The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time TV Characters
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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 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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    most listed Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    I Love Lucy

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 30 Rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    ranked low on reranks The Walking Dead

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    Sex and the City

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    added by Rose1 Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Battlestar Galactica

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lost

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    ranked low on reranks Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    Futurama

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    ranked low on reranks The Walking Dead

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    the people's #1 & often listed Cheers

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    added by DolittleD Bewitched

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