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.

Vote for the greatest female characters to move them up the list, and add please any that we're missing.
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    the people's #1 & most listed Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    The X-Files

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    Game of Thrones

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    I Love Lucy

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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    Friends

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    Seinfeld

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    The Simpsons

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    Alias

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    30 Rock

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

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    bones

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    Firefly

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    Veronica Mars

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    Downton Abbey

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    added by GabrielleBrunner Castle

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    added by Bootsdad Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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    added by m0000 Once Upon a Time

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    ranked low on reranks Married... with Children

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    added by willyboymcoy NCIS NCIS

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    Doctor Who

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    added by Rose1 Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    added by HumbertoIbarra The Big Bang Theory

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    Fringe

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    NCIS

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    Lost

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    Battlestar Galactica

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    Sex and the City

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    ranked low on reranks Will & Grace

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    Futurama

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    Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    added by HumbertoIbarra Two and a Half Men

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

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    added by Lazarus Long The Big Bang Theory

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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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    ranked low on reranks The Walking Dead

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    ranked low on reranks The Walking Dead

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