Female Con Artists 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
   Movies
I’m always on the lookout, so if you’ve seen other TV shows, let me know.


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

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
1983-87

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.

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

Profit
1996

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.

Hustle
2004-12, U.K.

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

Finger­smith
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).

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.

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
2007-08

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.

Lever­age
2008-12

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

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

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.

Revenge
2011-15

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.

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

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.

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
2016-17

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

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

Shut Eye
2016-17

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

Imposters
2017-18

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

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

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 Romance Novels, Con Women in Non-Romance Novels, Con Women in Movies.