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Women over 50 are consistently underrepresented in the media. And when they are present, they're often relegated to the role of meddling mother-in-law or crazy neighbor. It isn't that often that we see real, intelligent, or funny women over 50 in leading roles on TV.

There are a few shows, past and present, where we find some powerful and inspiring leading women over 50, though. Here are 20 shows that break the mold, both in terms of casting actresses over 50 and characters who are 50+.