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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 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 Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time TV Characters
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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  2. 2
    + 1915
    - 1756


    The X-Files

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  3. 3
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    I Love Lucy

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    - 1443

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    - 1636


    Friends

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    - 2025


    Game of Thrones

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    - 1769


    Game of Thrones

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  8. 8
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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    often listed
    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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

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    Friends

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    Veronica Mars

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    Downton Abbey

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    Seinfeld

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  15. 15
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    The Big Bang Theory

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  16. 16
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    - 1233

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    Friends

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  17. 17
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    - 1333


    Game of Thrones

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  18. 18
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    30 Rock

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  19. 19
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    added by HumbertoIbarra
    The Big Bang Theory

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  20. 20
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    Married... with Children

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    added by Bootsdad
    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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    often listed
    The Simpsons

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    Alias

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    The Walking Dead

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    + 674
    - 1163

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    Firefly

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    - 1272

    added by m0000
    Once Upon a Time

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    often listed
    bones

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    added by willyboymcoy
    NCIS NCIS

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    - 1166


    NCIS

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    + 1041
    - 1243


    Doctor Who

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    + 673
    - 603


    The Walking Dead

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    Will & Grace

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    - 886


    Parks and Recreation

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    + 687
    - 900


    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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    added by GabrielleBrunner
    Castle

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    - 1143


    Futurama

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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    - 885

    added by Lazarus Long
    The Big Bang Theory

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    Married... with Children

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    + 835
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    often listed & added by Rose1
    Leo, Charmed Charmed

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    How I Met Your Mother

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    - 216

    ranked low on reranks & added by marylylewarrenmccue
    The Addams Family

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  45. 45
    + 620
    - 641

    added by wezel87
    Game of Thrones

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    + 573
    - 579

    added by evilgrin32
    Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: Voyager

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  47. 47
    + 716
    - 886


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

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    - 1007

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Sex and the City

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  49. 49
    + 380
    - 458

    added by DolittleD
    Bewitched

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  50. 50
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    - 736

    often listed & added by anonymousagentoftruth
    Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: Voyager

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