The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time TV Characters
Ultimate List
257  items 103,674 votes 4,427 voters 100,336 views more info

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.

Vote for the greatest female characters to move them up the list, and add please any that we're missing.
  • 94 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 1424
    Down 709

    the people's #1 & most listed Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    open
  2. 2
    Up 900
    Down 742

    The X-Files

    open
  3. 3
    Up 976
    Down 748

    Game of Thrones

    open
  4. 4
    Up 785
    Down 589

    Friends

    open
  5. 5
    Up 888
    Down 641

    Game of Thrones

    open
  6. 6
    Up 833
    Down 571

    I Love Lucy

    open
  7. 7
    Up 841
    Down 527

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    open
  8. 8
    Up 675
    Down 617

    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

    open
  9. 9
    Up 705
    Down 515

    Married... with Children

    open
  10. 10
    Up 743
    Down 738

    Friends

    open
  11. 11
    Up 531
    Down 555

    The Simpsons

    open
  12. 12
    Up 618
    Down 496

    Friends

    open
  13. 13
    Up 514
    Down 436

    Game of Thrones

    open
  14. 14
    Up 630
    Down 623

    Seinfeld

    open
  15. 15
    Up 622
    Down 523

    Alias

    open
  16. 16
    Up 496
    Down 469

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    open
  17. 17
    Up 497
    Down 378

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

    open
  18. 18
    Up 572
    Down 669

    bones

    open
  19. 19
    Up 103
    Down 89

    The Big Bang Theory

    open
  20. 20
    Up 577
    Down 513

    Firefly

    open
  21. 21
    Up 476
    Down 539

    30 Rock

    open
  22. 22
    Up 605
    Down 577

    How I Met Your Mother

    open
  23. 23
    Up 681
    Down 677

    added by GabrielleBrunner Castle

    open
  24. 24
    Up 551
    Down 471

    Veronica Mars

    open
  25. 25
    Up 359
    Down 353

    Downton Abbey

    open
  26. 26
    Up 593
    Down 381

    ranked low on reranks Married... with Children

    open
  27. 27
    Up 447
    Down 460

    added by m0000 Once Upon a Time

    open
  28. 28
    Up 446
    Down 358

    added by willyboymcoy NCIS NCIS

    open
  29. 29
    Up 582
    Down 540

    added by HumbertoIbarra House, Nurse Jeffrey

    open
  30. 30
    Up 521
    Down 407

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

    open
  31. 31
    Up 370
    Down 325

    added by Rose1 Leo, Charmed Charmed

    open
  32. 32
    Up 423
    Down 442

    Doctor Who

    open
  33. 33
    Up 338
    Down 257

    added by HumbertoIbarra The Big Bang Theory

    open
  34. 34
    Up 450
    Down 437

    NCIS

    open
  35. 35
    Up 249
    Down 294

    Sex and the City

    open
  36. 36
    Up 360
    Down 461

    Fringe

    open
  37. 37
    Up 353
    Down 489

    Battlestar Galactica

    open
  38. 38
    Up 349
    Down 511

    Lost

    open
  39. 39
    Up 471
    Down 467

    How I Met Your Mother

    open
  40. 40
    Up 306
    Down 253

    ranked low on reranks Will & Grace

    open
  41. 41
    Up 373
    Down 410

    Futurama

    open
  42. 42
    Up 210
    Down 273

    added by HumbertoIbarra Two and a Half Men

    open
  43. 43
    Up 342
    Down 337

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

    open
  44. 44
    Up 290
    Down 406

    Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

    open
  45. 45
    Up 311
    Down 408

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    open
  46. 46
    Up 327
    Down 433

    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

    open
  47. 47
    Up 360
    Down 473

    added by HumbertoIbarra House

    open
  48. 48
    Up 187
    Down 158

    added by Lazarus Long The Big Bang Theory

    open
  49. 49
    Up 61
    Down 60

    Battlestar Galactica

    open
  50. 50
    Up 267
    Down 373

    The Cosby Show

    open
  51. 258 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS + 70 MORE

items 1 - 50 of 257

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists