooch and Lady, but [[ReTool the last season]] only had two female mains and one recurring, who only served [[FunnyAccent two]] [[MsFanservice purposes]]. There were several female guest stars throughout the series, but the vast majority were just [[GirlOfTheWeek girls of the week]] for J.D.
* Out of the four leads on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', only one (Elaine) is a woman, and she was [[SixthRanger a late addition to the cast.]] All four do get roughly equal screen time, though.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' has an almost evenly split human cast, but for a period had almost no female Muppets. Even now, there's only a few significant ones, such as the mild-mannered Prairie Dawn (and Betty Lou, who was actually the same Muppet), Snuffy's little sister Alice, and the more recent characters of fun-loving Zoe, earthy Rosita, and girlie-girl Abby Cadabby.
* Reversed in ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' which had no male characters ''at all'' in the main cast; even Big and Steve (the two most frequent recurring characters) appeared in rather less than half the episodes of the series. Carrie's friend Stanford, the next most frequent, showed up in less than a third of the episodes.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', the earliest version of the Justice League includes [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]], ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}[=/=]Author, Cyborg/Victor, [[TheFlash Impulse]]/Bart, GreenArrow/Oliver, and Chloe. This defies some common expectations however, as she is TheSmartGirl and is, at that time, romantically involved with someone outside the group.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' suffers from this: Samantha Carter is the only woman on the team (although there is a very prominent female doctor who eventually ends up [[spoiler:getting KilledOffForReal]]). Can be justified by the fact that, even in modern times, the military is hardly the most gender equitable of places. Due to ExecutiveMeddling, a sexy female thief gets added to the team in the final two seasons. ''[[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]]'' is a lot better at balancing out the roles.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** On ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', Uhura was a [[TwoferTokenMinority Token Twofer]] who was also relegated to the position of space phone operator. ''[[FairForItsDay For the time]]'', she was rather progressive, but... This was due to ExecutiveMeddling. The original pilot had a female ''second-in-command''. It's been said that Creator/{{NBC}} gave Roddenberry a somewhat SadisticChoice: either keep the female second-in-command or keep Spock, but not both. Years later, Majel Barrett would quip that he "kept the Vulcan and married the woman, 'cause he didn't think Creator/{{Leonard|Nimoy}} would have it the other way around."
** For a world with supposed complete gender equality, this applies to most ''Trek'' series. ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' started with three women - after the security chief died, all that were left were in rather stereotypically feminine roles as the doctor and counselor. Recurring females were Keiko (botanist), Ogawa (nurse), Ro Laren and Guinan. Only the latter two were of any real importance, and the first eventually settled into the role of O'Brien's wife.
** Much improved in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' which had a female first officer (Kira) and female science officer (Dax), though the number of women was still in the minority. Unfortunately, however, the science officer role was not [[spoiler:replaced after Jadzia Dax's death - the new Ezri Dax]] was another counselor.
** Further improved in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', with Captain Janeway (who later became admiral), Main Engineer TwoferTokenMinority Torres (who was Klingon, female and half Hispanic), and little girl-who-evolves-into-god Kes, who was later replaced by science "Überbabe" Seven of Nine. The main villain for the first two series turned out to be Seska, a manipulative Cardassian spy, and the surprisingly non-annoying child character was Naomi (her mom, originally a RecurringCharacter before falling OutOfFocus despite her daughter remaining prominent, was a scientist).
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had a female first officer/science officer (T'Pol), and a female comm officer/linguist (Hoshi).
** Interestingly [[EqualOpportunityEvil villains don't suffer this problem]]: ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had the Female Shapeshifter, and Kai Winn as [[BigBad Big Bads]] and the Dominion has plenty of female Vortas. The Borg equally have plenty of female drones and are led by the Queen. In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' there was Planet Angel 1, led by women and Tasha Yar's home planet, complete with Tasha's sister. There were the Duras sisters, aka ''The Magnificent Four.''
* Amanda Keller is the only female cast member on the Australian panel/game show ''TalkinBoutYourGeneration'', not counting female guest stars.
* The sitcom ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' only had Elaine Nardo, until late in the show's run Simka became a semi-regular.
* Both the U.K. and U.S. versions of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' feature four players, all of whom are almost always male. Only one episode in 18 series featured one male and three female performers. This is not helped by both Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles appearing in every episode of the last 11 series, meaning the best the women could achieve was parity with the male performers. Lampshaded in one episode during a game of ''Scenes From A Hat'' in which the scene was "Bad Times to Kiss Someone". Since all the players were male, when the game ended, Colin Mochrie asked if they could get some women on the show. This is a common issue on similarly structured comedy shows.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', where the aliens, having learned their ideas about Earth from its popular culture, decided that only one of them needed to be "[[TheChick The Woman]]".
* Almost all {{Panel Game}}s contain one, or no, women.
** Only two episodes of ''Series/{{QI}}'', the Domesticity episode and the Girls and Boys episode, have featured two females on the same panel; this was lampshaded in the latter, which included a question on why there weren't more women as guests on the show (the excuse was that test audiences laugh less at female comedians). Out of approximately 87 different guests over 9 series, 21 of them have been female, and only 7 of those have made more than one appearance. Historically, Jo Brand has pretty clearly served the role of the token female, having appeared 27 times as of series I (the most appearances of any guest panelist, tied with Sean Lock). Sandi Toksvig, however, started appearing in at least two episodes a year as early as series G, and Sue Perkins has also started to appear more regularly (twice in series I, and will appear in three episodes in series J), making them the {{Affirmative Action Girl}}s of the show.
** Seems to have been changed for "J" series - "Jack and Jill" had two women and "Jam, Jelly and Juice" had an unprecedented female ''majority'' -- Jo Brand, Sue Perkins and Liza Tarbuck.
** The biggest offender is probably ''MockTheWeek'', since all four recurring panelists (out of six) are male and the host is as well, and has never featured more than one female comedian on the same panel; out of 51 guests to appear on the show, 16 have been women. In fairness, there is a paucity of female comedians already, so it's not necessarily the fault of the people who make the programmes.
** ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' often averted this, with a 50/50 split of the 4 panelists. The guests on the show are a trio, all imitating the same person, but have been both females and males.
** Almost always averted in ''Series/MatchGame'' (at least the 70's versions). Brett Somers was nearly always the top middle spot, and there were usually two women (with Richard Dawson in the middle) on the bottom tier.
** The BBC recently announced a new rule that all their panel shows would have at last one female participant from now on, effectively making the Smurfette Principle a literal law.
* Pick any jury on any other talent show. So You Think You Can Dance: 2 men, 1 woman. America's Got Talent: 2 men, 1 woman. The Sing-Off: 2 men, 1 woman. The Voice: ''3'' men, 1 woman.
** ''SoYouThinkYouCanDance'' has fluctuated; Nigel and Mary are permanent judges, but others have come and gone, so on any given episode the third could be a man or a woman.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': While there are other female officers, none of them seem to be as highly ranked as Debra Morgan or Maria LaGuerta, and the latter seems to be the only woman in a position of power, save the woman who was brought in to try and undermine LaGuerta's authority. The latter caved under the pressure of her personal life.