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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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    I Love Lucy

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    The X-Files

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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Game of Thrones

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    Game of Thrones

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    Veronica Mars

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    30 Rock

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

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    Game of Thrones

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    Married... with Children

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    The Simpsons

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    Firefly

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    Once Upon a Time

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    NCIS NCIS

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    The Walking Dead

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    Married... with Children

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    Will & Grace

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    bones

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    Doctor Who

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    Castle

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    Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: Voyager

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    Parks and Recreation

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    Futurama

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    Cheers

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    Murphy Brown

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    Orphan Black

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    Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    Sex and the City

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    Bewitched

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    Game of Thrones

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    often listed & added by anonymousagentoftruth
    Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: Voyager

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