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.

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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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Game of Thrones

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    I Love Lucy

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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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    Friends

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    Downton Abbey

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    Veronica Mars

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    Seinfeld

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Lexa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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    Lexa The 100

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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    30 Rock

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    The Big Bang Theory

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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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    The Walking Dead

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    bones

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    Alias

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    The Addams Family

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    Parks and Recreation

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    Firefly

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    NCIS

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    Doctor Who

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    NCIS NCIS

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    Castle

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    Will & Grace

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    Game of Thrones

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    Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Orphan Black

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    often listed & added by m0000
    Once Upon a Time

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    Futurama

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    Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    How I Met Your Mother

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