Female Characters 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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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
335 286
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

3
536 434
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

4
255 345
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

5
228 332
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
30 Rock

6
234 253
Victoria Barkley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
mclewis added The Big Valley

7
292 222
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

8
224 240
Mary Beth Lacey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Cagney & Lacey

9
232 215
Carla Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Scrubs

10
256 224
Maggie O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Northern Exposure

11
208 222
Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added The Avengers

12
142 327
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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367 253
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Parks and Recreation

14
345 171
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Star Trek: Voyager

15
206 223
Julia Sugarbaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Designing Women

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206 185
Anita Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Law & Order

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261 187
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Golden Girls

18
458 211
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The X-Files

19
160 286
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murphy Brown

20
183 196
C. J. Cregg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added The West Wing

21
174 190
Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

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129 254
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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181 193
Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Downton Abbey

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197 181
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Downton Abbey

25
253 153
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

26
279 77
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added NCIS

27
277 89
Rebecca Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Full House

28
303 279
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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198 181
Brenda Leigh Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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206 256
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Veronica Mars

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287 72
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
JVall14 added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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82 202
Kate Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Family

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229 78
Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Little House on the Prairie

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243 298
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Game of Thrones

35
100 182
Grace Van Owen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added L.A. Law

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199 72
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Criminal Minds

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213 79
Caroline Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added

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251 149
Jessica Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murder, She Wrote

39
237 134
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Grey's Anatomy

40
292 290
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Gilmore Girls

41
188 157
Jennifer
LanaYoshii added Criminal Minds

42
181 95
Molly Flynn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Mike & Molly

43
209 122
Jaime Sommers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Bionic Woman

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99 218
Ann Kelsey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Ann Kelsey L.A. Law

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153 187
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
intcat-eternal added Game of Thrones

46
182 163
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

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268 298
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

48
214 116
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Game of Thrones

49
32 23
Olivia Walton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Waltons

50
158 108
Margaret Houlihan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added M*A*S*H