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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    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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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    I Love Lucy

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Married... with Children

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    Game of Thrones

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    Seinfeld

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    Alias

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    bones

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

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    Firefly

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    added by GabrielleBrunner Castle

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    30 Rock

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    Veronica Mars

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    added by m0000 Once Upon a Time

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    Downton Abbey

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Big Bang Theory

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    ranked low on reranks Married... with Children

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

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    added by Rose1 Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    Doctor Who

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    Fringe

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    NCIS

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    added by HumbertoIbarra The Big Bang Theory

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    Battlestar Galactica

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    Lost

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    Sex and the City

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    Futurama

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    Will & Grace

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    Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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    added by HumbertoIbarra Two and a Half Men

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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

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    added by HumbertoIbarra House

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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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    The Cosby Show

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    Battlestar Galactica

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