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.

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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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    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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    Friends

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Game of Thrones

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    30 Rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by marylylewarrenmccue
    The Addams Family

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    often listed & added by HumbertoIbarra
    The Big Bang Theory

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    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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    The Walking Dead

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    Lexa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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    Lexa The 100

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    The Simpsons

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    Parks and Recreation

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    Once Upon a Time

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    The Walking Dead

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Married... with Children

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    bones

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    Game of Thrones

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    added by willyboymcoy
    NCIS NCIS

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    NCIS

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    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    Gilmore Girls

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    Alias

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    The Golden Girls

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    Doctor Who

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    The Golden Girls

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    Once Upon a Time

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    Will & Grace

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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

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    Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Game of Thrones Game Of Thrones

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    Doctor Who

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    Roseanne

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    How I Met Your Mother

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