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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

2
318 258
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Mary Richards The Mary Tyler Moore Show

3
492 411
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

4
229 221
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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208 299
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

6
211 319
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

7
217 211
Mary Beth Lacey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Mary Beth Lacey Cagney & Lacey

8
268 197
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
252 195
Maggie O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Maggie O'Connell Northern Exposure

10
206 195
Carla Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Carla Espinosa Scrubs

11
199 196
Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Emma Peel The Avengers

12
134 295
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

13
200 195
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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315 154
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

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319 234
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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195 162
Anita Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Anita Van Buren Law & Order

17
238 166
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

18
146 257
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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425 188
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Dana Scully The X-Files

20
173 173
C. J. Cregg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added C. J. Cregg The West Wing

21
166 166
Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rhoda Morgenstern The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time

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117 233
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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165 170
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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175 162
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

25
234 138
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Uhura Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

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249 61
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

27
246 70
Rebecca Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Rebecca Katsopolis Full House

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194 159
Brenda Leigh Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

The Funniest Female TV Characters

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258 267
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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80 180
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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256 58
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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183 239
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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211 60
Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

34
98 159
Grace Van Owen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Grace Van Owen L.A. Law

35
197 60
Caroline Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Caroline Ingalls

The Best Single Season Canceled Shows

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173 57
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

37
212 283
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

38
236 131
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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169 78
Molly Flynn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Molly Flynn Mike & Molly

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202 103
Jaime Sommers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Jaime Sommers Bionic Woman

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99 195
Ann Kelsey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Ann Kelsey L.A. Law

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204 120
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

The Best Episodes of Graceland

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256 275
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

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174 145
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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161 145
Jennifer
LanaYoshii added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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26 6
Olivia Walton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Olivia Walton The Waltons

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204 102
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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147 93
Margaret Houlihan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Margaret Houlihan M*A*S*H

49
246 279
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

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126 174
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
intcat-eternal added Arya Stark Game of Thrones