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The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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 women like Dana Scully, Buffy Summers, and Veronica Mars achieving cult-level idolization.

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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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    Game of Thrones

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    I Love Lucy

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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    The Simpsons

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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    Seinfeld

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    Alias

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    bones

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    added by ChangesDownClub Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Firefly

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    30 Rock

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    added by GabrielleBrunner Castle

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    Veronica Mars

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    Downton Abbey

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    ranked low on reranks Married... with Children

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    added by m0000 Once Upon a Time

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    added by willyboymcoy NCIS NCIS

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    added by HumbertoIbarra House, Nurse Jeffrey

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

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    added by Rose1 Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    Doctor Who

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    added by HumbertoIbarra The Big Bang Theory

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    NCIS

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    Fringe

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    Sex and the City

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    Battlestar Galactica

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    Lost

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    ranked low on reranks Will & Grace

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    added by HumbertoIbarra Two and a Half Men

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    Futurama

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

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    Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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    added by Lazarus Long The Big Bang Theory

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    Battlestar Galactica

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    The Cosby Show

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