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List Rules Vote up and add all of your favorite current TV characters who are women or girls. No cancelled shows!

Some of the greatest characters in this new golden age of TV are female right now, and their characters span centuries, cultures, and personalities of all types. The shows they're on range anywhere from fantasy to comedy to drama and everything in between. Which female characters are the best of the best on TV show characters right now?

Are you a Jess Day kind of person, or an Arya Stark lover instead? The choice is up to you. Vote up all of your favorite female characters currently on TV, and add any that aren't already on the list.

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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

2
2,449 2,113
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

3
1,895 1,843
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

4
1,414 1,852
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

5
1,970 1,462
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

6
818 457
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

7
1,118 1,259
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8
1,113 1,262
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

9
770 514
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

10
1,179 938
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added Clarke Walters The 100

11
837 974
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

12
905 879
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

13
1,412 1,585
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

14
966 946
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
freelancerrh added Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

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739 634
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Claire Dunphy Modern Family

16
570 529
Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

17
1,389 1,850
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

18
593 327
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Lagertha Lothbrok Vikings

19
805 914
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

20
656 668
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

21
553 425
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

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961 1,421
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

23
626 798
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added Supergirl / Kara - Zor el

24
583 640
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

25
769 523
Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

26
740 1,322
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

27
619 908
Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Boal added Crazy Eyes Orange Is the New Black

28
618 801
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

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339 169
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

30
514 414
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Sue Heck The Middle

31
440 403
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

32
379 772
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

33
445 749
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

34
268 484
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

35
369 401
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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419 351
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added Captain Sharon Raydor The Closer

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305 256
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added Donna Noble

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445 333
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Malory Archer Archer

39
431 693
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

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348 299
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Danny Marks added D.J. Tanner-Fuller Fuller House

41
446 899
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

42
342 1,021
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

The Most Insufferable Teenage Daughters Currently on TV

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233 384
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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470 500
Jessica
Jessica Day New Girl

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273 365
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Ellie Bishop NCIS

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315 332
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Octavia Black The 100

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323 672
Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

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366 381
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Pam Poovey Archer

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286 313
Detective Jane Rizzoli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Detective Jane Rizzoli Rizzoli & Isles

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192 374
Jane Doe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
dukesings added Jane Doe