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. 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 more traditional men. 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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    Buffy Summers

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    100
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    The X-Files More
    92
  3. 3
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    Game of Thrones More
    91
  4. 4
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    Friends More
    90
  5. 5
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    I Love Lucy More
    90
  6. 6
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    The Big Bang Theory More
    89
  7. 7
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    Game of Thrones More
    88
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    87
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    Rachel Green

    Friends More
    86
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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show More
    86
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    Married... with Children More
    82
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    Friends More
    79
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    Alias More
    79
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    The Simpsons More
    78
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    bones More
    78
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    Seinfeld More
    77
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    Game of Thrones More
    76
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    Castle More
    75
    added by: GabrielleBrunner
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    How I Met Your Mother More
    75
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit More
    75
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    Firefly More
    74
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    Veronica Mars More
    74
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    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited More
    72
    added by: Bootsdad
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    House, Nurse Jeffrey More
    72
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess More
    72
    added by: ChangesDownClub
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    NCIS More
    71
    added by: willyboymcoy
    NCIS
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    Married... with Children More
    71
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    30 Rock More
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    NCIS More
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    Once Upon a Time More
    68
    added by: m0000
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    The Big Bang Theory More
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    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    Downton Abbey More
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    Fringe More
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    Doctor Who More
    67
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    Leo, Charmed More
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    Charmed
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    How I Met Your Mother More
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    Lost More
    64
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    Battlestar Galactica More
    64
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    Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns More
    63
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    House More
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show More
    62
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    Battlestar Galactica More
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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles More
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    Futurama More
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    The Big Bang Theory More
    61
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    Uhura

    Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series More
    61
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    Sex and the City More
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    Two and a Half Men More
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    The Cosby Show More
    60
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    Karen Walker

    Will & Grace More
    59
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