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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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    - 2002


    I Love Lucy

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    - 1935


    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Game of Thrones

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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    Friends

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    - 1709


    Veronica Mars

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    Downton Abbey

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    Seinfeld

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    Lexa The 100

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    30 Rock

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    The Walking Dead

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    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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    Married... with Children

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    The Simpsons

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    Once Upon a Time

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    The Walking Dead

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    Alias

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    bones

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    Parks and Recreation

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    Firefly

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    - 1780


    How I Met Your Mother

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    - 1500


    Doctor Who

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    - 1438


    NCIS

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    - 338

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    The Addams Family

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    NCIS NCIS

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    Will & Grace

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Castle

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    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    Xena: Warrior Princess

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    Game of Thrones

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    Futurama

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    Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    Orphan Black

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    Lost

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    Married... with Children

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    Once Upon a Time

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