TV The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History  

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List Rules Single female TV characters who never settle down or date lots of men throughout the series

List of the best female characters who are perpetually single in television history, as ranked by television critics and fans. Often female characters can be defined by the guy whose arm she’s on. Not so with the women on this list. These women are not defined by the men they date, but rather their strong personalities and ambitious career tracks. Many of the characters on this list are much more serious about their careers than their dating life, such as Law and Order SVU’s Detective Olivia Benson and Mad Men’s Peggy Olson. Other female characters are simply unlucky when it comes to the people they date, like Mindy Lahiri and Elaine Benes. Some of the women simply aren’t interested in long-term relationships, like Friends’s Phoebe Buffay.

 

This list answers the question, “Who are the best single female characters in TV history?” The characters range from past feminist icons like Mary Richards to contemporary women who have broken stereotypes about how women should date, such as Sex in The City’s Samantha Jones.

 

The female characters on this list may have had a history of dating a lot but they are often seen as heroes for single women, making them among the best female characters of all time.

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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

The Creepiest Characters in TV History The Best TV Shows Since 2015

2
+ - 151 42
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

3
+ - 127 107
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

4
+ - 161 96
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Phoebe Buffay Friends

5
+ - 92 92
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Mary Richards The Mary Tyler Moore Show

6
+ - 60 64
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History

7
+ - 132 102
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

8
+ - 85 107
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

9
+ - 109 104
Samantha Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History

10
+ - 43 49
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

11
+ - 41 70
Elaine O'Connor-Nardo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History

12
+ - 105 76
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Rachel Green Friends

13
+ - 27 52
Edina Monsoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Edina Monsoon Absolutely Fabulous

14
+ - 23 37
Ann Romano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Ann Romano One Day at a Time

15
+ - 21 39
Victoria Barkley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Victoria Barkley The Big Valley

The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

16
+ - 59 66
Carrie Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Carrie Bradshaw Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries

17
+ - 32 12
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Monica Geller Friends - Before her and Chandler started dating. 

18
+ - 52 77
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Ally McBeal Ally, Ally McBeal

19
+ - 80 89
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Kelly Bundy Married... with Children

20
+ - 56 59
Debra Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Debra Morgan Dexter

21
+ - 69 66
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Blanche Devereaux The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

22
+ - 22 29
Patsy Stone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History

23
+ - 103 62
Robin Scherbatsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Robin Scherbatsky How I Met Your Mother

24
+ - 21 21
Sabrina Duncan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Sabrina Duncan Charlie's Angels

25
+ - 47 44
Britta Perry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Britta Perry Community

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+ - 89 58
Grace Adler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Grace Adler Will & Grace

27
+ - 15 18
Christine Cagney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Christine Cagney Cagney & Lacey

28
+ - 40 53
Peggy Olson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Peggy Olson Mad Men

29
+ - 14 10
Alice Nelson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Alice Nelson The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

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+ - 28 46
Betty Suarez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Betty Suarez Ugly Betty

31
+ - 37 54
Laverne De Fazio is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Laverne De Fazio Laverne & Shirley

32
+ - 38 55
Serena van der Woodsen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History

33
+ - 36 55
Shirley Feeney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Shirley Feeney Laverne & Shirley

34
+ - 60 55
Temperance

35
+ - 5 10
Sally Rogers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Sally Rogers The Dick Van Dyke Show

36
+ - 5 11
Ms. Cartman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Ms. Cartman South Park

37
+ - 51 50
Hilary Violet Banks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Hilary Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

38
+ - 21 17
Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Emma Peel The Avengers

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+ - 48 48
Dee Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Dee Reynolds

40
+ - 43 49
Sarah Braverman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Sarah Braverman Parenthood

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+ - 29 42
Caroline Duffy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Caroline Duffy Caroline in the City

42
+ - 35 58
Mindy Lahiri is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Mindy Lahiri The Mindy Project

43
+ - 30 52
Julia Baker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Julia Baker Julia

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+ - 11 41
Susan Keane is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Susan Keane Suddenly Susan

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+ - 11 41
Veronica Chase is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History
Veronica Chase Veronica's Closet