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.

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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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    Game of Thrones

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    Friends

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    Game of Thrones

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    I Love Lucy

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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

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    Friends

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    Downton Abbey

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    Seinfeld

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    Veronica Mars

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    Friends

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    Game of Thrones

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    30 Rock

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    Lexa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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    Lexa The 100

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    often listed & added by HumbertoIbarra
    The Big Bang Theory

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    The Addams Family

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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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    The Walking Dead

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    Married... with Children

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    Once Upon a Time

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    Parks and Recreation

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    Game of Thrones

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    NCIS

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    bones

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    NCIS NCIS

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    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    Alias

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    Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    Will & Grace

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    Doctor Who

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    Firefly

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    The Golden Girls

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    Castle

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    Once Upon a Time

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    Gilmore Girls

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    The Golden Girls

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    The Big Bang Theory

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    Bewitched

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    Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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