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List Rules Strong and admirable woman and girl characters in television

List of the greatest female TV role models. Here are the rankings for the best female characters for your daughter to look up to. The TV shows with great female role models span the decades, from black-and-white to digital film. They also span the style, from live action multi-camera sitcoms to cartoons. Who are some of the best female role models on TV?

You could make a pretty good case for Leslie Knope's passion, Liz Lemon's wit, and Rachel Green's attitude. Or, if people really want to talk about strong independent women, we have listed ladies like Susie Greene from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Xena (the Warrior Princess). Some seem to think even Nancy Botwin from "Weeds" is a good female role model on television -- perhaps for her business sense. TV can make a difference in the culture, as shows can set standards and aspirations for young women, or men, with the remote control.
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Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Mary Richards The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Victoria Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Victoria Barkley The Big Valley

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Mary Beth Lacey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Mary Beth Lacey Cagney & Lacey

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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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Carla Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Emma Peel The Avengers

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Maggie O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Maggie O'Connell Northern Exposure

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Julia Sugarbaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Julia Sugarbaker Designing Women

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Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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Anita Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Anita Van Buren Law & Order

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Claire Beauchamp Randall Frase... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser Outlander

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C. J. Cregg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
C. J. Cregg The West Wing

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Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rhoda Morgenstern The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dana Scully The X-Files

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Ann Kelsey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Ann Kelsey L.A. Law

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Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager

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Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Lady Mary Crawley Downton Abbey

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Olivia Walton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Olivia Walton The Waltons

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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Kate Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Kate Lawrence Family

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Brenda Leigh Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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Grace Van Owen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Grace Van Owen L.A. Law

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Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Topanga Lawrence Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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Rebecca Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rebecca Katsopolis Full House

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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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Uhura is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Uhura Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

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Molly Flynn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Molly Flynn Mike & Molly

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

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+ - 160 44
Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

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Jessica Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Jessica Fletcher Murder, She Wrote

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Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

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Jaime Sommers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Jaime Sommers Bionic Woman

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Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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Caroline Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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Carol Brady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Carol Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Brides

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Xena is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Xena Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

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+ - 113 86
Margaret Houlihan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series