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The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time  

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List Rules The most memorable, most groundbreaking, strongest, and/or funniest female characters ever on television

Who are the greatest female TV characters of all time? This list includes some of the greatest television characters in history from dramatic shows, sitcoms, and sci-fi series to procedurals and 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 Daenerys Targaryen, 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.

Vote up the greatest female characters to move them up the list, and add please any that we're missing.

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Temperance
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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead
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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS
NCIS
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Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls
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Faith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel
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Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Game of Thrones
Game Of Thrones
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Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons
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Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
NCIS
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Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
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Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Gilmore Girls
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Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls
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Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Leo, Charmed
Charmed
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Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Leela is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Futurama
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Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
SannahParker added The Addams Family
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Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne
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Uhura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series
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Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Married... with Children
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Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls
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Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Will & Grace
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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Once Upon a Time
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River Song is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
keithw95 added Doctor Who
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Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lazarus Long added The Big Bang Theory
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Anya Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
buffyvssatan added Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
buffyvssatan added Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel