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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 Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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300 252
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Mary Richards The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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473 379
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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216 216
Victoria Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
mclewis added Victoria Barkley The Big Valley

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199 293
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

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203 287
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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200 205
Mary Beth Lacey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Mary Beth Lacey Cagney & Lacey

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253 189
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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197 189
Carla Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Carla Espinosa Scrubs

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222 189
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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131 274
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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185 189
Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Emma Peel The Avengers

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187 188
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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304 229
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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278 149
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager

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Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

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140 225
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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168 157
Anita Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Anita Van Buren Law & Order

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167 170
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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380 185
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dana Scully The X-Files

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162 162
Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rhoda Morgenstern The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

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113 228
Claire Beauchamp Randall Frase... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
mclewis added Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser Outlander

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159 165
Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Lady Mary Crawley Downton Abbey

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167 158
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham Downton Abbey

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222 65
Rebecca Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rebecca Katsopolis Full House

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221 58
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

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205 135
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Uhura Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

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244 240
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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181 215
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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80 171
Kate Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Kate Lawrence Family

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164 156
Brenda Leigh Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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221 53
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
JVall14 added Topanga Lawrence Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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97 151
Grace Van Owen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Grace Van Owen L.A. Law

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179 53
Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

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202 261
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

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156 53
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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165 57
Caroline Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Caroline Ingalls

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164 75
Molly Flynn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Molly Flynn Mike & Molly

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205 128
Jessica Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Jessica Fletcher Murder, She Wrote

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98 190
Ann Kelsey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Ann Kelsey L.A. Law

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243 249
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

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172 101
Jaime Sommers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Jaime Sommers Bionic Woman

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241 252
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

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151 141
Jennifer
LanaYoshii added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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168 117
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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119 151
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
intcat-eternal added Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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148 141
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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177 98
Carol Brady is listed (or ranked) 48 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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123 91
Margaret Houlihan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Margaret Houlihan M*A*S*H

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167 103
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones