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

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    I Love Lucy

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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Seinfeld

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    30 Rock

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    Downton Abbey

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    Friends

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

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    Alias

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    Firefly

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    bones

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    added by Bootsdad Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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

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    ranked low on reranks Married... with Children

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    often listed Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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    Doctor Who

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    added by Rose1 Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    NCIS

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    Fringe

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    Sex and the City

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    ranked low on reranks Will & Grace

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lost

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    Futurama

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    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    How I Met Your Mother

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cheers

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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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