Con Women on TV

I am fascinated by stories with female con artists and have gathered quite a collection. Here is my list of television shows. I also have lists of con women in:
   Romance Novels
   Non-Romance Novels
I'm always on the lookout, so if you've seen other TV shows, let me know.

The Avengers

Steed works with a number of different women, all of whom do trickery to accomplish their missions.

Mission Impos­sible

A team of con artists, including one woman, work for the government to do secret international trickery.

Paper Moon

A young girl and her suspected father travel the south in depression years, scamming people. Originally a book, Addie Pray.

Reming­ton Steele

Although Remington Steele is a thief and a con man, the woman who really runs the detective agency, Laura Holt, is just as much of a con artist, since she is thought of the idea.

The A-Team

Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military. The first season or two also featured a female reporter who helps them con.

If Tomor­row Comes

A miniseries that chronicles a woman's journey from normal citizen to full con woman. She keeps running into a mysterious con man.

The Life and Loves of a She-Devil

A miniseries from the book of the same name follows the book closely. It tells the story of a woman's revenge on a miserable husband.


A one-season show that took a dark look at con-artists, desperate to win at any cost. Profit is male, climbing the corporate ladder. He works with two female con artists.

Vengeance Unlimited

He helps people get vengeance, trading in favors instead of money. She received a favor and decides to work with him to pay back. Together, they con deserving people.

2004-12, U.K.

A team of con artists, four men and a woman, pull "long cons" (involved tricks, reminiscent of Mission Impossible).

2005, U.K.

Two female con artists work against each other while falling in love. A faithful recreation of the book by Sarah Waters (also adapted into the movie, The Handmaiden).

The Take­down

A team of con artists, including one woman, play scams on casinos (with their cooperation) in order to expose vulnerabililties.

The Real Hustle
2006-12, U.K.

A team of con artists, two men and a woman, pull actual cons, filmed secretly, to show common tricks. More of a reality TV show, but still educational and entertaining.

Burn Notice

A "burned" spy tries to recover his reputation while pulling small jobs. He is assisted by two spys (one female) who do plenty of tricks to help him survive.

The Riches

A family of grifters in the American South assume fake identities in order to "steal" the American dream: a big house in suburbia. A sadly short-lived show.


A team of con artists, three men and two women, pull "long cons" (is this show an American clone of Hustle?)

The Good Wife

Although the main character rarely tricks, her investigator (Kalinda) is a natural con artist.

Femme Fatales

Each episode is a different story about dangerous women: murderers, monsters, and even con artists. Too bad about all the the soft-core porn in the show, but the stories are good.


A young woman seeks revenge for her father's death by tricking all the rich and powerful people who took part in his dishonor.


Three con artists (one of them a woman) cheat a man in a long con with many short ones along the way. A History Channel miniseries.

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

A comedy involving a scheming woman (in apartment 23) and her equally tricky roommate.

Orphan Black

A science-fiction tale of clones, including many versions of the same woman, all trying to figure themselves out. The central character of the series is a con artist.

38 Revenue Collection Unit

A Korean show about a hapless tax-collection man who teams up with a con artist to swindle tax money from rich people. Many of the people on the con artist's team are women.

The Catch

She's an investigator, tracking a male con artist. But she has to do plenty of conning herself to keep ahead of him.

Good Behav­ior

From the Blake Crouch books, Letty is a drug addict and con artist who finds herself helping people more than she expects.

Shut Eye

A fake psychic, working with a large Roma family, suddenly has real visions.


She cons people into falling in love and marrying her, then she robs them.

Sneaky Pete

He's a con artist, pretending to be "Pete", but nearly everyone he deals with is also a con artist, including many women.

Lost in Space

In this remake of the original classic, Dr. Smith is now female, and very much a con artist.

Full disclosure: I have written two romance novels that feature female con artists: Executive Sweet and Rock Con Roll.

See also: Con Women in Movies, Con Women in Romance Novels, Con Women in Non-Romance Novels.