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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    most listed
    Buffy Summers

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    100
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    The X-Files More
    92
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    Game of Thrones More
    91
  4. 4
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    I Love Lucy More
    90
  5. 5
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    Friends More
    89
  6. 6
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    The Big Bang Theory More
    88
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    Game of Thrones More
    88
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    86
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    Friends More
    86
  10. 10
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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show More
    85
  11. 11
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    Married... with Children More
    81
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    Alias More
    79
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    bones More
    78
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    Friends More
    78
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    The Simpsons More
    78
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    Seinfeld More
    77
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    Kate Beckett

    Castle More
    76
    added by: GabrielleBrunner
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    How I Met Your Mother More
    75
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    Game of Thrones 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
    73
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    House, Nurse Jeffrey More
    72
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Liz Lemon

    30 Rock More
    71
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    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited More
    70
    added by: Bootsdad
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    NCIS More
    70
    added by: willyboymcoy
    NCIS
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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess More
    69
    added by: ChangesDownClub
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    Married... with Children More
    69
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    Once Upon a Time More
    68
    added by: m0000
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    NCIS More
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    Fringe More
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    Downton Abbey More
    67
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    Doctor Who More
    66
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    Leo, Charmed More
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    Charmed
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    Kate Austen

    Lost More
    65
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    The Big Bang Theory More
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    How I Met Your Mother More
    64
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    Battlestar Galactica More
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    House More
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    Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns More
    62
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    Battlestar Galactica More
    62
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show More
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    Futurama More
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    Two and a Half Men More
    60
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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles More
    59
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Samantha Jones

    Sex and the City More
    59
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    Uhura

    Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series More
    59
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    Will & Grace More
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    The Cosby Show More
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    The Big Bang Theory More
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