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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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Maggie O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Northern Exposure
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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Game of Thrones
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Anita Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Law & Order
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited
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Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Downton Abbey
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Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
wiabux added Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina, Down Under
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Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added The Avengers
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Henrietta Lange is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Henrietta Lange NCIS: Los Angeles
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Carol Brady is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Brides
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Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Gilmore Girls
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Jennifer
LanaYoshii added Criminal Minds
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Molly Flynn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Mike & Molly
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Ethel Mertz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
I Love Lucy
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C. J. Cregg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added The West Wing
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Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Lady Mary Crawley Downton Abbey
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Jaime Sommers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Bionic Woman
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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
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Allison Dubois is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Mara Morby added Medium
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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murphy Brown
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Brenda Leigh Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
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Temperance
LaChance added bones
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Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Friends
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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series
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Rory Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Gilmore Girls
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Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Grey's Anatomy