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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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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Game of Thrones

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    Friends

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    I Love Lucy

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    Game of Thrones

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Married... with Children

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    Friends

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    Seinfeld

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    The Simpsons

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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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    Alias

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

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    Downton Abbey

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    bones

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    Firefly

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    added by Bootsdad Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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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 HumbertoIbarra The Big Bang Theory

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    NCIS

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    Fringe

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    Battlestar Galactica

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    Sex and the City

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    Lost

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    Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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    ranked low on reranks Will & Grace

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    Futurama

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    added by HumbertoIbarra Two and a Half Men

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    How I Met Your Mother

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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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    often listed & added by m0000 Once Upon a Time

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