The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time TV Characters
0Ultimate List
tags 163,666 votes 6,570 voters 156,561 views 389 items f p @

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.
  • 131 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
L The List
Z
B Comments
& Embed
G Options
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 2009
    - 1004

    the people's #1 & most listed Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 933
    - 963

    often listed The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 1116
    - 848

    I Love Lucy

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 1371
    - 1180

    Game of Thrones

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 1167
    - 1061

    The X-Files

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 1140
    - 910
    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1224
    - 1026

    Game of Thrones

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 1180
    - 804

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 1045
    - 1007

    Friends

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 709
    - 728

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 843
    - 913

    Seinfeld

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 413
    - 356

    The Big Bang Theory

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 623
    - 822

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 30 Rock

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 880
    - 809

    Married... with Children

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 866
    - 737
    ) open
  16. 16
    + 567
    - 587
    ) open
  17. 17
    + 781
    - 686

    Veronica Mars

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 729
    - 714

    Game of Thrones

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 713
    - 826

    The Simpsons

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 733
    - 625

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

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 802
    - 762
    ) open
  22. 22
    + 552
    - 479

    added by HumbertoIbarra The Big Bang Theory

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 751
    - 749

    Firefly

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 811
    - 847

    How I Met Your Mother

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 652
    - 703

    added by m0000 Once Upon a Time

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 752
    - 976
    ) open
  27. 27
    + 726
    - 617

    added by Bootsdad Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 411
    - 634

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

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 846
    - 980

    added by GabrielleBrunner Castle

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 752
    - 617

    ranked low on reranks Married... with Children

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 426
    - 622

    often listed Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 612
    - 595

    added by willyboymcoy NCIS NCIS

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 607
    - 678

    Doctor Who

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 457
    - 454

    Will & Grace

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 605
    - 648
    ) open
  36. 36
    + 518
    - 583

    added by Rose1 Leo, Charmed Charmed

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 375
    - 533

    Sex and the City

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 679
    - 799

    added by HumbertoIbarra House, Nurse Jeffrey

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 360
    - 403

    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 479
    - 694
    ) open
  41. 41
    + 476
    - 758

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lost

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 365
    - 387

    ranked low on reranks & added by Lazarus Long The Big Bang Theory

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 445
    - 725

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Battlestar Galactica

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 653
    - 725

    ranked low on reranks How I Met Your Mother

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 502
    - 376

    ranked low on reranks The Walking Dead

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 526
    - 637

    Futurama

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 327
    - 510

    often listed & added by HumbertoIbarra Two and a Half Men

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 220
    - 475

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cheers

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 475
    - 543

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

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 479
    - 709

    added by HumbertoIbarra House

    ) open
390 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists