The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time TV Characters

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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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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    - 2214


    The X-Files

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    - 2092


    Friends

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    - 2473


    Game of Thrones

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    - 1940


    I Love Lucy

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    - 1869


    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    - 2177


    Game of Thrones

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    often listed
    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    - 2044


    Friends

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    Veronica Mars

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    Downton Abbey

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  14. 14
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    - 1960


    Seinfeld

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    Lexa The 100

  16. 16
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    - 1440


    The Big Bang Theory

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    - 1713


    Game of Thrones

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  18. 18
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    Friends

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    30 Rock

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    The Big Bang Theory

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  21. 21
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    The Walking Dead

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    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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    The Simpsons

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    Married... with Children

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    Once Upon a Time

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    Alias

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    The Walking Dead

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    often listed
    bones

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    Firefly

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    + 730
    - 1452

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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  31. 31
    + 1091
    - 1403


    NCIS

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  32. 32
    + 1154
    - 1464


    Doctor Who

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    - 1747


    How I Met Your Mother

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    often listed
    Parks and Recreation

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    added by willyboymcoy
    NCIS NCIS

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    ranked low on reranks & added by marylylewarrenmccue
    The Addams Family

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    often listed & added by GabrielleBrunner
    Castle

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    Xena: Warrior Princess

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Futurama

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    - 647


    Orphan Black

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    Will & Grace

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    - 1213

    added by Rose1
    Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    Game of Thrones

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  47. 47
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    - 1422


    How I Met Your Mother

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  48. 48
    + 1096
    - 1323


    Married... with Children

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  49. 49
    + 715
    - 879


    Doctor Who

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    - 812

    added by anonymousagentoftruth
    Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: Voyager

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