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

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    Buffy Summers

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    100
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    The X-Files More
    92
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    Game of Thrones More
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    Friends More
    89
  5. 5
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    I Love Lucy More
    88
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    Game of Thrones More
    88
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    The Big Bang Theory More
    87
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    87
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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show More
    86
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    Friends More
    83
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    Married... with Children More
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    The Simpsons More
    79
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    Alias More
    77
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    Friends More
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    Seinfeld More
    76
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    Game of Thrones More
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    bones More
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit More
    74
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    Castle More
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    added by: GabrielleBrunner
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    How I Met Your Mother More
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    Firefly More
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    Veronica Mars More
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    Liz Lemon

    30 Rock More
    71
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    House, Nurse Jeffrey More
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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess More
    71
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    Married... with Children More
    70
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    NCIS More
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    NCIS
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    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited More
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    Downton Abbey More
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    Once Upon a Time More
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    Doctor Who More
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    NCIS More
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    Leo, Charmed More
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    Charmed
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    The Big Bang Theory More
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    Fringe More
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    Battlestar Galactica More
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    Lost More
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    Lily Aldrin

    How I Met Your Mother More
    64
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    Sex and the City More
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show More
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    Battlestar Galactica More
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    Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns More
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    House More
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    Will & Grace More
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    Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series More
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    The Big Bang Theory More
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    Futurama More
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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles More
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    Two and a Half Men More
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    The Cosby Show More
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