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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 Single Season Cancelled Shows

2
362 190
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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456 365
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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211 208
Victoria Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
mclewis added Victoria Barkley The Big Valley

5
190 284
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

6
198 196
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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245 182
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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192 275
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

9
194 181
Carla Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Carla Espinosa Scrubs

10
220 181
Maggie O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Maggie O'Connell Northern Exposure

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183 181
Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Emma Peel The Avengers

12
129 263
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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183 181
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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293 223
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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225 156
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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137 218
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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164 150
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
110 220
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

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166 163
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

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368 181
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dana Scully The X-Files

21
160 157
Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rhoda Morgenstern The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

22
267 144
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager

23
98 184
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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157 156
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
174 134
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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166 150
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
179 207
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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79 165
Kate Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Kate Lawrence Family

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162 150
Brenda Leigh Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever Fun Jobs That Pay Well

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97 145
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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213 49
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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213 61
Rebecca Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rebecca Katsopolis Full House

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213 52
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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201 130
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
230 229
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
196 252
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

37
162 69
Molly Flynn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Molly Flynn Mike & Molly

38
203 123
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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172 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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240 242
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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149 49
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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159 52
Caroline Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Caroline Ingalls

The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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161 112
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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114 146
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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143 137
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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118 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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247 252
Xena is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Xena Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

50
160 99
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones