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.

Vote for the greatest female characters to move them up the list, and add please any that we're missing.

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    most listed Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    often listed The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    ranked low on reranks Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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

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

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    added by HumbertoIbarra House, Nurse Jeffrey

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    the people's #1 & often listed Cheers

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wezel87 Game of Thrones

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    added by anonymousagentoftruth Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: Voyager

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    ranked low on reranks Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    often listed Battlestar Galactica

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