The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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List Criteria: The most memorable, most groundbreaking, strongest, and/or funniest female characters ever on television

The greatest female TV characters of all time. This list includes some of the greatest television characters in history from dramatic shows, sitcoms, sci fi series, and procedurals to cartoons! For as long as TV has been a medium to reflect social constructs, programs have featured strong women characters as protagonists, partners, and foils for their male counterparts. In comedy shows, characters like Lucy Ricardo, Mary Richards, and Maude Findlay paved the way for Elaine Benes, Roseanne Conner, and Liz Lemon.

Female characters dominate modern genre series, with popular women like Dana Scully, Buffy Summers, and Veronica Mars achieving cult-level idolization. You'll recognize these famous names as some of the strongest, funniest, and most relatable in television history.

Vote for the greatest female characters to move them up the list, and add please any that we're missing.
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    The X-Files

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    Game of Thrones

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    Friends

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    I Love Lucy

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    - 2,808


    Game of Thrones

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    often listed
    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

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    Downton Abbey

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    Friends

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    Seinfeld

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    Veronica Mars

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    30 Rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by marylylewarrenmccue
    The Addams Family

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    added by Bootsdad
    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    The Simpsons

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    The Walking Dead

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    Parks and Recreation

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    Once Upon a Time

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    bones

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    Married... with Children

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    The Walking Dead

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wezel87
    Game of Thrones

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    Lexa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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    Lexa The 100

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    added by willyboymcoy
    NCIS NCIS

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    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    NCIS

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    added by Charley Feldman
    The Golden Girls

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    added by Rose1
    Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    Doctor Who

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    The Golden Girls

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    Gilmore Girls

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    - 1,892


    Alias

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    - 1,097

    added by m0000
    Once Upon a Time

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    - 1,023

    often listed & added by anonymousagentoftruth
    Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: Voyager

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    - 1,061


    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    - 1,109


    Doctor Who

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    + 1,168
    - 1,324


    Will & Grace

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    often listed
    Roseanne

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    added by penguinmayne
    Game of Thrones Game Of Thrones

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    Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

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    Futurama

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    added by Lazarus Long
    The Big Bang Theory

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