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The Greatest Female TV Role Models  

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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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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added NCIS
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Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Parks and Recreation
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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The X-Files
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Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Star Trek: Voyager
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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
30 Rock
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Carla Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Scrubs
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Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
JVall14 added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
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Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Little House on the Prairie
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Rebecca Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Full House
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Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Criminal Minds
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Caroline Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added
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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls
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Julia Sugarbaker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Designing Women
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Mary Beth Lacey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Cagney & Lacey
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Uhura is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series
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Victoria Barkley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
mclewis added The Big Valley
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Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Golden Girls
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Maggie O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Northern Exposure
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Kara Thrace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Battlestar Galactica
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Anita Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Law & Order
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Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Downton Abbey