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 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.

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    Buffy Summers

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
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    Game of Thrones More
    92
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    The X-Files More
    92
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    Game of Thrones More
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    Friends More
    89
  6. 6
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    I Love Lucy More
    87
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    86
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    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show More
    85
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    Married... with Children More
    82
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    Friends More
    82
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    The Simpsons More
    78
  12. 12
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    Friends More
    77
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    Alias More
    77
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    Seinfeld More
    76
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    Game of Thrones More
    76
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    bones More
    74
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit More
    73
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    Castle More
    73
    added by: GabrielleBrunner
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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess More
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    Firefly More
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    How I Met Your Mother More
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    30 Rock More
    71
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    Veronica Mars More
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    NCIS More
    70
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    NCIS
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    Once Upon a Time More
    70
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    Kelly Bundy

    Married... with Children More
    70
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    Downton Abbey More
    69
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    House, Nurse Jeffrey More
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    Penny

    The Big Bang Theory More
    68
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    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited More
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    Leo, Charmed More
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    Charmed
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    Doctor Who More
    67
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    The Big Bang Theory More
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    NCIS More
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    Fringe More
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    Lost More
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    Battlestar Galactica More
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    Sex and the City More
    64
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    How I Met Your Mother More
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    Futurama More
    62
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    Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns More
    61
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show More
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    Will & Grace More
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    House More
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    Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series More
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    Two and a Half Men More
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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles More
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    The Big Bang Theory More
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    The Cosby Show More
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    Battlestar Galactica More
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