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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

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series

2
350 185
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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449 349
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

4
199 205
Victoria Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
mclewis added Victoria Barkley The Big Valley

5
174 282
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

6
195 191
Mary Beth Lacey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Mary Beth Lacey Cagney & Lacey

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191 264
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

8
239 179
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

9
192 178
Carla Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Carla Espinosa Scrubs

10
182 179
Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Emma Peel The Avengers

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128 259
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

12
208 179
Maggie O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Maggie O'Connell Northern Exposure

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182 179
Julia Sugarbaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Julia Sugarbaker Designing Women

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284 223
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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224 154
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

The Funniest Female TV Characters The Funniest Business Names in The Simpsons

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137 216
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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164 148
Anita Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Anita Van Buren Law & Order

18
109 218
Claire Beauchamp Randall Frase... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
mclewis added Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser Outlander

19
164 161
C. J. Cregg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added C. J. Cregg The West Wing

20
160 155
Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rhoda Morgenstern The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

21
357 180
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dana Scully The X-Files

22
251 143
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager

23
98 181
Ann Kelsey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Ann Kelsey L.A. Law

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156 154
Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Lady Mary Crawley Downton Abbey

25
170 132
Olivia Walton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Olivia Walton The Waltons

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164 147
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham Downton Abbey

27
174 206
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

28
79 162
Kate Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Kate Lawrence Family

29
162 148
Brenda Leigh Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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97 141
Grace Van Owen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Grace Van Owen L.A. Law

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210 48
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
JVall14 added Topanga Lawrence Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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209 60
Rebecca Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rebecca Katsopolis Full House

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209 51
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

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192 130
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

35
224 223
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

36
160 68
Molly Flynn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Molly Flynn Mike & Molly

37
190 250
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

38
198 123
Jessica Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Jessica Fletcher Murder, She Wrote

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170 48
Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

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236 236
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

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170 98
Jaime Sommers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Jaime Sommers Bionic Woman

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146 48
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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157 51
Caroline Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Caroline Ingalls

Favorite TV Moms of All Time The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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156 112
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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111 146
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
intcat-eternal added Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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142 137
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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170 97
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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116 88
Margaret Houlihan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Margaret Houlihan M*A*S*H

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244 252
Xena is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Xena Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

50
232 244
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